Sunday, December 15, 2013

December 15--Bill of Rights Day, 222 Years

Celebrate it by learning to enforce the whole constitution.  Advice from James Madison.

The Tenth Amendment Center, December 15, 2013
222 years ago today, the Bill of Rights was given "life."  But it has no meaning if we just talk about it one day each year.   For us at the TAC, Bill of Rights Day is every day.  And our goal is to educate people on how to enforce the entire Constitution.

Today, we encourage you to read, learn and share - James Madison's wisdom:
A good place to start in determining how to enforce the Constitution is with the guy who’s commonly referred to as the “Father of the Constitution.”  While there’s some debate that James Wilson was actually far more fitting of that title, Madison was obviously quite influential.
The essential question: When the federal government violates the constitution, what do you do about it?
Here’s what Madison had to say in Federalist #46. The Influence of the State and Federal Governments Compared:

“Should an unwarrantable measure of the federal government be unpopular in particular States, which would seldom fail to be the case, or even a warrantable measure be so, which may sometimes be the case, the means of opposition to it are powerful and at hand. The disquietude of the people; their repugnance and, perhaps refusal to cooperate with officers of the Union, the frowns of the executive magistracy of the State; the embarrassment created by legislative devices, which would often be added on such occasions, would oppose, in any State, very serious impediments; and were the sentiments of several adjoining States happen to be in Union, would present obstructions which the federal government would hardly be willing to encounter.”

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