Who Voted Against the Constitution – Again?

In Who Voted Against the Constitution, we saw which of Pennsylvania’s Washington contingent voted for the unconstitutional provisions in the Patriot Act.

This post updates that information with another column to record how our legislators feel about the indefinite detention provisions in HR1540, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012. The next-to-last column is the legislator’s vote for or against the Patriot Act, and the last column is the legislator’s vote for or against the 2012 NDAA.

Entries in red voted in favor of both acts. Entries in orange voted in favor of one, and entries in green voted against both.

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Pennsylvania Tenth Amendment Legislation Status – March 25, 2012

New Arrivals to Legislative Tracking

These Tenth Amendment related items are currently under consideration in the Pennsylvania Legislature and are appearing for the first time in our legislative updates:

  • HB1622 – An Act providing for Pennsylvania-manufactured incandescent light bulbs. –  Representative GABLER – Referred to COMMERCE, July 18, 2011 [House].
  • HR436 – A Resolution designating October 10, 2011, as “Tenth Amendment Day” in Pennsylvania. –  Representative CREIGHTON – Adopted, Oct. 5, 2011 (200-0) [House].
  • HR319 – A Resolution memorializing Congress to repeal the provisions of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which creates Federal energy efficiency standards for lighting. – Representative GABLER –  Referred to ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES AND ENERGY, July 18, 2011 [House] .
  • HR369 – A Resolution memorializing the Congress of the United States to address concerns raised by recent regulations promulgated by the Federal Highway Administration concerning road and street signs. – Representative LAWRENCE – Referred to TRANSPORTATION, Aug. 10, 2011 [House].

Updates

Legislative items which have already been reported and have changed from our last update include:

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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…

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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

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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…

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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…

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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.

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