by Michael Boldin

NOTE: Recorded at the close of Tenther Radio Episode 23, the following is a special Thanksgiving message – and a big thank you – from Michael Boldin and the TAC.
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Sometimes the life of an activist, as I’ve chosen for a long time now, can be the most exciting and exhilarating way to live….and, in all honesty at other times it can be trying and extremely difficult.

Holidays are never easy, as the salary of an activist for the constitution and liberty is rarely enough to be able to afford even a flight home to visit family. I’d like to think that $5-600 is something that I could save up for and spend without worry, and I try every year. But, every year things come up that seem to prevent it. Website security upgrades, covering staff expenses, organizing events, and more. Taking care of this family business is essential, and probably why the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” still makes me cry every time I see it.

So, this week, while I will certainly miss Sarah, the love of my life, who’s visiting her family in St. Louis, and I will miss my own family which I’m unable to visit in Milwaukee, I know I have much to be thankful for.

I’m thankful for Sarah…and the life we’ve lived already and will live together in the future.

I’m thankful for my family…for bringing me into this world and helping mold me into the person I am today.

I’m thankful for the strength to do what I do, every day…for the motivation to work the seemingly endless hours, and for the love of liberty which makes it all worthwhile.

I’m thankful to each and everyone of you who listen to this show. Without you, we wouldn’t be doing this right now.

I’m thankful for all of you who share this show and the Tenth Amendment Center in general. And those of you who decide to donate to help fund our mission. Whether the amount you give is $5 or $500, every penny helps us in our relentless drive to become a force, and every one of our successes has happened because of you. (help us out here)

Thank you, Lesley Swann, for spending this time with us tonight. John Michaels for another great job producing the show. Bryce Shonka for all the work you do in the trenches every week. Jason Rink, and Nick Hankoff…Without all of you coming together week in and week out, we wouldn’t be able to do what I think is a consistently better and better job at this all the time.

Thank you to each and every one of you who volunteers and participates with us at the TAC….coordinators, team members, state chapters, bloggers, every one of you is essential to our future. (volunteer here)

I’m thankful for the fact that our message is gaining serious traction in the national discussion, and it bridges the political divide, too. On the right, conservative voters recently picked the 10th amendment as the most important question to pose to republican presidential candidates. And as we heard earlier tonight, groups from the left are increasingly citing the 10th in defense of their choices too. With your help, we’ve been educating people for over five years that the constitution isn’t about political parties or political ideologies…and it’s catching on!

I’m thankful for skype! I wish they’d sponsor the show financially, but I’m happy they exist. Not only do they give us an inexpensive way to connect our hosts and guests, they also give me an opportunity to have some face time with my family during holidays when I can’t visit in person. Video calls save the day!

I’m thankful for all the great friends I’ve made around the country on this wonderful journey. Tom and Heather Woods and the whole family, Anthony Gregory, Jim Babka, John Bush and Cat Bleish, Jason Rink you get a 2nd mention, Matt Shea, Jordan Page, Danny Panzella, The McKees, Eddie Allen, Doug Tjaden, Mark Kreslins, Mike Maharrey, Robert Scott Bell, Mike Rogers….and so many more of you that I could never be able to list everyone. Thank you for your friendship, your support, your criticism, your advice…I’m eternally grateful to have you in my life.

I’m thankful for each and every member of the Tenth Amendment Center. You are extremely important to us! (membership info here)

Become a member and support the TAC!

Proudly supporting our mission – The Constitution. Every issue, every time. No exceptions, no excuses – is one of the best things you can do to help us expand our work. You help us reach – and teach – more people that the federal government is authorized to exercise only those powers delegated to it in the constitution…and nothing more.

I’m thankful for my friends Angelus, Nickole, and Brian here in Los Angeles. No matter how much or how little I see you over the year, you always welcome me with open arms on thanksgiving, making it all feel like home.

I have far too many things and far too many people people to be thankful for, and I can’t express my gratitude enough

Together, we are making a difference in this world. I want to close by thanking you all for this great opportunity to share it with you.

Michael Boldin