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…

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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…

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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.

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Passing Thoughts 5

cross-posted from the Pennsylvania Tenth Amendment Center

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If  the power to nullify an unconstitutional law is prohibited to the states, it can be prohibited in one, and only one, place — The Constitution.  This fact leads to a simple question which can settle the debate.  “Where is the text in the Constitution that prohibits nullification?”  If that text can’t be found, then nullification cannot possibly be prohibited. (Hint, there”s no such prohibition in Article I, Section X).

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Video: The Liberty Song (The 56 Men)

cross-posted from the Pennsylvania Tenth Amendment Center

According to wikipedia,

“The Liberty Song” is an American Revolutionary War song composed by patriot John Dickinson, the author of Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania.  The song is set to the tunes of “Heart of Oak”, the anthem of the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom and “Here’s a Health”, an Irish song of emigration.  The song itself was first published in the Boston Gazette in July 1768.

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Tenth Amendment PowerPoint

cross-posted from the Pennsylvania Tenth Amendment Center

I was pleased to deliver the presentation below to the Philadelphia Tea Party Patriots of Central Montgomery County on Thursday evening (September 8, 2011). It was encouraging to see this group in action, with it’s focus on the core issues of Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionally Limited Government and Free Markets. Central Montgomery County is one of the areas in Pennsylvania with its own unique Tenth Amendment history.

We would like to say “Thank you” to the group and its leadership for the opportunity to visit. You can use the contact page to get in touch with us about speaking to your group.

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What if Glenn Beck is Right?

cross-posted from the Pennsylvania Tenth Amendment Center

I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a Glenn Beck fan, but I do listen to his program fairly regularly.  My family and I went to his 8/28 rally last year, and I used to watch his show on the Fox News Channel when I had the opportunity.   Usually, when I’m listening to his program, I am also engaged in other activities, so I don’t really pay attention very well, but I have picked up on some common themes.

One early theme on his Fox News show was his claimed conversion to libertarianism.  Many in the Liberty community remain skeptical.  I agree with that sentiment in that although Beck has moved towards a philosophy of Liberty, he still doesn’t seem to have completely internalized the idea that government is violence.   I certainly don’t agree with everything he says, and I have found many of his topics during the last year much less interesting than in the past, but I still give him credit for raising awareness about Liberty and the ongoing Constitutional overreach from the federal government.  Anyway, as they say, even a broken clock is right twice a day, so it’s not unreasonable to think he might be right about some of his ideas.

The idea I want to talk about in this essay is Beck’s idea that the economy is on its way to a “melt down”. 

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