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A Proposed State Sovereignty Resolution (“A Re-Declaration of Independence”) for North Carolina

by Diane Rufino, March 15, 2021 I propose the following State Sovereignty Resolution, or one similar to it, for my state of North Carolina. It is based on the themes addressed in my article “A RE-DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE” and aimed … Continue reading

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A Few Suggestions to Those Who Represent Us in the North Carolina General Assembly

by Diane Rufino, February 1, 2021 Government is best and most responsive to the individual when it is closest to them. We’re talking about the local, the county, and even the state level. This is where the individual and his … Continue reading

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Thomas Jefferson Articulates the Remedy of NULLIFICATION in an Opinion Written to President George Washington in 1791

by Diane Rufino, September 16, 2018 In 1791, Thomas Jefferson wrote an opinion on the constitutionality of a National Bank. It is an important commentary on the meaning and intent of the US Constitution, in particular the two general clauses … Continue reading

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SAVE THE REPUBLIC! Rethinking the American Union of States for the Preservation of Republicanism

by Diane Rufino (citing Donald Livingston in his book Rethinking the American Union for the Twenty-First Century), July 26, 2016 The purpose of this article is three-fold:  First, I want to be provocative and get readers thinking.  Second, I wish to … Continue reading

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Comparing Obama’s Amnesty Plan to the Emancipation Proclamation

  by Diane Rufino, November 22, 2014 According to Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, President Obama’s plan to excuse the illegal action of millions of immigrants not unlike Abraham Lincoln’s effort to free slaves.  At first I thought it … Continue reading

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Nullification: Comments to a Harsh Critic

          by Diane Rufino I wrote an article in support of Nullification (“Limit Federal Spending through Nullification and State Escrow Accounts”).  A man responded with this comment: “You  propose a remedy and say it’s based on … Continue reading

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On the Eve of the Most Important Election of Our Lifetime – Let’s Hope We Get It Right

       by Diane Rufino, November 5, 2012 When a curious woman approached Benjamin Franklin as he was leaving the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in September 1787 and asked him what kind of government the delegates had given the … Continue reading

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