Archive | September, 2014

Constitution 101: Freedom of Speech and the Press, the Palladium of Liberty


Freedom of speech and freedom of the press were among the core liberties many American believed needed express protection in a bill of rights from infringement by the newly created federal government. Freedom of speech and the press find their roots in the same soil – liberty of conscience. If people have the right to […]

Viral Toddler Argument Video Perfectly Illustrates American Politics


A viral video featuring adorable toddlers arguing about the weather perfectly illustrated politics in America. “It’s sprinkling!” the little boy insists. The little girl remains unconvinced. “No, it’s raining.” So, the boy appeals to a higher authority. “My mom told me it was sprinkling, not raining.” Not to be outdone, the little girl injects her […]

133 Words or Less: You’re Shredding the Constitution


Our motto at the Tenth Amendment Center is, “Follow the Constitution, every issue, every time, no exceptions, no excuses.” The US launched yet another illegal war with no declaration by Congress. Many justify the president’s unilateral decision to bomb Syria, arguing, “It needs to be done,” or, “Every president since Roosevelt has done it.” Exceptions […]

133 Words or Less: Freedom when We Say So


A lot of Americans love freedom and liberty, until it means allowing somebody the freedom to do something they find offensive. During a recent Winter Haven, Fla. city commission meeting, Mayor John Rees had a man forcibly removed because he would not stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. The mayor first asked the man to […]

Constitution 101: The Fourth Amendment


The Fourth Amendment protects our privacy and our person from unreasonable infringement by federal agents. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly […]

133 Words or Less: Coercion for a Good Cause is Still Coercion


I saw this quote relating to universal government pre-school. Critics will dismiss these ideas as unnecessary intervention in family life, or more big government. But this is simply wrong…The real question is not the magnitude of that involvement, but the ends it serves. The ends justifies the means. Imagine you get together with two other […]

133 Words or Less: Thinking About ISIS


So, I’ve been cyphering on some question about ISIS and how the U.S. should respond. I can’t find any easy answers. These ISIS people have to know that decapitation videos spark outrage and make U.S. military intervention more likely. In fact, it seems likely that they intend for the videos to do just that. They […]

Constitution 101: The 2nd Amendment Militia


Two weeks ago, we looked at the Second Amendment and determined that it prohibited any federal infringement on the right to keep and bear arms, and that the prohibition even includes restrictions imposed while exercising legitimate federal power. This week we will look at the connection between the militia and the Second Amendment. “A well […]