Incredible. in·cred·i·ble [in-kred-uh-buhl].
1. so extraordinary as to seem impossible: The nullification movement is going mainstream.
2. hard to believe; unbelievable: With your help, liberty is going to win.
That bears repeating.
It’s the only word I can think of to kick this off.
You see, today is the Tenth Amendment Center’s 7th birthday. Since day one, this has been David vs. Goliath. TAC vs. the establishment. Good guys with almost nothing vs. the bad guys with everything.
Our anniversary is a day that causes me to reflect. I’ve spent some time thinking about where the organization started, where it’s gone, and where we’re going. In 7 years, without any big money, and mostly volunteer-driven work, we’ve already moved mountains. While there’s a sea of mountains still in front of us, we’re causing problems for the bad guys. Big ones that are only going to get bigger over time.
I don’t want to bore you with too many of the details about why I started the Tenth Amendment Center, my transition from far leftie to Tenther and nullifier, or every little step I’ve taken along the way. But, it’s important to note that I started this organization with pie in the sky hopes, and very humble beginnings.
With a low-paying hourly job and almost no money in my pocket, I spent a few bucks and registered tenthamendmentcenter.com on June 25, 2006. The goal? I knew that if I spoke the truth, someone would hear it. Eventually, the truth would help that one person make the world a slightly better place. And then, I’d keep working until I could reach another person, and another. And another.
You get the drift. One step at a time, one individual at a time for the Constitution and liberty.
I received quite a bit of positive feedback from people over the first couple years. Someone named Peter wrote in response to one of my posts, encouraging me to continue pushing on.
“Truth may not be forceful – but it can heal. It can even repair a broken world. Truth poses no threat to anyone save those who rely on untruth as the cornerstone of their foundations. It is time to speak the truth- irrespective of who is listening or even has the ears to hear.”
That sure hit home for me.
Even though I’m the type of person who always thinks in big-picture-mode, in 2006 I had no idea where this would lead. While I hoped to start something important, I had no expectations of leading a movement. Or publishing an important educational book on the Constitution. Or publishing another book on nullification. Or releasing a documentary film on DVD. Or producing a silver medallion. Or having people I’ve never met join as members – with many even volunteering to lead efforts locally.
But that’s just what happened. What started out as simple truth caught on like wildfire. In the seven short years since the Tenth Amendment Center was founded, the TAC has changed the national political discussion. Well, that’s how Tom Woods put it when he interviewed me on the Peter Schiff show a few months ago.
At first, I brushed Tom off, thinking he was just being generous with compliments to a friend. But shortly after Woods said that on air, a major poll came out backing him up with some hard numbers. On May 6, a Rasmussen poll reported that 52 percent of mainstream voters think states should have the right to block any federal laws they disagree with on legal grounds.
Of course, James Madison made that case more than 200 years ago.
That 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.
Jefferson advised the same:
“whensoever…the general government assumes undelegated powers, a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy.”
It seems that seven years of relentless work helped bring the ideas of Madison and Jefferson back into their own.
It’s important to repeat one word: incredible. Against all odds, TAC helped foster a movement that is going mainstream. But we’ve never had the resources to compete with the opposition, or their propaganda machine. Two years ago, I wrote that our well-funded enemies raise our yearly budget about every 8 hours. Yes, you read that right. They raise our yearly budget three times a day, every day of the year. While the disparity is probably closer to twice a day now, those are some serious numbers stacked against us.
Between the federal government itself, virtually every so-called “legal-expert” in the country, and tens of millions of dollars pouring into those organizations that defend the power of the federal government, the bad guys really seem to have an iron-fisted grasp on ideas in this country.
From cradle to grave, these people fill our heads with fear. Fear that liberty is dangerous. We’re taught that without government schools our children will be dumb. That without government-mandated health insurance, people will die in the streets. That without spying on your every move your life is at risk.
The odds are always against the good guys. And with these kinds of odds – this is impossible, right? Most thinking people wouldn’t expect us to have a chance. At all. Or if TAC could register support, it would come up as barely a blip.
The bad guys can attack, insult, and propagandize all they want. They can claim that nullification is unconstitutional, or racist, or for crazies.
Yet somehow, the Tenth Amendment Center has been able to lead a national movement accepted by over 52 percent of mainstream voters. We’ve been at the forefront of something even the Associated Press now reports doesn’t just stem from one political ideology or another; a movement the AP acknowledges led to four out of five states now rejecting established federal “law.”
“Against all odds” is an understatement when describing what we’ve taken on at the Tenth Amendment Center. We’re going head-to-head with the most-powerful government the world has ever seen. We don’t have millions of dollars, or any corporate backers. We have great volunteers, donors and members who likely struggle against goliath just like we do – but they keep pushing the movement forward.
While this organization will never be a cash cow like many of the DC think tanks that oppose us, we have something far more important. We have powerful ideas. And, ideas are bulletproof. They can defeat even the worst regimes.
Our long run victory for liberty isn’t going to come by trying to take over Washington DC, or the Republican Party, or the Democratic Party, or anything of the sort.
I want the government people to get the hell out of my life and yours! And the only way that’s going to happen is if we work together to nullify all of them into oblivion.
I don’t know how long it’s going to take. But what I do know is how things end – Goliath loses.
Thank you for being a part of this. And thank you for turning my goal of spreading truth to just one person into something historic.