JBS contradicts its own position on Constitution

by Tim Baldwin, Liberty Defense League

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After my open letter to the John Birch Society (JBS) was released, Robert Brown (employee of JBS who is stationed in Montana) responded to my letter through his Facebook page. He stated,

“Tim Baldwin has been attacking the JBS lately for not supporting HIS view of an Article V convention. What is his goal?”

Robert’s response is nonsense and ignores the State Rights quandary JBS faces by its opposition to Article V.

In case Robert may still be confused, I’ll try to explain my point better, which is this: JBS’ opposition to Article V internally contradicts its position on State Rights’ principles regarding secession and declaring independence. I will explain further below. [Read more...] (93)

The Solution to Highly Organized Negligence

by MG Paul Vallely, US Army (Ret), Chairman, Stand Up America

How and can America recover from it its economic, political and cultural spiral? It seems or appears too many of us here and abroad that the United States is in a continual downward spiral but the challenges can be overcome and we can recover and spiral upward!

How many more scandals do Americans have to endure to express a “no confidence” vote in our national leadership? And now the VA scandal spreading like wildfire through this over-bureaucratic, incompetent organization.

What we are witnessing is ”Highly Organized Negligence”

The stakes are very high for our upcoming, younger generations and they must be included and self-motivated to understand the crossroads and ensure we do not implode. But how do we get there and what do we do collectively? We need new leadership with vision and common sense more than ever to chart a new roadmap for America. [Read more...] (238)

Environmental Extremism damages America

by William Perry Pendley, President, Mountain States Legal Foundation

The following is adapted from a speech delivered on April 23, 2014, at a Hillsdale College event in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Jason Bean photo courtesy of The Missoulian

Jason Bean photo courtesy of The Missoulian

For many or maybe even most Americans, reports that a rancher in Clark County, Nevada, was at odds with federal land bureaucrats, that scores of federal lawyers were litigating against him, and that SWAT-garbed and heavily armed federal law-enforcement officers had surrounded his place might have come as a surprise.

They might have been even more surprised, in the wake of this standoff—which ended short of deadly escalation thanks in part to negotiations by a local sheriff—to hear that over 50 elected officials from nine Western states had gathered in Utah to discuss a state takeover of a significant portion of federally owned land in the American West.

But Westerners—especially rural Westerners who make a living on the federal lands that predominate beyond the hundredth meridian, by logging, mining, ranching, or developing energy resources—were not surprised at all. [Read more...] (467)

Public Land Transfer would benefit Montana

by Senator Jennifer Fielder, R-Montana State Senate District 7JenniferFielder240

It’s a big idea and it’s rightfully reaping big debate nationwide. Can and should states assume control of federally held public lands within our borders?

Many colleagues and experts throughout the west have studied the issue intensively, and we now believe there’s no reason why we can’t. The challenge is to get the facts on the table, put protections in place consistent with Montana values, and prepare our state agencies for an orderly transition.

Montana’s study of public lands shows Montanans want more multiple use access, reduction of wildfire fuels, and more economic production. But federal agencies systematically continue to do the opposite of what we want. 

Shifting to state based public land ownership would mean Montanans – not Congress, the President, or any other state – would decide how much access, use, protection, and production we would want to see. [Read more...] (174)

Federal Supremacy vs. States’ Rights

by J.B. WilliamsNewsWithViews.com

In the United States of America, our U.S. Constitution creates a Constitutional Representative Republic, as opposed to the myth that we are a pure democracy. That Constitution lays out the specific enumerated powers of each of three branches of the Federal government, and the authorities to carry out those assigned duties.

The U.S. Bill of Rights is an additional statement of restrictions upon Federal authority, not the least of which is the Tenth Amendment, protecting the Rights of a sovereign state and the people who reside within each state.

“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.” – Amendment X [Read more...]

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What is Senator Harry Reid’s Involvement in Government Assault on Nevada Ranch?

by Wayne Allyn Root, RootForAmerica

WayneAllenRootBI live in Las Vegas. I live and breath Nevada politics. Something is very wrong. Something smells rotten in the Nevada desert. And Senator Harry Reid’s fingerprints are all over it.

I am of course referring to the Bundy Ranch siege. This was a dispute between a Nevada ranching family with rights to the land in question for 140 years and the BLM (Bureayu of Land Management).

The government claims they haven’t paid grazing fees for 20 years. The result was a government assault on the ranch- including snipers with assault rifles, SUV’s, helicopters, airplanes and over 200 heavily armed troops. No matter whether you come down on the side of the government or the ranch family, I think all of us can agree this was excessive force. [Read more...] (209)

Did US Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) try to steal rancher Bundy’s land?

by Wayne Allyn Root, RootForAmerica

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Once again the biased leftist mainstream media have abandoned all pretense of honest reporting and serious investigative journalism. They are missing the story of the year. A story of government over-reach, potential corruption, theft and malfeasance. Throw in the involvement of the United States Senate Majority Leader and there are Pulitzer Prizes to be won.

Let’s start with the siege itself. Are you aware a militarized government assault (including snipers, SUV’s, helicopters, airplanes, “no fly zones” and “free speech areas”) took place against a hardworking, taxpaying Nevada ranch family…and it barely made the national news?

Here’s an interesting question.

What if the federal government attacked a black church? What if the black minister was tasered? What if his son was brutally beaten and arrested for merely taking photos of the attack on his own land? What if the minister’s cancer-survivor wife was shoved to the ground by the invading force? What if snipers were lined up around the church aiming at black protestors? What if a local politician said “any citizens who come to defend these people better make funeral plans”?

What if the assault on the black church involved even the possibility of a U.S. Senator trying to steal the land under the church for a $5 billion Chinese Solar project (whose attorney was the Senator’s son)? [Read more...] (260)

Nevada: Feds Surrender to American Citizens

Published on Apr 13, 2014

In an epic standoff that Infowars reporter David Knight described as being like “something out of a movie,” supporters of Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy advanced on a position held by BLM agents despite threats that they would be shot at, eventually forcing BLM feds to release 100 cattle that had been stolen from Bundy as part of a land grab dispute that threatened to escalate into a Waco-style confrontation.

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MSSA took on the Giant and paved the way for our future

by Gary Marbut, President, Montana Shooting Sports Association

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Dear MSSA Friends,

The US Supreme Court has declined to accept the State of Montana’s separate petition for review of the Ninth Circuit’s ruling in our lawsuit to validate the principles of the Montana Firearms Freedom Act (MFFA), MSSA v. Holder.  We’re now at the end of this particular road.

Thanks ever so much to Missoula attorney Quentin Rhoades for being MSSA’s sympathetic and competent legal counsel throughout.  Thanks also to MSSA’s partner in this lawsuit, the Second Amendment Foundation.  And, thanks to the Montana legislators who believed enough in liberty and states’ rights to pass the MFFA.

Still, there’s more to be said about the effort. [Read more...] (359)

Water Compact a threat to Western Montana

Tim Orr tries to save Western Montana. After his speech, his employer busted Tim from Supervisor to Maintenance. Are our free speech rights gone?

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Transfer Federal Lands to the States

by Senator Jennifer Fielder, Montana State Senate District 7

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[Note meetings on Dec 11, 12, 13. See below. - Ed]

I wish I didn’t have to keep reporting on the federal lands dilemma. But proper management of these lands is a huge issue that affects so many aspects of our lives, economy, and environment. 

Recently a letter published in local newspapers criticized the validity of information I previously presented about forest access restrictions. My report was based on meetings with federal officials and extensive review of the Kootenai National Forest (KNF) plan.

Specifically pages 6-8 of the Record of Decision list the 500,000 acres that will be placed off limits to motorized access; and pages 16-17 of the EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) show the limits on timber production at just 793,700 acres of the 2.2 million acre forest.

That amounts to only 36% of the total forest to be managed for any sort of economic timber production. [Read more...] (418)

HR 1526 will Save our Forests and Build Montana

by Senator Jennifer Fielder, Montana State Senate District 7

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Please Support HR. 1526:

The Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act

Nov 5, 2013

Please ask your county commissioners and U.S. Senators to actively support HR 1526. With strong support from Montana Congressman Steve Daines, this bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is in the hands of the U.S. Senate now. Simply put, it will require active management, remove the red tape from the litigation process, invest timber sales revenue to our counties and schools, and avoid catastrophic wildfires.

Statistics:

  • H.R. 1526 would create thousands of jobs in Montana (over 200,000 nationwide)
  • Timber harvests in our National Forests are down 80% (90% in Montana) over the last 30 years
  • The Forest Service once averaged over $1 billion in revenues annually. It now spends $2 for every $1 it produces
  • In last year alone, wildfires burned 9.3 million acres while the U.S Forest Service only harvested approximately 200,000 acres for a ratio of 44:1
  • As of 1990, Montana boasted 28 mills, now we only have 7
  • Benefits all Montana forests  [Read more...]

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National Monument to the Forefathers

National Monument to the Forefathers, Plymouth, Massachusetts [Read more...]

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America is Barely Identifiable

[In 1987, Dr. Ron Paul published "Freedom  Under Siege: The U.S. Constitution After 200-Plus Years." This part of his Introduction defines our freedom problem today. I bolded some sentences. You can download his whole book free here. This will be our starting point in discussing Article V. - Ed]

by Dr. Ron Paul

RonPaul220Two hundred years ago the United States Constitution was written as a guide for America’s unique experiment in freedom. Today the free society that the Founders envisaged is barely identifiable.

America is no longer a bastion of freedom.

Prevailing ideology, grounded in economic ignorance and careless disregard for individual liberty, is nurtured by a multitude of self-serving, power-seeking politicians spouting platitudes of compassion for the poor who are created by their own philosophy.

Reelection is paramount in the minds of most of those who represent us, while freedom and constitutional restraint of power are considered old-fashioned and unwise. [Read more...] (456)

Federal Shutdown is a Wake-Up Call

[As I wrote here, county sheriffs should take control of federal land and turn it over to their States ... for free. - Ed]

by Senator Jennifer Fielder, Montana State Senate District 7

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We were ordered to make life as difficult for people as we can a National Park Service employee told the media.

The debacle began when the Republican controlled U.S. House of Representatives funded all the government functions except Obamacare.

In turn, the Democrat controlled U.S. Senate refused to vote on any government funding unless Obamacare was part of the package.  The President announced he would not negotiate on the budget impasse, and all non-essential employees would be sent home.

Many would argue that remote public lands and treasured places in Montana have been needlessly caught up in Washington DC politics for decades. The recent shutdown magnifies the problems with a far-away centralized government that classifies some of our nation’s most productive timber lands, grazing areas, mineral and energy deposits, hunting and fishing grounds, and spectacular scenic and historic places as “non-essential”.

If these areas are non-essential to the federal government, why don’t they give them back to the states? [Read more...] (301)

Is Red State America Seceding?

by Patrick J. Buchanan, Buchanan.org

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In the last decade of the 20th century, as the Soviet Empire disintegrated so, too, did that prison house of nations, the USSR.

Out of the decomposing carcass came Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Moldova, all in Europe; Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan in the Caucasus; and Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan in Central Asia.

Transnistria then broke free of Moldova, and Abkhazia and South Ossetia fought free of Georgia.

Yugoslavia dissolved far more violently into the nations of Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Kosovo.

The Slovaks seceded from Czechoslovakia. Yet a Europe that plunged straight to war after the last breakup of Czechoslovakia in 1938 and 1939 this time only yawned. Let them go, all agreed.

The spirit of secession, the desire of peoples to sever ties to nations to which they have belonged for generations, sometimes for centuries, and to seek out their own kind, is a spreading phenomenon.

Scotland is moving toward a referendum on independence from England, three centuries after the Acts of Union. Catalonia pushes to be free of Madrid. Milanese and Venetians see themselves as a European people apart from Sicilians, Neapolitans and Romans.

Dutch-speaking Flanders wants to cut loose of French-speaking Wallonia in Belgium. Francophone Quebec, with immigrants from Asia and the Third World tilting the balance in favor of union, appears to have lost its historic moment to secede from Canada. [Read more...] (222)

The Americans

SUA600Aby Paul E. Vallely, M/Gen., US Army (Ret.)
and Charles E. Jones, B/Gen., USAF, (Ret.)

The AMERICANS strongly believe that life, liberty, citizenship and the pursuit of happiness are the unalienable RIGHTS of every American Citizen that cannot be taken or transferred. However, not until We the People become brutally frank with ourselves and with each other will the Constitution be taken off the shelf and once again become operational. Only then can the Republic can be restored and preserved in its original ordained Constitutional Power and form.

We The People have suffered enormously since 1913 under the combined rule of two domineering political parties of 536 elected politicians along with those they have appointed. Tax and Spend, along with whatever it takes to rule, is the quest of one of the domineering parties. In the opposing party, weak backbones, failing to stand up and lead for what a majority of citizen voters want, coupled with the elite of the party stealthfully blending in with the tax and spend party, have destructively allowed the confiscation of far too much of the wages and retirement incomes from the citizens who pay income taxes. [Read more...] (397)

What Can the People Do To Restore Liberty, Part 4 (The States)

by Tim Baldwin, Liberty Defense League

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This article addresses what the States can do to restore liberty in the United States of America through “active interposition.”

Today’s Context

It may be a foregone conclusion to some that the States can do anything to resist unconstitutional federal laws. In typical form, opponents of Federalism claim that the Civil War and time itself ridded any power of the States to interpose encroachments of the federal government.

These people expand the effect of the Civil War beyond what even Abraham Lincoln admitted and the Constitution provided through the post-Civil-War amendments. Ironically, many of these people are Democrats, which is the Party that once advocated for States’ rights (the reason for which, I believe, rests largely in George Hegel’s influence in the 1800s).

Regardless, their philosophy refutes the inflexibility of their own conclusion and view of the Constitution. If the Constitution can change over time to prevent a State remedy, it can change by equal or greater reasons to allow a remedy. In the alternative, if the Constitution cannot change, necessity proves as strong a tool. [Read more...] (445)

Open Letter to Lincoln County Commissioners

Dear Lincoln County Commissioners,

Look, Libby is written about in Field and Stream.

Once again we are in a negative light. Once again tourists are given reasons not to visit. Why? I know why. What I don’t know is why you allow it to happen to us on your watch?

You can make it your mission to close down a volunteer Firehouse, yet you play nice with those who unleash grizzly bears and wolves into our backyards. I’m beyond disgusted.

Why are you allowing the Federal Government to push wolves and bears into our backyards? We voted for you to protect us from such things. [Read more...] (229)

States Rights in the spotlight

by J.B. WilliamsNewsWithViews.com

After four and a half years in fraudulent federal dictatorship, Barack Obama has managed to stimulate only a few things in America – race and class warfare battles, gun and ammo sales, a $17 trillion public debt, a mass exodus of business investors and jobs heading overseas to “free markets” and a growing fight to enforce States Rights.

As the democrats’ Global Agenda has driven the United States deeper and deeper into Democratic Socialism via federal tyranny, literally unchallenged by DC Republicans who have almost entirely abdicated all congressional authority to both the executive and judicial branches, state legislators are rushing to reclaim their constitutional powers through a plethora of states’ rights legislative measures. [Read more...] (164)

Ron Paul: Should States have Liberty to Secede?

by Eve Robinson 

Jefferson3The re-election of Barack Obama as the Democrat President of the USA, has provoked new bouts of secessionist sentiment in many Republican states in America. While there have been petitions on We the People, a Whitehouse e-petition website, for states such as Louisiana, the one to gain the most attention in the media has been the petition for Texas’ secession. This could be because 115,000 people signed up to it or because Texas has the longest history of secessionist sentiment.

Yet, do they have the right to independence at all? Does the constitution allow it? Is it the case, as many believe, that the Civil War answered all the questions? [Read more...] (2640)

The 2012 Montana Republican Party Platform

by Ed Berry

The 2012 Montana Republican Party Platform (PDF) is a major accomplishment by all those who participated in the 2012 update. It contains virtually all the dreams of the Montana tea parties while keeping the mainstream positions intact. It is by far the best political party platform for all conservatives, from mainstream to those who call themselves patriots.

This Platform shows the Republican Party is clearly the best path to freedom. Anyone who claims there is no significant difference between the two major parties is out of touch with reality. [Read more...] (429)

Tim Baldwin Files Tenth Amendment Brief in 9th Circuit

by Tim Baldwin

As a Montana Attorney and lone Republican candidate for State House District 4, I filed this Amicus Brief in support of the Plaintiffs in the Federal appellate case, Montana Caregivers, LLC, et. al. v. United States, et. al. (12-35110).

The thrust of my argument penetrates the basis of this issue: how far can Congress overreach the Tenth Amendment? I argue, Congress’ commerce power has gone too far and the Courts need to reexamine the “substantial effects” doctrine as applied over the past 80 years to maintain our federal union. [Read more...] (204)

The Montana Constitutional Pledge Text

The Montana Alliance for Constitutionalism’s Montana Constitutional Pledge is the product of 18-months of dedicated work by Dennis Hicks and George Torp.

Read and download the Pledge below.

The overall mission of the Pledge is:

To restore Constitutional governance, the rule of law, and proven free-market economic principles, in Montana government and policy. (“The Mission”)

The Pledge contains these six components: [Read more...] (941)

Executive Order gives Obama control of all USA resources

by BeforeItsNews.com

This Executive Order was posted on the WhiteHouse.gov  web site on Friday, March 16, 2012, under the name National Defense Resources Preparedness.  In a nutshell, it’s the blueprint for Peacetime Martial Law and it gives the president the power to take just about anything deemed necessary for “National Defense”, whatever they decide that is.    It’s peacetime, because as the title of the order says, it’s for “Preparedness”.  A copy of the entire order follows the end of this story. [Read more...] (1445)

States Dissolving the Union: Pep-Rally Talk

by Timothy Baldwin, LibertyDefenseLeague

Anyone who has read my articles for the past several years knows I advocate the principles of Federalism and State Sovereignty. What is becoming a joke to me, though, is this demonstrably pep-rally doctrine that the States will and should dissolve the union because the federal government ignores the constitution—as if evident violations are new to our generation. What would be new, rather, is for people to address these constitutional problems in terms of practical political redress, not editorial hype and patriotic emotionalism. [Read more...] (296)

HR 1505 is a fatal betrayal of America

by Dr. Ed Berry

America is defined by its Declaration of Independence and its Constitution. America is further defined by its English language, its Christian heritage, and its culture of achievement.

Politics is a triangle.

Many people think politics can be described by a horizontal line between left and right. In fact, this horizontal line is but the base of the political triangle. At the top of the political triangle is our Constitution. Those who support our Constitution, left or right, rise above the horizontal line in the direction of supporting true America. As they reach the peak, they converge. [Read more...] (3130)

IRS: The Biggest Scam in History

by Sheriff Richard Mack, FourWinds10.com

IRS-The Biggest Lie and Scam in World History

IRS-probably the three most frightening letters in the English language. This deep-seated fear and loathing serves a very specific purpose. It serves to keep the People of America in submission to an illusion, a lie. [Read more...] (336)

SB 254 will use Montana Eminent Domain to take back Federal Land

by Ed Berry

Some state legislators are saying: “We can’t take it anymore!”

The feds are squeezing land resources and citizen patience in may states, especially the Inter mountain states like Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. It is all part of the green push to shut down American power production and industry by locking up land resources of individual states. [Read more...] (110)

A War of Three Cultures

by Ed Berry

We are in a War of Three Cultures. The players are the Socialist Democrats, the Patriot Republicans, and the middle-of-the-road, “squishy” Republicans. The winner will be determined by which group collects the most votes in 2012.

The socialist Democrats craftily misinterpret our Constitution. The Patriot Republicans try to accurately interpret our Constitution. The middle-of-the-road, “squishy” Republicans go along with the Democrats so they don’t rock the boat. [Read more...] (335)