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The Virginia Campaign for Liberty has officially launched a legislative campaign around two 10th amendment bills. We're calling the campaign the "10th Amendment Revolution".

With all the federal power grabs coming down from Washington, the citizens of Virginia are calling for 10th amendment solutions in defense of our individual liberty and state's rights. There are some legislators who are working to push for a State Sovereignty Resolution and introduced HR61 at the end of the 2009 session that never made it out of committee.

While their effort is to be commended, we at Virginia Campaign for Liberty believe that a Declaration of Sovereignty Resolution poses certain dangers in that it allows bad legislators to clean their skirts with a piece of legislation that does nothing to make the 10th amendment more binding. It is our mission to put the 10th amendment, the law of the land, into practice.

Our bills will do just that.

The first is a bill modeled after the Montana gun bill called the Virginia Firearms Freedom Act (VFFA). This bill serves as a 10th amendment challenge to the powers of Congress under the commerce clause that prohibits the federal regulation of firearms, firearm accessories, and ammunition manufactured and retained in Virginia. Delegate Charles Carrico has agreed to carry the bill in the 2010 session of the General Assembly. Senator Jill Vogel will carry the Senate version of the bill.

The second is the Virginia Healthcare Freedom Act (VHFA). This bill is a 10th amendment challenge to the powers of the federal government to mandate federally approved healthcare by every citizen under the threat of steep fines and jail time. Delegate Bob Marshall has agreed to carry this important legislation in the 2010 session.

We have contacted many like-minded groups asking that they join forces with us in our campaign for successful passage. In less than one week of networking, we have built a coalition of 18 citizen activist groups. The momentum is unbelievable and session doesn't even begin until January 13th.

On the first day of session, we have a team who will deliver packets to each of the 1oo Delegates in the House and 40 Senators to include a cover letter with contact information, a copy of the bills, and talking points for each.

Virginia Campaign for Liberty will host a Lobby Day/Rally on January 18th . A Patrick Henry impersonator will emcee the event and give the Patrick Henry speech. Our new Attorney General Elect and the chief patrons of our bills will be the keynote speakers.

I am told that the Virginia Citizens Defense League has had the greatest turn out for a rally on the capital grounds with 500 participants than any other group during session. We aim to get 2000 or more people to the General Assembly on January 18th. To insure we can get the desired participation, we have secured the use of the parking lot right off of I-95 at the old Parker Field Annex and will run shuttle buses to the rally from 8:30am to 2:00pm. Judging from the momentum that is building, we can and will do it. We are already getting press coverage without even trying.

We have also launched a website, www.va10thamendment.org, dedicated the Virginia 10th Amendment Revolution legislative campaign for the coalition and their members. Please sign up to receive the latest updates and alerts on the status of the 10th amendment bills and events.

We are going to turn the Virginia General Assembly upside down in the 2010 session. They won't know what hit them.

Yours in liberty,

Donna Holt

Executive Director

Va Campaign for Liberty

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Donna, I believe that we need to go MUCH farther in beginning to limit the Federal government and re-assert the authority of the states over that Federal government. Here is what I believe needs to happen in order to limit Washington and re-establish the intended Republic:

Enumerated Powers Amendment

Article 1

Unless amended using the amendment process stipulated in this Constitution, the authorized powers of the Congress shall be explicitly limited to the seventeen specific and enumerated powers listed in Article I, Section 8 of this Constitution. The Preamble to Article 1, Section 8 does not contain any authorized power and is solely for guidance as to the purpose of the Congress.

Article 2

The enumerated power that reads "To raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years" shall be amended to read "To raise and support armies and an air force, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years."

Article 3

The existing legislation currently known Social Security and Medicare shall be gradually reduced over time but shall be entirely terminated not more than forty years after the ratification of this amendment. All other departments, agencies, and legislation not authorized by the enumerated powers shall be eliminated within two years after the ratification of this amendment. The states may retain any program or legislation eliminated by this amendment under their sovereign powers, but such enabling legislation is solely within and applicable only to their own jurisdiction and at no cost to the citizens of any or all of the other States.

Article 4

Unless engaged in a properly and congressionally declared war for which the U.S. is engaged for its defense or in response to an attack upon United States soil or that of its embassies, all military personnel, except those explictily needed to protect United States embassies, shall be removed from all foreign countries within three years after the ratification of this amendment.

END OF AMENMENT

Now this can be passed by the legislatures of 3/5ths of the states and the Federal government has no choice but to comply as the amendment process is wholly constitutional. The citizens only need to elect members of their state legislatures who will vote for this amendment.
The problem with US Constitution amendments is the door is opened up for anything else, you can't limit the process to a single issue. Where if all of the states or even a number of them were to adopt amendments affirming sovereignty under the 10th amendment and declare that only those laws authorizated by the enumerated powers be recognized in their state, then the burden falls on the federal government to prove the constitutional authority of its legislation as regards those states.

GenMDCorse said:
Donna, I believe that we need to go MUCH farther in beginning to limit the Federal government and re-assert the authority of the states over that Federal government. Here is what I believe needs to happen in order to limit Washington and re-establish the intended Republic:

Enumerated Powers Amendment

Article 1

Unless amended using the amendment process stipulated in this Constitution, the authorized powers of the Congress shall be explicitly limited to the seventeen specific and enumerated powers listed in Article I, Section 8 of this Constitution. The Preamble to Article 1, Section 8 does not contain any authorized power and is solely for guidance as to the purpose of the Congress.

Article 2

The enumerated power that reads "To raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years" shall be amended to read "To raise and support armies and an air force, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years."

Article 3

The existing legislation currently known Social Security and Medicare shall be gradually reduced over time but shall be entirely terminated not more than forty years after the ratification of this amendment. All other departments, agencies, and legislation not authorized by the enumerated powers shall be eliminated within two years after the ratification of this amendment. The states may retain any program or legislation eliminated by this amendment under their sovereign powers, but such enabling legislation is solely within and applicable only to their own jurisdiction and at no cost to the citizens of any or all of the other States.

Article 4

Unless engaged in a properly and congressionally declared war for which the U.S. is engaged for its defense or in response to an attack upon United States soil or that of its embassies, all military personnel, except those explictily needed to protect United States embassies, shall be removed from all foreign countries within three years after the ratification of this amendment.

END OF AMENMENT

Now this can be passed by the legislatures of 3/5ths of the states and the Federal government has no choice but to comply as the amendment process is wholly constitutional. The citizens only need to elect members of their state legislatures who will vote for this amendment.
Donna, it seems it doesn't stop there. Read this.

We, the people of Virginia, have a bill - HB 1357 the Atmospheric Sovereignty Act. I’ve attached it to this email. Please read the attached bill, begun by 10AF member, Adam Light---and now on the way to the State Legislature. Essentially, it is one that asserts OUR ownership over the air that we breathe, right here in Virginia.

A BILL to amend and reenact §§ 10.1-1300 and 10.1-1306.1 of the Code of Virginia, relating to Department of Environmental Quality; carbon dioxide.

Carbon dioxide shall not be considered air pollution.



§ 10.1-1306.1. Authority of the Board; Department; carbon dioxide.

Neither the Board nor the Director shall take any action to restrict the emission of carbon dioxide. Any federal law or regulation that purports to prohibit, limit, or control in any way the emission of carbon dioxide shall be without authority, void, and of no force within the boundaries of the Commonwealth. As such, neither the Board nor the Director shall:

1. Regulate or adopt any regulation that restricts the emission of carbon dioxide;

2. Issue or amend any permit to restrict carbon dioxide emissions; or

3. Allocate funds, personnel, or any resources to efforts directed at the restriction of carbon dioxide emissions, including research, study, or investigation of any kind.



Gov. Allen’s reviewed the bill and with a big smile on his face gave us the thumbs up! Aaron Roberts, Chairman of the Tazewell County Republican Party got into contact with AG Ken Cuccinelli’s office. They indicated a sincere interest in the bill.


We now have 5 co-patrons in the House of Delegates. They are:
Del. Richard P Bell (Dist. 20)
Del. Charles W. Carrico (Dist 5)
Del. Annie B. Crockett-Stark (Dist 6)
Del. James E. Edmunds (Dist 60)
Del. Terry Kilgore (Dist 1)



Del. Kilgore is a very important ally since he’s one of the most senior members of the House of Delegates. Delegates Bell and Edmunds are also key since they sit on the Agriculture, Chesapeake Bay and Natural Resources committee. They’ll be instrumental in getting the bill out of committee and on to the floor.

On the Senate side we have some huge news. Senator Phillip Puckett of Dist. 38 has now signed on as a co-patron. Sen. Puckett can not introduce this bill as his legislative slate is full and the deadline has passed, but as soon as it passes the House of Delegates, he will pick it up and run with it. This is huge because our bill is now bi-partisan. With the two vote majority of the Democrats in the Senate, all we’ll need is Sen. Puckett to persuade one more to join him in order to force a tie.

We will bring back a doctrine that our founders accepted, but has been long forgotten. This is a necessary step in returning our union to true constitutional principles. Please stand for Virginia sovereignty and sponsor this bill on behalf of all freedom loving Virginians who are opposed to the federal governments Cap and Trade legislation based on faulty science that carbon dioxide is a pollutant, causes global warming and must be taxed. Please notify me on your decision as soon as possible.
Yes, I am aware of this bill.


Tim Sheflin said:
Donna, it seems it doesn't stop there. Read this.

We, the people of Virginia, have a bill - HB 1357 the Atmospheric Sovereignty Act. I’ve attached it to this email. Please read the attached bill, begun by 10AF member, Adam Light---and now on the way to the State Legislature. Essentially, it is one that asserts OUR ownership over the air that we breathe, right here in Virginia.

A BILL to amend and reenact §§ 10.1-1300 and 10.1-1306.1 of the Code of Virginia, relating to Department of Environmental Quality; carbon dioxide.

Carbon dioxide shall not be considered air pollution.



§ 10.1-1306.1. Authority of the Board; Department; carbon dioxide.

Neither the Board nor the Director shall take any action to restrict the emission of carbon dioxide. Any federal law or regulation that purports to prohibit, limit, or control in any way the emission of carbon dioxide shall be without authority, void, and of no force within the boundaries of the Commonwealth. As such, neither the Board nor the Director shall:

1. Regulate or adopt any regulation that restricts the emission of carbon dioxide;

2. Issue or amend any permit to restrict carbon dioxide emissions; or

3. Allocate funds, personnel, or any resources to efforts directed at the restriction of carbon dioxide emissions, including research, study, or investigation of any kind.



Gov. Allen’s reviewed the bill and with a big smile on his face gave us the thumbs up! Aaron Roberts, Chairman of the Tazewell County Republican Party got into contact with AG Ken Cuccinelli’s office. They indicated a sincere interest in the bill.


We now have 5 co-patrons in the House of Delegates. They are:
Del. Richard P Bell (Dist. 20)
Del. Charles W. Carrico (Dist 5)
Del. Annie B. Crockett-Stark (Dist 6)
Del. James E. Edmunds (Dist 60)
Del. Terry Kilgore (Dist 1)



Del. Kilgore is a very important ally since he’s one of the most senior members of the House of Delegates. Delegates Bell and Edmunds are also key since they sit on the Agriculture, Chesapeake Bay and Natural Resources committee. They’ll be instrumental in getting the bill out of committee and on to the floor.

On the Senate side we have some huge news. Senator Phillip Puckett of Dist. 38 has now signed on as a co-patron. Sen. Puckett can not introduce this bill as his legislative slate is full and the deadline has passed, but as soon as it passes the House of Delegates, he will pick it up and run with it. This is huge because our bill is now bi-partisan. With the two vote majority of the Democrats in the Senate, all we’ll need is Sen. Puckett to persuade one more to join him in order to force a tie.

We will bring back a doctrine that our founders accepted, but has been long forgotten. This is a necessary step in returning our union to true constitutional principles. Please stand for Virginia sovereignty and sponsor this bill on behalf of all freedom loving Virginians who are opposed to the federal governments Cap and Trade legislation based on faulty science that carbon dioxide is a pollutant, causes global warming and must be taxed. Please notify me on your decision as soon as possible.
I agree with you Tom, but I also think GenMDCorse is right in that we must, at the very least, begin a process where we either assert present Constitutional rights or add amendments that will return the influence on legislators back to the people where it belongs, we may never get to where we need to be.
Tom Whitmore said:
The problem with US Constitution amendments is the door is opened up for anything else, you can't limit the process to a single issue. Where if all of the states or even a number of them were to adopt amendments affirming sovereignty under the 10th amendment and declare that only those laws authorizated by the enumerated powers be recognized in their state, then the burden falls on the federal government to prove the constitutional authority of its legislation as regards those states.

GenMDCorse said:
Donna, I believe that we need to go MUCH farther in beginning to limit the Federal government and re-assert the authority of the states over that Federal government. Here is what I believe needs to happen in order to limit Washington and re-establish the intended Republic:

Enumerated Powers Amendment

Article 1

Unless amended using the amendment process stipulated in this Constitution, the authorized powers of the Congress shall be explicitly limited to the seventeen specific and enumerated powers listed in Article I, Section 8 of this Constitution. The Preamble to Article 1, Section 8 does not contain any authorized power and is solely for guidance as to the purpose of the Congress.

Article 2

The enumerated power that reads "To raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years" shall be amended to read "To raise and support armies and an air force, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years."

Article 3

The existing legislation currently known Social Security and Medicare shall be gradually reduced over time but shall be entirely terminated not more than forty years after the ratification of this amendment. All other departments, agencies, and legislation not authorized by the enumerated powers shall be eliminated within two years after the ratification of this amendment. The states may retain any program or legislation eliminated by this amendment under their sovereign powers, but such enabling legislation is solely within and applicable only to their own jurisdiction and at no cost to the citizens of any or all of the other States.

Article 4

Unless engaged in a properly and congressionally declared war for which the U.S. is engaged for its defense or in response to an attack upon United States soil or that of its embassies, all military personnel, except those explictily needed to protect United States embassies, shall be removed from all foreign countries within three years after the ratification of this amendment.

END OF AMENMENT

Now this can be passed by the legislatures of 3/5ths of the states and the Federal government has no choice but to comply as the amendment process is wholly constitutional. The citizens only need to elect members of their state legislatures who will vote for this amendment.

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