In the last year, since December 2009, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has experienced a political facelift. Once considered the textbook example of a one-party state that would play the games of big-government politics without fail, Massachusetts has once again become a battleground for liberty. Groups of citizens, once believed to be a silent, defeated minority have rocked the status quo establishments of both major parties and put every politician in the state on notice that liberty will not be surrendered quietly to increasingly centralized authority. These citizens have rediscovered the prescient wisdom of the United States Constitution and find in that document empowerment to retrace the lines that limit our government to its rightful functions.
Some citizen activists came away from the recent election with a sense of defeat, maybe even hopelessness. How could a grassroots movement with so much evidence on its side lose to the same tired rhetoric of party politics? Remember that a midterm election is just one battle in a war of ideas that will be fought on many other fields. And today, into this war, Massachusetts has introduced a new weapon in its arsenal – a weapon, perhaps, not so much new, but certainly underutilized: The Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
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.
Contained within these words is the power of the Commonwealth and its citizens to control the government of the United States – a government that, for too long, has spun dangerously out of control. Few areas of local concern have been able to escape the reach of a federal government that no longer operates within its constitutional boundaries. Public education, drug control policy, public health, and natural resources management have been taken from the hands of local communities and mismanaged by a distant, disinterested central government. And that’s only the beginning of a long list of issues that are rightfully dealt with by local communities who are directly affected.
The Massachusetts Tenth Amendment Center, a state affiliate of the Tenth Amendment Center, is committed to state and local activism and networking with other liberty minded groups and individuals to influence legislation with the goal being a Massachusetts that nullifies federal laws and regulations that are not authorized to the federal government in the constitution. These commitments are not limited by tired political ideology – this isn’t a political movement, it’s a liberty movement. The Tenth Amendment is about state sovereignty, not left or right.
We are committed to a Massachusetts that is controlled by the citizens of Massachusetts, not by Washington. There are many more battles to be fought in this war, and the Constitution is on our side. We transcend party politics by focusing on issues important to Massachusetts that should be decided by the people of Massachusetts, regardless of political affiliation.
If you are committed to principles of liberty, Constitutionalism, and state sovereignty, please contact the Tenth Amendment Center using the links at the top of the page. There are many opportunities at the state and local level, and your talents are needed.
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