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Tenth Amendment Center
Published on Feb 27, 2018
Today is the 404th day that the GOP has failed to repeal Obamacare, but states are continuing to make moves against unconstitutional federal control. In this episode of Tenther Tuesday, Michael Boldin and Michael Maharrey talk about a bill that went to the Alabama governor's desk this week. If she signs it into law, it will encourage the use of gold a silver, and take an important step toward breaking the Fed's monopoly on money. They also talk about several other sound money bills moving forward in other states, along with legislation to promote food and health freedom and limit government surveillance.
Tenth Amendment Center | Thomas Jefferson: Can the Dead Bind the Living? tenthamendmentcenter.com • May 25, 2017
Tenth Amendment Center | Thomas Jefferson: Can the Dead Bind the Living?
tenthamendmentcenter.com • May 25, 2017
We tend to think of Thomas Jefferson a a great American constitutionalist. And of course, he was. But it’s easy to forget Jefferson’s thinking sometimes roamed beyond what we would call traditional American constitutionalism.
We find a great example of this in a letter Jefferson wrote to James Madison in September of 1789 on the subject of the popular basis for political authority. The letter was essentially an extended musing on this question: does one generation have a right to bind another?
This question is particularly poignant as the U.S. government continues to run up the national debt. It currently stands at nearly $20 trillion and growing. In all likelihood, our great, great, great grandchildren will still be burdened by this debt.
Jefferson goes to great lengths to show no generation has a natural right to bind another, and he goes as far as to call it unwise and unjust.
“But with respect to future debts, would it not be wise and just for that nation to declare, in the constitution they are forming, that neither the legislature, nor the nation itself, can validly contract more debt than they may pay within their own age, or within the term of 19. Years?”
Jefferson took his thinking a step further, writing “On similar ground it may be proved that no society can make a perpetual constitution, or even a perpetual law. The earth belongs always to the living generation.”
This letter displays the breadth and depth of Jefferson’s thinking and raises some interesting ideas we can consider today.
Tenth Amendment Center | This Week in History: The Philadelphia Convention Begins tenthamendmentcenter.com • May 20, 2017
This is today’s Tenther newsletter, which everyone in the nullification movement gets daily or weekly. Be one of them – and Become a member here to support the TAC.
Our topic for the day: The Philadelphia Convention started 230 years ago this week.
While we’ve published a great deal about what the Founders approved at the Convention of 1787, it’s just as important to understand what was proposed but did NOT get approved.
Think of it this way.
Many times, someone will claim that the feds have the power to do something that the Constitution never authorized, and they’ll even go through some legal gymnastics to prove their case.
Sometimes, however, there is a clear record of that same thing being proposed by the Founders, but rejected at the convention. In short, we tell them – “Well, you have an interesting legal argument. However, your idea was proposed by the Founders, voted on by them, and they voted it down. That means they thought about what you want the feds to do, and intentionally decided to keep that power out of the Constitution.”
While that doesn’t win over everyone, it sure does make some honest people think and even reconsider.
Today, I wanted to share with you an article by Dave Benner that introduces this idea. Commemorating the start of the Philadelphia Convention on May 14, 1787 – Dave gives a brief overview of some of the many proposals that various founders suggested – but didn’t get approved.
This is something I’d like to see TAC explore in more detail in the future, so if there are any specific topics you’d like to see us cover fully at some point, please do let us know.
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Concordia res parvae crescunt
(small things grow great by concord)
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Missouri Bill Would Ban State Support and Enforcement of Federal Gun Control “Past, Present, or Future
Rep. Jeff Pogue (R-Salem) introduced House Bill 859 (HB859) on Feb. 7. Titled the “Second Amendment Preservation Act,” the legislation would ban any person, including any “public officer or employee of state state and its political subdivisions, from enforcing any present of future federal acts, laws, executive orders, administrative orders, court orders, rules, regulations, statutes, or ordinances that infringe on the right to keep and bear arms.”