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Aug 14, 2017

Show 1900 Tenth Amendment Center. In the Founders words. YouTube Playlist

This ACU show consists of 30 one or two minute videos from the Tenth Amendment Center playlist called “In the Founders Words”.       

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Rights are not Gifts from Government

Did you know, your rights don't come from the Constitution? Or even the Bill of Rights? Today, we’re talking about the source of your rights – and how you defend them.


Why Federalism? Thomas Jefferson's Warning

In an 1800 letter, Thomas Jefferson wrote, "Our country is too large to have all its affairs directed by a single government.”


Today, the federal government really does try to direct virtually all of our affairs - - from what our kids learn in school, to what plants we can grow in our own yards, to how much water we can have in our toilets. This is the kind of micromanaging that the founders warned us about.


The Founders and the "Dog of War"

The founders didn't trust the executive branch to exercise complete power over war.


Rights are not Gifts from Government

"To assume that government gives you rights takes you down a very dangerous path. After all, whatever government gives, government can take away."


George Washington on the Power to Declare War

"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."

-George Washington (1793)


Archibald Maclaine and Nullification

Archibald Maclaine was a well-known attorney in North Carolina, and was a leader there in opposition to the Stamp Act. He argued in favor of ratification of the Constitution and suggested nullification as a response to federal overreach.


James Madison: Federal “Infrastructure” Spending is Unconstitutional

In 1817, James Madison vetoed a federal infrastructure spending bill on the grounds that the federal government had no such power under the constitution.


The "Penman of the Revolution" - A Profile of John Dickinson

One of the most important founding fathers is someone that most people have never heard of.


When learning of his death, Thomas Jefferson wrote that John Dickinson was "Among the first of the advocates for the rights of his country" whose "name will be consecrated in history as one of the great worthies of the revolution."


James Madison on "Parchment Barriers"

"Governments don’t limit their own power, and documents can’t enforce themselves."

--Michael Boldin, Tenth Amendment Center​


General Welfare does not mean "Anything You Want"

One of the most-maligned parts of the Constitution is the so-called “general welfare" clause.


Patrick Henry: A Warning on Elections

If you’re counting on a federal politician to do what you want them to do, you’re going to be seriously disappointed. Here’s how Patrick Henry put it in a 1788 speech...


Federal, not National: These United States

During the Massachusetts ratification debates, Fisher Aims gave a stark warning that’s been totally ignored over the last 100+ years. He said a “consolidation of the States would subvert the new Constitution.”


Thomas Jefferson on Finding the Meaning of the Constitution

Today, you have all kinds of original sources just a mouse-click away. You can read the ratification debates. You have the Federalist Papers in support of the Constitution. You have essays written by opponents. With just a little effort, you can get a very clear understanding of the Constitution - right from the source.


This is exactly how Thomas Jefferson told us to do it.


Liberty: The Primary Object.

The bottom line? There is no "liberty vs safety" debate. We can only be safe when we’re free.


A Warning About Fear-Mongering to Take Liberty

Would government people ever lie to us about foreign threats as a way to get more power for themselves?


Bring this up in conversation and you’ll find most people raising an eyebrow, laughing at you, or calling for tinfoil hats. But at least one leading founding father not only thought it was possible, but considered it the norm.


Thomas Jefferson: "The Foundation of the Constitution"

To Thomas Jefferson, the Tenth Amendment was no mere formality - it was the basis for the entire Constitution. He called it "the foundation."


Surprise! Even Alexander Hamilton Made the Case for Nullification by Non-Cooperation

"Because of massive unconstitutional overreach, the federal government depends on state action to do almost everything. It needs state resources and state personnel to enforce its laws and implement it programs. By simply doing nothing, states have the power to stop federal actions dead in their tracks."

-Michael Boldin, Tenth Amendment Center


They Call us "Anti-Government"

"In a world where government spies on you, lies to you, takes and wastes massive amounts of your money, wages wars in your name, restricts your right to defend yourself… being “anti-government” isn't a bad thing. It's a badge of honor."

-Michael Boldin, Tenth Amendment Center​


James Madison Warned Against Relying on "Parchment Barriers"

"Here's the short version. Constitutions don’t enforce themselves. And governments will never limit their own power."


A Lesson from the Penman of the Revolution: Small Things Grow Great by Concord

Almost a decade before the Declaration of Independence, John Dickinson - often referred to as “the Penman of the Revolution” - gave some timeless strategic advice on how to approach government overreach.


Starting in 1767, in response to the Townshend Acts, John Dickinson wrote a series of 12 essays known as “Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania.”


In his first, he spent time discussing the last of the acts, the New York Restraining Act, which was punishment for the Assembly of New York, suspending its legislative powers for failing to fully comply with orders from the crown.


James Madison: What the Feds are Constitutionally Authorized to do

"The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite."

-James Madison, Federalist #45




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