What’s the Missouri Tenth about?
The Missouri Tenth revolves around the idea of social compact theory (expressed in the Declaration of Independence, and by Thomas Jefferson in the Kentucky Resolve), a decentralized covenantal government, and the strength of the community. We believe in personal responsibility (see our resource on True Liberty), the confidence derived through a pursuit of individual education, and fostering rational thought in decision making. Through the Articles of Confederation, the ratification ordinances of New York, Virginia and Rhode Island, the 1783 Treaty with Great Britain, and the addition of the 10th Amendment to the Constitution – Missouri Tenth believes that many of our early leaders hoped for a perpetuating, sovereign relationship between local (state) communities. Not convinced? Compare the government of 1789 with that of 2011 by checking out American Government: A simplified Guide, available through Missouri Tenth
What is the 10th Amendment?
As stated by the Bill of Rights, in the United States Constitution: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” The fear of a massive Federal Government no longer serving as a helpful partner to the people, isn’t a new concern (See The 1787 Constitutional Debates: Federal vs. Anti-Federal, available from Missouri Tenth). But, by placing the tenth amendment in the Constitution, some of our brightest thinkers hoped future Americans, through vigilance, would live unencumbered by the tyranny they fought hard to be free of. To learn more, check out American Slavery: 150 years of constitutional rejection, from Missouri Tenth.
What does “Nullification” Mean?
Nullification is a defense the state has against unconstitutional federal laws which would otherwise harm the citizens of that state. Various states throughout our history have successfully nullified Federal law. Connecticut did so by rejecting to participate in the War of 1812 (see the statement made by the Connecticut State Assembly below), and South Carolina in 1832 nullified the harmful “Tariff of Abominations”. In 1809, all of the New England States officially nullified an embargo act which they viewed as “unjust, oppressive, and unconstitutional”.
I]t must not be forgotten that the state of Connecticut is a FREE SOVEREIGN and INDEPENDENT State; that the United States are a confederated and not a consolidated Republic. The Governor of this State is under a high and solemn obligation, ‘to maintain the lawful rights and privileges thereof, as a sovereign, free and independent State,’ as he is ‘to support the Constitution of the United States,’ and the obligation to support the latter imposes an additional obligation to support the former. The building cannot stand, if the pillars upon which it rests, are impaired or destroyed
Why does Missouri Tenth discuss Biblical Law?
The preservation of our rights to law, justice, personal property and self-determination are not given through shallow interpretation, revisionist history, or societal whim – but through the unchanging, eternal truths of God’s law! Without God, human rights and injustices against them truly ends up being a topic of relativity. But some may argue that this expression is merely an attempt at entwining religion with government. Hardly. Rather, it’s one informing the other. Any government which exists or has existed, has been built upon a particular world view, such as Marxism, socialism, secularism, capitalism, dictatorship, theocracy, monarchy, etc. Through the ample evidence of historical writings, it’s clear that our founders well understood the nature of man, and the corrupting influences which could infiltrate any government. Because of this they saw the value of a Republic based not on man’s fleeting ideas, but God’s. For more information, read God and Government: A Christian Responsibility, available through Missouri Tenth.
How can you be involved?
Take time to learn as much as you can about your state government (past and present), the British government our states broke away from, and world views which influenced our founding fathers thoughts. Read biographies or autobiographies of individuals who helped build your state community, and stay informed on current events. Utilize this knowledge in polite discussions or debates, find meaningful ways to serve your community, and vote often on the state and local level. Remember: although “politics” has become a dirty word in our society – the Governmental laws of family and state are a noble, God-given pursuit designed to help us live productive, meaningful lives.
In addition, we exist out of the notion that ideas and education are some of the most powerful tools available to humanity. And because we stress this through the developing of our own helpful educational materials, we think we’re a little different than some of the other organizations out there. Through downloading our articles, reading them at your leisure, or printing them out to give to others, it’s our hope that you’ll find the confidence that knowledge brings through learning. However, as we do have a small staff, it sometimes takes a while to develop some of these resources. It may take a while, but through rational interaction, wisdom, and continued education, together we can help restore our communities one small piece at a time!