Michael Boldin is the executive director of the Tenth Amendment Center, established in 2006 in response to endless attacks on liberty from both major political parties.
Want to stop the sociopaths in Washington DC?
Ron Paul told you how. Judge Napolitano is on board. Tom Woods provides intellectual firepower to back it up. And today, I’ll share six steps to get you started.
Obviously, it will take some work. But what should a liberty lover actually do? March on DC? Lobby Congress? Support a campaign in the 2016 presidential election?
Answer: No. No. And, no.
RON PAUL’S ADVICE
Ron Paul said nullification would “reverse the trend and stop the usurpation of all the powers and privileges from the states to the federal government.”
The game-plan is right in front of you. It’s nullification.
That bears repeating: if you want to stop federal thugs, Ron Paul advises you to nullify.
I can’t think of a stronger endorsement for libertarians than this powerful statement from the man who brought the principles of liberty to the mainstream.
Think about it. Nullification isn’t just an interesting theory or some historical oddity for study. It’s a method Ron Paul himself endorsed as a path to “stop the usurpation of power.” That’s serious business, and a call for you to take action.
What is nullification? In order to share a plan of action, you must first understand what nullification is. When Thomas Jefferson called it the “rightful remedy,” he didn’t specifically define it.
Editor’s note: Tom Woods has apparently made the video private, but I found it on another YouTube channel.
With the backlash against Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) still strong after his endorsement of Mitt Romney and some of his supporters taking legal action against the Republican Party, Tom Woods put together a message for Ron Paul urging him to resist pressure from GOP acolytes to toe the party line in the presidential race this fall.
In the video, Woods notes that Paul’s tendency to speak his mind, noting the first GOP debate back in 2007 where the Texan noted the problems with our foreign policy, and his ability to inspire supporters are unique qualities that set him apart from others in today’s political world. Woods also points out that an endorsement from the elder Paul probably wouldn’t help his son. He briefly takes a jab at Campaign for Liberty, Paul’s advocacy organization, for it’s failure to take on foreign policy.
In closing Woods says, “Dr. Paul, you changed the world in 2007. Don’t change it back. Just be Ron Paul and millions of us will support you”:
This Saturday, April 21st, CampusReform.org will host a webinar with Dr. Tom Woods, an economist from the Ludwing vo Mises Institute. The subject of the webinar will be “The Federal Reserve in the Financial Crisis.”
The event will be live-streamed beginning at 12:30 on Saturday from CampusReform.org and is sure to be one of interest, thanks to Rep. Ron Paul pushing the Audit the Fed bill in recent years and making the Federal Reserve a prominent part of his presidential campaigns.
Over at Reason, John Stossel chats with Thaddeus Russell, author of A Renegade History of the United States about our collective lack of knowledge about history and the benefits of living in a free society hurts us:
What liberates oppressed people? I was taught it’s often American power. Just the threat of our military buildup defeated the Soviet Union, and our troops in the Middle East will create islands of freedom.
Unlikely, says historian Thaddeus Russell, author of A Renegade History of the United States.
“As a matter of fact,” Russell told me, “in general American military intervention has increased anti-Americanism and hardened repressive regimes. On the other hand, American popular culture—what was often called the worst of our culture in many cases—has actually done more for liberation and our national security than anything that the 82nd Airborne could do.”
I told him that I thought that the Soviet Union collapsed because the Soviets spent so much trying to keep pace with Ronald Reagan’s military buildup
On the contrary, Russell said, “it collapsed from within. … People simply walked away from the ideology of communism. And that began especially when American popular culture—jazz and rock and roll—began infiltrating those countries after World War II.”
People want choices, and you can’t indoctrinate that out of them.
Which leads me to the most destructive myth about history: the idea that if we are to prosper, government must make smart plans for us. I was taught that in college, and despite the failure of the Soviet Union, many government leaders still believe it.
In case you haven’t heard, Tom Woods and Mark Levin are debating, though on their on webpages, the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s intervention in Libya. Woods argues that the intervention is contrary to the intent of the Founding Fathers, while Levin - ever the neo-conservative - cites prior precedent and funding for general security purposes as some sort of tacit authority for the president to go to war whenever he feels like it.
Woods, who took apart Levin’s arguments one by one, challenged the talk radio host to find one Founding Father to that supported going to war without the approval of Congress, which is clearly laid out in Article I of the Constitution. He didn’t, but he did resort to ad hominem attacks against Woods and libertarians.
After Levin posted his most recent response, Wood shot back:
So Mark Levin has responded to my challenge today. Did he find a Federalist who agrees with him that a president can launch a non-defensive war without consulting congress? I was a real sport — I let him look through the ratifying conventions of every single state, and I also let him cite public lectures or newspaper articles. Really anything at all. Did he find someone, anyone?
President Barack Obama made his case for his unauthorized intervention “kinetic military action” in Libya last night, which may or may not be helping al-Qaeda. And while many Democrats don’t want to admit it, he sounds much more like John Yoo, who served as George W. Bush’s Justice Department and authored memos that gave the administration its legal rationale for use of tortue, than like the man that ran as the anti-war candidate in 2008:
Mr. Obama’s exercise of war powers in Libya is firmly in the tradition of American foreign policy. Throughout our history, neither presidents nor Congress have acted under the belief that the Constitution requires a declaration of war before the U.S. can conduct military hostilities abroad. We have used force abroad more than 100 times but declared war in only five cases: the War of 1812, the Mexican-American and Spanish-American Wars, and World Wars I and II.