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Tennessee Grabs Lead in States’ Rights Fight

The United States Patriots Union and The North American Law Center (NALC) have been working since the 2011 state legislative sessions to 500px-Flag of Tennessee.svgenact a broad-based State’s Rights bill titled The Balance of Powers Act. The model legislation has been introduced in numerous states in 2011, 2012 and 2013, passing nowhere until last week, where Tennessee became the first state to establish a Balance of Powers Committee in the state legislature.

Due to massive daily overreaches and abuses of federal authority over numerous federal administrations, none more egregious than the anti-American Obama administration, and congressional republicans totally missing in action as it relates to their primary job of keeping the executive branch in constitutional check, it has become necessary for the people, via their states, to enforce the Constitution and Bill of Rights from the state level.

The Tennessee State Legislature will soon begin reviewing and dealing with federal abuses of power from the newly formed Balance of Powers Committee. The people must support these brave representatives of the people, as they take a firm constitutional stand for the people.

Before the people are forced to fight in the streets to defend their natural rights, protected by the Constitution and Bill of Rights, State governments simply must stand up to an abusive federal government on behalf of the people, via peaceful legitimate governmental processes.

Brave Tennessee legislators have now done exactly that… In a letter dated March 26, 2013, from Rep. Judd Matheny and Senator Mike Bell to Lt. Governor Ramsey and House Speaker Harwell, Matheny and Bell made a winning argument for the Tennessee Balance of Powers Committee.

A general introduction to the Balance of Powers Act is posted on the NALC web site. But in short, the model state legislation provides for the following –

  • It says that powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to our State, are reserved to the State, or to the people respectively.

  • It affirms that the primary function of State Government under the Tenth Amendment is to protect the people of our State from any and all infringements upon constitutionally protected rights, as established by our State Constitution.

  • It says that the enumeration in the U.S. Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people, or our State.

  • It affirms the inalienable rights of the people of our State under the State Constitution, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, specifically protected by the Ninth Amendment.

  • It defines “constitutional” federal acts as those acts made in Pursuance of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

  • It defines all federal acts not made in Pursuance thereof; as “unconstitutional” acts.

  • It affirms that only the U.S. Congress has the constitutional authority to make federal laws.

  • It identifies and rejects past and ongoing abuses of federal power via the commerce clause, the general welfare clause, the necessary and proper clause and the federal supremacy clause.

  • It affirms that if Congress (the federal government) exceeded its authority, the congressional (federal) act is invalid and, despite the Supremacy Clause, has no priority over our State or the people.

  • It establishes a State Legislative Committee to review federal policies for the purpose of lawfully determining the constitutionality of federal actions within our State.

  • It establishes that upon recommendation from the State Constitutional Review Committee, the State Legislature shall decide whether or not to accept a federal action on the sole basis of its constitutionality.

  • It affirms that in disputes arising between the State and the federal government over matters of constitutionality, that the U.S. Supreme Court shall have original jurisdiction, and that no other court has any jurisdiction on the matter of constitutional disputes.

  • Although the U.S. Supreme Court shall have original jurisdiction, it affirms that the people of our State have the right and the authority to be the final arbiter of what is and is not constitutional within the State.

  • It affirms that the people of our State and our State Government are under no moral or legal obligation to accept, adhere to, abide by or enforce any federal acts which the people and the state determine to be beyond the constitutional authority of the federal government, or in direct violation of the Bill of Rights, deemed thereby “unconstitutional,” invalid, void and without force of law.

State Representative Judd Matheny led the effort to establish a State Balance of Powers Committee in Tennessee with his HB0970, co-sponsored in the Senate by veteran Senator Mae Beavers. Matheny is a veteran state legislator with both military and law enforcement experience on his resume, before becoming a conservative leader in the Tennessee State legislature.

State Representative John Ragan had been working on passing the bill since 2011. False constitutional advice from legal beagles in legislative services were trying to block the legislation based entirely upon text from the US Constitution, the Tennessee Constitution and the Bill of Rights on the basis that states’ rights are somehow “unconstitutional.”

We have seen this in state after state, both sides of the aisle. In Michigan, Republican Speaker of the House Jase Bolger issued a typical opposition paper to the states’ rights model. Typical in that it was based upon false premises and was copied and pasted from anti-states’ rights publications from inside the DC beltway firms Heritage Foundation and Wall Builders.

According to these so-called “experts,” the only mechanism available to the states and the people when the federal government becomes abusive, is to elect different representatives or wait for the US Supreme Court (a branch of federal government) to tell us what rights we do or do not have…

It’s utter hogwash on its face. However, working through ALEC, a national organization which influences state republican legislators, taking their cues from Heritage Foundation and Wall builders, legislative services lawyers are misleading state legislators on the matter of Federal Supremacy and Judicial Review.

Federal actions made “in Pursuance of” constitutional principles and duties do indeed enjoy federal supremacy. Action not made “in Pursuance thereof,” have no force of law at all.

While the US Supreme Court does have “original jurisdiction” in all constitutional disputes between a state and the federal government, it is the people who shall have the final word, final jurisdiction.

Fortunately, not all state representatives are like Speaker Jase Bolger or Democrat Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper, who also seems to understand very little about the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

There are great conservative leaders at the state level, like Rep. Judd Matheny and Rep. John Ragan. Others who helped make the Balance of Powers Committee possible in Tennessee are Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell, both of whom joined Matheny in his effort to protect the natural rights of all Tennesseans.

I discussed the great success with Randy and Brian on Michigan Defending Fathers Radio last Friday, where citizens are working around the clock to find the kind of leaders found in Tennessee, so that the people of Michigan will have a state government that acts to protect the state and the people of Michigan.

Every state seeking to protect and preserve the constitutional rights of the state and the people should enact The Balance of Powers Act ahead of any other legislation, as it is designed to protect the state and the people against every federal overreach or abuse of power.

Also supporting the Balance of Powers Act in Tennessee were Tennessee Eagle Forum and numerous patriot groups across the state. Please join me in thanking these true conservative leaders for standing tall to protect the natural rights of Tennesseans and then join us in the effort to make The Balance of Powers a reality in YOUR state.

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Serious times require serious solutions…. Congratulations Tennessee! You are leading the way to restore the Constitutional Republic.

 JB Williams is a business man, a husband, a father, and a writer. A no nonsense commentator on American politics, American history, and American philosophy. He is published nationwide and in many countries around the world. He is also a Founder of The United States Patriots Union and a staunch conservative actively engaged in returning the power to the right people in America.Patriots Union |·Veteran Defenders |·Archives E-Mail:·       This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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