See Dr. Tom Woods in Wisconsin September 21st !

Should Wisconsin Help Stop An Out-of-Control Federal Government ?

Dr. Tom Woods and other featured speakers and panel experts will answer that question and provide Wisconsinites nullification tools at Reclaiming the Republic: The Case for Nullification.   Join us Saturday, September 21st at Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee, WI, and learn how states’ rights can be asserted in Wisconsin ! Woods

State nullification is happening across our country.  State legislatures in other states are working to block unconstitutional federal interference in healthcare, firearms, marijuana, airport security, spying on and indefinite detention of U.S. citizens, etc.  Why hasn’t Wisconsin government yet acted ?

Event speakers include Tom Woods, author of Nullification: How to Resist Tyranny in the 21st Century, is recognized as the foremost authority on state nullification.  Hear Dr. Woods lay out the historical basis and strategies for checking federal power.

Other speakers include former Oklahoma State Senator Randy Brogdon, an outspoken states’ rights advocate, and Michael Maharrey of the Tenth Amendment Center.  Mr. Marharrey recently published Our Last Hope: Rediscovering the Last Path to Liberty.

Hear expert panel discussion on state nullification. Discussion will include how to increase public pressure on elected Wisconsin officials to nullify unconstitutional federal overreach and how Wisconsin can become a leader in the tenth amendment movement.

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The states are our most powerful bulwark against federal infringement on the individual rights of the people.  And it only when the individual is free that society can be free.   If our state and local governments are not positioned for the long term stand against federal infringements on the liberty of Wisconsinites, we are imminent danger of losing that liberty.  Educating and positioning now can help us all to ensure that our freedoms not only remain intact but are further restored and increased through the resolve of the people of Wisconsin and their state and local governments.

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SC House Subcommittee Gives Favorable Report to Nullify Obamacare (Video)


Columbia, S.C. | March 20, 2013 | Joshua Cook | Today the SC house subcommittee gave a favorable report to H.3101 regarding the South Carolina Freedom of Health Care Protection Act, which nullifies aspects of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare. The committee agreed to pass H3101 to the full committee as amended. The committee adopted Rep. Quinn and Rep. Pope’s compromise amendment which strikes the section regarding the arrest of federal judges and officials who may try to enforce Obamacare in SC.

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Rep. Bill Chumley who sponsored H3101 invited two expert witnesses to speak on the proposed bill, renowned economics professor Walter E. Williams from George Mason University and frequent guest host for the Rush Limbaugh Show and Constitutional attorney and author Kent Masterson Brown…

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Paul Ryan Says ACA Will Collapse; Wisconsin Can’t Wait

393114_10151157538900764_721518766_nDuring his first public appearance since the election Representative and former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, spoke in Racine on Sunday to discuss the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Joining Rep. Ryan were Cato Institute’s Mike Tanner, Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, and Wisconsin State Senator Leah Vukmir.

Addressing an audience that would have liked to have seen Romney/Ryan in the Whitehouse repealing and replacing ACA this month, Rep. Ryan noted that is not happening. Ryan then went on to say the next method in line for ACA to be repealed is that “it collapses under its’ own weight”.

Representative Ryan also stated ACA is an issue that determines our debt, and our economy. He went on to say ACA is the issue that ultimately determines our freedom.

Certainly Representative Ryan doesn’t want the United States to undergo a debt collapse like Greece, nor an economic collapse such as Japan, nor a collapse caused by lack of freedom such as the Soviet Union. Logic dictates that the 51% of Americans (Rasmussen) that want ACA repealed cannot feasibly wait for a collapse. Wisconsin must join the several states that are asserting states’ rights and saying “NO” to ACA.

Another federal politician, House Speaker John Boehner, has said that ACA was “the law of the land”. He was most likely recalling the constitution’s Supremacy Clause when he made that statement. We can add Boehner’s name to the long list of Congressman, Congresswomen, and Senators who cannot interpret and apply the Constitution and founding documents accurately. Only when a law is constitutional, does the Supremacy Clause take effect.

Some supporters of the ACA argue the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled ACA is constitutional. Having the federal SCOTUS rule on the constitutionality of federally passed legislation is like having one’s mother make a ruling on their child’s ‘best child of the year’ award application. The states created the federal government. And the states, not the federal Supreme Court, as James Madison expresses in the Report of 1800, retained power as the final arbitrators of constitutionally.

States’ rights were used successfully against the federal government in the 19th century, when northern states used states’ rights to fight slavery. When the federal government passed the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, requiring return of escaped slaves, Northern states did everything in their power to repudiate the enforcement of this fugitive slave law. Among the states, Wisconsin took the strongest stand against the federal government, declaring the 1850 federal Fugitive Slave Act unconstitutional and void.

Modern day examples of states’ rights include 26 states saying “No” to the 2006 federal ID card scheme known as Real ID. That law has not been implemented 7 years later. 18 states have defied federal government marijuana laws, and the SCOTUS ruling upholding those laws, as well.

Wisconsin currently provides health insurance to those living in poverty through the existing Medicaid system. Meanwhile, Wisconsinites are facing the continued implementation of ACA, which, if fully enacted, will take over 1/6 of our economy, further skyrocket the cost of healthcare and health insurance, and add to the already insurmountable mountain of debt facing our children.

When Paul Ryan, one of the most ardent opponents of ACA, and John Boehner has thrown up their hands on ACA, it’s time for states to take the baton. Wisconsin state legislators can make ACA “null and void” in our state. Let’s not wait for a collapse of our healthcare, freedom, or economy before we say “No” to the federal government.

Nullification Success Bringing Out the Zombies

Statists fearful of states asserting their rights have increased their mindless smears of the nullification movement.

Below is a must see interview with the great writer Thomas Woods, discussing his book “Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century.”

It’s amazing how prescient Tom Woods was.

2013: The Tenther Movement Hits its Stride

“When enough people stand up and say NO to the feds, and enough states or local communities pass laws backing those people up – there’s not much that the federal government can do to force their so-called ‘laws’ down our throats.”


2013: The Tenther Movement Hits its Stride

When Department of Justice attorney John Walsh recently referred to marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington State as attempts to nullify federal law – yes, he used the word nullify – I thought something amazing had just happened.

After 17 years of states resisting federal laws on weed, the DOJ is now recognizing these efforts for what they are.  Nullification.

I wonder who’s going to be next in DC.  Maybe the Department of Homeland Security?

In response to 37 states refusing to be in compliance with the Bush-era REAL ID act last month, for the fourth time now, DHS acknowledged that they couldn’t enforce the federal law and quietly gave states yet another “temporary deferment” to some unspecified future “suitable date.”  That law was supposed to be implemented five years ago this coming May.

When states like Montana say they won’t comply with the REAL ID Act – ever – I think it’s likely we’ll see a future statement from a DHS official

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Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, recently extended the deadline for states to set up their own healthcare exchanges. Despite the extra month, the final state tally is 25 yes and 25 no. Governor Walker’s “No Thank You” letter added to the sizable pile of rejection slips on the Secretary’s desk.  The percentage of states denying a state exchange equals another key statistic.  The latest Rasmussen poll shows 50 percent of Americans favor a full repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Gov. Walker’s spokesman cited cost as one of the main reasons for the state‘s refusal. Estimates show an operational cost of between $45 and $60 million for the exchange annually beginning in 2015.  Minnesota’s exchange has already exceeded cost estimates by 35 percent prior to implementation. Additional estimates show Minnesota taxpayers seeing another 18 percent rise in the first year of operation.


If ACA is implemented, overall premiums for Wisconsinites will rise a projected 30 percent on average. This increase in Wisconsin’s individual insurance market was predicted by one of President Obama’s own health-care advisers, Jonathan Gruber. The Gruber-Gorman report predicts 94.5 percent of Wisconsin residents will face premium increases with 41 percent seeing increases in excess of 50 percent.

By stopping implementation of the ACA, Wisconsinites will also avoid the associated tax increases. The ACA increases taxes by $1.2 trillion federally from 2013-2022.  Wisconsin’s share comes out to approximately $22 billion. This amounts to $15,796 for the average family of four. This is truly a losing proposition for the people of Wisconsin.  For each dollar paid in federal taxes, Wisconsin gets back around 85 cents. This will deprive Wisconsin of $3.3 billion during the 2013-2022 period, which would otherwise be spent locally.

Gov. Walker’s opposition to the ACA in rejecting the state-run exchange is good for the nation and the pocketbooks of Wisconsin residents. It is, however, only the first step down on what will be a long road.


The next big decision for Gov. Walker will be whether to also reject the expansion of state Medicaid. The Supreme Court ruling on ACA includes the decision that the federal government cannot coerce states into the proposed Medicaid expansion. The Justices’ ruling on Medicaid bolsters Walker’s stance against Medicaid expansion and leaves him poised to reject an Obamacare Medicaid expansion.

Gov. Walker is not alone in this endeavor. Walker was among 33 Republican Governors who sent a letter to President Obama in 2011 asking for relief from ACA provisions including Medicaid expansion. In the letter, the Governors explained how their states cannot afford significant Medicaid expansions. In Wisconsin, for example, ACA costs will force the state to divert funds from critical programs such as public safety and education.


A precedent has been set for states to win the battle to stop the implementation of the federal ACA. Over the last 16 years, 14 states have passed laws legalizing medical marijuana with two now legalizing it recreationally. The states’ override of federal marijuana legislation and U.S. Supreme Court rulings  provide a solid remedy in matters of unconstitutional legislation and SCOTUS rulings. South Carolina became one of the latest pieces of the puzzle states need to stop the implementation of the ACA. A bill was introduced in SC that makes ACA null and void. Eleven other states have already passed similar legislation. Saying “NO,” to ACA and “YES,” to consumer-driven healthcare continues to be the healthy choice for Wisconsin.


Welcome !

Welcome to the Wisconsin Tenth Amendment Center!  We are dedicated to preserving and protecting the principles of constitutionally limited government through information, education, and activism.  Our liberty movement is focused primarily on state and local activism.  We work to influence legislation through lobbying, social media, emails, phone calls and petitions. To support these efforts we network with other liberty-minded groups throughout the state.

Our end goal is a Wisconsin General Assembly that stands up to the federal government by nullifying UNCONSTITUTIONAL federal “laws”.  We believe that the solutions to our nation’s problems are not to be found in Washington D.C.

You can join us in our efforts to stop Obamacare & NDAA by clicking the following link – Wisconsin United for Nullification.  Our specific goal here is to get nullification legislation introduced and passed by the 100th Wisconsin General Assembly, which is scheduled to begin on Thursday, January 3, 2013.  We expect this to be an arduous undertaking, but there is strength in numbers.  Don’t assume that others will fight on your behalf – it’s up to all Wisconsinites to TAKE ACTION and join the battle.

The Principles of 98 Start to Flicker in Wisconsin

It seems as though Wisconsin is ready to assert its tenth amendment rights and claim state sovereignty!  Dozens of states have submitted similar resolutions and they have in most cases led to more specific legislation, such as health care freedom acts that nullify Obama’s health care and most recently, Texas, Utah and Michigan currently have resolutions going through the process to declare the unconstitutional searches by the TSA unlawful and subject to criminal penalties.
Texas has also just passed a Light Bulb Freedom Act which nullifies the ridiculous ban on incandescent light bulbs.  Hopefully, this resolution will lead to stronger, more specific legislation protecting the rights of the sovereign citizens of Wisconsin.
ASSEMBLY JOINT RESOLUTION 42   was submitted on May 25th of this year.
The resolution was introduced by Representatives Jaque, Kestell, Thiesfeldt, Zieglbauer, Krug, Kerkmann, August, Nygren, Meyer, LeMahieu, Strachota, Bies and Craig, and cosponsored by By Senators Leibham, Lazich, Kedzie and Galloway.
Relating to: state sovereignty.
Whereas, the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads, “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”; and
Whereas, the Tenth Amendment defines the total scope of federal power as being that specifically granted by the U.S. Constitution and no more; and
Whereas, as the scope of power is defined by the Tenth Amendment, the federal government was created by the states specifically to be an agent of the states; and
Whereas, today the states are demonstrably treated as agents of the federal government; and
Whereas, the legislature has forwarded to the federal government numerous resolutions opposing federal encroachment on state powers by has received no response or result from Congress or the federal government; and
Whereas, many federal mandates are directly in violation of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; and
Whereas, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in New York v. United States, 112 S. Ct. 2408 (1992) that Congress may not simply commandeer the legislative and regulatory processes of the states; and
Whereas, a number of federal proposals from previous administrations and some now pending from the present administration and from Congress may further violate the U.S. Constitution; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That the Wisconsin legislature hereby claims for the state of Wisconsin sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the U.S. Constitution; and, be it further
Resolved, That adoption of this resolution does not constitute an application for the calling of a federal Constitutional Convention within the meaning of Article V of the U.S. Constitution.
The resolution was read and referred to the committee on Homeland Security and State Affairs.
This is great news for Wisconsin!  To see our state legislatures recognize the gross overstepping of the enumerated powers granted to the federal government by the U.S. Constitution and make a stand for the sovereign citizens of Wisconsin.  For, it was the states that formed the federal government and it is the states and it’s citizens that remain sovereign entities of the compact entered to.
We urge you to voice your support to the above mentioned representatives!  We will closely follow this and report any developments.

An Evening With the Lake Country Defenders of Liberty

I had the privilege of being invited to speak to the Lake Country Defenders of Liberty last night.  I believe that last night marked their 1 year anniversary as a group.  They were pleasant, aware and very engaged in today’s events.  I made a presentation followed by an excellent question and answer session.  I’ll recap the main parts of the discussion as they are relevant to us all.

In the first 2 years of this administration we have had 3 Constitutional crises.  First would be the president disenfranchising the investors in both GM and Chrysler, forcing a bankruptcy on them under his terms and the government taking over ownership of these companies.  Second, we have the health care mandate.  Someone who professes to be a constitutional scholar should know that this law is unconstitutional on its base.  No matter what clause they decide to use, the government cannot force you to get up off the couch and participate in commerce.  Never before in our society has it been necessary that the sovereign citizens of the states that form this great republic be forced to purchase anything as a condition of their citizenship.  Third, we have the commander in chief unilaterally order the delivery of hundreds of tomahawk missiles to a sovereign nation that did not order them.  He did not consult congress and had no Constitutional authority to order an attack on a sovereign nation.  Even being pressed for time to make a flight for his vacation to Rio is not covered by the War Powers Act.


Wisconsin, Meet Joshua Glover and Our History

Slavery had been prohibited in Wisconsin under the 1787 Northwest Ordinance, according to which our state and territory were formed.  However in 1850 the Federal Government passed the Fugitive Slave Act which forced citizens to return any captured slaves to their owners.  This caused a great stir within the growing abolitionist movement who felt they were being forced to comply with a law to which they were morally opposed.
Between 1842-1861 over a hundred slaves appear to have been helped to escape to Canada by Wisconsin citizens.  In 1843 Lyman Goodnow helped the first slave escape from Wisconsin by driving Caroline Quarlls in 1842.  Caroline was one of the first recorded to escape by way of the underground railroad.  She escaped from St. Louis on the 4th of July and by way of the Mississippi arrived in Alton, Illinois.  From there she traveled to Waukesha by way of stage and ultimately she was driven by a Waukesha man around Chicago, through Indiana and across Michigan, where she escaped from Detroit into Canada.  These were changing times in the nation.  The Abolitionist movement was growing and in 1851 Harriet Beecher Stowe gained fame by publishing “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”.
In 1852 Joshua Glover also escaped his owner in St. Louis, Missouri and made his way through the underground railroad and sought asylum in Racine in the early part of 1854, where he found work in a mill.  A $200 reward was offered and published in the St. Louis Missouri Republican (newspaper); May 27, 1852, page 3, column 7, which appears to the right.  Joshua’s Missouri master, B. S. Garland, learned of his whereabouts, procured a US District Court Order and proceeded with two Marshall’s to Glover’s shanty.  Accounts differ on the events of Joshua’s capture.  One account says that he was caught playing cards with another black man.  Regardless, he was beaten severely with a club and had a pistol pointed at his head and was handcuffed.  In the words of Sherman M. Booth, who we will get to shortly, Glover ”was knocked down and handcuffed, dumped mangled and bleeding into a democrat wagon, and with a marshal’s foot on his neck taken to Milwaukee and thrust into the county jail.”
When word of this reached the public, there was immense interest.  Hundreds of people arrived by boat from Racine and other members of the abolitionist movement crowded around the courthouse in Milwaukee.  Reports have Sherman M. Booth, the editor of The Free Democrat Garland riding up and down the street on a white horse proclaiming to the crowds, “Freemen, to the rescue!”  Mr. Booth later denied that he made that statement.  He did admit to saying the following, “All freemen who are opposed to being made slaves or slave-catchers turn out to a meeting in the courthouse square at 2 o’clock!” (more…)