How To Get Involved in the Tenth Amendment Movement and Help Resist Government Tyranny

(from Atlas Shrugged)

by Diane Rufino, October 18, 2021

Author of the excellent book, The Un-Civil War: Shattering the Historical Myths,” Leonard “Mike” Scruggs has analyzed a large national poll taken four months ago, back in June, 2021, that reveals “a jaw-dropping 66 percent of Southern Republicans indicated a willingness for their State to secede from the United States and join other seceding States.” That is an increase of 16 points in just six months after the last such poll was taken.

Let’s face it, the government in DC is not just a swamp full of ambitious progressive rogue officials, drivers of policy and schemes, but it, plain and simple, has become the enemy of the people. The colonists thought the tyranny they were plagued with by the British King and Parliament was so intolerable that they rightfully decided to publicly declare their political separation (ie, secession) from Great Britain. And then, of course, they fought for and earned their independence with the American Revolution. The tyranny of our current federal government is far worse. What are our options? According to the poll, the same extreme option that was available to the colonists CAN be available to us.

We know this is true because as of November 2016, Americans began to feel a sense of optimism with the promises made by presidential candidate Donald Trump. And he fulfilled all of his promises, going above and beyond what other presidents have been able to achieve. Every day and at every turn, President Trump was met with contempt and harassment from Democrat leaders in Congress, people in pink vagina hats, schemes hatched with the Hillary Clinton campaign, the DNC, the FBI, and CIA, the media, and big tech to mock, harass, defame, destroy, demonize, delegitimize, and derail him from the task at hand – to make America Great Again and to put Americans First. When America indeed became great again under Trump, when taxes and regulations were cut, when businesses began to grow and there were so many jobs created that there weren’t even enough people to fill them, when he put needed and common-sense policies in place (including curbing illegal immigration, building the border wall, and re-negotiated trade agreements, getting out of NAFTA and withdrawing from the Paris Accord), when our presence on the global stage returned to one of respect and fear, when he attended the National March for Life in DC (the first President to do so), when he treated Americans as equals (ignoring the color of their skin and making life better for all), and when he intentionally nominated pro-life conservative judges to the Supreme Court (which were confirmed), the left went crazy… in a bad, destructive way, of course. While Trump was in office, the country achieved an almost “golden age” and that could not be tolerated by the progressive left. It was at that time, at the height of America’s rebirth that Democrats hatched their plan to subvert the 2020 election to get Trump out of office. Imagine, government leaders who were so incensed and so angry that America was finally being so prosperous, that her citizens were doing so well (getting jobs and getting off government assistance), and that she was finally back to her status of fear and respect around the globe that they wanted to reverse it all !!!  Talk about traitors. When a political party powerful enough to pull off a coup d’etat wants the country to go back to the dreadful days of Jimmy Carter (lousy economy, gas shortages, Iran hostage situation which he blundered) and intentionally puts policies in place to do exactly that, we know without a doubt that we are living in a deplorable tyranny

When a political party, with its obsession with race (because it is politically expedient to divide Americans along racial lines), its socialist platform, and its radically progressive educational indoctrination agenda, unquestionably pushes our country down the path towards a Marxist cultural revolution, we have to ask why they hate the United States so much.

 I remember being in DC on the morning of Trump’s inauguration. In his inaugural address, he delivered this very memorable Jeffersonian message:

Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning, because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another, or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people.

For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government, while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered, but the jobs left and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs, and while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land. That all changes, starting right here and right now, because this moment is your moment — it belongs to you. It belongs to everyone gathered here today, and everyone watching, all across America. This is your day. This is your celebration, and this, the United States of America, is your country.

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th, 2017 will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country, will be forgotten no longer. Everyone is listening to you now. You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement, the likes of which the world has never seen before. At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction, that a nation exists to serve its citizens. Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves. These are just and reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public, but for too many of our citizens a different reality exists.

We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny. The oath of office, I take today, is an oath of allegiance to all Americans. For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidized the armies of other countries, while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military. We’ve defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own. And spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas, while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay. We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon. One by one, the factories shuddered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind. The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed all across the world.

But that is the past, and now we are looking only to the future. We assembled here today our issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power, from this day forward: a new vision will govern our land, from this day forward, it’s going to be only America first. America first.

Gene Kizer writes, in his recent article “Polls Show Mounting Support for State Secessions”:

Our country today has become a tyranny with serious problems that can not be tolerated much longer. Chief among them is censorship by Google, Facebook and Twitter, all in unconstitutional collusion with the federal government. When they can de-platform the president of the United States, Donald Trump, and deny his communication with half of the country that still supports him, they can do anything. Big Tech thinks IT is sovereign rather than the people. A tiny handful of Big Tech lefties in one-party California cannot be allowed to control the information of the 200,000,000-plus Republican and Independent Americans who despise them.

When the federal government tells Facebook to censor COVID information because it doesn’t fit the left’s paranoid political narrative, that is the same as the federal government censoring information and speech, which is unconstitutional.

Think about Democrat governance. In many Democrat big cities they have decriminalized theft so thieves brazenly walk into pharmacies like CVS and load up what they want then walk out. As a result, pharmacies are closing left and right in those places. There will soon be none for law-biding citizens to use. What’s next?

If you walk across town in blue state big cities and aren’t murdered, raped or robbed before getting to your destination, be careful not to step in human feces or get a syringe needle from a junkie living across the street from your children’s school stuck in your foot.”

Society is collapsing. In most cases, it is going backwards. Too many groups of people are not becoming more civilized, as one would expect in a country as blessed as the United States, but rather are devolving into animals and barbarians. Those on the right see this for what it is – the result of Democrat policies of victimhood and dependence. Those on the left see this as a good sign – that it will eventually lead to some sort of utopia, as Mr. Kizer suggests.

Kizer continues:

The only thing Democrats care about is their own power and wealth. We saw that in the Kavanaugh hearing. They offer nothing to Americans in general except anti-white hatred and racism. They don’t even care about the black people they purport to love. They use black people. Defunding the police harms poor blacks in inner cities more than anybody.

We want free speech and the government out of our lives. We want a reliable press and tech companies that allow all information to flow so we can make up our own minds about everything. We don’t need some liberal pissant in California telling us what to think.

If we have another stolen election because of Democrat Party corruption with mail-in ballots, ballot harvesting, no monitors, etc. (see the Texas lawsuit filed in the U.S. Supreme Court shortly after the 2020 election), states will take action and may secede.

We have 50 powerful states in our Union. Any one of them could stand on its own (maybe not California though). There are many small countries on the planet where people govern themselves democratically and are happy and prosperous.

If states ever did secede, or if there is another stolen election (or elections we cannot trust), states WILL secede and they should. Who the hell wants to live in a leftist tyranny with dopey California liberals in charge of our magnificent country? They can’t even keep the electricity on out there. Their hypocritical leaders step in human feces as they go maskless, ignoring their own mandates that they force on the subjects they rule.

Secession is an extreme solution to government tyranny but one that is certainly on the table. The Declaration of Independence itself was a secessionist document. Like the thirteen original states did with the Declaration of Independence, the southern states adopted their declarations of secession in 1860-61 to separate and secede from their union with the northern states, a union that clearly wasn’t working. One thing is for certain: If states ever did secede, and the red states formed their own constitutional republic, they would use most of the current US Constitution as is, but most likely will add an additional set of assurances to include: (1) a statement that all persons, regardless of race, creed, former nationality, gender, are absolutely equal in their humanity and to be treated as such,  (2) a provision that would actually mandate that the government remain within constitutional limits, (3) a requirement that the government serve the people and require that each bill proposed be clearly tied to a power delegated to the government by the Constitution, and (4) a provision that would provide penalties for violations (including recall by the people). The new constitution would be written in clear and concise fashion so that it will be crystal clear to interpretation by the federal courts.  [In the Addendum, I have cut and pasted the additional suggestions made by Gene Kizer Jr in his article for the amending of the original US Constitution. Reference is given to his article and I hope everyone will read it]. 

We would make our guiding principle a colorblind meritocracy and put it in law. We would be like America before the Democrat Party became Marxist Communist with the delusion that the American public will roll over and let them rule us.

Thomas Jefferson reminded the States of a solution that was actually built into our system of government (our federal, or bifurcated system of government power) – a solution that usually goes by the general term “States’ Rights.” The dual nature of our system – sovereign powers split between the States and the federal government, where each checks the other in order to keep them from usurping the powers of the other. This is federalism. This is the Tenth Amendment. This is our most powerful of checks and balances on the government in DC. The power of the States to effectively check the government when it becomes abusive, unconstitutional, tyrannical is referred to as “Nullification and Interposition” (which I’ll describe in more detail below). These remedies were termed “The Rightful Remedies” by Jefferson and James Madison.

The question is: Is the present tyranny only temporary?  Will there be another stolen election and hence further transformation of our country?  Or will Donald Trump return to the White House to save us?  If we don’t believe the country we love will be returned to us, then we must take the current national poll seriously. Tensions are rising and rising quickly. Frustration is certainly at an all-time high.

Does anyone believe that if States dare to stand up to the federal government that it will retaliate and send in armed forces to invade them and subjugate them, as it did during Lincoln’s war?  That would be a BIG mistake

And that is what I want to finish this article up with – the Tenth Amendment and the Tenth Amendment movement.

A lady named Julie wrote me and asked how she could get involved in the Tenth Amendment Movement.  Here is how I responded to her:

Thanks for writing.

My name is Diane Rufino and I live in Greenville, NC (Pitt County). Back in 2003 or so, I was the Associate Director of the North Carolina Tenth Amendment Center. After about 2-3 years, Michael Boldin (founder and director of the Tenth Amendment Center, TAC) decided to centralize the group and run it that way.  I run my groups now here in Pitt County. How far away is Polk County from Pitt ?

How would you like to get involved?  I want to help in every way possible. The Tenth Amendment Movement is all about States’ Rights and State power.  Our system of government, as you probably know, was based on a 2-track, or dual sovereignty design – The States and the federal government, two sovereigns, each with a domain of power and legal authority. This is our unique founding principle known as “Federalism.” The Constitution (drafted and adopted by the States, the parties to the document) sets out the express powers of the federal government, with all other powers (termed “state police powers” or “reserved powers”) to remain with the individual states.  The Tenth Amendment re-states this power structure. 

Each sovereign was intended to be jealous guardians over its sphere of power and therefore protective and reactive when the other attempts to usurp its reserved powers. The Federal structure – federal government vs. the States – is so very important. It is the last and most critical of our checks and balances on government.  The strongest adversary of the government (if you look at it as an adversarial system) are the States. They were intended, and I hope they still can be, the powerful sovereigns strong enough to counter the evil designs of the federal government. And there are remedies when each sovereign violates this structure (except that the government believes it to be all-powerful and can do whatever it wants). For example, there is the federal court system (which, as we all know, does not “strictly interpret” the Constitution and has subsidized the government’s view of its powers) and so it is usually unreliable. And then there are the doctrines of nullification and interposition. Acts of Congress, executive orders, government policies, government agencies, and federal court rulings which exceed enumerated delegated powers are “unconstitutional,” are “null and void” from their inception (because they lack the requisite legal authority) and therefore are unenforceable on a free people (which I assume we still are, although most days I doubt it). That’s Nullification. As the “enforcement” arm of the Tenth Amendment (which restates that the States have all powers not expressly delegated to the federal, or common, government; = “reserved powers”), nullification is the “Rightful Remedy” (in Thomas Jefferson’s own words) to push back against the abuse and usurpations of government. But Nullification alone is not enough. The state MUST also do all that is necessary, action-wise, to prevent the enforcement of such unconstitutional federal acts within its jurisdiction (the entire state). They must forbid federal agents from coming into the state to enforce the law, policy, etc. They must absolutely prohibit any state office, personnel, law enforcement agency, jail system, judge, courtroom from being used to help effect its enforcement. For example, as soon as Barack Obama was inaugurated, he had his Homeland Security Department secretary, Janet Napolitano, issue new guidelines for homegrown terrorism. Do you think it mentioned radical Islamists? Drug lords and human traffickers? Black Lives Matter type organizations? No, it targeted conservatives and conservative organizations (people, who in times of trouble, “cling to their religion and their firearms” – religious folks, veterans, gun control opponents, tea party types (constitutionalists). The essence of that document was that if any group of people posed a threat to the safety and security of the United States, it was the conservatives. According to Obama, they/ we are to be considered “domestic terrorists.” Imagine that?  Just like with his IRS department, he weaponized it to go after his political opponents, in the hope of scaring them, silencing them, and shutting them down so that he would be successful when he ran in 2012. Were those guidelines “unconstitutional”?  ABSOLULTELY.  One just has to read the Declaration of Independence and the 14th Amendment. Homeland Security sent that 2009 Set of Guidelines (Confronting Radical Extremism” – or something to that effect) to every law enforcement agency and office – state and local. Since it was unconstitutional, each state (according to Thomas Jefferson and the Constitution) SHOULD have officially declared it so and REFUSED any of its law enforcement agencies and offices to accept and adopt it. That would be the proper Tenth Amendment (“nullification & interposition”) response. 

Anyway, that’s an overview of the Tenth Amendment and what the Tenth Amendment Center and the Tenth Amendment Movement is all about. We NEED to push these founding principles with our state legislators. I have been doing it since about 2003-2004. I’ve had Rep. Skip Stam tell me I’m a fool (even though I, like him, am an attorney with plenty of other degrees along with it) and House Speaker Thom Tillis put his hand up to my face to shut me up. If we can’t get our state of North Carolina to stand up and be the state it needs to be and if we can’t get her to do what it was designed to do which is to push back against federal tyranny, then we have no hope of getting our country back to good. I would suggest that if you are too far away from Pitt County, that you start a group in your county of Polk devoted to such constitutional principles, and push, push, push these principles with our state representatives. 

Again, let me know how I can help. 

If you search on my blogsite:  for “Nullification,” you’ll see I’ve written plenty on the subject.  I would also recommend reading two articles that I’ve written this year:  “A RE-DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE’ and “SOLUTIONS FOR AMERICA: How to Preserve the Constitution and This Land of Liberty Our Founding Fathers Gave Us.”  

Most Sincerely,

Diane Rufino


Full Transcript of Donald J. Trump’s Inaugural Address (January 20, 2017) –

Leonard “Mike” Scruggs (with an introduction by Gene Kizer Jr, “Polls Show Mounting Support for State Secessions…”, Charleston Athenaeum Press, October 21, 2021.  Referenced at:

ADDENDUM:  (Some Additional Suggestions for an Amended Constitution, by Gene Kizer Jr.)

Here are other things we could put in our red state constitution to keep our country free:

1).  Strong anti-monopoly laws that would never ever allow a Google, Facebook or Twitter to arise. No company can ever censor our people. We want the innovation from vigorous competition always. WE WILL HAVE FREE SPEECH ALWAYS.

2).  Laws forbidding cancel culture so that if somebody cancels a person because of their political beliefs, the canceler can be sued into bankruptcy immediately. NO MORE CANCEL CULTURE. Let the blue states have it.

3).  Guaranteed equal justice under the law. We are supposed to have that now but we don’t. The Democrat Party has politicized everything in America including the criminal justice system. Democrats get off while Republicans rot in solitary confinement. Violent rioters burning cities in 2020 got off while non-violent trespassers on January 6 in the capital who were let in, in many cases, and mingled in a friendly way with Capital police, rot in solidary confinement.

There are trials for every policeman who shoots a black person committing a crime but no trial for the murder of Ashli Babbitt, an unarmed 120 pound woman, a United States Air Force war veteran who was not even warned before being murdered.

4).  Strong laws against FBI and federal government corruption that led to the fraudulent Steele dossier which hamstrung a United States president for three years with the Mueller Investigation. In other words, Hillary Clinton would be in jail for a long time and so would Christopher Steele.

5).  No racist affirmative action quotas. Everybody competes on an equal footing. No punishment of people alive today for something their ancestors were supposed to have done 150 years ago. That is a shakedown of monumental proportions. We are all equal today. If you have a problem, get more education. Get help somewhere. Everybody competes on a level field.

6).  Strong laws to prevent the federal government from ever becoming as corrupt as it is today with its deep state. No labor unions in the federal government. No federal employees doing labor union business for the Democrat Party while on the clock as federal employees.

7).  Strengthen the Tenth Amendment empowering states over the federal government. Limit tax flow to the federal government. No federal grants to study the sex life of the Ukrainian fruit fly.

8).  National defense in the red states will be no problem since 44% of the United States military today comes from the South. Red state folks are patriotic and will serve, defend and die just like our ancestors did in the War Between the States when they were outnumbered four to one and outgunned 100 to one. Southerners still killed a like number of Yankees in a war that killed 750,000 and maimed over a million out of a population of 31 million.

9).  Encouragement of states to pass monument protection laws so that 100 year old monuments are not allowed to be destroyed by mobs. Encourage more monuments to be built if need be but never ever do like ISIS, the Taliban and Democrat Party and destroy monuments to forebears.

10).  Encourage the teaching of a comprehensive history of slavery which would start with blacks in Africa selling other blacks into slavery, then put the blame on the British and New Englanders who carried on most of the slave trade so much so one can argue that the entire infrastructure of the Old North was built on profits from the slave trade. Boston and New York were the largest slave trading ports on the planet in 1862, during the War Between the States, 54 years after the slave trade had been outlawed by the U.S. Constitution.

11).  Absolute security of all borders so that we can not have an invasion like the one orchestrated by Biden and Obama to change the U.S. electorate to the skin colors favored by racist Democrats, which is anybody but white people.

12).  No teacher union monopolies that stifle education and indoctrinate students with Marxist socialist Communist ideology with Democrats in charge.

13).  School choice for everybody. Source:  Leonard “Mike” Scruggs (with an introduction by Gene Kizer Jr, “Polls Show Mounting Support for State Secessions…”, Charleston Athenaeum Press, October 21, 2021.  Referenced at:

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I'm originally from New Jersey where I spent most of my life. I now live in North Carolina with my husband and 4 children. I'm an attorney
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1 Response to How To Get Involved in the Tenth Amendment Movement and Help Resist Government Tyranny

  1. Wes Sumner says:

    Thank you, Diane, for a well-thought blog. I’m going to make sure my family and friends read it!

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