The 2010 Census: Will your answers stay private?, by James Bovard, in March 24, 2010 Christian Science Monitor (via slashdot.org.)
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From Tenth Amendment Center:
“While lawsuits by State AGs have been getting considerable attention in the media, we at TAC feel that it would be a poor strategy to rely heavily on such efforts to stop the newly-signed health care law. As Thomas Jefferson told us—whenever the federal government assumes powers not delegated to it, those acts are ‘unauthoritative, void, and of no force’ and that a ‘nullification of the act is the rightful remedy.’
“Nullification is not an act of going to federal politicians or federal judges to repeal an unconstitutional law. It’s not about getting ‘permission’ to exercise our rights…it’s about exercising them whether the federal government wants us to or not. It’s taking action to make an unconstitutional act null and void right within your own state boundaries. In this spirit of American resistance, the Tenth Amendment Center is pleased to announce the release of our ‘Federal Health Care Nullification Act’—which you can learn more about below. Please call on your states to introduce and act on this legislation. Such resistance will not be easy, it will not be short, but it must be won.
“The Federal Health Care Nullification Act
“A. The Legislature of the State of _______________ declares that the federal law known as the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” signed by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010, is not authorized by the Constitution of the United States and violates its true meaning and intent as given by the Founders and Ratifiers, and is hereby declared to be invalid in this state, shall not be recognized by this state, is specifically rejected by this state, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in this state.
“B. It shall be the duty of the legislature of this State to adopt and enact any and all measures as may be necessary to prevent the enforcement of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” within the limits of this State.
“C. Any official, agent, or employee of the United States government or any employee of a corporation providing services to the United States government that enforces or attempts to enforce an act, order, law, statute, rule or regulation of the government of the United States in violation of this act shall be guilty of a felony and upon conviction must be punished by a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars ($5000.00), or a term of imprisonment not exceeding five (5) years, or both.”
Of course, this still promotes a minarchism—a small state government, and so is not wholly consistent with the principles of Christian anarchism. Nevertheless, it is a start in the right direction.
A very strong bit of cynicism runs through our world. A primary source is the state and its pretensions.
Presenting itself as necessary, impartial, essential arbiter of justice, protector of the peace, and faithful and unfailing defender of freedom—as superman robed in white—the image clashes sharply with the reality as experienced by many who are watching and thinking. In a world that does not come short of severe challenges, the state and pretension perpetuated in its name are precisely this distraction. As the ancient had recourse to idols made of wood, the modern makes statist ideas his bank of last resort. And does this surprise? After all, he was shaped in state schools from kindergarten upwards.
Could it be that the actual source of much of the sourness and anger seen in the daily news is the state itself? A state means power exercised over one’s fellow man, and, given time, this power inevitably corrupts. This is a phenomenon which cannot be fixed. So long as human nature remains as it is, the state will remain as it is.
But if the state is superman, reality is its kryptonite. At this stage of its inevitable totalitarian development, providence has given us also the cell phone and the internet and youtube. We will in a window of opportunity, when reality is exposing the state for what it is.
Whether o not we come to the place where the modern nation-state is peeled away, molted off, and left in the dust, and where men find their future as true men seeking a gracious God, and the way is opened for the realization of the potential inwoven in man, none can at present say. But this I know. There are at least some situations in which kryptonite comes in very handy. Thus, we may welcome the economic problems that are making the state tremble. At the end of the day, the state is the most inefficient means of accomplishing anything of substance for the world. Superman and his fiction must go their way, turn the corner, and fade into history side-by-side with Cinderella. I’ll take the kryptonite. And on the other side of the collapse, we will live as true men.
She says that she will not be filling out anything more than the number of persons living in her household, as that is the Constitutional requirement. (The law says that you are coerced to provide accurate information on anything they ask you, or face a $5,000.00 fine.) I plan to follow Bachmann’s example.
Some weeks back we mentioned this showdown between Arcata and Eureka CA and US military recruiters.
Here is an update:
(Thanks to Strike-the-root.com.)
Yes, things are coming unglued.
Which is fine. I prefer gold and silver.