While I’m extremely grateful for all the good things in my life – like family, friends, a roof over my head, and Sarah, the love of my life – there’s a BUT that can’t be ignored.

I’m pretty sure you know this as well as I do. For those of us who believe in liberty, everything we hold dear is in grave danger. However, there is a path forward.

GOOD NEWS and BAD NEWS

Let’s start with the bad news.

I know you don’t need me to list all the federal programs that violate the Founders’ Constitution. In fact, there are so many that I could never fit them into a single article. Not even close.

While this is really bad, it’s not actually the “bad news.” In fact, I’m sure you’re thinking, “That’s not news at all.”

Well, you’re absolutely right.

In the last few weeks, Pres. Obama and his allies have been ramping up their threats – saying they’re going to find a way to implement more federal gun control measures even if Congress won’t pass what they want.

Just over a week ago, a federal judge “decided” that federal mass spying programs fit just fine within the 4th Amendment. This overturned a previous “ruling” that ordered the NSA to stop collecting phone data from everyone. In response, the NSA simply ignored that order to stop, continued to spy on everyone, and waited till another judge told them it was ok.

These are just two of many similar situations. They show us how things play out on the federal level. And they prove to me that the federal system of checks and balances is completely, utterly, and totally broken.

Even if you were to “vote the bums out” of Congress, a President will simply do what they want, when they want.

Even if you were to get a President dedicated to the Constitution, you’d still have decades of federal court precedent that is under no threat of being overturned. And you’d still have a system where almost all federal judges will keep that status quo.

On top of it, there are many federal departments and agencies – like TSA, EPA, FDA, HHS, and others – that make their own rules as they see fit. This is a system of government by bureaucrats – and it’s nothing close to the system the Founders created.

NOW FOR THE GOOD NEWS

Believe it or not, there actually is some good news these days.

In recent months, we’ve seen reports of sheriffs saying they will not help enforce federal gun control, governors saying they’ll refuse to participate in a federal refugee program, and bills introduced for 2016 taking on programs like mass spying, the EPA, Common Core, raw milk and industrial hemp bans, health insurance mandates, and much more.

But it’s not just talk. Things are happening in practice and effect too. Plus, they’ve been ramping up steadily in recent years.

On November 4, 2014 – when the people of Arizona voted to approve Proposition 122, I knew something historic was in the works – something I never could have imagined happening just a few years ago. Here’s part of what they approved:

PERMITS THE STATE TO EXERCISE ITS SOVEREIGN AUTHORITY BY RESTRICTING STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT PERSONNEL AND FINANCIAL RESOURCES TO PURPOSES THAT ARE CONSISTENT WITH THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES.

State-resistance to federal power – something the Tenth Amendment Center set out to educate people about