fortmoultrie_frThis has been a big week for politics in South Carolina. The special election primary for congressional district one was Tuesday, along with all of the media coverage and hoopla that one might expect. Mark Sanford dominated the field with 37%, and his runoff opponent will be Curtis Bostic who garnered 13% of the vote. But that wasn’t the most important thing going on… by far.

First, Tom Davis’ bill in the SC Senate to nullify the NDAA indefinite detention passed by a vote of 25-15. This is a major victory for civil liberties and for the principle of state sovereignty. The federal government was not granted the right by the states to kidnap people at their whim, and the South Carolina Senate has instructed them explicitly that we will not comply. This fight isn’t over obviously, and we need to keep the pressure up so that the SC House follows suit, and the governor eventually signs the bill. We also need to strengthen this bill to ensure that the state interposes on behalf of the citizens should the federal government attempt any kidnappings.

Second, Bill Chumley’s bill in the SC House to nullify the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act  moved out of the Judiciary Sub-Committee with a favorable report, where it was expected to stall and never see the light of day. Noted economist Walter Williams gave an inspiring testimony about the role of the federal government and the duty of the states to nullify tyranny, and Kent Masterson Brown, one of the foremost legal experts on the act, gave expert testimony on the disastrous maze of regulations that will befall us if our state doesn’t act. H3101 was amended to remove the specific set of felonies that had been prescribed for the offense of enforcing PPACA in South Carolina, but the meat of the bill still remained with it declaring the act null and void and of no effect, and binding the legislature to come up with the appropriate penalties and actions in order to prevent federal agents from enforcing the act.

Neither of these bills are currently law, and neither of them include forceful penalties for federal agents in violation, but we have to remember that the federal government didn’t become an untamed behemoth overnight and that the left has steadily progressed, step by step, foot by foot, inch by inch, for the last 100 years. In my opinion, we in South Carolina have taken a giant leap this week. Our Senate now sanctions the act of Nullification. Our House Judiciary Sub-Committee (where bills usually stall and die) now sanctions the act of Nullification. We have started the snowball rolling down the hill, and it will only pick up steam from here.

Further, there is a tidal wave of Nullification building up around the several states. “Blue” states are nullifying, “Red” states are nullifying, and the federal government is backing down. Washington and Colorado nullified marijuana prohibition, yet there is no blood in the streets. The DEA isn’t at war with the Colorado police. In fact, there are Nullification bills in at least 30 states, covering everything from gun control to industrial hemp production. You can track all of these bills on the Tenth Amendment Center’s excellent website. There is a growing and forceful movement around America and the people are saying “NO!” to a massive federal government which slipped free of the chains of the Constitution long ago.

We must persevere here in South Carolina and see these two bills through until they are signed into law. We have to pressure the house to pass NDAA Nullification. We have to pressure the house to pass H3101 out of the Judiciary and then on the floor. We have to pressure the Senate to pass the PPACA Nullification in turn. There is a lot of work left to be done. But the tide has turned, and the overreach of the federal government is now on defense. Oklahoma passed a bill very similar to H3101 last week. Other states have bills against PPACA in progress. As with what happened with Real ID, more and more states are resisting, the act’s faults and impossibilites are being exposed, and it is crumbling. The federal government, as has been proven in the past, will back down, but we must keep up the pressure, and keep inching closer to liberty!

Update: Thirdly, Lee Bright’s Constitutional Carry Bill passed out of sub-committee, Wednesday, after a packed public hearing. This bill accomplishes two major goals: 1) It allows the open carry of a firearm in SC, eliminating the current requirement of concealment. 2) It allows any legal gun owner to carry a firearm, without obtaining a Concealed Weapons Permit. This bill goes a long way toward restoring the Second Amendment Rights of South Carolinians, that have been eroded over the years.

Update 2: Video of Dr. Williams’ testimony:


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4 Responses to Two Major Victories for Liberty in South Carolina

  1. Excellent analysis Tom. I agree, the bill advancing, even if it isn’t perfect, is a step in the right direction.

  2. […] Tom Utley at has a wrap up of the week’s events in Columbia. […]

  3. Karen Martin says:

    thanks for that succinct summary of the week. Saves me a lot of time, I’m just going to link to your post!

  4. Mike Wallace says:

    Constitutional/ Open Carry also advanced out of sub-committee, today.

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