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Dear Friends,

The June Supreme Court decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was disappointing, but not surprising.  After all, the Supreme Court is a branch of the Federal Government.  It can surely not be a surprise that nine employees of the Federal Government found in favor of the Federal Government in its dispute with more than half of the American States.

We have good news, though. 


If You Have an Ally, Don’t Go It Alone

Cross posted from the Pennsylvania Tenth Amendment Center.

There is a point that I think I’ve been trying to get to for much of the time that I’ve been working with the Tenth Amendment Center.  Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ve done a very good job at getting there.  I’ve written a few articles that skirted past it and danced around it, but I kept missing this particular target.  It’s something that we probably all know, but maybe we don’t all know that we know it.

I got close to this idea it in The Individual and the Tenth, where I talked about the role of the individual in resisting the federal government during the “Whiskey Rebellion”.  Apparently, though, I didn’t really have things clear enough in my own mind at the time, because I only got part way there.  It came closer to the surface some time last year, when I drew up this diagram, intended to depict the proper Constitutional balance of power.


“Vote the Bums Out” Is Not the Answer

This is an e-mail I wrote to a local grassroots leader earlier.  It is written in response to the supreme court ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act .  As long as I wrote it…  may as well go ahead and post it.  Sorry for letting a couple grammar errors sneak past.  Cross posted from the Pennsyvlania Tenth Amendment Center.

Plain and simple, Washington is never going to fix Washington. Not today, not next week, and not after November. If we’re going to depend on a campaign to get (R)s elected in November to fix this problem, then we’re destined to be disappointed (and enslaved). The simple fact is that everyone in Washington, (R) and (D), now believes that they work for a benign, but totalitarian government. They are determined to use their power “for good”, but they’re not about to give up their power.

Hell… it’s taken the house an entire year just to bring contempt charges against Attorney General Holder for his stonewalling with regards to “Operation Fast and Furious”. And we know that the Senate will do nothing after contempt charges leave the House. It’s a masquerade. Do we really want to trust these people to protect our Liberty? The idea of a limited government with enumerated powers is not even on their radar.

We have burned — two entire years! — waiting for the Supreme Court to betray us. How long do we now wait to be betrayed by the Congress?


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:


Health Care Freedom Amendment Advances in PA

Here is the video of Tuesday’s House State Government Committee meeting. SB10 was voted out of the Committee and was laid on the table.  Discussion of proposed amendments to SB10 begins at about 20 minutes into the linked video of Tuesday’s State Government Committee meeting. Discussion of SB10, itself, begins at 32 minutes. The bill…


A Busy Week for the Tenth Amendment in Pennsylvania

According to the West Chester Patch, two Tenth Amendment legislative items are on the House calendar in Pennsylvania this week.

First, the House State Government Committee will take up SB10, “A Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, providing for health care services“, in a hearing beginning at 9am tomorrow. This legislation proposes an amendment to our state Constitution which prohibits:

  • laws requiring an individual to purchase health insurance;
  • penalties for direct payment for health care services; and
  • penalties, taxes, assessments or fees for failure to purchase health insurance.

A Pennsylvania Success Story

In the 2007/2008 legislative session, PA State Senator Folmer and 15 other Senators sponsored SB1220, “An Act relating to compliance with the Federal REAL ID Act of 2005 and other laws involving biometric and economic privacy”.   Representative Sam Rohrer, and more than 90 other representatives sponsored HB1351.  Some of those representatives (including one of our favorite Supremacy Clause advocates) discuss the legislation in this 2008 video:

Neither bill passed.

In the 2009/2010 legislative session, similar legislation was introduced as HB1443 and SB621.  These also didn’t pass.

In the 2010/2011 session, Senator Folmer introduced SB354 and Representative Keller introduced HB1783


Pennsylvania Legislature Overwhelmingly Passes Real ID Nullification. Governor’s Signature Next?

Last October, the Pennsylvania Senate voted unanimously to refuse to comply with the Bush era Federal Real ID law by passing SB354. Today, the House concurred, passing it by a vote of 189-5. Senator Mike Folmer (R, district 48) announced passage on his Facebook page,

“I am especially pleased my Senate Bill 354 to exempt Pennsylvania from the mandates of the federal REAL ID law was passed by the full House 189 – 5. If signed by the Governor, Pennsylvania would be the largest state to opt out.”

This legislation states,

Neither the Governor nor the Department of Transportation or any other Commonwealth agency shall participate in the REAL ID Act of 2005 or regulations promulgated thereunder.

and if Governor Corbett signs it, it will take affect in 60 days.