Surprise! Republicans Are Caving Already

Jacob Horberger is on point, once again, in a column over at Campaign for Liberty: Within two days of being sworn into office, congressional Republicans are already breaking their promises with respect to out-of-control federal spending and borrowing. In their much-ballyhooed “Pledge to America” they promised to cut $100 billion out of non-defense discretionary spending…


A Daunting Task

Why The Tenth Amendment Center is so Important

Since the beginning of time political movements have come and gone. Some have had bigger impacts than others. Some have been movements that supported violence, some advocated a particular issue, but few have been focused on education and empowering the electorate. That is what gives the Tenth Amendment Center (TAC) such staying power. The Tenth Amendment Center is not focused on a single issue insofar as the 10th Amendment covers a range of issues. The TAC does not tell people what to think or for whom to vote. They are focused on education so that we, the people, realize that the best government is the one closest to home.

We all know, well most of us, that the 10th Amendment says that the powers not granted to the Federal Government by the Constitution are reserved to the states and the people. What the TAC does is offers perspective and empirical data that shows how to apply the 10th Amendment. Why is this so important for our country and, more specifically, the Tea Party movement? The answer is: ideological consistency. Nobody likes a hypocrite and, moreover, nobody is going to listen to someone who contradicts themselves. You lose the moral upper hand in political debate when you apply your principles inconsistently. Some in the Tea Party and 9-12 movement talk about limited government and strict interpretation of the Constitution until the argument gets to an issue in which they want the government involved.


Can the Tenth Amendment Unite Libertarians and Conservatives?

As I watch the blog wars between libertarians and conservatives I wonder if the tenth amendment can be the great unifier between these two political siblings. I say that these groups are political siblings because both belong on the same family tree. They both believe in limited government, property rights, and many other classical liberal ideas. This makes them related to each other much more than with modern liberals but the differences between the groups seems to have the power to break them up. Those differences are usually over social values.

Libertarians tend to believe a person’s social and moral values are an individual choice (this is my personal view as well) while conservatives believe they are a collective choice. Modern conservatives (as well as progressives) have taken away the moral choice over someone’s lives away from the individual and into the collective where each person sacrifices their own individual decision making power to the collective. This view is an affront to individual liberty but its going to be difficult to undo the feeling of wanting to purify the world from them.


Nullification: The Middle Way

Jack Blood interviews Bryce Shonka on the Nullify Now tour, decentralization, and grassroots activism.

“For many years people thought we only had 2 options to deal with an out-of-control federal government – unlimited submission or secession. Today, Thomas Jefferson’s “moderate middle ground,” nullification, is gaining traction.”

Decentralization for Freedom

It’s estimated that, in 1776, there were 2.5 million people living in the 13 American colonies.

That’s 13 colonial governments for 2.5 million people.

Now, we have one city government serving 8.4 million people in New York City.

We have one city government serving 3.8 million people in Los Angeles.

Yes, these cities have smaller districts or boroughs with their own governments, but you get the idea. Greater and greater numbers of people with less and less real contact with their government.

We have one federal government that serves 300 million people.

I doubt that Jefferson or Madison truly envisioned the extent of the population explosion. Their plan for central government supposed that elected representatives would be closer to the people.

So how can this happen now?

Answer: Local and state governments should exercise much greater power than the federal government. And by power, I don’t mean invasive force; I mean decision-making.

You can’t hope for a Republic when 300 million people fall under the sway of a single central government. It’s sheer madness.


Utah Governor Herbert Calls for Ongoing Resistance to Un-Constitutional Federal Laws

During his inauguration ceremony, Governor Gary Herbert said the following in his speech: As a state, we will advocate states’ rights and we will vigorously resist the increasing burden of federal intrusion into our lives. We at the Utah Tenth Amendment Center have a feeling that the Governor will be given several opportunities over the next…


Governor signs Obamacare Medicaid Expansion in Minnesota

As a result of my attending a protest of Minnesota Governor Dayton signing Obamacare into law in Minnesota, the governor allowed some of us opposing to speak, I was asked if I would and I accepted.

I am a grateful combat veteran…grateful for the opportunity to live in the greatest country the world has ever known.  I love this country.  I still find it an honor to support and defend the Constitution of this country.

In my view, what actually took place today, January 5, 2011, was our governor, who took an oath to support and defend the Constitution on Monday, January 3, 2011, defied that very oath on Wednesday, January 5, 2011

I am opposed to the Health Care bill because I think it is unconstitutional.

I think it is unconstitutional because, when I read the enumerated powers of the federal government in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution I do not find any mention of “health care.”

I also think it is immoral and unconstitutional to force or coerce anyone into buying anything, including health care or health insurance.