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What We Can Learn from Slavery, Person or Property?

Dr. Patrick Johnson, Personhood Ohio

The history of our nation is rich with the tradition of states nullifying tyrannical law. When federal power violates the Constitution or violates God’s law, states have successfully resisted.

For example, when the Supreme Court in 1857 ruled that runaway slave Dred Scott was “property” not a “person”, and when the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act demanded that runaway slaves be turned over to their masters, did you know that many states resisted and freed slaves?

In 1851, a U.S. Senator, a former New York governor, and 24 New Yorkers were arrested for hiding runaway slave William Henry. Under their direction, he finally made it to Canada to freedom. A jury practically “nullified” federal law by refusing to convict all but one of the 26 citizens who helped William Henry.

Wisconsin went even further and in 1854 officially declared the Fugitive Slave Act to be unconstitutional. Within five years, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, and Kansas followed Wisconsin’s lead and passed legislation to nullify the Fugitive Slave Act.

The rescue of the slave Joshua Glover is one of the most inspiring examples of the people nullifying immoral federal law. Glover escaped his Missouri master and, with the help of the Underground Railroad, made his way north to Wisconsin. Unfortunately, his master, B.S. Garland, eventually caught up with him.

With the help of two U.S. Marshals and a bloody wooden club, they arrested Glover and threw him in a Milwaukee jail. About 100 men who opposed slavery landed by boat in Milwaukee, furious. Their crowd grew dramatically in size as they marched toward the jail. The men convinced a local judge that the runaway slave was entitled to at least two things: a writ of habeas corpus and a trial by jury. The judge delivered the writ to the U.S. Marshals at the jail.

Not surprisingly, the federal officers rejected the validity of the writ.

However, the citizens of Wisconsin did not respect this “mischief framed by a law.” In courageous defiance, they broke down the doors of the jail and freed Joshua Glover! Then the sheriff arrested Glover’s former slave master and the two U.S. Marshals, charging them with assault! Take that, tyrants! In the meantime, the Underground Railroad assisted Joshua Glover as he crossed the border into Canada to freedom.

Ohio soon joined the ranks of northern states who refused to bow to the federal judiciary when the judges violated the Constitution and God’s law. Did you know that approximately half of the activists in the Underground Railroad were Ohioans? Ohio has a strong tradition of “nullifying” tyrannical federal law, and never has it been more necessary than now, when the federal government’s gavel results in the slaughter of 25,000 innocent preborn Ohioans every year.

The Emancipation Proclamation is credited with ending slavery, but godly Americans and sovereign states were ending slavery long before Lincoln ever thought of it. When the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe, was asked who ended slavery, she answered, “John Rankin and his sons.”

Who is John Rankin? A pastor in Ripley, Ohio, who defied federal tyranny and hid runaway slaves from the federal government. Was he a hero or a villain? Of course, a hero.

We will never have a Lincoln until we have a hundred Rankins. Ohio desperately needs more men and women like Reverend Rankin, who will love these children as they love themselves, who will work to pass state laws to protect these innocent babies from the federal government’s bloody gavel. Will you be one?

States’ Rights and Nullification?

By Andy Myers

Are you kidding me. Of course I’m for it. Why? Well for one thing it was paramount in establishing limited government so that we could enjoy what so eloquently was stated in the Declaration of Independence:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

This of course was just a pretext leading up to even more limitations upon the government as the Constitution outlines in Article I Section 8.

So why then with the supreme law of limited government so expressly written by the founders could so many have such difficulty in understanding limited and government? Granted those two words define irony.

Fortunately though these statesmen came up with these amazing amendments to the Constitution called the Bill of Rights. Now these aren’t your rights. These are restrictions and limitations put upon the government so that you could enjoy the unalienable rights mentioned above. But wait. It gets even better. To make sure, as if it wasn’t clear enough that government was to be limited to the extent that the states and the people were to be sovereign, they included the ninth and tenth amendments which in a nutshell says, Article I Sect. 8 is ALL the powers you are granted and that if it isn’t in that clause..to bad Jack–the power is retained in the States and or the people. You really only need a grade school education and a little common sense to vindicate this side of the rule of law.

But the declaration above cannot survive the atmosphere of big government that we have today.

In his commentary published on Friday in Xenia Daily Gazette’s Opinion section, Steven Conn was correct when he said, “Lincoln was really the first ‘big government’ president.” And he was correct in pointing out the irony of the tea party folks holding a rally in front of a memorial of a president who shredded the “rule of law” which is what the tea party folks are supposedly championing-limited government, states rights, individual liberty, free markets and a limited foreign policy based on our charter documents.

I guess in today’s mental climate the above stated declaration and the rule of law is just some “blank piece of paper” according to a recent executive and too many others. All three branches have been treasonous and both major parties are guilty of crimes against the very documents they swore to uphold.

But, Mr. Conn is wrong in that “states rights” aren’t an avenue worth exploring. The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions of 1798-99 proved the threat of nullifying or interposing unconstitutional laws gave the states-and the people the last say-so. Thomas Jefferson put it plain and simple when he said,

“When all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks of one government upon the other, and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from what we separated.”

Folks, what makes America unique is are uniqueness. We are not a one-size fits all people. Human nature will never allow it and until we accept the fact that what may be good for you might not be good for me, government is going to continue to enslave us. States’ Rights and Nullification is a tool that brings power back to the people. It has worked in several states issues such as Real ID, Firearms Freedom Acts, Medical Marijuana Acts just to name three. You as an individual wouldn’t come onto my property and threaten me with force to live and do as you see fit. So why then would you appoint a group of people-government to do what you cannot or would not do as an individual? That is tyranny. Which even a fifth grader understands is the opposite of liberty

Andy Myers is a resident of Jamestown and is a policy analyst for The Ohio Freedom Alliance.

The Ohio Project at Clark County Fair

What is the Ohio Project? I’m glad you asked.

The Ohio Project is a grass root initiative opposing recently passed federal health care reform legislation mandates. The initiative seeks to introduce a state constitutional amendment giving Ohioans the legal to oppose those mandates that extend beyond the Constitutional authority of the federal government. It will make the 9th and 10th amendments to the U.S. Constitution enforcement for this specific set of issues.

The central region coordinator, Nancy Channell, has arranged for a petition signing booth at the Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market.
All are invited to enjoy the many unique displays of antique collector items, booths offering consumer goods, information about area service organizations, and political efforts of organizations like The Ohio Project. At the same time, you can help the Ohio Project succeed by signing the petition.

Supporting the Ohio Project means enforcing your constitutional rights to government limited to the rule of law under the Constitution.

For more information, go to the Ohio Project website. You can also find out more about the Springfield Antique show by going here.

Southwest Ohio Liberty Conference to Feature Speakers on Sound Money, State’s Rights and Individual Liberty

On November 21, 2009, liberty activists will converge on the Beavercreek Golf Club for a unique speaker’s forum celebrating the true spirit and timeless traditions of individual liberty and Constitutional government.

The Southwest Ohio Liberty Conference, sponsored by the Ohio Freedom Alliance, will feature lectures on sound money, state’s rights and individual liberty. The event is open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10 per person to defray costs. The doors open at 1:00 p.m. on November 21st for networking and light refreshments, and speakers will address the audience from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Beavercreek Golf Club is just minutes from the Mall at Fairfield Commons, at 2800 New Germany-Trebein Road in Beavercreek, Ohio.

Scheduled to appear are Harold D. Thomas, founder of The Ohio Republic Blog; Joe Bozzi, Executive Director and co-founder of the Ohio Freedom Alliance and the Ohio Liberty Council; and Kevin Cullinane, a former head instructor of the 1st Marine Division’s Counterinsurgency School.

“The Southwest Ohio Liberty Conference is the first event of its kind in our area,” said organizer Andy Myers. “We are committed to teaching and instilling the founding principles that made the United States the envy of the world. And everyone is welcome. It’s a non-partisan event, and we think people of every political persuasion will be in attendance. We don’t care if you call yourself a Republican or a Democrat or a Libertarian—if you respect the Constitution, the rule of law and economic freedom, we think the speakers will have something for you.”

Harold D. Thomas’ lecture is titled “State Sovereignty: What’s in it for me?” Attendees will learn why passing Ohio’s state sovereignty resolutions (SCR 13, HCR 11) is essential to curb federal encroachment on the rights of the states and of individuals. Mr. Thomas will go into the history of states’ rights in the United States, review the features of Ohio’s two 10th Amendment resolutions, and suggest action steps to persuade the Ohio General Assembly to adopt them.

Joe Bozzi, Executive Director and co-founder of The Ohio Freedom Alliance and co-founder of The Ohio Liberty Council will be speaking about The Ohio Honest Money Act and what it means to the citizens of Ohio in protecting their loved ones, their financial security and quite possibly their livelihood. Mr. Bozzi graduated with a degree in economics from the College of Holy Cross, where he had studied under the Austrian Economist Professor Walter Block.

The featured speaker, Kevin Cullinane, is a foreign policy expert and the former head instructor at the 1st Marine Division’s Counterinsurgency School. He is also the co-founder of the Academy of the Rockies, a small, family-style, coed boarding school in Idaho. The Academy’s pioneering format combined academic study with farm work and mountaineering adventure. In 1999 he and his family relocated to northeast Tennessee and founded the Freedom Mountain Academy, a boarding school identical to their Academy of the Rockies. Cullinane will be sharing his view of what freedom is truly about.

The Ohio Freedom Alliance is a grassroots organization founded to facilitate greater communication and cooperation among liberty-oriented organizations and individuals throughout Ohio. OFA has over 1,500 active members, and over 15,000 supporters.

Although Ohio’s electoral votes went for President Obama, the campaign of Texas representative and strict constitutionalist Ron Paul energized thousands of libertarian and conservative voters in Ohio. Dr. Paul’s campaign inspired the formation of a number of grassroots groups that later became members of the Ohio Freedom Alliance.

Since its founding in the spring of 2008, the Ohio Freedom Alliance has:

* Distributed thousands of educational DVD’s and pieces of literature on state sovereignty, sound money, and free-market economics.
* Hosted national speakers including best-selling author Thomas E. Woods and FOX News analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano.
* Organized a statewide rally with over 10,000 Ohio citizens on the Statehouse lawn.
* Lobbied for the introduction of several pieces of legislation, including the State Sovereignty Resolution (SCR 13) which successfully passed the Ohio Senate.

In addition to the Ohio Sovereignty Resolution—which reaffirms the rights of the State of Ohio and the People under the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution—the OFA has supported the “Firearms Freedom Act” (HB-315), an Act that would prohibit the federal government from regulating ammunition, firearms, and firearm accessories that are manufactured and remain in Ohio; and SJR-7, an amendment to the Ohio Constitution that would prevent the federal government from forcing Ohioans to participate in a health care system.

The “health care freedom” amendment should be popular among voters, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll. The poll, released November 12, shows Ohio voters moving away from liberal policies and Mr. Obama in significant numbers. Ohio voters oppose Obama’s health care plan 55 to 36 percent, with independents against it 57 to 33 percent. “Independent voters in Ohio—whose ballots often decide Ohio elections—disapprove of the overall job Obama is doing and disapprove of his handling of the economy by 54 to 39 percent,” notes event organizer Andy Myers. “Ohio voters disapprove—by a figure of almost two-to-one—of Obama’s handling of health care. These are the kinds of people who are going to Tea Parties and joining organizations like the Ohio Freedom Alliance.”

Ohio joins other states in reclaiming their liberty and sovereignty

Over eight states have passed resolutions reaffirming the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Tenth Amendment provides 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.”Among twenty other states proposing similar resolution is Ohio.

The Ohio Freedom Alliance is one of the groups leading the Liberty and Sovereignty Resolution initiative.

Those leading the initiative believe that the federal government has consistently over-stepped it’s constitutional boundaries and usurped the powers reserved to the states, and therefore the people.

The Ohio Liberty and Sovereignty Resolution will remind the federal government of it’s proper role and place. The goal is to have this resolution adopted and passed by the Ohio State Legislature during this calendar year of 2009.

To read and sign the petition, go here. All signatures will be delivered to the Ohio State House in early to mid-March.