Tenth Amendment Center

Written by the great American poet, Walt Whitman, TO THE STATES urged people, cities and states to RESIST. We call that nullification – something northern abolitionists did to great success in the 1850s. FULL POEM: To The States, or any one of them, or any city of The States, Resist much, Obey little, Once unquestioning…

In sum, the Iran deal is unconstitutional (a) because the President has not taken sufficient action to assure that it is nonbinding under international law, and (b) even if it is nonbinding under international law, it should be only a commitment of the current President and should not purport to be an undertaking of future Presidents for whom the current President cannot speak.

What role does the Declaration have in constitutional interpretation, if any? When it comes to understanding the meaning of the Constitution, many Americans don’t give the Declaration of Independence the first thought. But some argue that as the founding American document, everything hangs on it, and we must interpret the Constitution exclusively through the Declaration.…

WASHINGTON (July 27, 2015) – On Thursday, the U.S. House passed a bill that would crack down on so-called “sanctuary cities.” This Republican push advances a preferred policy of conservatives, but obliterates state sovereignty and clearly violates the well-established anti-commandeering doctrine. Many American cities refuse to help the federal government carry out enforcement of some…

Apparently, some people are still getting up in arms over the idea of other people marrying without the permission of our wise overlords and modern-day ephors in government. What’s tragic and infuriating, however, is that such protestation isn’t just from the usual suspects, but from publications that would otherwise advocate for greater liberty. Over at Reason magazine, senior…

THOMAS JEFFERSON wondered how the country would respond if its government passed a law that was clearly unconstitutional. As Secretary of State under George Washington, he had already witnessed the wheels of government trying to enlarge provisions in the Constitution in order to give the administration unchecked powers to tax and spend. Washington established the…