A modern-day American Revolution is brewing, known as the Nullification Movement, which is reaching its boiling point. Nullification begins with a change of mind, followed by clear, actionable steps. And it’s essential to restoring 10th Amendment protections to states whose authority have been overwhelmingly usurped by an unconstitutional and unaccountable rogue behemoth federal government. The Tenth Amendment states:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
John Adams, a Founding Father and second President of the United States, described America’s fight for independence in a similar way. He wrote to Hezekiah Niles in 1818:
But what do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American war? The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations. … This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution.”
Today’s already underway nullification movement is revolutionary because it suggests several means to turn upside down the established political order. It rejects the repetitive election cycle hand-wringing of voters vowing to “vote the crooks out” of office, only to be replaced by another version, while purporting the false choice of having to vote between “a lesser of two evils.”
The 2015 State of the Nullification Movement report chronicles this revolution and gives Americans sick and tired of being sick and tired about politics, a realistic option to implement effective, constitutional change.
The Tenth Amendment Center is one organization leading the charge to return right political power and authority to the states. Its efforts primarily focus on limiting and/or eliminating a rogue federal government’s power in the areas of:
- Right to Try,
- Hemp and Marijuana,
- Second Amendment,
- Federal Militarization of Police, and
- issues related to budget, spending, Obamacare, asset forfeiture, and Common Core.
In order to advance legislation in every state a broad coalition of organizations and individuals have partnered together to educate the public about state’s rights and the need to reduce the federal government’s power. The Tenth Amendment Center reports that “out the nearly 500 bills introduced over the last three years, we estimate that less than 5 percent of them had proper financial backing. But as we’ve seen, the Nullification Movement’s success rate is still higher.”
Why is the Tenth Amendment so important? Well-known patriots opposed signing the U.S. Constitution because they deeply distrusted government power. Patrick Henry, Samuel Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and others wanted to prevent a behemoth government that encroached on individual liberties as the British government had. “The Tenth Amendment was intended to confirm the understanding of the people at the time the Constitution was adopted, that powers not granted to the United States were reserved to the States or to the people. It added nothing to the instrument as originally ratified.” – United States v. Sprague, 282 U.S. 716, 733 (1931).
The federal government was intentionally limited by the Founders– who only delegated specific powers to three branches, and articulated authority belonged to the states and the people. Americans must return to their roots to restore power back to the states and local communities as the Founders intended. Supporting the Tenth Amendment is a significant step towards ensuring liberty and decentralizing an un-constitutional federal government.
March 15, 2016