Tenth Amendment Legislation Needs Support

In our post, Pennsylvania Legislature Joins the TSA Resistance Movement, we told you about Pennsylvania’s House Resolution 16 and House Bill 852.  Both of these items were offered by Representative Tallman in resistance to the TSA’s Unconstitutional airport screening measures.  These pieces of legislation are currently referred to the State Government Committee.

House Resolution 49, Pennsylvania’s House State Sovereignty Resolution which was introduced by Representative Swanger, is also referred to the State Government Committee.

We have been advised that the State Government Committee will be meeting with regards to the TSA legislation on this Wednesday, March 30, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.

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No Legislator Left Behind

On July 26, 2010, Rob Pepe wrote on our facebook page,

Let’s put a copy of Nullification in the hands of EVERY member of the Pennsylvania legislature.  I have my rep and senator covered.  Who’s next?

On November 9, 2010, every legislator in the state of Utah received a copy of Nullification courtesy of the Utah Tenth Amendment Center.

Following the lead of these forward thinkers and borrowing our project name from Sheriff Mack’s, “No Sheriff Left Behind project, the Pennsylvania Tenth Amendment Center is happy to report a large stride toward fulfilling Rob’s idea.

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Action Alert: Ask Governor Corbett to Uphold the Constitution

This letter from the Pennsylvania Tenth Amendment Coaltion and Pennsylvania Tenth Amendment Center was hand delivered to Governor Corbett’s office today.  The letter is also being circulated among grass roots activists throughout for follow-on submissions from around the state.

  • The People have declared, through the November elections, that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care (PPACA) act reaches beyond the powers which have been delegated to our representatives in the federal government.
  • 28 States, including Pennsylvania, have argued to the court that the act is Unconstitutional.
  • 19 States, including Pennsylvania, are currently considering Health Care Freedom legislation.
  • 11 States are currently considering the Tenth Amendment Center’s own Health Care Nullification legislation.
  • Judge Vinson has ruled that the PPACA is Unconstitutional and void.
  • The people, the states and the court are in agreement.  The PPACA is Unconstitutional.

Yet, the federal government continues implementing the law!  And so does Pennsylvania – Why is Governor Corbett continuing to implement an act which he, as Attorney General, affirmed to the court is Unconstitutional?  As Michael F. Cannon at the Cato Institute notes, if we fail to protect our rights, it makes it easier for someone else (read, Washington, DC) to violate them.

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Congressional Town Hall Meeting, Feb 21, 2011

On February 21, in the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Dom Giordano and Gary R’nel hosted aCongressional Town Hall meeting. Guests included Congressman Chaka Fattah(D-PA/2) Congressman Jim Gerlach(R-PA/6) Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA/8) Congressman Pat Meehan(R-PA/7) Congressman John Runyan(R-NJ/3) Unfortunately, I couldn’t get the embed code to work, but the first hour podcast is here – Congressional Town…

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Tenth Amendment Happenings in the PA Senate

There are some Tenth Amendment related goings-on in the Pennsylvania state Senate.  Here is some legislation which has been introduced

Senate Resolution 9 -

A RESOLUTION

Claiming sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over certain powers, serving notice to the Federal Government to cease and desist certain mandates; providing that certain Federal legislation be prohibited or repealed and directing distribution.

Senate Bill 10 -

A JOINT RESOLUTION

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, providing for health care services.

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End the Washington First Party

Judge Napalitano often says and writes that the Democrats and Republicans represent two branches of one “big government” party.  I heartily agree with this sentiment, but I would like to expand on it just a bit.

In his book, “The Road to Serfdom”, F. A. Hayek writes,

“What in effect unites the socialists of the Left and the Right is this common hostility to competition and their common desire to replace it by a directed economy.”

This, I believe, is the core of our problem.  We have two branches of a “Washington First” party who believe that the solution to any problem begins with a directive out of Washington, DC.  They may disagree about which directive to issue, but they are in absolute agreement that a directive is in order.

The Republican branch of the Washington First party talks about freedom and limited government, but their actions give lie to their words. What they really believe when they say “limited government” is that Washington will partner with the corporate sector to lead us to prosperity.

The Democrat branch of the Washington First party talks about civil rights and equality, but their actions give lie to their words.  What they really believe when they say, “equality”, is that Washington will partner with labor and other special interests to lead the poor out of poverty.

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Two Short Conversations

In this video from last spring, Dr. Thomas E. Woods, Jr. debates Professor Neil Siegel about nullification.  Siegel takes the position against nullification.

However, at about 11:13 in the video, Professor Siegel says,

“…you might have arguments that the federal law itself is not valid and therefore not supreme under the supremacy clause…”

And at about 23:38, talking about the health care law, he says,

“…no justice is going to say that states can opt out of otherwise valid federal law.  No one is going to make that argument.  The question is, ‘is this valid federal law?’…”

So we see that the disagreement really isn’t about whether nullification is legal.  Even the opponent of nullification agrees that nobody has to follow an invalid federal law.  The debate is really about who determines that a federal law is valid or invalid?  Do the states and the people have that power, or does the supreme court dictate to us whether something is “a valid federal law”?  Let’s look at two simple conversations addressing this question.

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Nine Thousand Dollars

According to Wolfram|Alpha, the world population is 6.79 billion people and the annual global GDP is $60.63 trillion.  Divide $60.63 trillion dollars by 6.79 billion people and you get 8,929.31 dollars per person (per year). Remember this number when you hear people, especially those from the United Nations, talking about “redistribution of wealth“, ecojustice or…

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