The Death of Federalism: Lincoln’s Real Legacy

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…


Repeal the 17th Amendment!

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…


Can the County Sheriff Save the Constitution?

Here is my latest article for THE NEW AMERICAN magazine on a fascinating approach to asserting sovereignty which features a quote from TAC founder, Michael Boldin. Richard Mack, former sheriff of Graham County, Arizona, is not afraid to ruffle some feathers in order to halt what he considers violations of the U.S. Constitution. In 1993,…


The Federal Government is NOT the United States

Early in my development as a human being, there was the pledge of allegiance.  There was the National Anthem and of course, the Stars & Stripes. I grew up in Southern California and now that I have had a chance to deprogram myself (which has taken years) I have some questions- for one, where was…


Getting the Tenther Movement Right. In San Francisco?

One place that most “tenthers” don’t expect to find people who understand the principles of decentralization that the 10th Amendment Stands for is in “liberal capitols” like NYC, LA, SF, and the like. But, keep in mind that decentralization is certainly not about the promotion of “conservative” ideals – or “liberal” ideals, either.  It’s about…


Marijuana Legalization as the Blueprint

A recent Fortune Magazine article, “How Marijuana Became Legal” should give Constitutional activists some great ideas on how to approach other issues where the federal government is outside the scope of their constitutionally-delegated powers.  Here’s an excerpt: Over the years the government’s position has become progressively more embattled, if not untenable. Thirteen states now have…


Pawlenty urges Governors to Assert Sovereignty

Minnesota Republican Tim Pawlenty urged fellow governors on Thursday to more frequently assert state sovereignty over the federal government and suggested that the country may increasingly see states suing the federal government. Asked by a caller about the option of asserting the Tenth Amendment as a tactic to reject a successful health care overhaul by…


The Left and State-Level Health Care

It seems like people on the “right” aren’t the only ones talking about a state-level health care program.  Over at DailyKos, the “left,” there appears to be some flickering of a light bulb turning on.

For example, this recent diary entry, “States Rights Public Option Solution.” Here’s an excerpt:

Each state’s legislature pass their own “public option” for everyone in their state.

You won’t have to worry about moderate blue dog democrats and republicans. It would be FAR easier.

Everyone in a state gets access to government health care, everyone in that state pays taxes to cover it, and only people living in that state get to use it.

Sounds almost voluntary – well, at least in comparison to a national plan that will never please more than about 1/2 the people in this country.