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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Introduction to Nullification

NOTE: This is the fourth in a series of articles covering basic constitutional principles

So far in the Constitution 101 series, we've established that the Constitution created a limited federal government meant to exercise only specific, enumerated powers. All other authority remains with the states and the people. We also discussed the fact that the people stand as the sovereign in the system, and the Constitution wasratified by the people, through preexisting political societies – the states.

This construction of the federal government was implicit in the original Constitution. The Tenth Amendment made it explicit.

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Understanding these concepts raises an important question: what keeps the federal government limited to its enumerated powers?

Words on parchment mean nothing without some mechanism to enforce them, and the founders intended the states to serve as that necessary check on federal power.

Before the Constitution was even ratified, James Madison laid out a blueprint for addressing federal overreach in Federalist 46. The "Father of the Constitution" said that if the federal government imposes "unwarrantable measures" (or even warrantable measures) the "means of opposition is powerful and at hand." He mentioned a number of steps states could take including "refusal to cooperate with officers of the union" and other "legislative devices, which would often be added on such occasions." Madison said that even a single state implementing these measures would impose "very serious impediments," and when several states take action together, he said it would "present obstructions which the federal government would hardly be willing to encounter."

Federalist 46 laid the foundation for nullification.

Broadly speaking, nullification includes any act or set of acts that serve to render a federal action null, void or simply unenforceable within the borders of a state.

Madison and Thomas Jefferson first formalized the principles of nullification in the Kentucky and Virgina Resolutions of 1798 in response to the Alien and Sedition Acts. These four laws granted judicial powers to the president and limited due process for resident aliens deemed "enemies," and outlawed criticism of the federal government, a clear violation of the First Amendment.

In the original draft of the Kentucky Resolutions, Jefferson rested his case for nullification on the Tenth Amendment, calling federal assumption of undelgated power "unauthoritative, void, and of no force." He declared nullification the "rightful remedy" to deal with federal violations of the Constitution.

Where powers are assumed which have not been delegated, a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy: that every State has a natural right in cases not within the compact, (casus non fœderis) to nullify of their own authority all assumptions of power by others within their limits that without this right, they would be under the dominion, absolute and unlimited, of whosoever might exercise this right of judgment for them.

The Virginia legislature passed similar resolutions drafted by Madison a month later.

That this Assembly doth explicitly and peremptorily declare, that it views the powers of the federal government, as resulting from the compact, to which the states are parties; as limited by the plain sense and intention of the instrument constituting the compact; as no further valid that they are authorized by the grants enumerated in that compact; and that in case of a deliberate, palpable, and dangerous exercise of other powers, not granted by the said compact, the states who are parties thereto, have the right, and are in duty bound, to interpose for arresting the progress of the evil, and for maintaining within their respective limits, the authorities, rights and liberties appertaining to them.

Some call nullification illegitimate, arguing the Constitution makes no provision for it. But notice that Jefferson called it a "natural right." Nullification rests upon a constitutional foundation and logically flows from the constitutional system, but it is not "constitutional" per se. It exists as a right reserved to the states and the people as a process to protect them from federal overreach and hold the government they created in check.

For a deeper discussion of nullification, check out my book, Our Last Hope: Rediscovering the Lost Path to Liberty. It lays out the historical, constitutional and moral case for nullification.


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Published on Jul 29, 2014


Archived from the live broadcast, this Mises University lecture was presented at the Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama, on 25 July 2014.


Members of U.S. Military Subjected to Aggressive Collection Tactics of Litigious Loan Operation

From the observation perch of a sovereign US citizen the least expensive and most beneficial to our servicemen and women is NOT to amend another law with more gobblygook, but instead to Recall all US military persons from their occupation to more than 900 overseas bases. The benefits accruing to all would be:

  1. Reunite military personnel with their families
  2. Reduce taxes for Americans
  3. Reduce costs for the VA
  4. Reduce psychiatric illnesses for service personnel and their families
  5. Reduce foreign hatred for America as an Occupier and Oppressor
  6. Reduce need for illegal immigrant workers 
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  1. Restore US national defenses
  2. Restore states' national guard forces to homeland at full complement
  3. Restore border security
  4. Restore military spending to homeland vendors
  5. Restore America's worker pool to higher skill levels
  6. Restore friendly foreign trade relationships
  7. Restore an informed voter electorate
...I'm sure the reader can add some more.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


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A Virginia-based retailer has been aggressively going after members of the U.S. military who have fallen prey to its collection tactics after customers miss payments on overpriced household goods.

USA Discounters has been described by members of the military as "ruthless" in suing them, including those stationed overseas once they fall behind on payments for appliances, computers, jewelry and other items that are sold for prices far higher than in big-box stores.

Military personnel are supposed to be shielded from such litigation under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (pdf) (SCRA). But nothing in the law prevents a company like USA Discounters from choosing where to file lawsuits. In these cases, the sales contract requires that the venue is Virginia, even if the customer made the purchases elsewhere. Often, that means a defendant would have to travel across country or even the world to appear before a civil court.

"This looks like somebody who has really, really researched the best way to get around the entire intent of the SCRA," John Odom, a retired Air Force judge advocate and expert on the SCRA, told ProPublica.

Over the past eight years, USA Discounters has filed more than 13,470 lawsuits, according to the investigative news website, which found the lender almost always wins. And with a court victory in hand, the company can then garnish the wages of service members—something it does more than any other business in the U.S.

This strategy is "designed to obtain default judgments against consumers without giving them any real opportunity to defend themselves," said Carolyn Carter of the National Consumer Law Center.

USA Discounters will sell to anyone who walks into their stores, but most of their locations are near military bases and they offer credit to any member of the armed forces.

When interviewed about his company's business and legal practices, USA Discounters' vice president Timothy Dorsey told ProPublica: "This company is committed to ensuring that the men and women who serve and sacrifice for our country are always treated with the honor and respect they deserve." Dorsey added that his company provides credit to many military personnel who otherwise wouldn't qualify for it.

He even claimed the use of Virginia for all lawsuits was for "the customer's benefit," since state law allows businesses to avoid using a lawyer to sue, thus saving on legal fees that are supposedly passed on to customers. The company says members of the armed forces may request to be sued in another state.

In addition, Virginia law states that if a defendant doesn't respond to the notice of suit, they may be represented by an attorney; however, the law allows the plaintiff to suggest an attorney to represent a defendant. One attorney, suggested by USA Discounters, represented defendants in all 11 of the cases ProPublica examined.

-Noel Brinkerhoff, Steve Straehley

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Ron Paul Rewind: Israel Encouraged Growth of Hamas



Written by Adam Dick

Friday July 11, 2014

As the death toll from the Israel government's air strikes increases and its military prepares for a ground invasion of Gaza that the Israeli government justifies as a response to Hamas hostilities, consider former Rep. Ron Paul's January 9, 2009 speech on the US House of Representatives floor explaining that Israel helped encourage the growth of Hamas to counteract the Palestine Liberation Organization. Paul, RPI's chairman and founder, proceeds to discuss in the speech the similarity between Israel's past actions regarding Hamas and the US Central Intelligence Agency's support for radicalizing Muslims to compete with the Soviet Union.

Watch Paul's speech here:



Richard Sale opens a window on the Israel government's effort to aid Hamas' growth in his June 18, 2002 United Press International article:

In the wake of a suicide bomb attack Tuesday on a crowded Jerusalem city bus that killed 19 people and wounded at least 70 more, the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, took credit for the blast.
 Israeli officials called it the deadliest attack in Jerusalem in six years.
 Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon immediately vowed to fight "Palestinian terror" and summoned his cabinet to decide on a military response to the organization that Sharon had once described as "the deadliest terrorist group that we have ever had to face."
Active in Gaza and the West Bank, Hamas wants to liberate all of Palestine and establish a radical Islamic state in place of Israel. It is has gained notoriety with its assassinations, car bombs and other acts of terrorism.
 But Sharon left something out.
Israel and Hamas may currently be locked in deadly combat, but, according to several current and former U.S. intelligence officials, beginning in the late 1970s, Tel Aviv gave direct and indirect financial aid to Hamas over a period of years.
 Israel "aided Hamas directly -- the Israelis wanted to use it as a counterbalance to the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization)," said Tony Cordesman, Middle East analyst for the Center for Strategic Studies.
 Israel's support for Hamas "was a direct attempt to divide and dilute support for a strong, secular PLO by using a competing religious alternative," said a former senior CIA official.
Read the complete article here


U.S. Only Country of 47 to Vote against Investigating Possible Human Rights Violations during Israeli Occupation of Gaza

Monday, July 28, 2014

(photo A.M. Ahad, AP)
The United States has once again demonstrated its steadfast loyalty to Israel, this time casting the lone "no" vote on a United Nations resolution authorizing an investigation into alleged human rights abuses in Gaza.

American support for Israel has been tested during the recent military invasion of the Palestinian territory, which has seen hundreds of civilians—including many children—killed in the fighting.

But the Obama administration stuck by the Israeli government when Palestine called for a UN probe of reported violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. The resolution passed the UN Human Rights Council with 29 nations in favor and 17 abstentions. The only country to oppose the plan was the U.S.

In addition to condemning the "widespread, systematic and gross violations of international human rights and fundamental freedoms" caused by Israeli military operations, the measure "condemned all violence against civilians wherever it occurred, including the killing of two Israeli civilians as a result of rocket fire."

The resolution further calls for an immediate ceasefire, for Israel to immediately reopen the Gaza Strip, and for nations to provide humanitarian aide to the Palestinian people.

More than 1,000 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza and thousands injured since the invasion began on July 7, along with 45 Israelis, according to news reports.

"In Gaza, 443 or 74 per cent of the killed are civilians," Kyung-Wha Kang, assistant secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and UN deputy emergency relief coordinator, said in a statement. "One third of civilians killed so far are children. One child has been killed each hour in Gaza over the past two days."

-Noel Brinkerhoff
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Labor Unions Are Anti-Labor - George Reisman

Mises Daily: Monday, July 28, 2014 by

Many Americans, perhaps a substantial majority, still believe that, irrespective of any problems they may have caused, labor unions are fundamentally an institution that exists in the vital self-interest of wage earners. Indeed, many believe that it is labor unions that stand between the average wage earner and a life of subsistence wages, exhausting hours of work, and horrific working conditions.

Labor unions and the general public almost totally ignore the essential role played by falling prices in achieving rising real wages. They see only the rise in money wages as worthy of consideration. Indeed, in our environment of chronic inflation, prices that actually do fall are relatively rare.

Nevertheless, the only thing that can explain a rise in real wages throughout the economic system is a fall in prices relative to wages. And the only thing that achieves this is an increase in production per worker. More production per worker — a higher productivity of labor — serves to increase the supply of goods and services produced relative to the supply of labor that produces them. In this way, it reduces prices relative to wages and thereby raises real wages and the general standard of living.

What raises money wages throughout the economic system is not what is responsible for the rise in real wages. Increases in money wages are essentially the result just of the increase in the quantity of money and resulting increase in the overall volume of spending in the economic system. In the absence of a rising productivity of labor, the increase in money and spending would operate to raise prices by as much or more than it raised wages. This outcome is prevented only by the fact that at the same time that the quantity of money and volume of spending are increasing, the output per worker is also increasing, with the result that prices rise by less than wages. A fall in prices is still present in the form of prices being lower than they would have been had only an increase in the quantity of money and volume of spending been operative.

With relatively minor exceptions, real wages throughout the economic system simply do not rise from the side of higher money wages. Essentially, they rise only from the side of a greater supply of goods and services relative to the supply of labor and thus from prices being lower relative to wages. The truth is that the means by which the standard of living of the individual wage earner and the individual businessman and capitalist is increased, and the means by which that of the average wage earner in the economic system is increased, are very different. For the individual, it is the earning of more money. For the average wage earner in the economic system, it is the payment of lower prices.

What this discussion shows is that the increase in money wages that labor unions seek is not at all the source of rising real wages and that the source of rising real wages is in fact a rising productivity of labor, which always operates from the side of falling prices, not rising money wages.


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Poland's Szymany Airfield used for secret CIA torture operations.


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End Torture, Shut Down the CIA!: The Ron Paul Institute


Map of flights to CIA "black site" prisons where it could waterboard prisoners and use other forms of torture--while US government officials denied that these illegal practices were being used. Source

Written by Ron Paul
Sunday July 27, 2014


Ronpaul Tst

Remember back in April, 2007, when then-CIA director George Tenet appeared on 60 Minutes, angrily telling the program host, "we don't torture people"? Remember a few months later, in October, President George W. Bush saying, "this government does not torture people"? We knew then it was not true because we had already seen the photos of Iraqis tortured at Abu Ghraib prison four years earlier.

Still the US administration denied that torture was torture, preferring to call it "enhanced interrogation" and claiming that it had disrupted so many terrorist plots. Of course, we later found out that the CIA had not only lied about the torture of large numbers of people after 9/11, but it had vastly exaggerated any valuable information that came from such practices.

 
However secret rendition of prisoners to other places was ongoing.

 

The US not only tortured people in its own custody, however. Last week the European Court of Human Rights found that the US government transferred individuals to secret detention centers in Poland (and likely elsewhere) where they were tortured away from public scrutiny. The government of Poland was ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages to two victims for doing nothing to stop their torture on Polish soil.

How tragic that Poland, where the Nazis constructed the Auschwitz concentration camp in which so many innocents were tortured and murdered, would acquiesce to hosting secret torture facilities. The idea that such brutality would be permitted on Polish soil just 70 years after the Nazi occupation should remind us of how dangerous and disingenuous governments continue to be.

This is the first time the European court has connected any EU country to US torture practices. The Obama administration refuses to admit that such facilities existed and instead claims that any such "enhanced interrogation" programs were shut down by 2009. We can only hope this is true, but we should be wary of government promises. After all, they promised us all along that they were not using torture, and we might have never known had photographs and other information not been leaked to the press.

There are more reasons to be wary of this administration's claims about rejecting torture and upholding human rights. The president has openly justified killing American citizens without charge or trial and he has done so on at least three occasions. There is not much of a gap between torture and extrajudicial murder when it comes to human rights abuses.

Meanwhile, former CIA director George Tenet and other senior current and former CIA officials are said to be frantically attempting to prepare a response to a planned release of an unclassified version of a 6,500 page Senate Intelligence Committee study on the torture practices of that agency. The CIA was already caught tapping into the computers of Senate investigators last year, looking to see what information might be contained in the report. Those who have seen the report have commented that it details far more brutal CIA practices that have been revealed to this point.

Revelations of US secret torture sites overseas and a new Senate investigation revealing widespread horrific CIA torture practices should finally lead to the abolishment of this agency. Far from keeping us safer, CIA covert actions across the globe have led to destruction of countries and societies and unprecedented resentment toward the United States. For our own safety, end the CIA!

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