First, and foremost – Merry Christmas! I speak on behalf of the entire TAC team – bloggers, researchers, volunteers – everyone who makes this train push forward: We wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
I also wanted to share with you a gift that James Madison left for all of us. Below, you’ll find two links – one to a really interesting article about this gift from Madison, and the other – a link where you can donate to support our work. If there’s ever a time to pitch in to help us stand for the Constitution and liberty – that time is right now. And I cannot say it enough – we are extremely grateful for your support!
On to James Madison.
It was Christmas Eve in 1798, and the Virginia House had already passed resolutions drafted by Madison three days earlier. Introduced by Thomas Jefferson’s great friend John Taylor of Caroline, Madison’s important draft also included the handiwork of Wilson Cary Nicholas.
The resolutions were a rejection of the dangerously unconstitutional Alien and Sedition Acts – pushed through by John Adams and the big-government Federalists of the time.
Here – Madison, Taylor and Nicholas – among others – made the case that states had a duty to interpose against federal encroachments. The Virginia Resolutions read, in part:
In case of a deliberate, palpable, and dangerous exercise of other powers, not granted by the said compact, the states who are parties thereto, have the right, and are in duty bound, to interpose for arresting the progress of the evil, and for maintaining within their respective limits, the authorities, rights and liberties appertaining to them.
Mike Maharrey put together a fantastic article that covers this in more detail – including some interesting inside baseball between Madison and Jefferson. I hope you’ll read it, enjoy it, and share it widely. This is a gift from the “Father of the Constitution” that lasts forever.
Also – as I mentioned above, we’re in a crucial time to build upon the great foundation we’ve set in recent years. In 2018, we’ll be working to support sound money, protect privacy, advance the right to keep and bear arms, stop asset forfeiture – and a lot more.
As I type this, we’re already over 80% of our fundraising goal for the end of the year. Will you help push us over the top? You can do that here: http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/donate
Once again, MERRY CHRISTMAS! Thank you for reading – and your support!
Concordia res parvae crescunt
(small things grow great by concord)
Michael Boldin, TAC