by Michael Boldin
â€œWe have it in our power to begin the world over againâ€
Tom Paineâ€™s powerful words hold just as much meaning today as they did on January 10, 1776 when he first published Common Sense – what historians call â€œthe most popular pamphlet of the entire revolutionary era.”
With a federal government that rarely follows the rules that govern it – the Constitution, that is – there’s a lot of work to do to “begin the world over again.” Our moment is now.
THE ESSENTIAL QUESTION
When the federal government violates the Constitution – what do we do about it? Do we lobby congress and ask federal politicians to limit federal power? Do we go to court and ask federal judges to limit federal power? Do we â€œvote the bums outâ€ in the hopes that the new bums will give back all that power?
What do we do about it? That’s the question that more and more people are asking every day. Why? Because those three options are what we the people have been employing for nearly a century. In all that time, we the people have been marching and protesting. We the people have sued and voted bums out.
The result? I hate to be the bearer of bad news folks, but all these efforts have been a complete and utter failure. It doesn’t matter what political party is in power in Washington D.C. It doesn’t matter what individual occupies the White House either. Year in and year out, federal power grows and your liberty is reduced.
So what DO we do about it?
In Common Sense, Paine answered that question for us – â€œWhen we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.â€
While the ratification of the Constitution created a system of government to decentralize power and create fertile ground for liberty – if we’re relying on the federal government to police and limit itself, that power will always grow. In fact, other great founders like Thomas Jefferson and James Madison warned us that if the federal government ever became the sole and exclusive arbiter of the extent of its own powers, those powers would never be limited – regardless of elections, courts, separations of powers or any of the other vaunted parts of the American system.
As Paine warned us – “virtue is not hereditary.” So even if we were to have a perfect constitutionalist president. Or a Congress full of the same, there’s no guarantee that it would last, and sooner or later those that seek power for evil purposes would get in control. The history of the United States is all the proof we should ever need to understand this stark reality.
The existence of the Constitution itself will never protect liberty. You need to. I need to. Our friends and family need to. It’s up to us.
Where does that leave us?
Well, itâ€™s quite simple: We the People need to learn to exercise our rights whether they the government want us to or not!
ACTION FOR TODAY
Since 2006, the Tenth Amendment Center has been championing this message and consistently promoting liberty through decentralization. While the task may seem insurmountable at times – no matter how much the odds seem stacked against freedom, itâ€™s essential to do whatâ€™s right. And for the Tenth Amendment Center, doing whatâ€™s right is pretty straightforward:
We demand adherence to the Constitution. Every issue, every time. No exceptions, no excuses.
But we need your help to continue these efforts. On January 10th, 2011, in commemoration of Thomas Paine’s historic work, we defend the philosophy held within his writings by holding a mass donation day in support of this revolutionary effort for the cause of liberty, The Tenth Amendment Center.
If you agree that an unconstitutional â€œlawâ€ is no law at all – stand up for the constitution and pledge to support the center in our work right now.
Only with your help can we being the world over again. So if you believe in the constitution and the message of the Tenth Amendment Center – the time to act is now. Not next year, not next month, and not next week. Today. Not tomorrow. Now.
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