Scott Horton Interviews Michael Boldin

Scott Horton, January 22, 2011

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Michael Boldin, founder of the Tenth Amendment Center, discusses Thomas Jefferson’s suggested response to government run amok: nullification; why a compromise agreement on raising the US debt ceiling will mean the current Republican resurgence has already fizzled out; the persistence of state medical marijuana laws despite federal government outrage and unfavorable SCOTUS rulings; why those trying to effect change within government should stick to the local and state levels; the misuse of national guard troops for foreign occupations; and provocative new state gun laws meant to skirt federal regulations and instigate a Supreme Court showdown.

MP3 here. (21:33)

Michael Boldin is the founder and executive director of the Tenth Amendment Center. Michael has a full schedule working as senior editor of the Center’s website, writes a regular column, fields media interviews, and travels the country (when invited, of course) to speak to crowds about sticking to the Constitution – every issue, every time, no exceptions, no excuses.

12 Responses to “Michael Boldin”

  1. Racist….neo-confederate….slavery….racist….neo-confederate….slavery
    I wonder if some moron is going to mention these words.

  2. But can you nullify anything really important? Can a state refuse to participate in a war, or in the Fed, or bailouts?

  3. States can limit one's freedom just as much as the national government. Read today about how one state is passing a law to make bath salts illegal because you can get high on it. Federal government hasn't gotten around to that yet. States Rights can cut both ways–to limit our freedom or to enhance it.

  4. But it's easier to leave a state than to leave the country.

  5. The federal government is out of control. It's a behemoth that arrogantly sweeps over everything that gets in its way. I agree that nullification is a valuable tool to keep in mind.

    Best regards to Michael Boldin and the Tenth Amendment Center.

  6. My only question is why the Bush administration's trampling of the Constitution for 8 years and increasing the National Debt by more than all previous Presidents combined didn't trigger the outrage we are now seeing from TeaParty'ers, strick constitutionalist, and National Debt hawks? Guess it's OK when "your guy" is doing it. Called hypocritical? And I'd bet my pension that if Mr. Boldin was President he would not strickly follow the Constitution… we got a country of "leaders" now who talk the talk but don't have the balls to walk the walk.

  7. Thanks JBD. Once a Republican is in the White House the Tenther's or whatever they are calling themselves this week will disappear as quickly as the anti-war left disappeared with the election of Obama.

  8. Exactly so. They all "hate" the government, until their grabby hands take the control. Not only that they will never repeal all the excess of the previous administration. Our REAL problem is the sneaky way foreign corporations have taken over both Congress and the White House. Cleverly named, multi-national corporations, and carrying good old american names, such as GE, GM, CocaCola, or ExxonMobil, they have long since stopped being American. They use american soil chiefly to sell their products, and they will make those products here only if the transport from overseas is too expensive. They DO NOT PAY income taxes in US, but pretend to be overtaxed. They hide their income in overseas tax shelters. They get our government contracts, have the right to buy politicians, and monopolize our market. Our small business is going nowhere, because these foreign oligarchs will not let them. Overhight, IRS can classify them as foreign corporations, and the things will change. Not only that we will have the windfall income without hurting the economy, but we will free up small business to regain market share. This is where the innovation will come from, not from the ultrarich that spend their time partying around the globe.

  9. Do a little more homework about the "bath salts".

    It is not bath salts that you buy at Walgreens to soak in.

    These are packets of stimulant chemicals–totally unrelated to bath salts–that are sold in convenience stores for $20 for a tiny amount under a false label.

    They are sold to kids to get high on, and they are deadly.

    The manufacturer can label it as "motor oil" or "apple pie" or "bath salts" but it doesn't make it so.

    Does the state of Mississippi have a legitimate interest in banning this?

  10. Probably not. Kids can get high on gasoline. Doesn't mean they should or that gasoline should be banned.

  11. Remember that back in those times the getting was good as recession was still in the future and the economic bubbly activity "floated the boats of all" (not really, but one could write the headlines at least). The nominal "opposition" (aka. "Democrats") was lying low or colluding in crimes around the clock. The perspective is different now; nose is on the brick wall and the hoi polloi starts to take some interest in the anal raping that's going on. Populists in red, brown and green come out of the woodworks. How will the cookie crumble?

  12. But gasoline isn't sold and marketed to get high on.

    This stuff is, and can be sold to 6 yr. olds.

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