I keep hearing about campaigns to do this and that, gatherings to draw up a new constitution and congresses of the people from all 50 states and we at Tenth Amendment Center have not shown much interest.
‘Why?’ you might ask.
The sovereignty movement is a remarkable shift in the way things are done and activism is practiced. In as many decades as most can remember, nationalism and centralization have grown while organizations restricted to their home state have been overlooked, as trends go. With each loss of a powerful state organization to a superpower that spans all 50 states, the power of that state as a whole was diminished, leaving us with the state of affairs we find ourselves in today.
One of the key points of emphasis for Tenth Amendment Center has been to focus on a state-by-state structure. The concept is this:
If states are to regain the level of sovereignty intended by the founding fathers, it will likely be due to a rallying cry amongst the lawmakers of that state to stand firm as one sovereign group. So too, shall the activists in each state focus on unity and building a strong network within their state, if the power of the people is to emerge as a significant factor.
It’s not uncommon for one to dream of saving the country, if one is a true patriot but we should all keep in mind that decentralization involves more than just the legislators- it involves a change in many of the ways we do things and think about the world. It means focusing on your own state and supporting the fight for sovereignty there. There are many good patriots amongst those campaigning across the 50 states, but we have seen the results of decades of doing business on a national level and my personal feeling is that the real front lines are in your own state, in your own county, etc.