Tenth Amendment Center

Abolitionist and Nullifier

Most people don’t realize that prominent abolitionists like John Greenleaf Whittier came out publicly as nullification supporters in the 1850s. This was in regards to the Fugitive Slave Act. Crushes the idea that nullification = racist, doesn’t it? That’s probably why the government schools will never teach you this.

Michael Perry writes: I share your originalist misgivings about the plurality and Thomas opinions in McCutcheon. However, a reader of your most recent post on the mattermight conclude that you have bought into the “expected applications” version of originalism, and I doubt you mean to do that!  So, you might want to say something further about the…

As the first legislative session for the OffNow campaign unfolded, it became clear that the prime opposition to state measures prohibiting material support to the NSA would come from two main fronts: law enforcement and tech companies. The law enforcement lobby opposition didn’t particularly surprise us. Cops generally protest against anything that will place limits…

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., April 9, 2014 – An Illinois bill which would ban law enforcement from obtaining cellphone location tracking information without a warrant passed the state senate yesterday. Introduced by Sen. Daniel Biss, Senate Bill 2808 (SB2808) passed by a vote of 52-0. SB2808 would ensure that “a law enforcement agency shall not obtain current…

Rather than demanding full enforcement of unconstitutional federal marijuana “laws,” Republicans in Congress would far better serve the Constitution by working to repeal those unconstitutional acts. But, they won’t. And they’ll have to realize at some point, those so-called “laws” simply CANNOT be enforced due to nullification efforts in 20+ states. This is going to…

On March 31st, I was a guest on The Dignitary podcast. The show’s topic was the oath of office that politicians take, particularly that of upholding the Constitution. The Dignitary’s host, Jacob, and I discussed NSA spying and the importance of the Tenth Amendment Center’s motto, “The Constitution. Every issue, every time. No exceptions, no…

South Carolina S.0839, a bill that would legalize industrial hemp for production within the state has been favorably referred out of committee to the full House. It previously passed unanimously in the state Senate. The bill would legalize the farming of industrial hemp in the Palmetto State, effectively nullifying the unconstitutional federal prohibition. “It is lawful…

The Wisconsin legislature has passed a bill which would severely restrict the use of drones within the state, and it is heading to the governor’s desk. Senate Bill 196 (SB196) bans the weaponization of drones and stops government use of drones except after a proper warrant is issued. It received tremendous bipartisan support after its…

The Alaska State House of Representatives is considering a bill that would would allow jurors in the Last Frontier “not to apply the law to the defendant” in select criminal cases. House Bill 315 would officially legalize jury nullification of verdicts in cases where jurors believe the “law is unjustly applied to the defendant.” One…