by Trevor Lyman
â€œThe 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.â€
- The Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Like a muscle that atrophies when unused, the power of the U.S. Constitution also withers when its meaning is lost on the people. Â And, sadly, for many people its meaning most certainly has been lost.
Today, our Federal government illegally conducts; a national take over of our health care, illegal search and seizure at our airports, a seemingly endless use of your tax dollars to prop up failing businesses, and much more. Â If people were to view the Constitution properly, as an enumeration of powers delegated to the federal government, one would be hard-pressed to find a day go by without serious Constitutional violations.
However these illegal intrusions are not root of the problem facing our lives today but are instead only symptoms of a much greater sickness of â€œignoranceâ€ that has infected the American people. The only cure for ignorance is education.
Enter Michael Boldin and the Tenth Amendment Center.
Or, as Chuck Norris put it in his Human Events and TownHall column last year:
â€œI would encourage you to go to the Tenth Amendment Center and learn more about your 10th Amendment rightsâ€
Established in 2006, the Tenth Amendment Center has been leading the charge to re-educate the American public on the meaning and importance of decentralization as a path to liberty – which is just what the Tenth Amendment affirmed in the U.S. Constitution.
Cited regularly as a resource by media and grassroots sources from the left, right, and center â€“ including Glenn Beck, the Associated Press, Lew Rockwell, Reuters, Campaign for Liberty, and many others â€“ along with having twenty three thousand supporters via facebook, the Tenth Amendment Center is a trusted member of our freedom community.
With more than two dozen State and Local TAC chapters around the country, and many more to come in 2011, the Center also works with state legislatures and grassroots organizations alike to reinvigorate the peopleâ€™s understanding and practice of the principles held within the Tenth Amendment, it being the greatest check and balance on Federal power that exists.
During the second half of 2010, I had the good fortune to meet and get to know Michael Boldin personally. Â After seeing first hand his driven dedication, passion, talent and (perhaps most importantly) his results, I personally rank his efforts and initiatives, via the Tenth Amendment Center, as some of the most important in our movement.
Thatâ€™s why today Iâ€™m writing you to ask for your help â€“ help through your participation in a money bomb of support for this very important cause â€“ our cause, liberty!
On January 10th and 11th, and in commemoration of Thomas Paineâ€™s great work â€œCommon Sense,â€ weâ€™ll be holding a mass fundraising day to help support and nurture the work of the Tenth Amendment Center. You can pledge to participate directly at the moneybomb website at www.CommonSenseMoneyBomb.com or via the facebook event here.
As Ron Paul has reminded us on many occasions, while elections are important parts of our political process, it is the power of ideas that truly shape and set the foundations of nations. Now that the elections are over, letâ€™s take some time to get back to the fundamentals, letâ€™s bring back the Tenth Amendment!
And, most importantly, lets cure this nation of its ignorance and apathy until the Federal government is penned back into its box and properly muzzled as it should be.
Trevor Lyman [send him email] is a political activist and one of the originators of the Money Bomb concept that broke funraising records in Ron Paul’s 2008 presidential campaign. Visit his websites, breakthematrix.com, trevorlyman.com