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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First Principles: Rethinking Calhoun

cross-posted from the Pennsylvania Tenth Amendment Center In Rethinking Calhoun at First Principles, The ISI Web Journal, Adam Tate reviews the book “Majority Rule versus Consensus: The Political Thought of John C. Calhoun .  Concluding, Read’s Majority Rule versus Consensus ultimately finds Calhoun’s argumentation unsatisfying and unhelpful for modern political problems.  In the last chapter Read provides numerous examples of the…

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Shared Sacrifice or Empty Words?

In 2007, the Washington Post reported, “Warren Buffet Slams Tax System Disparities“, reporting:

Warren E. Buffett was his usual folksy self Tuesday night at a fundraiser for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) as he slammed a system that allows the very rich to pay taxes at a lower rate than the middle class.

Buffett cited himself, the third-richest person in the world, as an example. Last year, Buffett said, he was taxed at 17.7 percent on his taxable income of more than $46 million. His receptionist was taxed at about 30 percent.

Last week, Buffett himself wrote an Op-Ed in the NY Times asking the government to “Stop Coddling the Super-Rich“.  Buffett wrote,

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PA-13 Rep. Allyson Schwartz – Balanced Budgets are “Extreme”

cross-posted from the Pennsylvania Tenth Amendment Center

Personally, I’m not big on the balanced budget amendment either.  I think the 2/3 override vote will become a “rubber stamp” for future congresses (if there’s one thing both parties can agree on, it’s spending money!) and Constitutionally limited spending would be less than 18% of GDP anyway.  Rep. Schwartz’ commentary is stunning, though.  Balancing the budget is an “extreme ideological demand”?  I would have guessed that continuing to spend ourselves into poverty would be be the “extreme” position.  Silly me…  Have to brush up on my newspeak, I guess.

(from Above Average Jane.)

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