I created the Tenth Amendment Center (TAC) in mid-2006 and launched the website, TenthAmendmentCenter.com, in January 2007. It was my way of recognizing that it doesn't matter which political party has the power in D.C. - year in and year out, the power of the federal government continues to grow while your liberties are increasingly lost. It's essential that people in this country understand the principles that the founders and ratifiers passed on to us - that a government without limits is a tyranny.
1. Why and when did you begin the Tenth Amendment Center?
2. Why in particular is the Tenth Amendment so important?
Since the 10th defines the entire purpose of the Constitution, and very little of what's done by the federal government, in my opinion, is actually Constitutional, I'd be hard-pressed to spend less than a few hundred pages covering the horrible abuses of power that emanate from Washington D.C. Most of both foreign and domestic policy is far from the strict limitations that the Constitution requires - and far from the course of action that the founders recommended.
3. What has the government done in recent times to restrict the Tenth Amendment?
On a national level, very few in modern times have been consistent in their support of the Constitution. You'll hear good things on one issue or another, but across the board, almost no one. Ron Paul, though, is one of the few, if not the only one, that always asks the essential question of every piece of legislation - "where in the Constitution is this authority?" Courageous politicians - if such a thing exists - need to start asking that question and voting "NO!" on everything that's outside the scope of the federal government's constitutionally-delegated powers.
4. Who in politics has been a stalwart supporter of the Tenth Amendment?
Oh our goals are pretty small - we just want to empower you - and millions of others - to understand the principles of the Constitution and liberty. That way you can take that knowledge and take action.
5. What is the overall goal of the Tenth Amendment Center?
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