A Tenther’s Guide to the Elections

ten·ther \ten-ther\  noun

  1. A person who supports the Constitution: every issue, every time, no exceptions and no excuses.
  2. Those who actively utilize the principles of decentralization to advance the cause of liberty. see alsoTenther Movement 

Ron Paul is out.  Gary Johnson and Jill Stein are not going to win.  Barack Obama and Mitt Romney represent the classic “lesser of two evils” situation.  Rocky Anderson and Virgil Goode are barely a blip on the radar.

Look, I’ve heard all the arguments in this presidential election.  A vote for anyone but Romney is a vote for Obama.  A win for Mitt means the right will go back to sleep like they were under Bush.  The lesser of two evils is still evil.  And more.

Like every other presidential election, people everywhere are shouting from the rooftops, “this is the most important vote of your lifetime!”  But, all these arguments are missing the point entirely. The 2012 Presidential election is not a make-or-break election.  America, as the Founders envisioned, has already been broken for a long, long time.

BROKEN That’s no understatement, either.  Pick a clause of the Constitution, and it has likely been violated to the point of nonexistence.  Read through the Bill of Rights and you’ll see how few of those essential liberties are truly in place today.

We live under a federal dictatorship of sorts.  Sure, you get to choose your oppressors every few years, but those people still claim the power to do plenty.  They tell you what kind of light bulbs you can own and how big your toilet can be.  They will arrest you for growing a plant in your backyard and fine you for not purchasing an insurance product.  They relentlessly spy on you, monitor phone calls and read emails.

They drop bombs wherever they want around the world – Constitutional requirements for Congressional declarations of war are now considered an anachronism.  If they don’t like your opposition to what they do, they’ll use a drone to watch your every move, then kidnap you and keep you in a secret military prison.  They call that one “indefinite detention.”

Free speech “zones,” business and environmental regulations that should be the purview of the states or the people, corporate bailouts and endless excuses for their lies, rules and failures.  It’s never-ending.   And, all the while, they keep debasing the currency in the hopes that their house of cards continues to stand.

Ole King George would have salivated at this kind of power.  But, today, some people seem to think that a simple vote every few years is all they need to do to advance the cause of the Constitution and your liberty. They’re wrong.

To find out the TOP FIVE things a Tenther can do on November 6, 2012, Please read the rest of the article at Tenth Amendment Center

  • To listen to the accompanying TAC PODCAST, please click here (opens in a new window). Podcast is 14 minutes, and 13 MB.

Read. Learn. Share.  As more people learn about constitutional principles, the more good people will take action locally, where real change can be affected.

Written by Posted with permission from Tenth Amendment Center. Michael Boldin is the founder of the Tenth Amendment Center. He was raised in Milwaukee, WI, and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. Follow him on twitter – @michaelboldin, on LinkedIn, and on Facebook.

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