Category Archives: 10th Amendment

Does the United States Still Exist?

Historically, a government that can, without due process, throw a citizen into a dungeon or summarily execute him is considered to be a tyranny, not a democracy. By any historical definition, the United States today is a tyranny. Continue reading

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State Nullification Reports from Tenth Amendment Center

Courtesy of the Tenth Amendment Center: Nullify Federal Gun Control On Monday, an important Arizona Senate committee passed a bill to prohibit the state from using personnel or resources to enforce any new federal gun control measures, setting the foundation to nullify them in practice … Continue reading

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Nullify! Chapter 4: The Principles of ’98 from Thomas Jefferson and James Madison

In 1798, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison penned the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions, formally articulating the principles of nullification for the first time. Continue reading






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The Purpose of Government

The Bill of Rights — which is, of course, all about liberty — is from beginning to end a statement of what the federal government may not do, to us or to the governments of the states. Continue reading






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Nullify! Chapter 3: Theo & Alex

While James Madison wrote the most specific and complete set of instructions on how to stop the federal government without going to the federal government, he was far from the only founder to talk about states as a check on federal power. Enter Theophilus Parsons and Alexander Hamilton. Continue reading






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How Far Will New York Governor Cuomo Really Go in Overhauling Common Core?

Although the press release characterizes the common core task force report as demanding an “overhaul” of the standards, the body of the report calls for minimal change. New Yorkers shouldn’t expect big changes unless they keep pushing. Continue reading






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Nullify! Chapter 2: Four Steps to Bring Down Federal Programs

James Madison told us that using these steps together in multiple states would be extremely effective against the federal government. He wrote that doing so would “present obstructions which the federal government would hardly be willing to encounter.” Continue reading






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Syrian Refugee Policy Raises Serious States’ Rights Issue

The flood of refugees from Syria and other Middle East countries is not only a security concern, but also a fiscal burden to be shouldered by the states. Continue reading






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Nullification and the Kentucky Resolution of 1798

Because the United States was founded as a constitutional republic, Americans of all eras frequently raise concerns about federal authority that bear resemblance to debates from earlier times in our history. Continue reading






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Nullify! Chapter 1: Three Things that James Madison Did NOT Advise

From the Tenth Amendment Center, October 17, 2015 • What James Madison did NOT advise might be even more notable than what he did advise. He never told you that your first or primary strategy should include the three things … Continue reading

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