Welcome to the Tenth Amendment Center

“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.”

Constitution 101

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 ...
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 ...
Nullification

Nullification

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

JOIN TAC, Support Liberty!

Nothing helps us get the job done more than the financial faith that our members put behind our work.
Starting at just $2/month!

Latest Articles

/
Clearing Up the Confusion About the Constitution's Term "Direct Taxes"

Clearing Up the Confusion About the Constitution’s Term “Direct Taxes”

Among the Founders, the distinction between direct and indirect taxes was, as John Marshall affirmed, “well understood.” There is no reason we cannot understand it as well ...
/
Benjamin Franklin: How to Lose an Empire

Benjamin Franklin: How to Lose an Empire

Featuring some of his best satire and sharpest wit, Benjamin Franklin published an article in The Public Advertiser on September 11, 1773. In “Rules By Which A Great Empire May ...
/
How Tench Coxe Shaped the Ratification Debates: Essays of A Pennsylvanian

How Tench Coxe Shaped the Ratification Debates: Essays of A Pennsylvanian

History often overlooks Tench Coxe, but he was one of the most important founding fathers. While the Federalist Papers are celebrated and widely discussed today, Coxe's essays, written under the ...
/
Northwest Ordinance: Landmark 1787 Law Set the Foundation

Northwest Ordinance: Landmark 1787 Law Set the Foundation

The Northwest Ordinance serves as a powerful reminder. The American experiment in self-government wasn't born in a single moment, and it didn’t materialize out of thin air at the Philadelphia ...
/
The Supreme Court Was Wrong About Taxes

The Supreme Court Was Wrong About Taxes

Under the Constitution, the income tax is and always has been “direct.” The 16th amendment changed a rule governing how the income tax is treated. But it didn’t alter the levy’s ...
/
Bringing Back Gold Clause Contracts: A Challenge to the Fed

Bringing Back Gold Clause Contracts: A Challenge to the Fed

One of the ways the government maintains its fiat money system is by throwing up legal and regulatory roadblocks to those wanting to use real money. Bringing back gold clause ...

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

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.

Latest Videos

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.