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“The 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.”

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The 10th Amendment: History, Purpose and Impact

The 10th Amendment: History, Purpose and Impact

 The Tenth Amendment The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the ...
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The Supremacy Clause

The Supremacy Clause

 The Supremacy Clause This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and ...
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Nullification

Nullification

Nullification Any act or set of acts which results in a particular federal law or program being rendered null and ...
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The Commerce Clause

The Commerce Clause

 The Commerce Clause [The Congress shall have Power] To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and ...
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Necessary and Proper Clause

Necessary and Proper Clause

 Necessary and Proper Clause [The Congress shall have Power] To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for ...
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General Welfare Clause

General Welfare Clause

 General Welfare Clause [The Congress shall have Power] To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the ...
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What Are Rights? This Is What the Founders Believed

What Are Rights? This Is What the Founders Believed

for Locke, and by extension for the American founders, “rights” are ultimately a matter of ownership or “property” in the original broader sense. Individuals have rights to their “lives, liberties ...
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Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine, Bridge Builder

much like his radical political ideas, Paine shunned all conventions when it came to this field as well. This is because he favored using iron over all other materials ...
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The Federal Farmer: The Constitution Would Lead to a Complete Consolidation

The Federal Farmer: The Constitution Would Lead to a Complete Consolidation

During the debates over ratification of the Constitution, one of the most influential and important series of papers were written by the Federal Farmer, an anti-federalist who forcefully warned that ...
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Advancing Liberty: 4 Essential, Foundational Principles

Advancing Liberty: 4 Essential, Foundational Principles

If we’re going to go from the largest government in history today - to a true “land of the free,” we’ll need to lean in on some of the wisdom ...
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The ideas that formed the Constitution: The Founders' education

The ideas that formed the Constitution: The Founders’ education

The Greco-Roman classics remained constantly in the minds of those who drafted and ratified the Constitution ...
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Rhetoric and Resistance in the Face of Tyranny

Rhetoric and Resistance in the Face of Tyranny

This demonstrates the formula the colonists used over and over again during the years leading up to the American Revolution. They made their philosophical case through resolutions and proclamations and ...
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STATE OF THE NULLIFICATION MOVEMENT

Step-by-step. Inch-by-inch. Brick-by-brick. That’s how we build a strong foundation for the Constitution and liberty. This report tells the current story of our efforts.

We like to think of it as a prospectus, of sorts – an “investor’s guide” to our work here the Tenth Amendment Center.

From the Blog

  • Thomas Paine: Radical American Hero
    by Dave Benner on November 27, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    My episode of the Tom Woods Show is up! It was a true honor to discuss my new book, Thomas Paine: A Lifetime of Radicalism with Tom. The post Thomas Paine: Radical American Hero first appeared on Tenth Amendment Center.

  • Power to the People Gets it Backwards
    by Michael Boldin on November 26, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    We’ve all heard or seen the slogan, but TO is the wrong word, by far. Under the system and principles of the founders and old revolutionaries, all power comes FROM the people - and they don’t need to ask, or demand, […]

  • Today in History: Founding Father Edward Rutledge Born
    by Mike Maharrey on November 23, 2022 at 10:29 am

    On this date in 1749, Edward Rutledge was born. He was a signer of the Continental Association and the youngest signatory to the Declaration of Independence. The post Today in History: Founding Father Edward Rutledge […]

  • Your Rights Get the Benefit of the Doubt
    by Mike Maharrey on November 22, 2022 at 10:27 pm

    If there is any question about government power, your rights should always get the benefit of the doubt. Not the federal government. The post Your Rights Get the Benefit of the Doubt first appeared on Tenth Amendment […]

Path to Liberty

Streaming live Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 9:30am Pacific, host Michael Boldin covers the latest news about the constitution and liberty – plus reports on nullification efforts to undermine and defeat federal programs without relying on the federal government to limit its own power.

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Thomas Jefferson: Foundation

I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground that “all powers not delegated to the U.S. by the Constitution, not prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states or to the people”

James Madison: Few and Defined

The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.

Theophilus Parsons: Usurpation

An act of usurpation is not law and any man may be justified in its resistance.

Patrick Henry: Primary Object

When the American spirit was in its youth, the language of America was different: Liberty, Sir, was then the primary object.

Mercy Otis Warren: Servitude

We have seen in all ages the many become the slaves of the few; preferring the wretched tranquillity of inglorious ease, they patiently yield to despotic masters, until awakened by multiplied wrongs to the feelings of human nature

Oliver Ellsworth: Void

If they make a law which the Constitution does not authorize, it is void.

Thomas Paine: War Taxes

Taxes were not raised to carry on wars, wars were raised to carry on taxes.

Samuel Adams: Taxation

The supreme power cannot Justly take from any man, any part of his property without his consent, in person or by his Representative.

St. George Tucker: Usurpation

Every extension of the administrative authority beyond its just constitutional limits, is absolutely an act of usurpation.

Rufus King: Judges

The judges must interpret the Laws, they ought not to be legislators.

Patrick Henry: Sword and Purse

Unless a miracle shall interpose, no nation ever did, nor ever can retain its liberty after the loss of the sword and the purse.

 

We work to educate people on the original, legal meaning of the Constitution as drafted by the Founders and approved by the People of the Several States.

We also work to activate people to support a 10th Amendment strategy advised by James Madison, a “refusal to cooperate with officers of the union” as an effective method to reject, resist and nullify unconstitutional federal acts.

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