TAC Daily Digest http://feed.informer.com/digests/WYPPR38WMR/feeder TAC Daily Digest Respective post owners and feed distributors Fri, 13 Sep 2019 22:13:53 +0000 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ The National Debt is a National Curse https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/the-national-debt-is-a-national-curse/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:e670cc5a-26f9-3c9c-b3bc-4367abb60f39 Fri, 30 Sep 2022 17:12:11 +0000 <p>Washington, Jefferson, Madison - their warnings on a massive, permanent national debt have been totally ignored. And until they're heeded, things are only going to get much, much worse.</p> The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/the-national-debt-is-a-national-curse/">The National Debt is a National Curse</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. <p>Washington, Jefferson, Madison &#8211; their warnings on a massive, permanent national debt have been totally ignored. And until they&#8217;re heeded, things are only going to get much, much worse.</p> <p>Path to Liberty, Fast Friday Edition: Sept 30, 2022<span id="more-40174"></span></p> <p>Subscribe: <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/path-to-liberty/id1440549211?app=podcast&amp;mt=2" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Apple</a> | <a href="https://open.spotify.com/show/7iRUIPjKQLyfKbunOuYIBq" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Spotify</a> | <a href="https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/b4yrd-92c48/Path-to-Liberty-Podcast" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Podbean</a> | <a href="https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9ibG9nLnRlbnRoYW1lbmRtZW50Y2VudGVyLmNvbS9jYXRlZ29yeS92aWRlby9nb29kLW1vcm5pbmctbGliZXJ0eS9mZWVkLw?sa=X&amp;ved=0CAYQrrcFahcKEwigwITb6MrrAhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQBA" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Google</a> | <a href="https://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=340324&amp;refid=stpr" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Stitcher</a> | <a href="https://tunein.com/podcasts/News--Politics-Podcasts/Path-to-Liberty-p1357275/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">TuneIn</a> | <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/category/video/good-morning-liberty/feed/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">RSS</a> | <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/pathtoliberty/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">More Platforms Here</a></p> <p><iframe loading="lazy" width="1280" height="720" src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/TiaHNdhYZR0" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; 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Audio/Video Economics Founding Principles Path to Liberty Debt Founders National Debt Public Credit Quotes Warnings Michael Boldin Tenth Amendment Center 11:34 Washington, Jefferson, Madison - their warnings on a massive, permanent national debt have been totally ignored. And until they're heeded, things are only going to get much, much worse. Washington, Jefferson, Madison - their warnings on a massive, permanent national debt have been totally ignored. And until they're heeded, things are only going to get much, much worse. Pre-Orders Available for Thomas Paine: A Lifetime of Radicalism https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/pre-orders-available-for-thomas-paine-a-lifetime-of-radicalism/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:572edab1-6e4d-26a5-e7f3-b74c6a0cbac4 Thu, 29 Sep 2022 16:03:51 +0000 <p>I am beyond excited to announce that I can now take pre-orders for my upcoming book, Thomas Paine: A Lifetime of Radicalism, to be released 11/25.</p> The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/pre-orders-available-for-thomas-paine-a-lifetime-of-radicalism/">Pre-Orders Available for Thomas Paine: A Lifetime of Radicalism</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. <p>I am beyond excited to announce that I can now take pre-orders for my upcoming book, Thomas Paine: A Lifetime of Radicalism, to be released 11/25.<span id="more-40169"></span></p> <p>Pre-orders here: <a href="https://davidbenner.square.site/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://davidbenner.square.site/</a></p> <p>If you pre-order from me directly, I can also personalize your books (fill out optional field with info) and ship to you at the soonest moment possible. 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Announcements Books Thomas Paine Announcement Book Dave Benner I missed “Constitution Day” https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/i-missed-constitution-day/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:3c21dc77-9211-97c2-3651-ffd86aebee29 Thu, 29 Sep 2022 15:30:05 +0000 <p>Why would we want a bunch of lunatic progressives teaching the Constitution to their students?</p> The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/i-missed-constitution-day/">I missed “Constitution Day”</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. <p>I missed &#8220;Constitution Day&#8221; last week.</p> <p>It was on purpose.</p> <p>It&#8217;s not that I don&#8217;t like the Constitution. I wrote a book on it, though I think Southerners wrote a better one in 1861.</p> <p>I also think the proponents of the Constitution duped wavering ratifiers into believing that it would maintain the original federal republic.</p> <p>It didn&#8217;t.</p> <p>I have also argued it needs amendments, and that the general government and the federal courts have reduced it to a series of &#8220;clauses&#8221; that have no anchor to original meaning.</p> <p>I also don&#8217;t think we should create a &#8220;national holiday&#8221; to celebrate the document.</p> <p>&#8220;Conservatives&#8221; spend a lot of time applauding the Constitution. &#8220;If we could only go back to the way the Constitution used to be interpreted,&#8221; they say, &#8220;things would be better.&#8221;</p> <p>That would mean we would have to skip over everything from 1789 to the present.</p> <p>The general government destroyed the original Constitution with the 1789 Judiciary Act.</p> <p>Notice the date. That was the First Congress.</p> <p>Calhoun noted that the real problem in America wasn&#8217;t the presidency, though it could be excessive. No, it was the Congress.</p> <p>Congress punts its responsibilities to every other branch including the Deep State, lovingly called the &#8220;bureaucracy&#8221; by the establishment.</p> <p>Or maybe just non-essential employees.</p> <p>They, of course, would call them essential.</p> <p>Do you remember the last time the government &#8220;shut down&#8221;? I don&#8217;t either, because we never miss it, unless you try to walk in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. The government shut down the sidewalk.</p> <p>That kind of stupidity is driving people to our side. As I said yesterday, Trump and Biden have done more to de-legitimize the presidency than anyone in history, and the fact that millions of Americans just told the government to take a hike during the &#8220;pandemic&#8221; showed that Americans will stand up to tyranny.</p> <p>They just have to be pushed.</p> <p>This is precisely why we don&#8217;t need a national holiday in honor of the Constitution. Why would anyone celebrate the largest government in the history of the world, or the document that allows it to happen?</p> <p>And why would we want a bunch of lunatic progressives teaching the Constitution to their students?</p> <p>I don&#8217;t. Keep the Constitution in Philadelphia behind glass. It&#8217;s nice to talk about the document, and we should all know original intent, but unless we are willing to have a real discussion about unconstitutional federal power and a return to federalism, it&#8217;s better to just keep the document out of the public eye.</p> <p>We haven&#8217;t followed it correctly since it was ratified.</p> <p>I discuss the bad idea of a &#8220;national holiday&#8221; for the Constitution on episode 711 of The Brion McClanahan Show.</p> <p><a href="https://brionmcclanahan.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2b15bd6bbcb269d0f89d9c259&amp;id=b085c837a9&amp;e=d0e111231c" target="_blank" rel="noopener">You can watch it here.</a></p> <p>OR</p> <p>You can <a href="https://brionmcclanahan.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2b15bd6bbcb269d0f89d9c259&amp;id=b987d8a781&amp;e=d0e111231c" target="_blank" rel="noopener">listen to it</a> and <a href="https://brionmcclanahan.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2b15bd6bbcb269d0f89d9c259&amp;id=a9e4fb7477&amp;e=d0e111231c" target="_blank" rel="noopener">download it here</a>.</p> <p><iframe loading="lazy" width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/UNnxfCpfT4U" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>P.S. Enrollment is still open for my newest type of McClanahan Academy course, LIVE! You&#8217;ll not only get on demand content, but we&#8217;ll meet FOUR times live via Zoom where can ask questions and interact with me in real time. You&#8217;ll also get a certificate of completion, meaning you could use it as a &#8220;professional development&#8221; activity at your place of employment.</p> <p>And because you need this class&#8211;you&#8217;ll be an expert on the &#8220;Causes of the Civil War&#8221;&#8211;I&#8217;ve cut the price $200.</p> <p>Enrollment closes October 14, but this coupon may not last until then. Snag the deal while you can.</p> <p>Just click the link to get started. All the details are on the sales page.<br /> <a href="https://brionmcclanahan.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2b15bd6bbcb269d0f89d9c259&amp;id=65ca11d949&amp;e=d0e111231c" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Causes of the Civil War (LIVE!): $499</a></p> <div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span>The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/i-missed-constitution-day/">I missed “Constitution Day”</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. Audio/Video Constitution Other Voices Constitution Day Brion McClanahan General Welfare isn’t Supposed to be a Blank Check https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/general-welfare-isnt-supposed-to-be-a-blank-check/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:fe9fa48f-2b58-584b-add6-510e64206034 Wed, 28 Sep 2022 21:05:19 +0000 <p>A lot of people think it is. They believe the federal government can spend on anything and everything as long as it benefits a lot of people.</p> The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/general-welfare-isnt-supposed-to-be-a-blank-check/">General Welfare isn’t Supposed to be a Blank Check</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. <p>The general welfare clause is not a blank check.<span id="more-40163"></span></p> <p>A lot of people think it is. They believe the federal government can spend on anything and everything as long as it benefits a lot of people.</p> <p>But James Madison argued that people who take this view “stoop to a misconstruction.”</p> <p>As Madison pointed out in <em><a href="https://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/fed41.asp" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Federalist #41</a></em>, the general welfare clause is followed by a list of specifically delegated powers. He said, “<em>Had no other enumeration or definition of the powers of the Congress been found in the Constitution</em>” the blank check argument would hold some weight.</p> <p>But as Alexander Hamilton explained in <a href="https://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/fed83.asp" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Federalist #83</em></a>, “<em>the specification of particulars [the 18 enumerated powers of Article I, Section 8] evidently excludes all pretension to a general legislative authority.</em>”</p> <p>Giving the government general legislative power and then making a list doesn’t make any sense. As Madison put it, it would be “<em>difficult to find a reason for so awkward a form of describing an authority to legislate in all possible cases.</em>”</p> <p>Madison goes on to explain this in detail.</p> <blockquote><p><em>“For what purpose could the enumeration of particular powers be inserted, if these and all others were meant to be included in the preceding general power? Nothing is more natural nor common than first to use a general phrase, and then to explain and qualify it by a recital of particulars. But the idea of an enumeration of particulars which neither explain nor qualify the general meaning, and can have no other effect than to confound and mislead, is an absurdity, which, as we are reduced to the dilemma of charging either on the authors of the objection or on the authors of the Constitution, we must take the liberty of supposing, had not its origin with the latter.”</em></p></blockquote> <p>Madison described a legal maxim – Designato unius est exclusio alterius – meaning, “the designation of one is the exclusion of the other.” It follows from this construction that Congress has the authority to tax and spend for the general welfare, but the enumerated powers limit the federal government’s spending power to specific objects &#8211; not anything they please.</p> <p>You can&#8217;t have a &#8220;limited&#8221; government if it has unrestricted power to spend. As Madison said, this &#8220;<em>would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators</em>.”</p> <div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span>The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/general-welfare-isnt-supposed-to-be-a-blank-check/">General Welfare isn’t Supposed to be a Blank Check</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. General Welfare Clause Constitution Delegated Powers Mike Maharrey Necessary is Supposed to Mean Necessary https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/necessary-is-supposed-to-mean-necessary/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:cf2a0143-6e0e-c3ee-a2a0-4fb82b8e9fed Wed, 28 Sep 2022 17:19:27 +0000 <p>When the Constitution was ratified, the word necessary meant, well, necessary. But in just a few short years, that was changed to convenient, or useful, giving the federal government the nearly unlimited power it has today.</p> The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/necessary-is-supposed-to-mean-necessary/">Necessary is Supposed to Mean Necessary</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. <p>When the Constitution was ratified, the word necessary meant, well, necessary. But in just a few short years, that was changed to convenient, or useful, giving the federal government the nearly unlimited power it has today.</p> <p>Path to Liberty: Sept 28, 2022<span id="more-40164"></span></p> <p>Subscribe: <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/path-to-liberty/id1440549211?app=podcast&amp;mt=2" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Apple</a> | <a href="https://open.spotify.com/show/7iRUIPjKQLyfKbunOuYIBq" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Spotify</a> | <a href="https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/b4yrd-92c48/Path-to-Liberty-Podcast" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Podbean</a> | <a href="https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9ibG9nLnRlbnRoYW1lbmRtZW50Y2VudGVyLmNvbS9jYXRlZ29yeS92aWRlby9nb29kLW1vcm5pbmctbGliZXJ0eS9mZWVkLw?sa=X&amp;ved=0CAYQrrcFahcKEwigwITb6MrrAhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQBA" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Google</a> | <a href="https://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=340324&amp;refid=stpr" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Stitcher</a> | <a href="https://tunein.com/podcasts/News--Politics-Podcasts/Path-to-Liberty-p1357275/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">TuneIn</a> | <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/category/video/good-morning-liberty/feed/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">RSS</a> | <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/pathtoliberty/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">More Platforms Here</a></p> <p><iframe loading="lazy" width="1280" height="720" src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/1QU2T9B56GQ?start=74" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>SHOW LINKS:</strong><br /> <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/members/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">JOIN TAC</a></p> <p><a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/pathtoliberty/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Show Archives</a></p> <p><a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/necessary-and-proper-clause/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Overview: Necessary and Proper Clause</a></p> <p><a href="https://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/fed33.asp" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Hamilton &#8211; Federalist 33</a></p> <p><a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/07/necessary-and-proper-not-anything-and-everything/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Necessary and Proper: Not Anything and Everything</a></p> <p><a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/05/19/the-original-meaning-of-necessary-in-the-necessary-and-proper-clause/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">The Original Meaning of “Necessary” in the Necessary and Proper Clause</a></p> <p><a href="https://oll.libertyfund.org/title/elliot-the-debates-in-the-several-state-conventions-vol-3" rel="noopener" target="_blank">James Madison &#8211; Virginia Ratifying Convention (15 June 1788)</a></p> <p><a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/11/james-madison-on-the-necessary-and-proper-clause/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">James Madison on the Necessary and Proper Clause</a></p> <p><a href="https://oll.libertyfund.org/page/1791-madison-speech-on-the-bank-bill" rel="noopener" target="_blank">James Madison &#8211; Speech on the Bank Bill (2 Feb 1791)</a></p> <p><a href="https://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/bank-tj.asp" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Thomas Jefferson &#8211; Opinion on the Constitutionality of a National Bank (15 Feb 1791)</a></p> <p><a href="https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Hamilton/01-08-02-0060-0003" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Alexander Hamilton &#8211; Opinion on the Constitutionality of an Act to Establish a Bank (23 Feb 1791)</a></p> <p><a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/21/necessary-does-not-mean-useful-or-convenient/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Necessary Does Not Mean Useful or Convenient</a></p> <p><a href="https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/17/316/#tab-opinion-1918127" rel="noopener" target="_blank">John Marshall &#8211; McCulloch v. Maryland (1819)</a></p> <p><a href="https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Madison/04-01-02-0455" rel="noopener" target="_blank">James Madison to Spencer Roane (2 Sept 1819)</a></p> <p><strong>MORE VIDEO SOURCES (links update after 1pm Pacific today)</strong></p> <p><strong>FOLLOW and SUPPORT TAC:</strong></p> <p>Become a Member: <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/members/">http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/members/</a><br /> Email Newsletter: <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/register">http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/register</a><br /> RSS: <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/tacdailydigest">http://feeds.feedburner.com/tacdailydigest</a></p> <div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span>The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/necessary-is-supposed-to-mean-necessary/">Necessary is Supposed to Mean Necessary</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. Audio/Video Necessary and Proper Clause Path to Liberty Alexander Hamilton Bank Bill Constitution James Madison John Marshall McCulloch v Maryland Necessary necessary and proper thomas jefferson Michael Boldin Tenth Amendment Center 28:00 When the Constitution was ratified, the word necessary meant, well, necessary. But in just a few short years, that was changed to convenient, or useful, giving the federal government the nearly unlimited power it has today. When the Constitution was ratified, the word necessary meant, well, necessary. But in just a few short years, that was changed to convenient, or useful, giving the federal government the nearly unlimited power it has today.<br /> Today in History: Samuel Adams was Born https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/today-in-history-samuel-adams-was-born/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:24a0d0f0-18d6-e642-a0e7-74ed7c7d434c Tue, 27 Sep 2022 21:56:40 +0000 <p>Happy birthday Samuel Adams, Bostonian firebrand of the patriot resistance against Britain!</p> The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/today-in-history-samuel-adams-was-born/">Today in History: Samuel Adams was Born</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. <p>Happy birthday Samuel Adams, Bostonian firebrand of the patriot resistance against Britain! </p> <p>In 1772, he drafted &#8220;The Rights of the Colonists,&#8221; a succinct defense of individual rights on the basis of natural rights. Adams was instrumental in using this doctrine as a basis to fight against the Stamp Act, Declaratory Act, and Townshend Acts. &#8220;Every natural right not expressly given up, or, from the nature of a social compact, necessarily ceded, remains,&#8221; he insisted. </p> <p>As he saw it, freedom was the gift of one&#8217;s creator, and &#8220;it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave.&#8221;</p> <p>Holding to this, he reiterated the same after the Intolerable Acts shut down Boston&#8217;s Port, replaced its locally-elected legislative assembly with one chosen by the crown, and demanded repayment for the tea destroyed in the Boston Tea Party. </p> <p>Instead, he organized an effort to boycott any local establishment that sought to repay the British East India Company, which had been granted a state monopoly on tea.</p> <div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span>The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/today-in-history-samuel-adams-was-born/">Today in History: Samuel Adams was Born</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. 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Audio/Video Founding Principles Maharrey Minute Constitution sovereignty Mike Maharrey When Things Went Off the Rails, Revisited https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/when-things-went-off-the-rails-revisited/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:9041de90-2653-fc03-dfcd-059f6ffd5c2a Mon, 26 Sep 2022 17:13:04 +0000 <p>The Constitution is not in force in any meaningful way. But it didn’t get like this overnight - not even close. So when did things go “off the rails” of the constitutional system? You might be surprised to hear how early it happened - and things just keep getting further and further away from it every year.</p> The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/when-things-went-off-the-rails-revisited/">When Things Went Off the Rails, Revisited</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. <p>The Constitution is not in force in any meaningful way. 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You might be surprised to hear how early it happened &#8211; and things just keep getting further and further away from it every year.</p> <p>Path to Liberty: Sept 26, 2022<span id="more-40155"></span></p> <p>Subscribe: <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/path-to-liberty/id1440549211?app=podcast&amp;mt=2" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Apple</a> | <a href="https://open.spotify.com/show/7iRUIPjKQLyfKbunOuYIBq" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Spotify</a> | <a href="https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/b4yrd-92c48/Path-to-Liberty-Podcast" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Podbean</a> | <a href="https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9ibG9nLnRlbnRoYW1lbmRtZW50Y2VudGVyLmNvbS9jYXRlZ29yeS92aWRlby9nb29kLW1vcm5pbmctbGliZXJ0eS9mZWVkLw?sa=X&amp;ved=0CAYQrrcFahcKEwigwITb6MrrAhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQBA" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Google</a> | <a href="https://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=340324&amp;refid=stpr" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Stitcher</a> | <a href="https://tunein.com/podcasts/News--Politics-Podcasts/Path-to-Liberty-p1357275/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">TuneIn</a> | <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/category/video/good-morning-liberty/feed/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">RSS</a> | <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/pathtoliberty/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">More Platforms Here</a></p> <p><iframe loading="lazy" width="1280" height="720" src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/mKnHRu18nNE?start=51" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>SHOW LINKS:</strong><br /> <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/members/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">JOIN TAC</a></p> <p><a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/pathtoliberty/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Show Archives</a></p> <p><a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/01/precedent-has-always-been-the-problem/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Episode &#8211; Precedent has Always Been the Problem</a></p> <p><a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2021/08/when-did-things-go-off-the-rails/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Episode &#8211; When did things go off the rails?</a></p> <p><a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/24/today-in-history-judiciary-act-of-1789-signed-into-law/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Today in History: Judiciary Act of 1789 Signed into Law</a></p> <p><a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/07/scotus-is-too-powerful-how-can-we-change-that/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">SCOTUS is too powerful. 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Audio/Video Founding Principles History Path to Liberty John Marshall Judiciary Act of 1789 thomas jefferson Michael Boldin Tenth Amendment Center 27:46 The Constitution is not in force in any meaningful way. But it didn’t get like this overnight - not even close. So when did things go “off the rails” of the constitutional system? You might be surprised to hear how early it happened - and things just k... The Constitution is not in force in any meaningful way. But it didn’t get like this overnight - not even close. So when did things go “off the rails” of the constitutional system? You might be surprised to hear how early it happened - and things just keep getting further and further away from it every year.<br /> Conscience, Muse and First Lady of the Revolution: Mercy Otis Warren https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/conscience-muse-and-first-lady-of-the-revolution-mercy-otis-warren/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:cee5eb0d-4493-6160-b601-714b859944ea Fri, 23 Sep 2022 17:02:46 +0000 <p>Mercy Otis Warren was one of the most formidable intellectuals in eighteenth-century America. 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Audio/Video Current Events Federal Power Path to Liberty National Emergencies Act State or Emergency War on Terror Michael Boldin Tenth Amendment Center 32:52 Once ANY government is allowed to overreach and expand its powers, the genie will never voluntarily go back in the bottle. Once ANY government is allowed to overreach and expand its powers, the genie will never voluntarily go back in the bottle. Today in History: Minutemen Established https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/today-in-history-minutemen-established/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:b62e4034-fa90-6b9a-2b2e-84990d2fef10 Wed, 21 Sep 2022 10:10:57 +0000 <p>On Sept. 21, 1774, patriot leaders met in Worcester, Massachusetts, in response to the British seizure of gunpowder and munitions from a magazine in Charlestown earlier that month. The British raid on the magazine to what became known as "the gunpowder alarm."</p> The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/today-in-history-minutemen-established/">Today in History: Minutemen Established</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. <p>On this date in 1774, the first Minutemen companies were established in Massachusetts.<span id="more-40137"></span></p> <p>On Sept. 21, 1774, patriot leaders met in Worcester, Massachusetts, in response to the British seizure of gunpowder and munitions from a magazine in Charlestown earlier that month. The British raid on the magazine to what became known as &#8220;<a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/today-in-history-british-attempt-to-seize-gunpowder-leads-to-powder-alarm/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the gunpowder alarm</a>.&#8221;</p> <p>Word of the seizure and British troop movements around Boston quickly spread throughout the area, along with rumors that the British troops had fired on and killed some colonists. There were also rumors that British ships were shelling the city of Boston. In response, colonial militia quickly assembled from as far away as Connecticut and streamed toward Boston. As many as 20,000 colonists responded to the call.</p> <p>Given the aggressiveness of the British actions and worries that loyalists could undermine the colonial response, leaders met in Worcester and formulated plans to reorganize the militia.</p> <p>Under the new plan, <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/blueprint-for-liberty-the-suffolk-resolves-of-1774/">recommended by the recently-passed Suffolk Resolves</a>, all current militia officers were forced to resign. The colonists assumed the current officer corps was likely loyal to the British. They also set up a system of communication that included express riders and alarms, and they decided to organize one-third of the members of each regiment into companies called Minutemen that could be ready at a moment’s notice.</p> <p>Other counties quickly adopted the same system. In October, the Massachusetts Provincial Congress met in Salem and formalized this reorganization of the colony&#8217;s militia, including the Minutemen.</p> <p>The Minutemen evolved to become distinct units from the general militia while remaining part of the overall militia system. They were a little like modern special forces units. The Minutemen were organized into companies consisting of at least 50 men. Privates chose their captains and subalterns. These officers formed the companies into battalions and chose the commanding field officers.</p> <p>The Minutemen were frequently mustered and engaged in live-fire training, which increased the effectiveness of these units.</p> <p>;</p> <div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span>The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/today-in-history-minutemen-established/">Today in History: Minutemen Established</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. American Revolution History Gunpowder Alarm Massachusetts Minutemen Today in History Mike Maharrey Distractions, Scapegoats, and Rot https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/distractions-scapegoats-and-rot/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:454695b5-444b-160e-9546-d1a9233c22f8 Wed, 21 Sep 2022 01:01:06 +0000 <p>while Americans remain focused on the distractions and the scapegoats, the rot at the center of the Empire keeps eating away at the fabric of American society, just like cancer does.</p> The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/distractions-scapegoats-and-rot/">Distractions, Scapegoats, and Rot</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. <p class="p1">Out-of-control federal spending. Decades-long monetary debasement. A never-ending violent and corrupt drug war. A perpetual deadly and destructive war on terrorism. A mind-destroying educational system. Bankrupt socialist welfare programs, including Social Security and Medicare. A highly regulated and controlled society. Vicious trade wars. A decades-old immigration crisis. Invasions and occupations. Coups. Torture. Indefinite detention. Fomentation of foreign crises and wars. Deadly sanctions and embargoes against foreigners. Irrational mass killings within the United States.<span id="more-40140"></span></p> <p class="p1">It’s just all part of the rot at the center of the U.S. government that is slowly but surely taking our country down, from within. The problem, however, is that all too many Americans do not want to face this. It’s much too painful and even scary for them to do so.</p> <p class="p1">What is the response of U.S. officials to this rot? Distractions and scapegoats.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> <p class="p1">The distractions include Russia, China, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, and many others. Americans are exhorted to keep focusing on things “over there,” so that they will not confront the rot from within that is slowly but surely destroying their freedom and well-being here at home.</p> <p class="p1">Those evil Russkies are coming to get us, once again. It’s Cold War II. Never mind that they can’t even conquer Ukraine. It’s all just a ruse to make us drop our guard, just like during Cold War I. After all, look at how they secretly induce us to vote in their favor in elections here at home. The Russians are coming! Make no mistake about it.</p> <p class="p1">And then there are those Chinese Reds, who are bound and determined to subjugate America and turn the entire country communist. Just think: Public schools being run by Chinese government officials rather than by U.S. government officials. Everyone would have to learn to read Mao in Chinese.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> <p class="p1">Don’t forget also the Reds in Cuba, North Korea, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. They out to get us too. And don’t be too sure that the commies in Vietnam aren’t part of this international Red conspiracy to conquer America.</p> <p class="p1">Afghanistan obviously continues to pose a grave threat to “national security” as well. Everyone knows that they’re still harboring terrorists. That’s why it’s necessary to keep assassinating people over there. Moreover, Operation Iraqi Freedom still has a ways to go before finally achieving its goal.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> <p class="p1">Gosh, I suppose we should add the Muslims to all this. Let’s not forget their centuries-old quest to establish a worldwide caliphate, which would encompass the United States. We need more editorials and op-eds in the mainstream press opposing Sharia law for America.</p> <p class="p1">The biggest scapegoats are illegal immigrants. If only President Biden would “secure” the border. If only he would fortify the Berlin Wall that his predecessor President Trump began building along the border. If only the Border Patrol would do a better job in patrolling the border. If only there were more highway checkpoints in the American southwest. If only there were more immigration raids on private businesses. If only there were more warrantless searches of ranches, farms, homes, and cars along the border. If only more immigrants were treated like trash and shipped and dumped into rich, progressive parts of the country. If only more people were prosecuted for hiring, transporting, or harboring illegal immigrants. If only ICE agents would board more Greyhound busses and demand to see people’s papers. If only Congress would enact “comprehensive immigration reform.”</p> <p class="p1">If only all this were were to be accomplished, everything would be hunky-dory in America. Our woes would be over. It’s all the fault of illegal immigrants. If it weren’t for them, we’d be living in a blissful, prosperous, peaceful, and harmonious society.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> <p class="p1">Except that even if the United States had perfectly sealed borders that matched those of North Korea, things would not be hunky-dory. That’s because of the rot at the center of the empire in Washington, D.C. It’s that rot — not the distractions and the scapegoats — that is taking our country down.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> <p class="p1">The biggest problem we have in America is the unbounded faith that all too many Americans have in their federal government, especially the Pentagon and the CIA. The Pentagon is like a god to so many Americans. Who wants to question or challenge god? Oh sure, lots of Americans go to church every Sunday to worship their other God. But the rest of the week, it’s the Pentagon — and to a larger extent the entire federal government — that is their political god.</p> <p class="p1">After all, it’s their federal god that gives them Social Security, Medicare, education grants, farm subsidies, and other welfare. Their Sunday God certainly doesn’t do that. He expects them to work to sustain their lives and to depend on Him for their sustenance. When their federal god is taking care of them with a dole, what are the chances that they are going to look inward and confront the rot at their center of their Empire? No chance at all because everyone knows that what their federal god gives, their federal god can take away. Who wants to antagonize the federal god?</p> <p class="p1">Also, don’t forget that the Pentagon protects us and keeps us safe from the communists, the Muslims, the Russians, the Chinese, the Iranians, the Cubans, the Venezuelans, the illegal immigrants, the drug dealers, and all the other scary creatures in the world. Who wants to antagonize the Pentagon by examining and confronting the rot at the center of the Empire? What if the national-security establishment gets upset and decides not to protect us and keep us safe, including from the threats that it itself produces to keep itself in business?</p> <p class="p1">Meanwhile, while Americans remain focused on the distractions and the scapegoats, the rot at the center of the Empire keeps eating away at the fabric of American society, just like cancer does.</p> <div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span>The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/distractions-scapegoats-and-rot/">Distractions, Scapegoats, and Rot</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. Current Events Federal Power Jacob Hornberger Protect the Foundation https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/protect-the-foundation/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:1b316357-c4f6-068b-074e-808cec1cca88 Tue, 20 Sep 2022 16:25:03 +0000 <p>Thomas Jefferson said the Tenth Amendment is the "foundation" of the Constitution. That foundation is being destroyed by allowing the feds to exercise unconstitutional powers.</p> The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/protect-the-foundation/">Protect the Foundation</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. <p>Thomas Jefferson said the Tenth Amendment is the &#8220;foundation&#8221; of the Constitution. 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Washington published his farewell address to “friends and fellow-citizens.” It was filled to the brim with warnings of political dangers the people must avoid to prevent despotism. They’ve been almost completely ignored for generations. And the results haven't been good.</p> The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/warnings-ignored-george-washingtons-farewell-address/">Warnings Ignored: George Washington’s Farewell Address</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. <p>September 19, 1796 &#8211; Pres. Washington published his farewell address to “friends and fellow-citizens.” It was filled to the brim with warnings of political dangers the people must avoid to prevent despotism. They’ve been almost completely ignored for generations. 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Audio/Video George Washington History Path to Liberty Farewell Address Today in History Michael Boldin Tenth Amendment Center 33:30 September 19, 1796 - Pres. Washington published his farewell address to “friends and fellow-citizens.” It was filled to the brim with warnings of political dangers the people must avoid to prevent despotism. September 19, 1796 - Pres. Washington published his farewell address to “friends and fellow-citizens.” It was filled to the brim with warnings of political dangers the people must avoid to prevent despotism. They’ve been almost completely ignored for generations. And the results haven't been good. The Power to Do Good Is the Power to Do Evil https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/the-power-to-do-good-is-the-power-to-do-evil/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:0c925ce2-e4c3-332c-13f6-42b348ec41fc Sat, 17 Sep 2022 21:10:48 +0000 <p>That's why we can never depend on government power to protect our liberty.</p> The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/the-power-to-do-good-is-the-power-to-do-evil/">The Power to Do Good Is the Power to Do Evil</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. <p>The power to do good always involved the power to do harm. That&#8217;s the nature of power. 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Government Power Is Forever</a></p> <p><a href="https://oll.libertyfund.org/title/elliot-the-debates-in-the-several-state-conventions-vol-3" target="_blank" rel="noopener">George Mason – Virginia Ratifying Convention (11 June 1788)</a></p> <p><a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/12/natural-rights-liberty-doesnt-need-a-government-permission-slip/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Natural Rights: Liberty Doesn’t Need a Government Permission Slip</a></p> <div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span>The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/the-power-to-do-good-is-the-power-to-do-evil/">The Power to Do Good Is the Power to Do Evil</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. Audio/Video Big Government Maharrey Minute George Mason government power John Jay Mike Maharrey More of the Same: Feds Run Another Big Budget Deficit in August https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/more-of-the-same-feds-run-another-big-budget-deficit-in-august/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:ccc6be08-c11d-54f3-5e88-3b71a4fd522e Fri, 16 Sep 2022 21:12:22 +0000 <p>Something has to give. The Fed can’t simultaneously fight inflation and prop up Uncle Sam’s spending spree. Either the government will have to cut spending or the Fed will have to keep creating money out of thin air in order to monetize the debt. You can decide for yourself which scenario you find more likely.</p> The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/more-of-the-same-feds-run-another-big-budget-deficit-in-august/">More of the Same: Feds Run Another Big Budget Deficit in August</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. <p>Some things never change — such as the federal government spending more money than it has month after month after month.<span id="more-40123"></span></p> <p>August was no different. The U.S. government ran a massive $219.6 billion budget deficit last month, according to the <a href="https://fiscal.treasury.gov/files/reports-statements/mts/mts0822.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">latest Monthly Treasury Statement</a>. That nudged out July as the second-largest monthly deficit in fiscal 2022.</p> <p>The budget deficit for fiscal 2022 now stands just below $1 trillion at $945.7 billion, and it continues to grow despite a big increase in federal government receipts over the past year. This indicates that the feds have a spending problem that they refuse to even acknowledge, much less get under control.</p> <p>Prior to the pandemic, the U.S. government had only run deficits over $1 trillion four times — all in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/10/28/more-excuses-while-feds-run-biggest-deficit-in-seven-years/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Trump almost hit the $1 trillion mark in 2019</a> and was on pace to run a trillion-dollar deficit prior to the pandemic. The economic catastrophe caused by the government’s response to COVID-19 gave policymakers an excuse to spend with no questions asked. Now it appears the government is settling back into the status-quo – running  2008 financial crisis-like deficits every single year.</p> <p>The federal government took in $303.73 billion in receipts last month. That was up 12.8 percent from July and 23 percent from August 2021.</p> <p>And yet the Biden administration still managed to spend the country to a massive monthly deficit.</p> <p>The feds have been rolling in the dough all year, reporting over $4.4 trillion in receipts for fiscal 2022. Government revenues are already up 10 percent over last year with another month left to go.</p> <p>Unfortunately for the federal government, <a href="https://schiffgold.com/exploring-finance/cbo-does-not-expect-revenue-surge-to-last/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the CBO expects this revenue surge to wane</a>.</p> <blockquote><p>Individual income tax receipts are projected to decline as a share of GDP over the next few years because of the expected dissipation of some of the factors that caused their recent surge. For example, realizations of capital gains (profits from selling assets that have appreciated) are projected to decline from the high levels of the past two years to a more typical level relative to GDP. Subsequently, from 2025 to 2027, individual income tax receipts are projected to rise sharply because of changes to tax rules set to occur at the end of calendar year 2025. After 2027, those receipts remain at or slightly below the 2027 level relative to GDP.”</p></blockquote> <p>As the economy spins deeper into a recession as the Fed tightens monetary policy to fight raging inflation, you can expect revenue to tank further, meaning even bigger budget shortfalls.</p> <p>On the other hand, spending isn’t about to wane.</p> <p>The U.S. government has spent money at roughly a half-billion per month clip all year. In August, the feds blew through another $523.3 billion. This brought total spending for fiscal 2022 to just over <strong>$5.35 trillion</strong>.</p> <p>Spending has fallen from last year, as pandemic programs wound down. But <a href="https://schiffgold.com/key-gold-news/inflation-alert-the-us-government-is-still-handing-out-covid-money-and-it-wants-more/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">the U.S. government is still handing out COVID stimulus and the Biden administration wants more</a>.  Congress recently pushed through <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/08/06/inflation-reduction-act-another-dc-lie/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">another massive spending bill</a>. Meanwhile, the U.S. continues to shower money on Ukraine and other countries around the world. And we haven’t begun to see the impact of <a href="https://schiffgold.com/interviews/peter-schiff-student-loan-forgiveness-is-pure-inflation/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">student loan forgiveness</a>.</p> <p>This is a big problem for the Federal Reserve as it drives up interest rates hoping to tame <a href="https://schiffgold.com/commentaries/the-cpi-is-not-cooling-and-thats-a-big-problem-for-the-fed/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">inflation</a>. Interest on the federal debt totaled $88 billion in August. That was up from $58 billion in the same month last year. Year-to-date, the interest on the federal is up 29 percent to $678 billion.</p> <p>More significantly, the U.S. government can’t keep borrowing and spending without the Fed monetizing the debt. It needs the central bank to buy Treasuries to prop up demand. Without the Fed’s intervention in the bond market, prices will tank, driving interest rates on U.S. debt even higher.</p> <p>A <a href="https://schiffgold.com/commentaries/fed-paper-admits-the-central-bank-cant-control-inflation-finger-points-at-federal-government/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">paper published by the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank</a> acknowledged that the central bank can’t slay inflation unless the US government gets its spending under control. In a nutshell, the authors argue that the Fed can’t control inflation alone. US government fiscal policy contributes to inflationary pressure and makes it impossible for the Fed to do its job.</p> <blockquote><p>Trend inflation is fully controlled by the monetary authority only when public debt can be successfully stabilized by credible future fiscal plans. When the fiscal authority is not perceived as fully responsible for covering the existing fiscal imbalances, the private sector expects that inflation will rise to ensure sustainability of national debt. As a result, a large fiscal imbalance combined with a weakening fiscal credibility may lead trend inflation to drift away from the long-run target chosen by the monetary authority.”</p></blockquote> <p>This clearly isn’t in the cards.</p> <p>Something has to give. The Fed can’t simultaneously fight inflation and prop up Uncle Sam’s spending spree. Either the government will have to cut spending or the Fed will have to keep creating money out of thin air in order to monetize the debt. 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Audio/Video Founding Principles Path to Liberty Founders Power Quotes Resist Michael Boldin Tenth Amendment Center 32:44 Stopping the incessant growth of the largest government in history means doing things that might seem…a little more difficult…than what most people have done for generations. But using the advice and wisdom of the founders and old revolutionaries, Stopping the incessant growth of the largest government in history means doing things that might seem…a little more difficult…than what most people have done for generations. But using the advice and wisdom of the founders and old revolutionaries, we can get on a successful path to liberty.<br /> We’re Hosing Our Kids https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/were-hosing-our-kids/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:c25c22bf-57df-4c99-6b1f-a3d0346aecfd Tue, 13 Sep 2022 13:33:53 +0000 <p>When we allow the government to tax, borrow and print money for all of its unconstitutional act, we're not just screwing ourselves.</p> The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/were-hosing-our-kids/">We’re Hosing Our Kids</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. <p>When we allow the government to tax, borrow and print money for all of its unconstitutional act, we&#8217;re not just screwing ourselves.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/reel/CiXwojdDWD6/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14" style=" background:#FFF; 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Audio/Video Debt Maharrey Minute government spending National Debt Samuel Adams thomas jefferson Mike Maharrey It’s Not Protect and Serve; It’s Command and Control https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/its-not-protect-and-serve-its-command-and-control/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:29883e82-5e21-d857-6dc9-be4d74ade8a2 Tue, 13 Sep 2022 02:29:32 +0000 <p>When government people say they want to "protect you," they usually mean they want to control you.</p> The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/its-not-protect-and-serve-its-command-and-control/">It’s Not Protect and Serve; It’s Command and Control</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. <p>When government people say they want to &#8220;protect you,&#8221; they usually mean they want to control you.</p> <p>The problem with giving the government more power to do good is bad people will eventually end up with that power. You can&#8217;t get rid of bad people. 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It’s Command and Control</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. Audio/Video Federal Power Maharrey Minute Brutus Henry Marchant Power safety Mike Maharrey San Francisco Board of Supervises Passes Resolution Calling for Decriminalization of Psychedelics https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/san-francisco-board-of-supervises-passes-resolution-calling-for-decriminalization-of-psychedelics/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:c111b3cb-ebea-a58d-14e9-002858266b23 Tue, 13 Sep 2022 01:30:43 +0000 <p>Last week, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution calling for the decriminalization of psychedelics including psilocybin and ayahuasca. While not legally binding, resolutions can serve as an important first step and build a foundation for further action in the future.</p> The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/san-francisco-board-of-supervises-passes-resolution-calling-for-decriminalization-of-psychedelics/">San Francisco Board of Supervises Passes Resolution Calling for Decriminalization of Psychedelics</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. <p><strong>SAN FRANCISCO</strong>, Calif. (Sept. 12, 2022) &#8211; Last week, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution calling for the decriminalization of psychedelics including psilocybin and ayahuasca. While not legally binding, resolutions can serve as an important first step and build a foundation for further action in the future.<span id="more-40111"></span></p> <p>Supervisors Dean Preston (D) and Hillary Ronen (D) sponsored <a href="https://sfgov.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5742708&amp;GUID=94A234BE-CD31-4676-AF87-E32FB3C52027" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the resolution</a>. It does not enact any actual changes to criminal justice policy in the city, but it urges police to make enforcement of laws against psychedelics “amongst the lowest priority.&#8221; It also requests that “City resources not be used for any investigation, detention, arrest, or prosecution arising out of alleged violations of state and federal law regarding the use of Entheogenic Plants listed on the Federally Controlled Substances Schedule 1 list.”</p> <p>The resolution also calls on city officials to “instruct” its state and federal lobbyists to push for the decriminalization of psychedelics at both the state and federal levels.</p> <p>“I am proud to work with Decrim Nature to put San Francisco on record in support of the decriminalization of psychedelics and entheogens,” Preston said in a press release. “San Francisco joins a growing list of cities and countries that are taking a fresh look at these plant-based medicines, following science and data, and destigmatizing their use and cultivation. Today’s unanimous vote is an exciting step forward.”</p> <p>Studies have shown psilocybin and other hallucinogenic compounds found in certain mushrooms and plants are effective in the treatment of depression, PTSD, chronic pain and addiction. For instance, <a href="https://maps.org/other-psychedelic-research/211-psilocybin-research/psilocybin-studies-in-progress/1268-johns_hopkins_study_of_psilocybin_in_cancer_patients" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">a Johns Hopkins study</a> found that “psilocybin produces substantial and sustained decreases in depression and anxiety in patients with life-threatening cancer.”</p> <p>Despite the move to decriminalize psilocybin and other and its promising medical uses, the federal government maintains a total ban on the substance.</p> <p>Resolutions such as the one passed in San Fransico galvanize support for decriminalization and set the stage for legally binding action.</p> <p>We saw <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2021/05/lessons-from-nullifornia-part-1-plants/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">a similar progression in the legalization of marijuana in California</a>. In 1992, four years before the passage of Prop. 215 legalizing cannabis for medical use in the state, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a very similar ordinance urging the police commission and district attorney  to &#8220;make lowest priority the arrest or prosecution of those involved in the possession or cultivation of [cannabis] for medicinal purposes&#8221; and to &#8220;allow a letter from a treating physician to be used as prima facia evidence that marijuana can alleviate the pain and suffering of that patient&#8217;s medical condition.&#8221; This followed on the heels of the passage of Proposition P by San Francisco voters, calling on the state legislature to legalize the medical use of marijuana.</p> <p>Non-binding resolutions to drive support for a particular action can be a powerful first step.</p> <p>During the 2022 legislative session, <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2021/07/california-assembly-committee-approves-bill-to-legalize-psychedelic-drugs-despite-federal-prohibition/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">a bill to legalize possession of several psychedelic drugs</a>, including LSD and “magic mushrooms,&#8221; passed the California Senate, but was gutted by an Assembly committee and turned into a study committee.</p> <p><b>LEGALITY</b></p> <p>Under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) passed in 1970, the federal government maintains complete prohibition of psilocybin. Of course, the federal government lacks any constitutional authority to ban or regulate such substances within the borders of a state, despite the opinion of the politically connected lawyers on the Supreme Court. If you doubt this, ask yourself why it took a constitutional amendment to institute federal alcohol prohibition.</p> <p>As we’ve seen with marijuana and hemp, when states and localities stop enforcing laws banning a substance, the federal government finds it virtually impossible to maintain prohibition. For instance, FBI statistics show that law enforcement makes approximately 99 of 100 marijuana arrests under state, not federal law. By curtailing or ending state prohibition, states sweep part of the basis for 99 percent of marijuana arrests.</p> <p>Furthermore, figures indicate it would take 40 percent of the DEA’s yearly annual budget just to investigate and raid all of the dispensaries in Los Angeles – a single city in a single state. That doesn’t include the cost of prosecution either. The lesson? The feds lack the resources to enforce marijuana prohibition without state and local assistance, and the same will likely hold true with psilocybin and other psychedelics.</p> <div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span>The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/san-francisco-board-of-supervises-passes-resolution-calling-for-decriminalization-of-psychedelics/">San Francisco Board of Supervises Passes Resolution Calling for Decriminalization of Psychedelics</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. 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Audio/Video Founding Fathers Founding Principles Path to Liberty Strategy Founders Liberty Quotes Resist Michael Boldin Tenth Amendment Center 27:58 We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty, in a feather bed. Thomas Jefferson was right when he wrote this and it might be even more relevant today in the face of the largest government in history. We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty, in a feather bed. Thomas Jefferson was right when he wrote this and it might be even more relevant today in the face of the largest government in history. Not Worth a Continental https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/not-worth-a-continental/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:a5bd4a9c-8bc8-d75e-dce7-35e3516be0be Sat, 10 Sep 2022 22:57:21 +0000 <p>This refers to the devaluing of the Continental dollar by excessive money printing. As more and more Continentals were created and put into circulation, they value of each one dropped. Eventually, the Continental dollar was all but useless.</p> The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/not-worth-a-continental/">Not Worth a Continental</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. <p>You&#8217;ve probably heard the phrase, &#8220;not worth a Continental.&#8221;</p> <p>This refers to the devaluing of the Continental dollar by excessive money printing. As more and more Continentals were created and put into circulation, they value of each one dropped. 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Audio/Video Economics Maharrey Minute American Revolution Economy Paper Money Sound Money Mike Maharrey Dean Chemerinsky is Wrong on Originalism (Again) https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/dean-chemerinsky-is-wrong-on-originalism-again/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:ab330d3f-ca28-d203-5f11-7082f5492697 Sat, 10 Sep 2022 15:42:33 +0000 <p>Dean Chemerinsky is arguing against a form of originalism that hasn't been widespread since the 1980s.</p> The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/dean-chemerinsky-is-wrong-on-originalism-again/">Dean Chemerinsky is Wrong on Originalism (Again)</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. <p>In <em>The Atlantic</em>, Erwin Chemerinsky: <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/09/supreme-court-originalism-constitution-framers-judicial-review/671334/">Even the Founders Didn’t Believe in Originalism</a>.  He principally argues points, both of which have been refuted many times, but it&#8217;s probably worth going through them again.  A third, which he introduces only at the end, is somewhat interesting.</p> <p>First, he says that the Constitution&#8217;s original meaning does not convey a power of judicial review:</p> <blockquote><p>Nothing in Article III explicitly authorizes courts to review the constitutionality of laws and executive actions. Article III, Section 2, defines the types of “cases” and “controversies” the federal courts may hear, but it says nothing whatsoever about a power to declare laws or executive acts unconstitutional. Nor is this power inherent in the authority granted to courts by Article III. Even if federal courts could not declare laws unconstitutional, they still could exercise their constitutional authority to decide the cases and controversies that come before them. Federal courts could apply federal law, decide diversity cases, and resolve all of the other matters enumerated in Article III, Section 2 without being allowed to invalidate a statute or executive action on constitutional grounds. No such power existed in English courts. One would think that if the Framers meant for the Constitution to deviate from English law and practice in such a fundamental way, they would have been explicit about it.</p></blockquote> <p>This is wrong on two counts.  As to the text, Article III gives federal courts jurisdiction over cases &#8220;arising under this Constitution.&#8221;  What are cases arising under the Constitution? The Constitution constrains governmental action; necessarily, a case arising under the Constitution is a claim that some governmental action violates the Constitution and thus should not be permitted by the courts.  I don&#8217;t see what else it could be.  (The above-quoted discussion is all Dean Chemerinsky says about Article III; he does not mention the courts&#8217; jurisdiction over constitutional cases).</p> <p>Moreover, Article VI makes &#8220;this Constitution &#8230; the supreme Law of the Land&#8221; with judges &#8220;bound thereby&#8221;, and requires that &#8220;judicial Officers &#8230; shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution.&#8221;  Coupled with Article III&#8217;s grant of constitutional jurisdiction, this seems plainly to direct courts to make independent judgments of the constitutionality of governmental action.</p> <p>As to the deviation from English law, the central point of the written Constitution was to deviate from English law, which did not have a single source of constitutional rights and structure that could be enforced by judges.  (As an aside, English judges had power to invalidate executive action on constitutional grounds; they did not have power to constrain parliament on constitutional grounds, but again the Constitution&#8217;s central project was to reject the unlimited sovereignty of Parliament in favor of a limited legislative power in Congress).</p> <p>Chemerinsky continues:</p> <blockquote><p>Nor do the records of the Constitutional Convention reveal an agreed-upon desire to give the Supreme Court the power to strike down laws or executive actions. &#8230; Alexander Hamilton argued for this power in “Federalist No. 78,” so perhaps it was assumed that judicial review would exist. Some state courts did exercise that power. But this is a flimsy basis for such a consequential authority, which has been central to American constitutional law and government since its creation by <em>Marbury v. Madison </em>in 1803.</p></blockquote> <p>This does not seem like a &#8220;flimsy basis&#8221; to me, especially added to the textual evidence noted above.  If a pre-Convention understanding of judicial power in the states was that it included the power to invalidate governmental action under the written state constitutions, and if the leading (and uncontradicted) post-Convention explanation of the judicial power in the Constitution was that it included the power to invalidate governmental action under the written federal Constitution, that seems like strong evidence to me that the text means what it appears to say in giving courts constitutional jurisdiction.</p> <p>Chemerinsky then shifts to a second argument:</p> <blockquote><p><span class="smallcaps">Assuming that originalists</span> can surmount this problem and somehow make a convincing case that judicial review is justified under the original meaning of the Constitution, they run right into another problem. &#8230; Originalism requires that [interpreters] ask: What was the original understanding of how the Constitution should be interpreted?</p> <p class="ArticleParagraph_root__wy3UI">In his 1985 article “<a href="https://scholarship.law.duke.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1390&amp;context=faculty_scholarship#:~:text=When%20interpreting%20the%20Constitution%2C%20judges,drafters%20and%20early%20inter%2D%20preters." target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Original Understanding of Original Intent</a>,” the law professor H. Jefferson Powell laid out strong evidence that the Framers of the Constitution never meant their own intent to be controlling. At the Philadelphia Convention, the Framers explicitly indicated that they did not want their specific intentions to control the Constitution’s interpretation. Years later, James Madison maintained that the Philadelphia proceedings “can have no authoritative character” and that the document coming out of it “was nothing more than the draft of a plan, nothing but a dead letter, until life and validity were breathed into it by the voice of the people, speaking through [the state] Conventions” that ratified the Constitution in 1787–90. The delegates also took steps to shield convention records from public view. They met under a rule of secrecy and preserved the records’ confidentiality when they adjourned by depositing the documents with George Washington. The records remained in “confidential limbo” until 1818, when John Quincy Adams organized and published them.</p> <p class="ArticleParagraph_root__wy3UI">Those looking for evidence of original meaning in the Philadelphia debates often use <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/12/madison-constitutional-convention-notes/603703/">Madison’s notes</a>. These are apparently the most comprehensive of several unofficial reports, yet they covered no more than 10 percent of the proceedings. Madison himself treated his notes as private property because he thought that the proceedings “could never be regarded as the oracular guide in expounding the Constitution.” The late Yale professor Boris Bittker argued that originalists have failed to explain why the Framers’ intent should be reconstructed from a private document that Madison intentionally withheld.</p> </blockquote> <p class="ArticleParagraph_root__wy3UI">This argument has been answered many times by originalist scholars, and indeed in part by Professor Powell himself.  Modern originalism does not see the &#8220;Framers&#8217; intent&#8221; as the touchstone of constitutional meaning.  Rather, the meaning comes from the text itself, understood in the context in which it was adopted.  Public statements of the framers, along with those of other members of the founding generation, can be helpful in determining that textual meaning.  But these statements (much less the Framers&#8217; private intentions) are not &#8220;controlling&#8221;.  The text is controlling.  Dean Chemerinsky is arguing against a form of originalism that hasn&#8217;t been widespread since the 1980s.</p> <p class="ArticleParagraph_root__wy3UI">Specifically as to Madison&#8217;s notes, their limitations are widely recognized and they are not commonly treated as authoritative as to meaning by originalist scholars.  (Justice Scalia did not cite the Convention records often, for example.)  The notes can be helpful in understanding why a particular clause took the form it did, or how people of the founding generation used language, and so can be a sometimes useful tool in determining textual meaning, but they are not (to most originalists) more than that.</p> <p class="ArticleParagraph_root__wy3UI">Chemerinsky ultimately acknowledges that he&#8217;s arguing against an old form of originalism, and in response advances a third argument:</p> <blockquote> <p class="ArticleParagraph_root__wy3UI">Originalists might answer that I have ignored how originalism has changed over time. The legal philosophy initially focused on the Framers’ intent, and their rejection of originalism would be relevant under that approach. Now, however, most originalists focus on determining the original meaning of a constitutional provision rather than the specific intent of the Framers. Therefore, they would say, my argument about the drafters’ theory of interpretation is misguided and irrelevant.  [<em>Ed.:  Yep.</em>]</p> <p class="ArticleParagraph_root__wy3UI">Still, this does not solve the originalists’ incoherence problem. Originalism would be justified under its own terms only if there was a basis for concluding that the original understanding of Article III was for judicial review to follow the original meaning of the Constitution. No support exists for such an assertion.</p> <p class="ArticleParagraph_root__wy3UI">&#8230;</p> <p class="ArticleParagraph_root__wy3UI">The original meaning of the Constitution, if it included judicial review at all, did not embrace originalism as the method for interpreting the document. Originalism then self-destructs; to follow originalism requires abandoning it.</p> </blockquote> <p class="ArticleParagraph_root__wy3UI">Though underdeveloped, this raises an interesting point.  Does originalism&#8217;s coherence depend on proof that the the Constitution&#8217;s original meaning contains a direction to use the original meaning?</p> <p class="ArticleParagraph_root__wy3UI">Originalists might well respond that the Constitution&#8217;s original meaning does have such a direction.  Dean Chemerinsky dismisses this idea without much discussion, but a number of originalist scholars (including co-bloggers Mike Rappaport and Chris Green) have made versions of the argument.  And indeed, it seems implausible that the Framers would have spent many un-air-conditioned months in Philadelphia in the summer developing a fairly detailed plan of government on the background assumption that future judges could say that their language meant whatever the judges thought it should.  Rather, when one uses language, especially legal language, the ordinary assumption (absent contrary indications) is that it contains fixed directions &#8212; otherwise, what&#8217;s the point?</p> <p class="ArticleParagraph_root__wy3UI">But the more interesting question is whether originalists are bound to make this argument to avoid &#8220;incoherence&#8221; and &#8220;self-destruct[ion].&#8221;  I think perhaps not.  Why could one not say (a) I&#8217;m not sure how the Framers expected the text to be interpreted, but (b) for normative reasons, principally rule of law values such as neutrality, stability and constraint, I think the best course would be to use the text&#8217;s original meaning, as opposed to a meaning to be invented by modern judges?</p> <p class="ArticleParagraph_root__wy3UI">RELATED:  The <em>Atlantic</em> article notes that it is excerpted from Dean Chemerinsky’s new book, <a href="https://bookshop.org/a/12476/9780300259902" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Worse Than Nothing: The Dangerous Fallacy of Originalism</a> (Yale University Press 2022).  Adam White reviews the book in the <em>Wall Street Journal</em> (somewhat unfavorably) <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/worse-than-nothing-book-review-what-originalism-is-and-isnt-11662132343">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>NOTE</strong>: <em>This post was originally published at <a href="http://originalismblog.typepad.com/">The Originalism Blog</a>, “The Blog of the Center for the Study of Constitutional Originalism at the University of San Diego School of Law,” and is reposted here with permission from the author.</em></p> <div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span>The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/dean-chemerinsky-is-wrong-on-originalism-again/">Dean Chemerinsky is Wrong on Originalism (Again)</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. Originalism The Opposition Erwin Chemerinsky Judicial Review Original Meaning Michael D. Ramsey What’s the Next Crisis to Lockdown the Nation? https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/whats-the-next-crisis-to-lockdown-the-nation/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:a0be7d08-820b-a875-9ab0-c9dfa4179f88 Fri, 09 Sep 2022 17:21:37 +0000 <p>The lesson for the ages is this: once any government is allowed to overreach and expand its powers, it’s almost impossible to put the genie back in the bottle</p> The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/whats-the-next-crisis-to-lockdown-the-nation/">What’s the Next Crisis to Lockdown the Nation?</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. <p>First came 9/11, which the government used to transform itself into a police state.</p> <p>Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, which the police state used to test out its lockdown powers.</p> <p>In light of the government’s tendency to exploit crises (legitimate or manufactured) and capitalize on the nation’s heightened emotions, confusion and fear as a means of extending the reach of the police state, one has to wonder what so-called crisis it will declare next.</p> <p>It’s a simple enough formula: first, you create fear, then you capitalize on it by seizing power.</p> <p>Frankly, it doesn’t even matter what the nature of the next national emergency might be (terrorism, civil unrest, economic collapse, a health scare, or the environment) as long as it allows the government to lockdown the nation and justify all manner of tyranny in the so-called name of national security.</p> <p>Cue the Emergency State.</p> <p>Terrorist attacks, mass shootings, “unforeseen economic collapse, <a href="http://www.rawstory.com/news/2008/Report_Military_may_have_to_quell_1229.html">loss of functioning political and legal order</a>, purposeful domestic resistance or insurgency, pervasive public health emergencies, and catastrophic natural and human disasters”: the government has been anticipating <a href="https://theintercept.com/2016/10/13/pentagon-video-warns-of-unavoidable-dystopian-future-for-worlds-biggest-cities/">and preparing for such crises for years now</a>.</p> <p>As David C. Unger writes for the <em>New York Times</em>: “<a href="https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/oldspeak/book_review_the_emergency_state">Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness have given way to permanent crisis management</a>: to policing the planet and fighting preventative wars of ideological containment, usually on terrain chosen by, and favorable to, our enemies. Limited government and constitutional accountability have been shouldered aside by the kind of imperial presidency our constitutional system was explicitly designed to prevent.”</p> <p>Here’s what we know: given the rate at which the government keeps devising new ways to establish itself as the “solution” to all of our worldly problems at taxpayer expense, each subsequent crisis ushers in ever larger expansions of government power and less individual liberty.</p> <p>This is the slippery slope to outright tyranny.</p> <p>You see, once the government acquires (and uses) authoritarian powers—to spy on its citizens, to carry out surveillance, to transform its police forces into extensions of the military, to seize taxpayer funds, to wage endless wars, to censor and silence dissidents, to identify potential troublemakers, to detain citizens without due process—it does not voluntarily relinquish them.</p> <p>The lesson for the ages is this: once <em>any</em> government is allowed to overreach and expand its powers, it’s almost impossible to put the genie back in the bottle. As Harvard constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe recognizes, “<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/20/trump-john-yoo-lawyer-torture-waterboarding">The dictatorial hunger for power is insatiable.</a>”</p> <p>Indeed, the history of the United States is a testament to the old adage that liberty decreases as government (and government bureaucracy) grows. To put it another way, <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/mikepatton/2020/08/14/national-debt-to-surpass-78-trillion-by-2028-what-it-means-for-americans/#35234dd55ddf">as government expands, liberty contracts</a>.</p> <p>In this way, every crisis since the nation’s early beginnings has become a make-work opportunity for the government.</p> <p>Each crisis has also been a test to see how far “we the people” would allow the government to sidestep the Constitution in the so-called name of national security; a test to see how well we have assimilated the government’s lessons in compliance, fear and police state tactics; a test to see how quickly we’ll march in lockstep with the government’s dictates, no questions asked; and a test to see how little resistance we offer up to the government’s power grabs when made in the name of national security.</p> <p>Most critically of all, it has been a test to see whether the Constitution—and our commitment to the principles enshrined in the Bill of Rights—could survive a national crisis and true state of emergency.</p> <p>Unfortunately, we’ve been failing this particular test <a href="https://foreignpolicy.com/2013/06/11/america-choosing-security-over-liberty-since-1798/">for a long time</a> now.</p> <p>Indeed, the powers-that-be have been pushing our buttons and herding us along like so much cattle since World War II, at least, starting with the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor, which not only propelled the U.S. into World War II but also <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/12/07/the-attack-on-pearl-harbor-united-americans-like-no-other-event-in-our-history/">unified the American people in their opposition to a common enemy</a>.</p> <p>That fear of attack by foreign threats, conveniently torqued by the growing military industrial complex, in turn gave rise to the Cold War era’s “Red Scare.” Promulgated through government propaganda, paranoia and manipulation, anti-Communist sentiments boiled over into a mass hysteria that viewed anyone and everyone as suspect: your friends, the next-door neighbor, even your family members could be a Communist subversive.</p> <p>This hysteria, which culminated in hearings before the House Un-American Activities Committee, where hundreds of Americans were called before Congress to testify about their so-called Communist affiliations and intimidated into making false confessions, also <a href="https://www.history.com/topics/cold-war/red-scare">paved the way for the rise of an all-knowing, all-seeing governmental surveillance state</a>.</p> <p>By the time 9/11 rolled around, all George W. Bush had to do was claim the country was being invaded by terrorists, and the government used the USA Patriot Act to claim <a href="https://www.pbs.org/newshour/world/terrorism-july-dec01-bush_terrorismbill">greater powers to spy, search, detain and arrest</a> American citizens <em>in order to keep America safe</em>.</p> <p>By way of the National Defense Authorization Act, Barack Obama continued Bush’s trend of undermining the Constitution, going so far as to give <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2012/01/02/president-obama-signed-the-national-defense-authorization-act-now-what/">the military the power to strip Americans of their constitutional rights, label them extremists, and detain them indefinitely without trial</a>, <em>all in the name of</em> <em>keeping America safe</em>.</p> <p>Despite the fact that the breadth of the military’s power to detain American citizens violates not only U.S. law and the Constitution but also international laws, the government has refused to relinquish its detention powers made possible by the NDAA.</p> <p>Then Donald Trump took office, claiming the country was being invaded by dangerous immigrants and insisting that the only way to keep America safe was to expand the reach of the border police, <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/04/trump-administration-sends-national-guard-troops-to-border.html">empower the military to “assist” with border control</a>, and essentially turn the country into a Constitution-free zone.</p> <p>That so-called immigration crisis then morphed into multiple crises (domestic extremism, the COVID-19 pandemic, race wars, civil unrest, etc.) that the government has been eager to use in order to expand its powers.</p> <p>Joe Biden, in turn, has made every effort to expand the reach of the militarized police state, pledging to hire 87,000 more IRS agents and 100,000 police officers. Read between the lines and you’ll find that Biden has all but declared war on the American people.</p> <p>What the next crisis will be is anyone’s guess, but you can be sure that there <em>will</em> be a next crisis.</p> <p>So, what should you expect if the government decides to declare another state of emergency and institutes a nationwide lockdown?</p> <p>You should expect more of the same, only worse.</p> <p>More compliance, less resistance.</p> <p>More fear-mongering, mind-control tactics and less tolerance for those who question the government’s propaganda-driven narratives.</p> <p>Most of all, as I point out in my book <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Battlefield-America-War-American-People/dp/1590795229/"><em>Battlefield America: The War on the American People</em></a> and in its fictional counterpart <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Erik-Blair-Diaries-Battlefield-Dead/dp/1954968027/"><em>The Erik Blair Diaries</em></a>, you should expect more tyranny and less freedom.</p> <p>There’s every reason to worry about what comes next.</p> <p>Certainly, the government’s past track record and its long-anticipated plans for instituting martial law (using armed forces to solve domestic political and social problems) in response to a future crisis are cause enough to worry about the government’s handling of the next “crisis.”</p> <p>Mark my words: if and when another nationwide lockdown finally hits—if and when we are forced to shelter in place— if and when militarized police are patrolling the streets— if and when security checkpoints have been established— if and when the media’s ability to broadcast the news has been curtailed by government censors—if and when public systems of communication (phone lines, internet, text messaging, etc.) have been restricted—if and when those FEMA camps the government has been surreptitiously building finally get used as detention centers for American citizens—if and when military “snatch and grab” teams are deployed on local, state, and federal levels as part of the activated Continuity of Government plans to isolate anyone suspected of being a threat to national security—and if and when martial law is enacted with little real outcry or resistance from the public—then we will truly understand the extent to which the government has fully succeeded in acclimating us to a state of affairs in which the government has all the power and “we the people” have none.</p> <div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span>The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/whats-the-next-crisis-to-lockdown-the-nation/">What’s the Next Crisis to Lockdown the Nation?</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. 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Audio/Video Founding Fathers Founding Principles Path to Liberty American Revolution Consolidation Founders Liberty Quotes Resist Resist First Standing Armies Michael Boldin Tenth Amendment Center 28:30 The United States of today couldn’t be further from the principles of the American Revolution. Here are 4 major ones that have been almost completely ignored, leading to the largest government in history. The United States of today couldn’t be further from the principles of the American Revolution. Here are 4 major ones that have been almost completely ignored, leading to the largest government in history.<br /> The Right to Be Left Alone https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/the-right-to-be-left-alone/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:244a9d37-406a-7b01-7150-12aad55a4e32 Wed, 07 Sep 2022 11:53:27 +0000 <p>Those who drafted the Bill of Rights recognized that human rights are pre-political. They precede the existence of the government. They come from our humanity, and, in the case of privacy, they are reinforced by our ownership or legal occupancy of property.</p> The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/the-right-to-be-left-alone/">The Right to Be Left Alone</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. <p>The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to privacy. Like other amendments in the Bill of Rights, it doesn&#8217;t create the right; it limits government interference with it. Last week, President Joe Biden misquoted the late Justice Antonin Scalia suggesting that Justice Scalia believed that the Bill of Rights creates rights. As Justice Scalia wrote, referring to the right to keep and bear arms but reflecting his view on the origins of all personal liberty, the Bill of Rights secures rights, it doesn&#8217;t create them; it secures them from the government.</p> <p>Those who drafted the Bill of Rights recognized that human rights are pre-political. They precede the existence of the government. They come from our humanity, and, in the case of privacy, they are reinforced by our ownership or legal occupancy of property.</p> <p>The idea that rights come from our humanity is called Natural Law theory, which was first articulated by Aristotle in 360 B.C. The natural law teaches that there are aspects of human existence and thus areas of human behavior that are not subject to the government. Aristotle&#8217;s views would later be refined by Cicero, codified by Aquinas, explained by John Locke, and woven into Anglo-American jurisprudence by British jurists and American revolutionaries and constitutional framers.</p> <p>Thus, our rights to think as we wish, to say what we think, to publish what we say, to worship or not, to associate or not, to defend ourselves from crazies and tyrants, to own property, and to be left alone are all hard-wired into our human natures by God, the uncaused cause. Nature is the means through which God passes along His gifts to us. We come about by a biological act of nature, every step of which was ordained by God. His greatest gift to us is life, and He tied that gift to free will. Just as He is perfectly free, so are we.</p> <p>In exercising our free wills, we employ rights. Rights are claims against the whole world. They don&#8217;t require approval of a government or neighbors or colleagues. The same rights exist in everyone no matter their place of birth, and each person exercises them as she or he sees fit. The government should only come into the picture when someone violates another&#8217;s natural rights. So, if someone builds a house in your backyard, you can knock it down and expel the builders or you can ask the government to do so.</p> <p>Suppose the builders haven&#8217;t consented to the existence of the government? That does not absolve them. Though government is only moral and legal in a society in which all persons have consented to it — this is Thomas Jefferson&#8217;s &#8220;consent of the governed&#8221; argument in the Declaration of Independence — the only exception to actual consent is the use of government to remedy a violation of natural rights.</p> <p>Professor Murray Rothbard examined all this under his non-aggression principle (NAP): Initiating or threatening force or deception against a person or his rights is always morally illicit. This applies to all aggression, even — and especially — from the government. The folks building a house in your backyard have either used force or deception to get there. Both violate your natural rights and the NAP.</p> <p>Now, back to the Fourth Amendment and privacy. In a famous dissent in 1928, which two generations later became the law of the land, the late Justice Louis Brandeis argued that government surveillance constitutes a search under the Fourth Amendment and thus, per the express language of the amendment, cannot be conducted by the government without a warrant issued by a judge. He famously called privacy the right most valued by civilized persons and described it as &#8220;the right to be let alone.&#8221;</p> <p>Today, this is the most violated of personal rights; not by judges signing search warrants for surveillance, but by government officials — local, state and federal — ignoring and evading the natural right to privacy and pretending that the Fourth Amendment does not apply to them. The linchpin of the amendment is the judicial determination of the existence of probable cause — meaning that it is more likely than not that a crime has been committed, and that there is evidence of that crime in the place to be searched and in the things to be seized.</p> <p>Today, the feds, and this has been picked up and mimicked by local and state police, have told themselves that so long as they are not looking for evidence of crimes, they needn&#8217;t follow the Fourth Amendment.</p> <p>Today, the government rarely bothers to obtain a search warrant for surveillance because it is cumbersome to do so and because it is so easy to surveil folks on a massive scale without one.</p> <p>Today, the National Security Administration — America&#8217;s 60,000-person strong domestic spying apparatus — captures every keystroke on every desktop and mobile device, and every conversation on every landline and mobile device, and all data transmitted into, out of or within the United States.</p> <p>Moreover, you&#8217;d be hard-pressed to find a geographic area that is not covered by police using hardware that tracks the movement and use of mobile phones. When Edward Snowden passed on to journalists the facts of massive warrantless spying in the Bush and Obama administrations, he had the journalists put their mobile devices where his was — in his refrigerator, as anywhere else would have alerted his former colleagues of their collective whereabouts.</p> <p>The government spends hundreds of billions of dollars annually just to watch and follow us. Who authorized this? Why do we tolerate a society where we have hired a government to secure our rights and instead it engages in aggression against them?</p> <div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span>The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/the-right-to-be-left-alone/">The Right to Be Left Alone</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. Surveillance 4th Amendment Privacy surveillance Judge Andrew Napolitano Government Doesn’t Have the Final Say https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/government-doesnt-have-the-final-say/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:563c9bd7-e534-e956-b2ae-a479efbeda23 Mon, 05 Sep 2022 22:56:10 +0000 <p>In other words, the people are sovereign.</p> The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/government-doesnt-have-the-final-say/">Government Doesn’t Have the Final Say</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. <p>No, the people have the final say over government.</p> <p>In other words, the people are sovereign.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/reel/Ch_A8rIjh-j/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; 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Audio/Video Founding Principles Maharrey Minute government power John Hancock sovereignty Mike Maharrey The Destroyer of Liberty https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/the-destroyer-of-liberty/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:ca86c6c7-f18a-4445-41c2-59e607df7650 Sat, 03 Sep 2022 15:42:20 +0000 <p>Thomas Jefferson warned us about one thing that destroys liberty -- every single time.</p> The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/the-destroyer-of-liberty/">The Destroyer of Liberty</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. <p>Thomas Jefferson warned us about one thing that destroys liberty &#8212; every single time.</p> <p>The consolidation of power But, people have ignored this warning to their own detriment.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/reel/CgpIcwKDtU3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14" style=" background:#FFF; 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Audio/Video Maharrey Minute Thomas Jefferson Centralization of Power Consolidation Liberty thomas jefferson Mike Maharrey Federal Strings https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/federal-strings/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:00ada4f5-3947-fba9-93a9-d7dcfaaff676 Fri, 02 Sep 2022 19:29:58 +0000 <p>When you give the federal government your purse strings, you're giving the federal government control. The feds use their funding to control local policy.</p> The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/federal-strings/">Federal Strings</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. <p>When you give the federal government your purse strings, you&#8217;re giving the federal government control. 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Audio/Video Federal Funding Maharrey Minute federal control John Dickinson purse strings Mike Maharrey Stop Coddling Politicians https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/stop-coddling-politicians/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:59944578-f700-125c-1911-e86ad8a7e0e9 Fri, 02 Sep 2022 19:18:53 +0000 <p>the real absurdity is depending on politicians to protect your liberty.</p> The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/stop-coddling-politicians/">Stop Coddling Politicians</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. <p>People don&#8217;t like it when you criticize their favorite politicians. That&#8217;s a problem. Because people in power need more criticism, not less. You need to stop coddling politicians.<span id="more-40086"></span></p> <p>South Dakota Gov. Krist Noem was one of the best governors in the nation in resisting pandemic lockdowns. But she is abysmal on the drug war. Noem spearheaded a lawsuit to overturn <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/11/south-dakota-voters-pass-measure-to-legalize-marijuana-despite-federal-prohibition/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">a voter referendum that legalized marijuana in the state</a>.</p> <p>I called Noem out on her bad drug war policy and angered a supporter in the process. I was told, &#8220;Nobody on earth did better than Noem in 2020. To claim that standing up for the basic human rights which define our republic in such a crucial moment is offset by her support of marijuana laws that all of America supported and enforced until about five minutes ago is absurd.&#8221;</p> <p>In fact, the real absurdity is depending on politicians to protect your liberty.</p> <p>Bad strategy.</p> <p>And it&#8217;s why I don&#8217;t bother much with electoral politics &#8211; especially at the federal level. I much prefer to spend my time hacking away at government power through non-compliance, <a href="Resistance is Crucial to the Advancement of Liberty" target="_blank" rel="noopener">resistance</a>, and using power centers against each other. I can work that strategy no matter who is in office and I don&#8217;t have to worry about trying to get some &#8220;good guy&#8221; in office.</p> <p>I believe strongly that with a few exceptions, everybody who seeks political power is dangerous. George Mason summed it up nicely during as speech at the Virginia ratifying convention.</p> <blockquote><p>&#8220;Those who have power in their hands will not give it up while they can retain it. On the contrary, we know they will always, when they can, rather increase it.”</p></blockquote> <p>This idea that I am supposed to turn my head and ignore Z just because some politician is good on X and Y is how we ended up living under the biggest, most powerful government in the history of the world.</p> <p>Instead of giving politicians and people in power a pass when they do something antithetical to the Constitution or liberty, why not hold them accountable? Why not say, &#8220;Hey, Noem was good on pandemic lockdowns, but she sucks on these other things?&#8221;</p> <p>Maybe if more people who were into electoral politics held their people accountable for their garbage instead of shrugging it off or making excuses, there would be less garbage.</p> <p>But no. People seem compelled to act like politicians are heroes above reproach. Sorry, that&#8217;s weird and creepy. I&#8217;m going to call out anybody who acts contrary to my liberty.</p> <p>John Dickinson (the &#8220;Penman of the Revolution&#8221;) <a href="https://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/dickinson-empire-and-nation-letters-from-a-farmer" target="_blank" rel="noopener">summed it up really well</a>.</p> <blockquote><p>&#8220;All artful rulers, who strive to extend their power beyond its just limits, endeavor to give to their attempts as much semblance of legality as possible. Those who succeed them may venture to go a little further; for each new encroachment will be strengthened by a former. ‘That which is now supported by examples, growing old, will become an example itself,’ and thus support fresh usurpations.”</p></blockquote> <p>That&#8217;s why, as Dickinson put it we must &#8220;Oppose a disease at its beginning.&#8221;</p> <div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span>The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/stop-coddling-politicians/">Stop Coddling Politicians</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. Commentary Politicians John Dickenson Kristi Noem political power Politics Strategy Mike Maharrey Ignoring the Elephant in the Room on Student Loans? https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/ignoring-the-elephant-in-the-room-on-student-loans/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:32d5b8fa-5c67-a515-9dac-e276414028ea Fri, 02 Sep 2022 17:33:49 +0000 <p>The elephant in the room is the federal student loan program itself. Under the Student Loan Reform Act of 1993, the federal government began lending directly to borrowers instead of subsidizing and guaranteeing loans through a bank.</p> The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/ignoring-the-elephant-in-the-room-on-student-loans/">Ignoring the Elephant in the Room on Student Loans?</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. <p>It is ironic that although the symbol of the Republican Party is an elephant, Republicans fail to see the massive elephant in the room when it comes to President Biden’s plan to cancel student loan debt.<span id="more-40087"></span></p> <p>According to <a href="https://studentloanhero.com/student-loan-debt-statistics/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Student Loan Hero</a>—a company “founded to help student loan borrowers organize, manage, and repay their student loan debt” by helping “student loan borrowers understand their student loans and make smarter, more informed repayment decisions”:</p> <ul> <li aria-level="1">There is nearly $1.75 trillion in total U.S. student loan debt.</li> <li aria-level="1">About 48 million Americans have student loan debt.</li> <li aria-level="1">55% of bachelor degree recipients graduating from four-year public and private nonprofit colleges in 2020 had student loan debt.</li> <li aria-level="1">The average debt at graduation from four-year public and private nonprofit colleges was $28,400 in 2020.</li> <li aria-level="1">Students and parents borrowed an estimated $95.9 billion in the 2020–2021 academic year.</li> </ul> <p>Although about 90 percent of student loan borrowers pay back their loans on time, President Biden—in a political move before the upcoming midterm election—made good on his campaign promise to cancel $10,000 of student debt, and then some.</p> <p>According to a White House “<a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/08/24/fact-sheet-president-biden-announces-student-loan-relief-for-borrowers-who-need-it-most/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Fact Sheet</a>”:</p> <blockquote><p>The Department of Education will provide up to $20,000 in debt cancellation to Pell Grant recipients with loans held by the Department of Education, and up to $10,000 in debt cancellation to non—Pell Grant recipients. Borrowers are eligible for this relief if their individual income is less than $125,000 ($250,000 for married couples).</p></blockquote> <p>In addition, the Department of Education is proposing a rule to do the following:</p> <blockquote><p>For undergraduate loans, cut in half the amount that borrowers have to pay each month, from 10% to 5% of discretionary income.,</p> <p>Raise the amount of income that is considered nondiscretionary income and therefore protected from repayment.</p> <p>Forgive loan balances after 10 years of payments, instead of 20 years, for borrowers with original loan balances of $12,000 or less.</p> <p>Cover borrowers’ unpaid monthly interest.</p></blockquote> <p>And then to sweeten the deal, the White House also says that the debt relief will not be treated as taxable income for federal income tax purposes.</p> <p>As expected, Republicans are livid about the president’s plan.</p> <p>The Republican National Committee (<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/24/us/politics/student-loan-forgiveness-biden.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">RNC</a>) released a statement slamming the program as “Biden’s bailout for the wealthy.” Senator <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/24/us/politics/student-loan-forgiveness-biden.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ben Sasse</a> (R-Neb.) said that the plan “forces blue-collar workers to subsidize white-collar graduate students. Instead of demanding accountability from an underperforming higher-education sector that pushes so many young Americans into massive debt, the administration’s unilateral plan baptizes a broken system.” The conservatives at <a href="https://www.nationalreview.com/2022/08/bidens-student-debt-decree-wrong-on-every-level/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">National Review</a> editorialized: “Biden is effectively telling all the people who didn’t go to college, those who went to college but didn’t borrow money, and those who went to college and already paid off their loans that they are suckers. The lucky few who just so happen to have student debt at this arbitrary moment get a windfall at the expense of everyone else.”</p> <p>But even though the call to abolish student loan debt has been a major goal of more progressive Democrats for years, some Democrats aren’t too happy about Biden’s plan, either.</p> <p>Just last year, <a href="https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-lacks-authority-student-debt-handout-pelosi-warned-last-year" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Nancy Pelosi</a> said: “People think that the president of the United States has the power for debt forgiveness, he does not. He can postpone, he can delay, but he does not have that power. That has to be an act of Congress.” <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/24/us/politics/student-loan-forgiveness-biden.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Jason Furman</a>, formerly an economic adviser to President Barack Obama, said the plan “would unnecessarily provide tens of thousands of dollars to many high-income households in a way that goes well beyond even what he promised in the heat of a Democratic primary when the problem facing the country was low inflation—not high inflation.” To be consistent, no Democrat who wants all Americans to receive a free college education courtesy of the taxpayers should object to Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan.</p> <p>But what is the real issue here? What is the elephant in the room that Republicans are missing?</p> <p>Yes, it is true that student loan forgiveness encourages reckless borrowing, leads to higher college tuition rates, subsidizes irresponsibility, penalizes responsibility, redistributes income to middle- and upper-class Americans, buys votes from people making six-figure incomes, usurps the role of Congress, and is a regressive policy. But these things are not the real problem.</p> <p>The elephant in the room is the federal student loan program itself. Under the Student Loan Reform Act of 1993, the federal government began lending directly to borrowers instead of subsidizing and guaranteeing loans through a bank.</p> <p>But since when is the federal government a bank? Since when is it a legitimate purpose of government to loan money to students for college? Where in the Constitution is the federal government authorized to issue student loans? Since when is it the proper role of government to subsidize the education industry? Since when is it a legitimate purpose of government to loan money to anyone for anything?</p> <p>The federal government has no money of its own. Every penny that is loaned to students has been printed out of thin air or been taken from Americans in the form of taxes. No American should be forced to pay for the education of any other American.</p> <p>Yet, how many Republicans railing against Biden’s debt forgiveness plan have said any of these things? Just like Democrats, Republicans fully support federal student loans, Pell grants, and federal involvement in education.</p> <p>And it’s not just federal student loans. There is an even bigger elephant that Republicans are missing. The reason why the federal government has no business having anything to do with student loans is because the federal government has no business having anything to do with education. Education is purely a state matter. Even this, of course, is not ideal, since education should be completely separated from the state. But the Constitution is clear: The federal government has absolutely no authority to have anything to do with education.</p> <p>As recently as 1996, the Republican Party platform called for the elimination of the Department of Education: “The federal government has no constitutional authority to be involved in school curricula or to control jobs in the work place. That is why we will abolish the Department of Education, end federal meddling in our schools, and promote family choice at all levels of learning.” But when Republicans gained control of the White House and both Houses of Congress a few years later, not only was the Department of Education not eliminated, federal spending on education skyrocketed.</p> <p>The symbol of the Republican Party is indeed fitting.</p> <p><em>Originally published at the <a href="https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/republicans-ignore-the-elephant-in-the-room/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Future of Freedom Foundation</a></em></p> <div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span>The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/ignoring-the-elephant-in-the-room-on-student-loans/">Ignoring the Elephant in the Room on Student Loans?</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. Current Events Federal Agencies Federal Funding Joe Biden Republicans Student Loans Laurence M. Vance 2nd Amendment Obliterated? Federal Gun Control Already on the Books https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/2nd-amendment-obliterated-federal-gun-control-already-on-the-books/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:1529bc0b-20ed-0974-ba59-1dc2f89fe889 Fri, 02 Sep 2022 17:24:33 +0000 <p>Even just a quick look at the long, and growing, list of federal gun control on the books makes it clear to any constitution-supporter that the 2nd Amendment isn’t just newly under attack. It hasn’t been in force for close to a century.</p> The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/2nd-amendment-obliterated-federal-gun-control-already-on-the-books/">2nd Amendment Obliterated? 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Federal Gun Control Already on the Books</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. 2nd Amendment Audio/Video Path to Liberty Right to Keep and Bear Arms Federal Gun Control Michael Boldin Tenth Amendment Center 17:39 Even just a quick look at the long, and growing, list of federal gun control on the books makes it clear to any constitution-supporter that the 2nd Amendment isn’t just newly under attack. It hasn’t been in force for close to a century. Even just a quick look at the long, and growing, list of federal gun control on the books makes it clear to any constitution-supporter that the 2nd Amendment isn’t just newly under attack. It hasn’t been in force for close to a century. Today in History: British Seizure of Gunpowder Leads to “Powder Alarm” https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/today-in-history-british-attempt-to-seize-gunpowder-leads-to-powder-alarm/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:355b0542-3c87-c4a5-117c-ad9e43785c56 Thu, 01 Sep 2022 09:10:38 +0000 <p>In effect, the move was a British gun control measure intended to limit the colonists' ability to arm themselves.</p> The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/today-in-history-british-attempt-to-seize-gunpowder-leads-to-powder-alarm/">Today in History: British Seizure of Gunpowder Leads to “Powder Alarm”</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. <p>On this date in 1774, British troops seized and removed gunpowder from a magazine in Charlestown, Mass., leading to what became known as the &#8220;Powder Alarm.&#8221;<span id="more-40070"></span></p> <p>In effect, the move was a British gun control measure intended to limit the colonists&#8217; ability to arm themselves.</p> <p>In the aftermath of the Boston Tea Party, the British Parliament passed the &#8220;<a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/07/the-struggle-for-american-independence-the-intolerable-acts/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Coercive Acts</a>.&#8221; Among other moves, the British closed the port of Boston and revoked Massachusetts&#8217; charter, bringing the colony under the total control of the British government. These actions further inflamed tensions between the British and the American colonists. Many colonists saw this as a further attempt to strip them of their right to self-rule and force them into submission.</p> <p>General Thomas Gage was appointed the military governor of Massachusetts. Thinking the best way to keep the peace would be to disarm the colonists as much as possible, he set in motion a scheme to secretly remove military equipment, including guns and gunpowder, from storehouses across New England.</p> <p>Most of the gunpowder and weapons stored in these magazines belonged to the provincial governments, but some were the property of individual towns and merchants.</p> <p>William Brattle served as the leader of the provincial militia and controlled the magazine in Charleston, Mass. On Aug. 27, Brattle sent a letter to Gage, informing him that locals had removed much of the powder from the storehouse. He told Gage that only 250 half-barrels of gunpowder belonging to the provincial government remained in the Provincial Powder House.</p> <p>A few days later, Gage sent Middlesex County sheriff David Phips to Charleston with orders to remove the remaining powder from the storehouse. Brattle turned the key to the powder house over to the sheriff.</p> <p>On Sept. 1, Gage sent a force of 250 Red Coats under the command of Lieutenant Colonel George Maddison to seize the powder. The detachment of troops rowed up the Mystic River from Boston and landed about a mile from the powder house. Sheriff Phips gave the soldiers the keys to the storehouse and they quickly removed the remaining powder.</p> <p>Most of the troops returned to Boston, but a small detachment marched to Cambridge and seized two artillery pieces.</p> <p>In a paper titled <em><a href="https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1967702" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">How the British Gun Control Program Precipitated the American Revolution</a></em>, historian David B. Kopel pointed out that Gage&#8217;s actions incensed the general public.</p> <p>Word of the troop movements quickly spread throughout the area, along with rumors that the British troops had fired on and killed some colonists. There were also rumors that British ships were shelling the city of Boston. In response, colonial militia quickly assembled from as far away as Connecticut and streamed toward Boston. As many as 20,000 colonists responded to the call.</p> <p>The following day, several thousand Patriots gathered in Cambridge. They forced a number of Loyalists, including Brattle, to flee for their lives. They also forced Phips to disassociate himself in writing from all government actions.</p> <p>It quickly became clear that the rumors of a hot war were false. As the facts overtook the rumors, the colonial militias returned home.</p> <p>But the threat of more British gun control was still very much on their minds and the incident sparked further action.</p> <p>On Sept. 21, Patriot leaders met in Worcester. They set up a system of communication that included express riders and alarms and organized one-third of the militia into companies called Minutemen that could be ready at a moment’s notice.</p> <p>Parliament had dissolved the Massachusetts General Assembly through one of the Coercive Acts &#8211; the Massachusetts Government Act. But the body disregarded the British decree and met on Oct. 7 in Concord. It set up a provincial congress, in the event war broke out. Prominent members included John Hancock, who was elected the President and also Chairman of the Committee of Safety that was appointed on Oct. 11. Other members included Joseph Warren, James Warren, Samuel Adams and Elbridge Gerry.</p> <p>As Kopel notes, the colonial response to the British actions sent a very clear message to British officials.</p> <blockquote><p>“If the British used violence to seize arms or powder, the Americans would treat that seizure as an act of war, and the militia would fight,” he writes. “And that is exactly what happened several months later, on April 19, 1775.”</p></blockquote> <div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span>The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/09/today-in-history-british-attempt-to-seize-gunpowder-leads-to-powder-alarm/">Today in History: British Seizure of Gunpowder Leads to “Powder Alarm”</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. 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Not as Crazy as It Sounds https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/08/not-as-crazy-as-it-sounds/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:b1cd1cca-1784-a692-de3c-49dc1bb946ac Mon, 29 Aug 2022 23:21:29 +0000 <p>Most federal infrastructure spending is unconstitutional. That sounds like crazy talk, right? But only is you think James Madison was crazy too.</p> The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/08/not-as-crazy-as-it-sounds/">Not as Crazy as It Sounds</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. <p>Most federal infrastructure spending is unconstitutional. That sounds like crazy talk, right? 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Audio/Video Founding Principles Path to Liberty Arbitrary Power Consolidation Factions Standing Armies Michael Boldin Tenth Amendment Center 29:31 Using the wisdom and warnings of the Founders, it should be pretty obvious that we don’t live in the “land of the free.” Instead, an arbitrary government that keeps growing and growing - and growing - the very definition of a tyranny. Using the wisdom and warnings of the Founders, it should be pretty obvious that we don’t live in the “land of the free.” Instead, an arbitrary government that keeps growing and growing - and growing - the very definition of a tyranny.<br /> Today in History: John Locke Born https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/08/today-in-history-john-locke-born/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:6849b019-e4b0-cfd2-4509-24eedb2244b2 Mon, 29 Aug 2022 15:20:55 +0000 <p>Locke ranks as one of the most influential political philosophers and Enlightenment thinkers. His theories on natural law, social compact theory, property, psychology, monetarism, and republicanism have had a profound effect on the development of the western world.</p> The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/08/today-in-history-john-locke-born/">Today in History: John Locke Born</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. <p>Today history, on Aug 29 1632, political philosopher and theologian John Locke was born.<span id="more-40066"></span></p> <p>Locke ranks as one of the most influential political philosophers and Enlightenment thinkers. His theories on natural law, social compact theory, property, psychology, monetarism, and republicanism have had a profound effect on the development of the western world.</p> <p>Locke believed that humanity was inherently cooperative and tended to work to the mutual benefit of individuals, which contrasted greatly with the outlook of Thomas Hobbes and Jean-Jacque Rousseau. He contended individuals were vested with liberty by their creator – as an extension of their own humanity – and that such rights were pre-political. He argued that property itself was a natural right, derived from the exertion of one’s own labor. According to Locke, government cannot “dispose of the estates of the subjects arbitrarily.”</p> <p>According to Locke, humans formed a social compact with each other in order to protect life, liberty, and property – the sole purpose of any just social arrangement. Any government that departed from this vision, he thought, could be justifiably altered and abolished – forcibly if necessary – by those who lived within it. This vision greatly influenced Thomas Jefferson, an avowed Lockean, who stressed the same in the Declaration of Independence.</p> <p>Out of the social compact theorists, Locke had by far the most influence on the founding generation in the American states.</p> <p>Historian Clinton Rossiter wrote that “Locke rode into New England on the backs of Moses and the Prophets.”</p> <p>Patriot lawyer James Otis wrote that “the authority of Mr. Locke has been preferred to all others.”</p> <p>Benjamin Franklin said that Locke was one of the “best English authors” in the fields of history, rhetoric, logic, moral and natural philosophy.</p> <p>Richard Henry Lee went as far as to describe the Declaration of Independence as a copy of Locke’s work.</p> <p>Thomas Jefferson called Locke one of the three greatest men that ever lived.</p> <div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span>The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/08/today-in-history-john-locke-born/">Today in History: John Locke Born</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. Founding Principles History John Locke Today in History Dave Benner Biden Continues to Ramp Up Illegal War in Somalia https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/08/biden-continues-to-ramp-up-illegal-war-in-somalia/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:c6e51af3-0e2b-1125-d7f6-1ec9df4dca67 Sun, 28 Aug 2022 21:35:13 +0000 <p>The Biden administration continues to ramp up military intervention in Somalia.</p> The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/08/biden-continues-to-ramp-up-illegal-war-in-somalia/">Biden Continues to Ramp Up Illegal War in Somalia</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. <p>The Biden administration continues to ramp up military intervention in Somalia.<span id="more-40052"></span></p> <p>Pres. George H.W. Bush first sent troops into Somalia in 1992, ostensibly to assist with United Nations famine relief. Feeding hungry people quickly escalated to combat operations, and the U.S. military has been fighting in the country off and on ever since.</p> <p>President Donald Trump directed a significant escalation of the long-running U.S. war in the  East African nation. In 2017, <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/30/world/africa/trump-is-said-to-ease-combat-rules-in-somalia-designed-to-protect-civilians.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">he loosened the rules of engagement</a> for the drone war in Somalia. With the shackles removed, the U.S. military executed a record number of bombing missions. In 2019, the U.S. military conducted 63 airstrikes in Somalia, the most in any single year. It followed up with 52 strikes in 2020. That compares to 42 U.S. airstrikes in that country from 2007 to 2017.</p> <p>Bombing dropped significantly after Biden took office and placed limits on drone strikes outside of active war zones. There were only five airstrikes reported in 2021. But the pause was short-lived. Last spring, Biden gave the Pentagon the green light to target about a dozen al-Shabaab leaders. This month, the U.S. military launched two bombing missions in Somalia, signaling yet another escalation in the war there.</p> <p>On Aug. 17, the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) <a href="https://www.africom.mil/pressrelease/34670/somali-us-forces-engage-insurgents-in-support-of-the-federal-government-of-somalia">announced it conducted an airstrike</a>, claiming it killed13 al-Shabaab fighters. AFRICOM said its “initial assessment” found that “no civilians were injured or killed.” While that seems reassuring, the Pentagon<a href="https://theintercept.com/2020/02/25/africom-airstrikes-somalia/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> is known for severely undercounting civilian casualties in Somalia.</a></p> <p><a href="https://news.antiwar.com/2022/08/17/us-bombs-somalia-says-13-al-shabaab-fighters-killed/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">According to AntiWar.com</a>, the most recent engagement followed on the heels of an Aug. 9 airstrike. There was also a bombing mission last month.</p> <p>The Biden administration has also re-escalated the ground war in Somalia.</p> <p>Trump pulled out most of the 650 to 800 U.S. soldiers who were on the ground in Somalia late in his term. (He was responsible for sending most of those troops into the country to begin with.)</p> <p>In May, Biden approved a request from the Secretary of Defense &#8220;to reestablish a persistent U.S. military presence in Somalia to enable a more effective fight against al-Shabaab,” <a href="https://thehill.com/policy/defense/3489821-biden-set-to-redeploy-troops-to-somalia-reversing-trump-withdrawal/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">according to a senior administration official</a>.</p> <p>In fact, Trump didn’t actually end “boots on the ground” in Somalia. U.S. soldiers were simply redeployed to neighboring countries and apparently moved in and out of Somalia on “an episodic basis,” according to the same official.</p> <p>The war in Somalia flies under most people’s radar. There is little mainstream reporting, And with no American casualties, people simply don’t care. Nevertheless, the U.S. war in Somalia exacts a human toll. According to an investigation by Amnesty International, <a href="https://www.amnestyusa.org/press-releases/africom-yet-to-compensate-somali-families-despite-casualty-admissions/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">21 civilians were killed</a> in just nine airstrikes in 2020 and 11 others were injured. According to Airwars and reported by <em>Time</em>, evidence suggests that as many as 15 Somali civilians were killed by U.S. strikes in 2020 alone.</p> <p>There is absolutely no constitutional authority for President Biden to send troops into Somalia or drop bombs in the country. Nor did Trump, Clinton, and the two Bushes before him have any authority to do the same. Congress has not declared war on that country, and the president’s role as commander-in-chief does not authorize him to initiate offensive military action.</p> <p>Constitutionally, Congress must “declare war” before the president can engage in offensive military action. As <a href="https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/05-13-02-0381" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">George Washington wrote in a letter to William Moultrie</a>, “The Constitution vests the power of declaring war with Congress, therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they have deliberated upon the subject, and authorized such a measure.”</p> <p>Instead of a declaration of war, Biden and Trump, along with Bush and Obama before them, rely on the authorization to use military force (AUMF) passed by Congress in the wake of 9/11 to justify military action across the globe, but this stretches the president’s constitutional authority far beyond the breaking point.</p> <p>In practice, these resolutions authorize the president to decide <em>if</em> and <em>when</em> he wants to take military action. The AUMF passed after 9/11 to authorize the invasion of Afghanistan remains in effect today. Bush, Obama, Trump, and now Biden have used it to justify their independent decisions to take military action across the globe, including in Somalia.</p> <p>But such AUMFs simply don’t pass constitutional muster.</p> <p>No constitutional provision authorizes Congress to transfer its delegated powers to another party, including the president. In fact, doing so violates basic legal rules of construction. In contract law, when a principal (the people) delegates power to an agent (the federal government), the agent cannot transfer its delegated power to another party without specific direction within the contract. No such authorization exists in the Constitution. So, Congress can’t legally give the president a blank slate to make decisions about war at his own discretion. Congress must make that call and make it specifically before the initiation of military action.</p> <p>Congress has never authorized military action in Somalia, as required by the Constitution. It is therefore an illegal war.</p> <div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span>The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/08/biden-continues-to-ramp-up-illegal-war-in-somalia/">Biden Continues to Ramp Up Illegal War in Somalia</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. Current Events War Joe Biden Somalia war War Powers Mike Maharrey They Never Give Power Back https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/08/they-never-give-power-back/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:38ddfa8d-7189-9815-5c7c-6c9e1dcfc0f7 Sun, 28 Aug 2022 02:35:48 +0000 <p>Personnel changes from administration to administration. And policy can shift as well. 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Audio/Video Big Government Maharrey Minute government power Melancton Smith Mike Maharrey Today in History: Revolutionary War Hero John Laurens Killed in Battle https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/08/today-in-history-revolutionary-war-hero-john-laurens-killed-in-battle/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:e900f7f1-efdd-df6e-3b4d-348941461a32 Sat, 27 Aug 2022 11:22:22 +0000 <p>Today in history, John Laurens, who was a Revolutionary War hero and a close confidante of George Washington, was killed in the Battle of the Combahee River. He was also a southerner far ahead of his time who came up with a scheme to offer some slaves the hope of freedom.</p> The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/08/today-in-history-revolutionary-war-hero-john-laurens-killed-in-battle/">Today in History: Revolutionary War Hero John Laurens Killed in Battle</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. <p>Today in history, John Laurens, who was a Revolutionary War hero and a close confidante of George Washington, was killed in the Battle of the Combahee River. He was also a southerner far ahead of his time who came up with a scheme to offer some slaves the hope of freedom.<span id="more-40049"></span></p> <p>Laurens was born in Charleston, S.C., to an affluent family on October 28, 1754. His father, Henry Laurens, was politically active and eventually served as president of the Continental Congress. The elder Laurens was also a partner in one of the largest slave trading houses in North America.</p> <p>In 1771, John Laurens moved to England with his father and received much of his formal education in that country. He also attended school in Geneva, Switzerland for two years.</p> <p>When the colonies declared independence, John Laurens returned to America, determined to join the Continental Army. With his father&#8217;s connections, John Laurens was assigned to George Washington&#8217;s staff as an aide-de-camp. He quickly became a key member of Washington&#8217;s inner circle and developed close friendships with Alexander Hamilton and Marquis de Lafayette.</p> <p>Despite being a member of Washington&#8217;s staff, Laurens served on the front lines in several battles and gained a reputation as a reckless soldier. After the Battle of Brandywine, Lafayette told John&#8217;s father &#8220;It was not his fault that he was not killed or wounded. He did every thing that was necessary to procure one or t’other.&#8221; Weeks later, Laurens was wounded in the Battle of Germantown.</p> <p>Laurens was born into the southern slave culture but he grew to despise the institution. He was likely influenced by abolitionist literature while living in England. Laurens came to believe that black and white people were inherently the same as white people and deserved the same liberties.  He also thought that the republican principles the colonists were fighting for were not compatible with slavery. He wrote, &#8220;We Americans at least in the Southern Colonies, cannot contend with a good Grace, for Liberty, until we shall have enfranchised our Slaves.&#8221;</p> <p>Laurens didn&#8217;t just talk about ending slavery; he came up with a scheme to gain at least some slaves their freedom. With his father&#8217;s influence, Laurens persuaded the Continental Congress to pass a resolution authorizing the formation of a regiment of slaves to fight against the British. In return for their service, the slaves would gain their freedom. Laurens went south in an attempt to recruit 3,000 slaves to the cause, but his efforts were stymied by the state governments in Georgia and South Carolina.</p> <p>Laurens continued to fight on the front lines, getting wounded once again during a skirmish on the Coosawhatchie River and then captured during the British victory at Charleston in May 1780.</p> <p>Laurens was released in a prisoner exchange and was sent with Thomas Paine to France where he helped secure French financing for the war. Upon his return, fought in the key American victory at Yorktown.</p> <p>Fighting continued in South Carolina even after Lord Cornwallis’ defeat. 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Antifederalists Audio/Video Founding Principles Path to Liberty anti-federalists Brutus George Clinton George Mason Melancton Smith Patrick Henry Power Ratification Debates Michael Boldin Tenth Amendment Center 12:02 During the debates over ratification of the Constitution, Anti-Federalists repeatedly warned about the dangers of too much power. One of their prominent arguments centered around the maxim that once power expands, During the debates over ratification of the Constitution, Anti-Federalists repeatedly warned about the dangers of too much power. One of their prominent arguments centered around the maxim that once power expands, people with power never seem to voluntarily give it back.<br /> Government is Your Enemy https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/08/government-is-your-enemy/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:edd43808-cc44-37b3-64f5-2ec53df34326 Thu, 25 Aug 2022 17:56:56 +0000 <p>That means you can't rely on government to protect you. The only winning strategy is to resist government.</p> The post <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/08/government-is-your-enemy/">Government is Your Enemy</a> first appeared on <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com">Tenth Amendment Center</a>. <p>That means you can&#8217;t rely on government to protect you. 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