Tag Archives: James Madison

Idaho Law is Blueprint to Nullify Any New Federal Gun Control

President Obama’s eventual decision to issue executive orders for more gun control, his proposals would be practically worthless if more states enacted laws like Idaho did last year. Continue reading

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Advocates of Centralized Power Betray the Constitution

The Constitution doesn’t authorize the federal government to regulate marriage. But some people seem to be fine with the Supreme Court exercising any power, as long as it suits their agenda. Continue reading

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The War of 1861

The 1783 Treaty of Paris ended the war between the colonies and Great Britain. Its first article declared the 13 colonies “to be free, sovereign and independent states.” These 13 sovereign nations came together in 1787 as principals and created the federal government as their agent. Principals have always held the right to fire agents. In other words, states held a right to withdraw from the pact — secede. Continue reading

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Poll: Majority of Americans Support States Opting Out of Federal Programs

By Mike Maharrey for the Tenth Amendment Center A recent Rasmussen poll indicates a growing number of Americans agree with James Madison and support state refusal to cooperate with the federal government. The first key finding was that a majority … Continue reading

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The Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions with Tom Richey

Thomas Jefferson and James Madison invoke state sovereignty and the ideals of nullification in response to the Alien and Sedition Acts. Continue reading

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The Penman of the Revolution

In the liberty movement, we need less naysayers and more people like John Dickinson. Only then can we realize that the path to a free society is a painstaking and challenging one. We must follow Dickinson’s example, and contribute to the cause in ways that stretch beyond idle words. Continue reading

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The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions: Guideposts of Limited Government

Ed. Note: This most excellent essay by William Watkins, Jr. was re-published at New York State Sovereignty in 2012. We thought it should be given renewed prominence, given the renewed activity in posts relating to the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions … Continue reading

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Refuting Objections: But Nullification Isn’t In The Constitution!

Madison is not calling nullification a mere legal tool, but a natural right along with “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” It is a right which all people are born with innately and cannot be deprived of them without their consent. Continue reading

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Restoring Proper Civics Education in New York State

How will our children learn the principles of government when our schools don’t teach the lessons of Liberty? How can we expect freedom for our children when they are not instructed in its preservation? Continue reading

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James Madison: How the States Can Block Federal Gun Control

What do we do when the federal government simply ignores the Second Amendment and acts in ways that infringe on our right to keep and bear arms? Well, James Madison laid out a blueprint in Federalist 46 before the Constitution was even ratified. Continue reading

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