18th Century Meanings of Happiness and Liberty

Cross Posted from the Pennsylvania Tenth Amendment Center.

In this Glenn Beck interview,

Rick Santorum tells us that the 18th century definition of happiness is, “to do the morally right thing”.  When I heard this, I was surprised and fascinated, but also suspicious, so I decided to see if I could confirm that.  First, I checked the Dictionary of the English language by Samuel Johnson (1768, 3rd edition), where I found this…


Governor: Take A Stand Against NDAA

cross-posted from the North Carolina Tenth Amendment Center

While we compile our letters to the legislature, Attorney General and others in our State Government, we thought we would share our request to Governor Perdue. We’ll let you know her response when and if we receive one.

Office of the Governor Bev Perdue
20301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0301
(919) 733-5811

Dear Governor Perdue;

The NDAA is the single biggest evisceration of our Bill of Rights in our lifetime. Never before have the definitions of terrorist and terrorist supporter been so vague and defined so broadly; never before have we codified into law a president’s non-existent authority to arrest and detain American citizens on American soil. The arrest and detention provision of NDAA should in the words of Congressman Ron Paul, “chill us to our core.”

As Governor, your duty to protect North Carolina’s citizens is clear. Towards this end we are urging you to do the following immediately:

1. Issue a formal and official statement condemning this act by Congress.

2. Ask the state legislature to author and pass a bill of nullification rendering the arrest and detention provisions of NDAA void and of no force inside the State of North Carolina. Sign this bill immediately upon passage.

3. Advise North Carolina’s Sheriffs as the Chief Law Enforcement Officers in their Counties to meet any attempts to implement of these provisions in their counties with the appropriate force to prevent such implementation.


New Jersey Tenth Amendment resolution on the table

By: Brenda Poland

The New Jersey Assembly will consider a Tenth Amendment Resolution during the 2012 legislative session.

ACR50  claims state sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted by Constitution to federal government. While this resolution does not carry the force of law, it includes forceful language to strengthen the foundation for further state measures designed to nullify federal usurpation.

WHEREAS, Federalism is the constitutional division of powers between the national and state governments; and

WHEREAS, Thomas Jefferson called for “the support of the State governments in all their rights, as the most competent administrations for our domestic concerns and the surest bulwarks against anti-republican tendencies;” and

WHEREAS, The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads as follows: “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