Independent of and Superior to the Civil Power.

cross-posted from the Pennsylvania TAC

Declaration of Independence:

The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury.

NDAA for 2012


How Dare They?

cross-posted from the Pennsylvania Tenth Amendment Center Debt Slavery: Debt bondage (or bonded labour) is when a person pledges him or herself against a loan.   In debt bondage, the services required to repay the debt may be undefined, and the services’ duration may be undefined.  Debt bondage can be passed on from generation to generation. With more than $15 Trillion in…


How To Respond To Betrayal?

cross-posted from the Pennsylvania Tenth Amendment Center In April, 2010, I wrote the following words Shortly thereafter, the congressional minority party began campaigning on the platform, “Repeal and Replace“.   As-if…  This is the party we elected in 2000 on promises to privatize social security.   After six years in power, instead of privatizing social security, they gave…


CEI: Is the Constitution a Threat to Liberty?

cross-posted from the Pennsylvania Tenth Amendment Center

Matt Peterson at the blog of the Competetive Enterprise Institutewrites,

Article 1, Sec. 8, the infamous “Commerce Clause” grants the federal government the power to “To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes.” And ever since it was written, this seemingly open-ended phrase has been used to justify the federal government’s ever-expanding scope and power.


PA Senate to DC: We will not Comply

PA Senate Votes Unanimously for Real ID Non-Compliance The Pennsylvania State Senate passed SB354, An Act relating to compliance with the Federal REAL ID Act of 2005, 50 to 0 today, stating (in part), Neither the Governor nor the Department of Transportation or any other Commonwealth agency shall participate in the REAL ID Act of 2005…


I Guess Maybe Some Things Never Change

Sound Familiar? Give Me Liberty, by Rose Wilder Lane (1936) “…In 1933 a group of sincere and ardent collectivists seized control of the Democratic Party, used it as a means of grasping Federal power, and enthusiastically, from motives which many of them regard as the highest idealism, began to make America over.   The Democratic Party…


The PATRIOT Act: Who Voted Against the Constitution?

cross-posted from the Pennsylvania Tenth Amendment Center

On September 21, a federal court recognized what we all knew already (well, OK, everyone except the president and the geniuses in congress…).  The PATRIOT Act is an unconstitutional violation of the Fourth Amendment tothe US Constitution.  As MSNBC reports,

Two provisions of the USA Patriot Act are unconstitutional because they allow search warrants to be issued without a showing of probable cause, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken ruled that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, as amended by the Patriot Act, “now permits the executive branch of government to conduct surveillance and searches of American citizens without satisfying the probable cause requirements of the Fourth Amendment.”

Earlier in the year, when the house was voting on whether or not to reauthorize the PATRIOT Act, I contacted my representative in the House of Representatives, Congressman Patrick Meehan.  I asked him to vote against this unconstitutional abuse of power.  I received this e-mail in reply.

February 28, 2011

Dear Mr. Palmer:

Thank you for contacting me regarding recent legislative activity pertaining to the PATRIOT Act.  I appreciate hearing from you and having the benefit of your views.  Recently, I joined 274 of my colleagues in a bipartisan vote to temporarily extend three provisions of the PATRIOT Act and the related Intelligence Reform Act that were set to expire at the end of February.  Section 215, the “Business Records Provision,” enables the FBI to apply for FISA court approval to access books, records, and other “tangible things” in intelligence and terrorism cases. Section 206, the “Roving Wiretaps Provision,” authorizes FISA courts to order multi-point wiretaps that follow an individual person rather than a single, specific communications device.  Section 6001, the “Lone Wolf Provision,” permits the surveillance of foreign terrorists who cannot be directly linked to an identifiable foreign power or terror organization.