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An Open Letter To Ted Nugent: “The Day I’ll Join The NRA”

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Rebellion In America Heats Up As 5th State Exempts Guns

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Stop The U.N. Stealth Attack on the Second Amendment

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Americans Most Satisfied in Cold Northern States, Least Satisfied in Nevada

Although they may more often be inconvenienced by snowy weather, more Americans tend to say they are satisfied with their standard of living in cold northern states—including North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Alaska—than in other regions, according to a new Gallup poll.

While residents in former Gov. Sarah Palin’s Alaska registered one of the highest rates of satisfaction with their standard of living, residents in Nevada, which is represented in the Senate by Majority Leader Harry Reid, registered the lowest rate of satisfaction out of all 50 states.

Over the course of 2009, Gallup asked more than 350,000 Americans across all 50 states this question: “Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with your standard of living, all the things you can buy and do?” A higher percentage of residents in northern states tended to say they were satisfied, with five of the Top 10 states bordering on Canada.

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The Firearms Freedom Act (FFA) is sweeping the Nation

Originally introduced and passed in Montana, the FFA declares that any firearms made and retained in-state are beyond the authority of Congress under its constitutional power to regulate commerce among the states.

Since its passage in Montana, a clone of the Firearms Freedom Act has been enacted in Tennessee, and has been introduced in the legislatures of Alaska, Texas, South Carolina, Minnesota and Florida. Legislators in many other states have announced that they will introduce FFA clones when their legislatures next convene.

The FFA is primarily a Tenth Amendment challenge to the powers of Congress under the “commerce clause,” with firearms as the object – it is a state’s rights exercise.

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Resentment is Brewing in Tennessee

The tea party movement, which shook up the national political debate in 2009, is setting higher goals for the new year. The anti-government activists aim to influence the 2010 elections, and Nashville could serve as their launching pad.

Tea Party Nation, is holding what it’s billing as a national convention Feb. 4-6 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel to begin organizing for election campaigns around the country. None other than Sarah Palin is headlining the event, with Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and Tennessee’s Rep. Marsha Blackburn also among the speakers.

Several groups already have formed political action committees to raise campaign cash. FreedomWorks, which helped organize many of last year’s tea party protests, says it will imitate Obama’s 2008 Internet fundraising efforts.

“We’re all looking to the elections,” says Ben Cunningham, the anti-tax activist who spoke at state Capitol rallies last spring and summer. “People were really frustrated, and the protests were the way they expressed that. Now people are beginning to say, ‘Hey, these rallies are fun but what’s the next step? How do we affect the political process?’ There are a lot of people getting involved.”

The idea is to channel the movement’s energy and outrage to candidates willing to take up the cause.

“At its root, the tea party is really people who have had enough and decided to get involved. It’s really a grassroots thing.” said Ken Marrero, a conservative activist.

Cunningham agrees: “Our strength is our diversity, with so many people empowered to do so many different things.”

“Many of these folks have repudiated party membership,” Marrero points out—so why would they want to join a unified organization under the tea party banner? “They’re looking for performance, not parties or politicians,” he says.

In Tennessee, Republicans are echoing tea party views.

Congressman Zach Wamp, who is running for governor, famously vowed to meet Obama at the state line if he should come to Tennessee to confiscate guns. Wamp and one of his rivals, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, constantly demand that the federal government recognize Tennessee’s sovereignty under the 10th Amendment to the Constitution.

Last session, the legislature overwhelmingly adopted Rep. Susan Lynn‘s resolution demanding state sovereignty.

Lawmakers also approved the so-called Firearms Freedom Act, which purports to bar federal regulation of made-in-Tennessee guns and ammunition.

Just before Christmas, Lynn, R-Mt. Juliet, and another state lawmaker, Rep. Debra Maggart, R-Hendersonville, asked state Attorney General Bob Cooper to take “appropriate legal action” against the federal government if the health care bill becomes law.

“It is clear by the wording of the legislation itself that not every state would face a similar and equal burden,” they wrote. “We see this as a violation of equal protection of the law, an affront to our sovereignty, and a breach of the U.S. Constitution.”

Ramsey joined the calls for a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of health care legislation.

Last week, Lynn, who is running for the state Senate, upped the ante by saying she might introduce “nullification” legislation purporting to let Tennessee declare null and void any federal law the state deems unconstitutional. She said she would target the pending health care reform legislation as the first federal law to nullify.

Organized or not, the tea party movement is shaping the Tennessee political landscape for this year’s elections.

“If political parties refuse to adopt the principles of lower taxes and less spending,” Marrero says, “no one will have to figure out how to get the tea partiers involved. It’s reached a critical mass, and it’s not going away.”

SEIU, ACORN, and the White House

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Gun Rights Groups Plan State-By-State Revolt

Gary Marbut isn’t aiming to eliminate federal gun laws. He just wants to make them much less relevant.

Marbut, president of the Montana Shooting Sports Association, is one of the leaders of a new grassroots movement that’s seeking to invoke the principle of states’ rights — including states’ own authority to regulate firearms — to thwart what he and his allies view as an increasingly overreaching federal government.

Politicians in Washington have “assumed power that many of us believe was not authorized under the limits of the Constitution,” Marbut said in an interview with CBSNews.com last week.

This modern-day federalist revolt began with a Montana state law recently signed by Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer. It says that firearms, ammunition, and accessories manufactured entirely inside Montana are not subject to federal regulation, including background checks for buyers and record-keeping requirements for sellers. They would remain subject to state regulation.

The law, which does not permit the manufacture of certain large-caliber weapons or machine guns, takes effect on October 1, 2009.

Montana is hardly alone: the Tennessee legislature has approved a nearly-identical bill, and others are pending in TexasAlaskaMinnesota, and South Carolina. About 10 other states, including Florida and Arizona, are reportedly considering similar measures, and a Colorado state legislator has publicly pledged to follow suit.

Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, said on Friday that he would let the bill become law without his signature. (Bredesen vetoed one gun rights bill last month; the veto was overriden.)

While this federalism-inspired revolt has coalesced around gun rights, the broader goal is to dust off a section of the Bill of Rights that most Americans probably have paid scant attention to: the Tenth Amendment. It says that “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.”

The Tenth Amendment states that the federal government’s powers are limited only to what it has been “delegated,” and the U.S. Supreme Court in 1918 confirmed that the amendment “carefully reserved” some authority “to the states.” That view is echoed by statements made at the time the Constitution was adopted; New Hampshire explicitly said that states kept “all powers not expressly and particularly delegated” to the federal government.

The states “never gave the federal judiciary permission to erase the Tenth Amendment from the Constitution,” Marbut said. “We need to reacquaint them with the Tenth Amendment.”

Marbut says he plans a test case in federal court that would use the example of a Montana resident without a federal firearms license seeking to manufacture a made-in-Montana gun. “We can get this clarified,” he said. “I do not want any Montana citizen to face federal prison time.”

“It’s great PR for us,” says Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Bellevue, Wash.-based Second Amendment Foundation. “It’s keeping gun owners across the country excited and energized. It’s a way of taking the offensive when normally gun owners are on the defensive.”

The stakes are higher, of course, than just gun rights. If the judiciary somehow breathes new life into the Tenth Amendment, and curbs federal regulation of commerce taking place entirely within a state, that would let states bypass innumerable federal rules on everything from pharmaceuticals to children’s toys.

“It’s a response to federal overreaching,” Gottlieb says. “A lot of people supporting this cause couldn’t care less about firearms. They don’t want the Obama administration dictating what states can and can’t do. It’s a pushback against federal authority in general.”

Fighting to Secede

From Texas to Hawaii, these groups are fighting to secede.

American secessionist groups today range from small startups with a few laptop computers to organized movements with meetings of delegates from several states.

The Middlebury Institute, a group that studies and supports the general cause of separatism and secessionism in the U.S., has held three Secession Congresses since its founding in 2004.

At the most recent gathering, held in New Hampshire last November, one discussion focused on creating a new federation potentially to be called “Novacadia,” consisting of present-day New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. An article highlighted on the group’s Web site describes Denmark as a role-model for the potential country. In the months following the convention, the idea “did not actually evolve into very much,” says Kirkpatrick Sale, the institute’s director.

Below the Mason-Dixon Line, groups like the League of the South and Southern National Congress hold meetings of delegates. They discuss secession as a way of accomplishing goals like protecting the right to bear arms and tighter immigration policies. The Texas Nationalist Movement claims that over 250,000 Texans have signed a form affirming the organization’s goal of a Texas nation.

A religious group, Christian Exodus, formed in 2003 with the purpose of transforming what is today South Carolina into a sovereign, Christian-run state. According to a statement on its Web site, the group still supports the idea, but has learned that “the chains of our slavery and dependence on Godless government have more of a hold on us than can be broken by simply moving to another state.”

On the West Coast, elected officials representing greater San Diego County, Imperial County and Northern Baja, Mexico, have proposed creating a “mega-region” of the three areas called “Cali Baja, a Bi-National Mega-Region.”

Hawaii is home to numerous groups that work toward the goal of sovereignty, including Nation of Hawaii. The group argues that native Hawaiians were colonized and forced into statehood against their will and without fair process, and therefore have the right to decide how to govern themselves today. In Alaska, the Alaska Independence Party advocates for the state’s independence.

There is also a Web site for a group called North Star Republic, with a mission to establish a socialist republic in what today is Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.

A group of American Indians led by activist Russell Means is working to establish the Republic of Lakotah, which would cover parts of North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Nebraska. In 2007, the Republic presented the U.S. State Department with a notice of withdrawal.


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