If we choose to exercise it, the Tenth Amendment explicitly gives us the power to enforce the Constitution’s letter and spirit through political action, regardless of the opinions and preferences of the ruling class.Details
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer demonstrated some typically muddled progressive reasoning on Fox News Sunday, contending the founders would have supported modern gun control laws and sided with the dissenters in the 2008 case D.C. v. Heller.
In a nutshell, Breyer says the framers (James Madison in particular) put the Second Amendment in the Constitution, but they didn’t really mean it.
He argues that the Second Amendment was included simply to ensure ratification of the Constitution, but that the framers didn’t really philosophically believe in protecting the individual right to bear arms.
He buoys his argument by claiming “most historians” agree.
“If you’re interested in history, and in this one history was important, then I think you do have to pay attention to the story,” Breyer said. “If that was his motive historically, the dissenters were right. And I think more of the historians were with us.”
As if Breyer really has any idea what “most” historians think.
But I digress.
In fact, Madison wrote in Federalist 46 that an armed citizenry provides a check against overreaching government. And any fair reading of the founders reveals a fear of centralized power and that they advocated for an armed citizenry to provide balance and protect liberty.Details
Podcast: Play in new window | Download How should we interpret the Constitution? written by Michael Maharrey of the Kentucky Tenth Amendment Center was featured recently on the Tenth Amendment Center’s main site. The audio version is also available through the Arizona Tenth Amendment Center Podcast. Give it a listen and also consider subscribing using…Details
I did not celebrate Constitution Day September 17, primarily because I did not know how to do so. The Federal Government requires the college where I work to do something on that day to qualify for it’s Title IV grant for which, if people really read the document, they would find no authority.
I was asked to give suggestions. The assigned administrator and I pondered several options, none of which seemed fitting or particularly meaningful. Still, we should do something; ignorance on this document is appalling and patriotism from those under 25 seems virtually dead. Even the president was filmed recently with his hands to his side during the playing of the national anthem, expressing total ignorance, total disrespect, or both (see the video on LibertyUnderFire.org).
Nearly no one reads this document anymore. Republicans only give lip service to it, and Democrats don’t even pretend to do that much. So how shall we celebrate Constitution Day? Should we celebrate the total disregard of the list in Article I, Section 8 from which the government is limited in making laws?Details
From Reason.TV – “How the Commerce Clause Made Congress All-Powerful”
September 17 is Constitution Day–the day the Constitution was signed in Philadelphia and sent to the states for ratification.
This day SHOULD be a national holiday, but as we have seen in all to many cases, the slow eroding of accurate, proper, and true American history continues and eats away at the links to our Founding that are so critical to the future of our Republic. This is clearly being done on purpose by the left and the educational bureaucracy that wishes to rewrite and erase the TRUE story of our Founding and the great men and stories behind it.
But you can do your part in reconnecting with the tand maybe bring a few people along with you!Details
Thomas E. Woods speaks on the topic of Nullification at the Nullify Now conference (www.nullifynow.com) in Fort Worth, TX. The event was sponsored by the Tenth Amendment Center and WeRefuse. Don’t miss the next stop on our tour – celebrate the 10th Amendment on 10-10-10 in Orlando, FL! – click here to info and tickets…Details
State Sovereignty Rally at Albany, New York Capitol Building August 7, 2010. Rick Montes (New York Tenth Amendment Center) speech on the Tenth Amendment It’s nice to show up at rallies and wave our don’t tread on me flags, and support the tea parties, and scream that Obama is destroying our Constitution – but how…Details
I listen to outraged radio and television talk show hosts, clearly arguing against what is happening with the out of control federal government, sometimes getting heated to the point of obvious frustration, meanwhile Obama and the enemy within are passing legislation and borrowing more money than we can ever pay back. The left and their…Details