Help wanted!

Imagine a man owns about an acre of land in a prime area. He also has the plans for a beautiful 4,000 square foot house.

That’s not all.

He bought all of the supplies necessary: lumber, siding, roofing material and drywall. He’s got pipe, wiring, fixtures and paint. In fact, he’s got everything he needs to build his dream home right at his fingertips.

Not only that, but our aspiring builder has a shed full of tools – brand new hammers, wrenches of every diameter, paint brushes, drills and pliers. He has a band saw, a rotary saw and a table saw. And not just hand-tools. He’s got an excavator, a generator and a mobile elevator. He even owns one of those cool laser levels. You name the tool; our man has access to it.

But when he gets out to the work site, he finds himself all alone.  And all of those tools and all of those supplies will do him precious little good without some good coworkers.

Sometimes I feel like that aspiring home builder here at the Tenth Amendment Center.


Farm Bill in Limbo, So is the Commerce Clause

Before Congress vacays for most of August, the 2008 Farm Bill will either be extended or replaced by a new 2012 version. One of the great debates to rise from this issue centers around Congressman Steve King’s (R-IA) amendment which nullifies state laws restricting trade with other states on issues of agriculture and food safety. Get this: some progressives are upset about a conservative citing the “power to regulate”! How does that work?

Typically, when a federal legislator invokes the Commerce Clause, some level of chicanery is afoot. Here, however, Steve King may actually have gotten it right. In 2008, California voters passed an initiative that in 2014 begins stricter regulations on egg production within the state as well as demanding the same level of animal protection from the other 49. The second half of that authority is what King recognizes as a violation of the Commerce Clause.



Nullification vs NDAA, Drones and more. Tenther News 07-31-12

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In a report by Joe Wolverton in the New American magazine, we learn that a Virginia state lawmaker is introducing a bill to strictly limit drone surveillance in his state.

In the report, Delegate Todd Gilbert stated,

“I believe, as do many Virginians across the political spectrum, that the use of drones by police and other government agencies should be strictly controlled by state laws that protect the privacy and civil rights of all Virginia residents. I will be introducing legislation in the 2013 General Assembly Session to i) prohibit the use of drones by law enforcement unless a warrant has been issued; ii) require that policies and procedures for the use of drones be adopted by legislative bodies in open meetings; iii) provide for public monitoring and accountability; and iv) mandate that pictures of individuals acquired by drones be destroyed unless they are part of an authorized investigation.”

Learn nore about this legislation – and the escalating deployment of drones for unconstitutional monitoring – when Joe Wolverton joins us on Tenther Radio. You can tune in this Wednesday night at 9pm Eastern and 6PM Pacific at

Mike Maharrey reports in Michigan that a strong grassroots coalition around the state is expanding the push for nullification of the kidnapping provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act.