Tenther Radio Episode 4: Paul Armentano, Robert Scott Bell

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In this episode, hosts Phil Russo and Michael Boldin are joined by Paul Armentano, the Deputy Director of NORML and the NORML Foundation. His recent op-ed at CNN.com (read here) discusses the Ron Paul-Barney Frank legislation to return marijuana decision-making to the states, and he discusses his view that such decisions should be decentralized, and not in the hands of the federal government.

Paul also talks about the Obama administration’s about-face on marijuana policy and its recent use of threats to individual states to get them to stop implementation of medical marijuana programs in New Jersey and elsewhere. He also points out that in Vermont, Maine and other states, they ignored the threats and have gotten away with it. A blueprint for other issues too?


The Power to Make and Fund War Belong to Congress Alone

We finally did what John McCain, a Republican Party Presidential candidate, said that we should do in Libya and it was Barak Obama, the Democratic Party Presidential candidate and ultimate victor, who then did it—enforce a no-fly zone on another country who poised no military threat to the United States. Are there any real differences between the two major parties on foreign policy? Where is the authority for a single person to approve military action against another country which action has always been considered an act of war?

Although I have no sympathy for Moammar Gadhafi, how would we feel if Libya was the super power and did the same to us? Of course, I realize that this was done by coalition forces (mostly France and Britain) through the power of the United Nations, but whose kidding who: it is mostly our aircraft, our pilots, our ships and our Mohawk Missiles.

I am concerned about the constitutionality of this action by either a Democratic or a Republican President. The making and funding of war were clearly denied the President in the Constitution because he “had the most propensity for war.” Only Congress has the right “to declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water.” War requires the blood of our young warriors and this requires the permission of the people who are required to be the fodder in such. Only the peoples’ representatives can “provide and maintain a navy or make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces” and for “calling forth the militia…to repel invasions “ or “provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States….” Congress is directly responsible for any acquisition of property for military use. All of this is in Article I, Section 8 and belongs to the legislative branch alone.


Petition Drive for Freedom of Choice In Pennsylvania’s Health Care

Editor’s Note: One of the Pennsylvania Tenth Amendment Coalition members received this message in e-mail from the Lehigh Valley Tea Party.  The message has been formatted by the PA Tenth Amendment Center for web display, but is otherwise unchanged.  If you are a Tea Party member, you may want to customize it for your own group to join the petition drive.  Going by the text of the message, if you want to join the Lehigh Valley Tea Party petition as an individual, it needs to be e-mailed today, July 13.  The sooner the better, it would appear.

Harrisburg will only act if they hear us speaking with one voice.   It is the position of the Pennsylvania Tenth Amendment Center that HB42 and SB220 (a similar bill in the senate), represent the best alternatives available in this year’s legislative session for Tenth Amendment protection from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.