Most discussions of the Tenth Amendment center around using the state legislature to enforce it when the Supreme Court fails to do so. In that situation, the state legislature declares a law null and void within the stateâ€™s borders. In this posting, weâ€™ll focus on another historic enforcement mechanism.Details
On February 12, legislators from the State of South Carolina introduced a bill to affirm the rights not only of their own state, but of all states under the 9th and 10th Amendments to the US Constitution.Â (h/t Paul Graham and George McLeod)Details
by Greg Heller, The Holy Cause
There is a new bill circulating in Montana’s legislature which has significant implications on several fronts in the battle for liberty, most notably that of States Rights, and the right to bear arms.Â The bill can be read here, and is not a long read (freedom is much easier to describe than tyranny), but to whet your interest here are a few snippets.Details
by Jeff Wartman
If you are not free to choose wrongly and irresponsibly, you are not free at all. – Jacob Hornberger.
Every four years, voters in the United States are given a choice between two major party candidates in the Presidential election.Â We are often told that either of these candidates are the â€œmainstreamâ€ candidates and if you want your vote to count, you need to choose between either one of the two major party candidates who have a â€œchanceâ€ at â€œwinningâ€.
However, for true supporters of limited government and personal liberty, this is often a choice made in vain.Â If you truly believe in a limited, decentralized government which protects both economic and personal liberties and rights, during most elections there isnâ€™t a major party candidate that will generally fit your values.Â You have a choice between the Democratic Party, of which too many members wish to violate your economic rights and liberties, and the Republican Party, of which too many members wish to violate your personal rights and liberties.Â This is not a judgment of individuals in either party.Â Most individual members are doing what they think is right.Â This is a judgment on those than run the major parties.Details
The “Enumerated Powers Act” would force Congress to cite its Constitutional authority for every law it passes. When we last reported to you in late July this bill had 52 co-sponsors in the House, and had just been introduced in the Senate by Tom Coburn, gaining a whopping 22 co-sponsors almost immediately.Details
Following the rules.
We’re all asked (well…told, actually) that we need to do this each and every day.
The federal government tells us what to do more often that we even pay attention to.Â We’re told that we need to give them money, we need to submit to patdowns at airports, we need to allow them to read our emails, and on and on and on.
Remember, we’re not asked.Â We’re not asked if we want them to do these things and we’re not asked to comply.Â We’re told.Â And if we don’t comply, they’ll start pulling out the guns pretty quickly.
But doesn’t this make us second-class citizens?Details