Fulton County, Pennsylvania Condemns section 1021 of the NDAA for 2012

via the Pennsylvania Tenth Amendment Center

We have been able to confirm this May 23, 2012 post to our facebook wall by Joseph Hagerty.  Thanks for the tip, Joe!

From the minutes of the Fulton County, Pennsylvania Commissioner’s Meeting from yesterday May 22, 2012.
Motion by Commissioner McCray to adopt Resolution Number 9 of 2012 Condemning Section 1021 of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act.  All in favor.  THIS IS THE RESOLUTION THAT MARY AND I PUT TOGETHER TO PROTECT EVERYONE’S FREEDOM !!!  Well, the people in Fulton County… Now on to the State !!!!
In Liberty, Joe

We have now received confirmation from Dan Swain, who is the county’s Chief Clerk, that on May 22, 2012,Fulton County joined Elk County in opposition to section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2012 by passing Resolution Number 9 of 2012, “A RESOLUTION Condemning Section 1021 of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act“.  This resolution states, in part:


Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Don’t Use U.S. Constitution?

On January 30, 2012, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg surprised many by advising those attempting to create a new constitution in Egypt not to use the U.S. Constitution as its model. “I would not look to the US Constitution, if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012,” she told the Egyptian people on national television.

“I might look at the constitution of South Africa. … It really is, I think, a great piece of work that was done. Much more recent than the U.S. Constitution: Canada has a Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It dates from 1982. You would almost certainly look at the European Convention on Human Rights. Yes, why not take advantage of what there is elsewhere in the world,” (U. S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg To Egyptians: Look to the Constitutions of South Africa or Canada, Not to the U.S. Constitution, MEMRI TV Al-Hayat, Egypt, Jan. 30, 2012)?

Those who wish to undermine the Constitution infer that our Constitution may not be a good fit for other cultures like Egypt. On this score they would do well to remember that we have assimilated every language, culture, religious and ethnic group on earth and we did so because all humans share the same basic need for freedom from excessive government to fully flourish. The Constitution is the most flexible governing document with respect to diversity ever written, and unless modified by progressives such as Ginsburg, it always will be.

Implied is the assumption that because it is old, it is outdated and therefore irrelevant to the needs of our day. This document will always be relevant because it is designed to harnesses the negative aspects of human nature and is based upon natural law; items that do not change from century to century. Man is still power hungry, and the people need to be protected from such hunger, whether man rides a horse, drives a car, or flies an airplane. Our Constitution minimizes these forces by dividing, restricting, and listing power. Should some overreach their power we have elections and impeachment to remove them. Finally, we have a Bill of Rights that further harnesses excessive government. None of these measures have shown themselves to nolonger be needful. Justice Ginsburg does not seem to understand this.


Disadvantaged Minority: Non-Beneficiaries of Government

The Hill reports that “The Commerce Department is considering naming Arab Americans a socially and economically disadvantaged minority group that is eligible for special business assistance” through its Minority Business Development Agency. I would argue that the federal government should not favor people of one particular ethnic backgrounds over others. However, I think the bigger issue here is that a Commerce determination in the affirmative would be yet another step in the direction of greater government dependency.

Citing Census Bureau data, the Wall Street Journal’Phil Izzo recently reported that 49.1 percent of the U.S. population “lives in a household where at least one member received some type of government benefit in the first quarter of 2011.” According to Izzo, that’s up from 30 percent in the early 1980s.

More troubling figures come from economist Gary Shilling. The October 2009 edition of Shilling’s Insight investment newsletter (not available online) provided updated figures for government dependency that he has been calculating for decades. Shilling separates Americans into two categories, government beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries, and defines the former as people who “depend on government, directly or indirectly, for a major part of their income.”

As of 2007 (before the recession), Shilling estimated that 58.2 percent of the population were government beneficiaries. That figure would have certainly risen through the recession and, as he notes, the upward trend in government dependency “is ominous because it’s only a taste of what lies ahead when the postwar babies retire and move heavily into Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.”