Nip it in the Bud! This has been ignored for far too long

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Here at the TAC, we stand for “The Constitution: Every issue, every time. No exceptions, no excuses.”

That position gets us in the ire of partisan hacks all the time.

It seems that establishment Democrats and Republicans alike are happy to point to the constitution as a tool to oppose the other team – but never to oppose their own.

That approach is extremely dangerous for liberty.

But that’s not our original opinion. We’re merely repeating the warning of many prominent Founders. That is, turning a blind eye to violations of the constitution because you like the results, or because your “team” is doing it is going to give really bad long-term results.

I covered George Washington’s warning on this in a video last month. He said, “Let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed.”

Washington was far from alone in this.

Mike Maharrey wrote what a fantastic history piece covering an important article by John Adams when he was at his finest in the years leading up to the Revolution. “Obsta principiis,” Adams wrote, “Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people.”

How do you destroy freedom? By turning a blind eye to government overreach.

How do you protect it? By nipping it in the bud as soon as it happens – no matter who is doing it, or what the cause might be.


Thirteen years later, Thomas Jefferson recommended the same – telling people to nip it in the bud in response to the John Adams administration. He wrote,“Where powers are assumed which have not been delegated, a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy.”

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