Tenth Amendment Center

With the recent decision by the Supreme Court not to even hear the case against the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA, I have to ask a familiar question to the majority of people who still value the Constitution: are you ready to take the responsibility to defend our governmental charter? We have the power;…

When it comes to its national intelligence community, the federal government has a major accountability problem. Agencies like the NSA and the CIA operate outside of constitutional bounds with little to no actual oversight. Trust in the Government Many perceive that every law Congress passes is constitutional. But Congress passes numerous laws despite James Madison’s…

I’m not sure how much I can rely on a Facebook post to gauge of public opinion, but if it provides any indication at all, an editorial cartoon I posted last week reveals Americans have about had it with the Republican – Democrat paradigm. The cartoon depicts a car that just crashed into a wall…

Federal marshals recently seized a local police agency’s records on cell phone surveillance to keep it from public disclosure, demonstrating the importance of prohibiting dragnet surveillance at the state level. Sarasota, Fla. police were apparently secretly tracking individuals’ cell phones without a warrant using a device called a Stingray, according to the ACLU. “Stingrays track…

While you may have a personal issue with the legalization of this plant, the most important question to ask yourself is this; “Do you believe in the rule of law, based on the Constitution, or do you think it would be OK to chart a different course “just this one time?” Our nation was founded…

This week, I’m personally stuffing, sealing, labeling and stamping 3000 direct mail pieces. This is a LOT of work, but it absolutely needs to be done.  On the one hand, the nullification movement is really growing strong – and this is covered in our upcoming “State of the Nullification Movement Report” which will be available…

The federal government has once again failed to appropriately regulate its own behavior, with an Idaho federal judge ruling in favor of the constitutionality of the NSA’s spying program. According to a report from the Idaho Spokesman, U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill, in his eight-page decision issued [on June 3], found that under current U.S.…

Co-blogger Mike Rappaport, following Justice Thomas’ concurrence in Bond v. United States, argues that as a matter of original meaning the U.S. government’s treatymaking power is limited to “international matters.” I agree, to this extent:  A treaty must cover subjects that are genuinely of concern to the parties to the treaty.  There cannot be sham treaties designed only…

Ron Paul, speaking with Neil Cavuto on Fox Business last week, says that the recently revealed mass interception, storage, and analysis of images contained in private electronic communications is “another reason to get rid of the NSA.” Paul says limited reform of the National Security Agency is insufficient. Instead, Paul explains that the correct course is abolishing the agency…

When opposing the Stamp Act (and eventually nullifying it), here’s a strategy that Samuel Adams NEVER took. “Let’s replace the current leaders with new ones that agree with us.” Why? Because leadership isn’t the problem. The system is. “Voting the bums out” is a complete and utter failure. Put your energy where it can actually…

Many parents are beginning to ask this question as the debate over Common Core heats up. There are several reasons Common Core is a really bad thing for your kids. Common Core is a nationalized education program.  Some people may say this is a good thing. After all, we should want common standards across the…

Since the tea party burst onto the scene, conservatives have talked a great limited government game and rejected much of the anti-Constitutional rhetoric of the Bush years with the exception of one crucial issue: war. There is a monumental disconnect between the military and the rest of the federal government within the conservative mind. They…