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Mon, Jun 15: Oregon to lobby 10th Amendment

HJM17, the Oregon 10th amendment memorial, has 25 co-sponsors. It only needs 5 more to meet the threshold to make a simple majority. One of the main sponsors, Rep. Richardson, indicated he would like to make a motion on the floor to move it to a vote next week.

Even though HJM17 is purely Constitutional and should be supported by all the Reps, the bill's co-sponsors is heavily weighed Republican. The remaining co-sponsors are Democrat and the 5 most likely to co-sponsor and/or vote for it have been identified through multiple Rep council. A statement will be sought from the one of the main sponsors, Rep. Schaufler (D-48), to overcome party partisanship.

The House session convenes at 9:45am on Monday. Several activists will be at Rep. Richardson's office at 11am to group up. Talking points will be handed out and left with his office. From there, they will seek the 5 potential co-sponsor's schedule, then insert themselves them at any opportunity, whether it's walking with them from the Floor or in between office meetings. It will be a dynamic lobbying effort.

We'd like to get as many activists at the Capitol on Monday, Jun 15 for this effort. If they can't personally attend, they can email or call the 5 potential co-sponsors office. Radio personalities such as Lars Larson and Jeff Kropf will be notified about this on Monday.

Please forward this to people from other groups that are interested in preserving the people's rights and State's delegated powers such as those that attended the Tea Party. Post this on your blog, send it through your newsletter, and if you know of a group meeting this weekend, please print and present this to them.

Potential co-sponsors

  1. Salem - Brian Clem (D-21) / 503-986-1421 / rep.brianclem@state.or.us
  2. Newport - Jean Cowan (D-10) / 503-986-1410 / rep.jeancowan@state.or.us
  3. Coos Bay - Rules Committee Chair Arnie Roblan (D-9) / 503-986-1409 / rep.arnieroblan@state.or.us
  4. Hood River - Suzanne VanOrman (D-52) / 503-986-1452 / rep.suzannevanorman@state.or.us
  5. Clatskanie - Brad Witt (D-31) / 503-986-1431 / rep.bradwitt@state.or.us

Tenth Amendment Rights
by Rep. Richardson, Jun 12

Does anyone care? In recent decades, we Americans have silently watched as federal agencies, Congress and our Presidents have relentlessly eroded the fundamental, constitutionally protected rights of the states and the American people. Whether we are liberals, moderates or conservatives is immaterial. Constitutional law is non-partisan. We are red (Republicans), white (Independents), and blue (Democrats) Americans, and we love our state, our country and we honor the United States Constitution. It was written to limit the power of the central government and thereby protect the rights of the states and the people. Yet, the federal government has assumed authority over state issues such as, regulating our forests, farms and fisheries, managing Oregon’s public lands and beaches, maintaining a clean environment, defining marriage and domestic partnerships, and regulating abortions and end-of-life decisions. These are issues not granted or “enumerated” in the Constitution and are therefore, retained by the states and the people, and should not be dictated by distant bureaucrats in Washington D.C.

This debate over federalism goes to the very heart of the American experiment. Are we citizens of 50 states, united in the common goal of ensuring “that this government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth,” or are we subjects of the federal government, divided into 50 provinces, subservient to the “mother country”? The promise of America, as enumerated in America’s “birth certificate,” the Declaration of Independence, and in its foundational charter, the United States Constitution, proclaim we are a free people who have created a central government with limited power.

In the past few years, the power of the federal government has grown dramatically. Whether you believe it necessary or not, consider for a moment the significance of nationalizing the banking system, the automobile industry, Wall Street, $12 Trillion of additional national debt, and the current discussions for a federally controlled health care system. As Bob Dylan crooned when I was young, “the times, they are a-changing.”

Change is inevitable, yet without a compass our nation and our freedom can be lost. The compass that has guided us for 222 years, that has kept America the land of the free and the hope of the world, is the United States Constitution. As an Oregon legislator, I have sworn to uphold and defend it. You can too.

Oregon’s current legislative session is drawing to a close, and there is one bi-partisan, pro-constitution bill that needs to be debated and passed by all Representatives and Senators who honor and sustain the Constitution. The bill is House Joint Memorial 17. It is a letter to our elected officials in Washington D.C., and it states the following:

House Joint Memorial 17. To the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled:

We, your memorialists, the Seventy-fifth Legislative Assembly of the State of Oregon, in legislative session assembled, respectfully represent as follows:

Whereas the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States provides, “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 Constitution of the United States and no more; and

Whereas the scope of power defined by the Tenth Amendment means that the federal government was created by the states specifically to be an agent of the states; and

Whereas in 2009, the states are instead treated as agents of the federal government; and

Whereas many federal mandates are imposed by the federal government in direct violation of the Tenth Amendment; and

Whereas the United States Supreme Court has ruled in New York v. United States, 505 U.S. 144, 175 (1992), that Congress may not simply commandeer the legislative and regulatory processes of the states; and

Whereas many proposals being considered by the federal government or pending before Congress may further violate the Constitution of the United States; now, therefore,

Be It Resolved by the Legislative Assembly of the State of Oregon:

(1) The Congress of the United States of America is requested to direct the federal government to immediately cease and desist imposing mandates that are beyond the scope of those powers expressly delegated by the Constitution of the United States to the federal government, so that the State of Oregon may freely exercise the sovereignty due the State of Oregon under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

(2) A copy of this memorial shall be sent to the President of the United States, the Senate Majority Leader, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and each member of the Oregon Congressional Delegation.

If you care about preserving the 10th Amendment of the Bill of Rights, please vote in the brief survey located here. The results will be circulated to your Representatives and Senators, asking them to consider your feelings about the 10th Amendment of the Bill of Rights of the U. S. Constitution.

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I'm all for affirming the

I'm all for affirming the 10th amendment, but after seeing several of these in the U.S. I am left wondering where are the teeth? Is there any stronger effort that can be made, such as states telling the Feds that they will not be participating in Federal programs such as the federal income tax, education, etc, and won't expect funds for fed programs as well until the Feds obey the Constitution?

One example: Montana

They recently passed a bill that says any Montana resident who buys arms or ammo made in Montana does not need to register it with the Feds.

There is much weening to be done, especially in Oregon, but it must be done one step at a time. We're using these talking points:

How is Oregon’s Rights being usurped?

The Federal government has unlawfully assumed authority over state issues such as:
• regulating our forests, farms and fisheries
• managing Oregon’s public lands and beaches
• maintaining a clean environment
• defining marriage and domestic partnerships
• regulating abortions and end-of-life decisions
• requiring Real ID compatible driver's licenses
• enforcing federal drug laws that conflict with state medical marijuana laws
• regulating how and what our children our taught
• determining health care for our elderly

Until the 17th Amendment is Repealed

These State resolutions, in favor of re-affirming the 10th Amendment restrictions on the fedgov, are meaningless.

But it is good to see some activity at the state level in favor of State's Rights.

Just know where the real power is... or was, and know that the 17th Amendment must be abolished.

"The consolidation of the states into one vast republic, sure to be aggressive abroad and despotic at home, will be the certain precursor of the ruin which has overwhelmed all those that have preceded it."

- Robert E. Lee, 1866


cart before horse

Realize sovereignty first, then exert it with 3/4 other States.

Memorial is a bad word

I really don't like the word memorial RE: 10th , but I do appreciate the motivation in freeing OR from the feds.

Have you seen UN Agenda 21? Have you heard of Freedom21?

I believe you will LOVE Freedom21 and will find this organization's info VERY helpful to what I wish CA was doiing, with a memorial to Arnold's political career. (I know he's going to be GOP candodate in 2012, and my bet the birth certificcate issue on Obama will be brought to light when it can politically benefit Arnold.

Yes, a few words should be changed...

...such as "granted" to "protected". Richardson was addressed this deficiency early on, but the HR has been held hostage in Committee, so those points have never been raised, let alone debated by the Legislators.

Our best hope right now is to lobby and move it to a vote because the next option is to wait until the next session.

Oregon! I see you--bleary-eyed in front of the computer

Downing your first cup of coffee and reading this! If you are close enough to Salem to attend this lobbying session--please do so!

Sunday afternoon bump!

Again, good luck tomorrow!

I like Richardson, but...

is he truly waking up, or is it just to keep his job? I don't know. I heard him on the radio a couple of weeks ago talking about a bill to basically tell the Feds that it is unconstitutional for the Oregon National Guard to be deployed for foreign entanglements-NO SH!T DENNIS? He said he sponsored the bill because one night while leaving the Capitol, he saw about a dozen protestors camped out on the Capitol steps. He asked what they were doing, and they told him that they were protesting the deployment of ONG for foreign entanglements, because it is unconstitutional. He said he "went and researched it," and they were correct, so he sponsored the bill. So here's a guy who swears to uphold the Constitution (both Oregon and USA), and he has to have some protestors teach him what it says? Like I said, I like Dennis, but I laughed out loud when he told this story on the radio. It made him sound like a total idiot. I guess it's better late than never, but to me, it's a little too late Dennis. Where the hell were you when Bush was destroying the country? Oh, that's right, you were in lock step with all of the other so called "conservative" RepubliCons.

Do you have a record...

Do you have his legislative record during the time he's been in office? Do you know how long he's been in office? If not, how can you claim he is lock step? More importantly, why are you attacking the Oregon 10A sponsor? He is our ALLY.

I say we give Dennis the benefit of the doubt, or the benefit

of not knowing and just educating himself. 2 years ago I believed things I do not believe now, so we are constantly learning and growing.
Some of this is hard to wrap your mind around--even if you know the basics.


Show up, call, or email (in order of effectiveness)

thanks terryhamel!

I will do what I can! (I am an Oregonian)
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An Evening


Go Oregon!

Now if we can just get Mr. Richardson to introduce a Goldmoney bill, like the one in the New Hampshire legislature:


Oregon could be the first state in the country to use Constitutional money again in every day commerce, if it passes.

If anyone reading considers himself/herself a true Ron Paul patriot, they will push for passage of this bill in their state.

Don't wait for the dollar to collapse big time, get this bill entered into the state legislatures to stay ahead of the international bankers dream of a one world currency!!!

Thanks for posting, Terry.


one step at a time

Oregonians in the tri-city areas, where the bulk of population resides, are mostly laid back... meaning they let the Feds walk all over them. Gov't employees take great comfort being unaccountable while receiving fat salaries and lush retirement funds. Their electors don't know better or don't know their enemy, so they flail fruitlessly for solutions. I suspect things need to get much worse before more Oregonians realize there is a better way. Until then, the tireless minority will continue to inform and educate about sound money. Eventually, it will stick.

Bump for fellow patriots!

I reserve the right to govern myself.

I reserve the right to govern myself.


Bump. I hope quite a few show up at Salem to show support for the 10th Amendment memorial.

We are working on it here in Eastern Oregon-

People are responding and making calls.
Check out http://www.dailypaul.com/node/96259 as it has a NAIS poll that is important to vote on. Thanks!

Good luck on Monday from an East Coaster.

The brief survey located here link did not work, btw. In Liberty!


I forgot to add "href" inside the tags. Fixed!