CONCORD, N.H., January 23, 2014 – Today, a bipartisan state house committee in New Hampshire voted unanimously in support of a bill which deems federal indefinite detention powers unconstitutional and bans “any activity that aids” the federal government in carrying out such powers.
Introduced by Rep. Tim O’Flaherty (D- Hillsborough), the bill quickly garnered co-sponsorship from two republicans and two democrats. Tenth Amendment Center communications director Mike Maharrey praised the bipartisan action. “Some things are so bad that people know it’s time to drop party affiliations and work together. Indefinite detention is really nothing more than kidnapping sanction by law, and the resistance to it from both parties in the state is refreshing news,” he said.
CONCORD, N.H. (Mar. 13, 2013) Today in a lopsided vote, the Democrat-controlled State House of Representatives in New Hampshire approved Representative Dan Itse’s HB399, the Liberty Preservation Act. If passed into law, HB399 would nullify the NDAA “indefinite detention” powers that Barack Obama signed into law at the end of 2011. The vote was 337-15 (roll call here).
In 1850, when President Millard Fillmore signed the second “Fugitive Slave Act,” due process was under serious attack by the federal government.
The law compelled people of all states to “assist” federal marshals and their deputies with the apprehension of suspected runaway slaves. It brought all trials involving alleged fugitive slaves under federal jurisdiction. It included large fines for anyone who aided a slave in their escape, even by simply giving them food or shelter.
Our Colonial ancestors petitioned and pleaded with King George III to get his boot off their necks. He ignored their pleas, and in 1776, they rightfully declared unilateral independence and went to war. Today its the same story except Congress is the one usurping the rights of the people and the states, making King Georges actions look mild in comparison. Our constitutional ignorance — perhaps contempt, coupled with the fact that weve become a nation of wimps, sissies and supplicants — has made us easy prey for Washingtons tyrannical forces. But that might be changing a bit. There are rumblings of a long overdue re-emergence of Americans characteristic spirit of rebellion.