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…Details
A Press Release from State Rep. Mike Kelly
Representative Mike Kelly announced plans to introduce a resolution that provides for placing an amendment to Alaska’s Constitution before voters during the next general election making explicit the individual right to health care free choice. The resolution and attendant constitutional amendment would prohibit passage of laws that compel any person or employer to participate in a particular health care system. The proposed constitutional change will also permit the purchase of private insurance and allow Alaskans to pay their own health care provider directly.Details
Writes Gary Marbut from FirearmsFreedomAct.com: I spoke on the phone this morning with Rep. Bryan King of Arkansas who has triggered an “interim study” to begin the percolation that will end with a Firearms Freedom Act being filed. I’ve posted MSSA’s recent news release about the filing of our federal lawsuit to validate the principles…Details
Many conversations have taken place about the magnitude of the 912 rally in DC and many questions have been asked about how such a massive assembly could have gone ‘unnoticed’ by the corporate media. There is a simple explanation- it was certainly noticed at the top and there were deliberate decisions NOT to report on…Details
Any discussion of reclaiming freedom in America is pointless without an accurate understanding of how our rights were lost in the first place. The Real Lincoln, Professor Thomas DiLorenzo’s controversial book on the subject, makes a compelling case that it was Abraham Lincoln himself who set us on our present course. From the book’s foreword…Details
There are now 38 states that have introduced resolutions to reaffirm the principles of delegated powers under the Constitution and the 10th Amendment.
The latest? New Jersey.
Under the radar until now, Assembly Concurrent Resolution 238 (ACR238) was actually introduced back on June 22, 2009. The resolution recognizes that:
“the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States provides: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” This concurrent resolution further recognizes that many federal mandates are in direct violation of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Additionally, this resolution notes that in New York v. United States, 505 U.S. 144 (1992), the United States Supreme Court ruled that Congress may not simply commandeer the legislative and regulatory processes of the states. As such, this resolution claims sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted by the Constitution to the federal government and serves as notice and demand to the federal government to cease and desist mandates that are beyond the scope of these constitutionally delegated powers.”Details
As a companion to Rob Natelson’s fantastic introduction to the (un)Constitutionality of Campaign finance laws, I thought Ron Paul’s 2002 article on the subject was an excellent read. Here’s an excerpt: The so-called reform legislation being proposed is clearly unconstitutional. The First amendment unquestionably grants individuals and businesses the free and unfettered right to advertise,…Details
Sabre rattling about Iran’s nuclear program was once again everywhere in the corporate media last week. Despite sounding strangely familiar it was Obama’s administration this time, perceived by many as an ‘anti-war’ candidate before the general election last year. So much for that. Many have analyzed the Iran nuclear scenario and can find no motive…Details
The fall of constitutional government and the deterioration of state sovereignty can mostly be traced to the disastrous decision to change the election of US Senators from the states to the actual citizens in an effort to make the Constitution “more democratic” via the 17th amendment. Randall Holcombe of The Independent Institute highlights how this…Details
Michael Opitz Tea Party Speech, Marietta Georgia, July 3, 2009 Good evening my Name is Michael Opitz and I am President of the Madison Forum, a civic non-partisan organization focused on “Good Government” through understanding truth and facts. I want to give special recognition to Madison Forum Member, Richard Gruetter, self-taught Constitutional Scholar from whose…Details