The Cast

Thomas E. Woods

Thomas E. Woods, Jr. is a senior fellow of theLudwig von Mises Institute. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard and his master’s, M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is the author of eleven books, most recently Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse and Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century. His other books include the New York Times bestsellers Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse and The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, as well as Who Killed the Constitution? The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to George W. Bush (with Kevin R.C. Gutzman).  Woods has appeared on CNBC, MSNBC, FOX News Channel, FOX Business Network, C-SPAN, and Bloomberg Television, among other outlets, and has been a guest on hundreds of radio programs, including National Public Radio, the Dennis Miller Show, the Michael Reagan Show, the Dennis Prager Show, the G. Gordon Liddy Show, and the Michael Medved Show.

 

Michael Boldin

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.

While media and activists alike seemingly want to pigeonhole him into a political category, his viewpoints and positions defy the standard categories and political parties. As he often says in his speeches, “I’m no conservative, and I’m no liberal. I’m not a Democrat or a Republican. And I’m not a green or a libertarian, or a socialist or an anarchist. I’m not even an independent. All I am is me. And all I want is to live free.” Michael lives in the belly of the beast in Los Angeles, California.

 

 

Jim Babka

Jim Babka is a writer, activist, and former radio talk-show host. He currently serves as president of the Downsize DC Foundation and DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

Downsize DC is a policy advocacy organization which aims to limit the size of government in the United States through awareness and petitioning.  It was founded by two-time Libertarian presidential candidate Harry Browne, his former campaign staff members Perry Willis and Jim Babka, and former National Chair of the Libertarian Party Steve Dasbach.

From the Downsize DC website: We believe the federal government has grown too centralized, too intrusive, and too expensive. We believe in constitutional limits, smaller government, civil liberties, federalism, and low taxes. We want to end laws and programs that don’t work, cause harm, and violate the Constitution. We want to restore the full force of the 9th and 10th amendments, which reserve most social functions to the people and the states.

 

Debra Medina

Debra Medina is a grassroots activist who ran an aggressive campaign for the Republican nomination for Governor of Texas.  She is the founder of We Texans.

Debra Medina is a true conservative and has been active in the Republican Party for 17 years. She has been married to her husband Noe for 27 years, and they have homeschooled and raised two children into responsible adults. She has served as the Wharton County Republican Party Chair and served as the Campaign for Liberty Texas state coordinator. Debra is also the founder and CEO of Prudentia Inc., a medical consulting firm.

We Texans is chartered as a non-profit, non-partisan organization promoting public policy and legislation that advances and protects private property, personal and economic liberty, and the legitimate role of the states and their citizens within the framework of constitutional government. Through education and activism, We Texans will engage in research and analysis and strive to return accountability and freedom-minded principles, in accordance with the Texas and U.S. Constitutions, to the Texas legislature and her citizenry.

 

Art Thompson

Art Thompson is the Executive Director of the John Birch Society.  He joined the Society in May, 1964 and rose through “the ranks” becoming a successful Area Coordinator for The John Birch Society in the 1970′s. He left the staff to go back into business in 1981 and returned to the staff again in the 1990′s.

Art has also served on his small town City Council, as the chairman of his local Chamber of Commerce, as an official and an elector for the Republican Party, and as a local leader in the state of Washington for the Christian Coalition. He also served as an officer in the Select Reserve Force of the Army and National Guard.

Art has held virtually every volunteer and staff position in the Society, including National Director of Development and Communications and National Director of Field Activities. For several years, he represented the Society in a variety of media events, including appearing on “60 Minutes,” and was for a short time on our Speakers Bureau.

 

Charles Goyette

Charles Goyette is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Dollar Meltdown: Surviving the Impending Currency Crisis with Gold, Oil, and Other Unconventional Investments.  Charles spent many years as an award-winning and popular Phoenix radio personality. Admired for his “Fearless Talk Radio,” Charles was named Best Phoenix Talk Show Host by the New Times.

Because of his insistence on holding all poiticians – regardless of party - accountable to the same strict standards, Charles was widely known as “America’s Most Independent Talk Show Host.”

His years of experience as a financial professional have served his listeners well as he sounded the alarm about the mortgage bubble well in advance of the calamity and described the consequences of the governments reckless economic behavior in his clear, easy to understand manner.  Charles is no newcomer to the national economic debate. In fact, more than 25 years ago Charles arranged for a then little-known Texas Congressman named Ron Paul to be the keynote speaker at a series of monetary conferences he hosted.

Goyette has often been called on to share his views with television audiences nationally on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, CNBC and Fox Business Channel, including on the Glenn Beck Show and The O’Reilly Factor with Bill O’Reilly on Fox News; NOW with Bill Moyers on PBS; and on Lou Dobbs Tonight on CNN, where he repeatedly warned before the current turmoil the “economic calamity the Republicans and Democrats” were creating.

He has written for a number of magazines including The American Conservative and Gannett magazines, and for LewRockwell.com, CNBC.com, WorldNetDaily.com, and TheStreet.com.

Stewart Rhodes

Stewart Rhodes is the founder and President of Oath Keepers. He was born in Fresno, CA and comes from a family of hard working migrant farm workers (of Mexican and Apache Indian decent) on his mother’s side, and hard working Midwest farmers, horsemen, and GM auto workers on his father’s side. Both sides of his family have a long tradition of military service. During WWII his Grandfather on his mother’s side was a B-17 ball turret belly gunner, and his Grandfather on his father’s side of the family served as an Army infantryman in the Battle of the Bulge. Nearly all of his uncles on both sides of the family served in the Army or Marine Corps during WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, and his father served as a Marine.

Following the family tradition, Stewart joined the Army straight out of high school at age eighteen, attending Basic, AIT and Jump School at Ft. Benning, GA and then serving as a paratrooper (11B1P Airborne Infantry) stationed first at Ft. Bragg, NC and then at Ft. Lewis, WA, where he served in a long range Airborne scout company for the 9th Infantry Division until disabled in a rough terrain parachuting accident during a night jump. (jump #36!)

After the Army, Stewart graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where his honor thesis focused on the political theory of James Madison. While attending UNLV, Stewart taught rape prevention and street crime survival as a volunteer instructor for the UNLV Jean Nidetch Women’s Center. He also worked as a professional sculptor and as a Nevada State certified concealed carry firearms instructor. After college he worked on Rep. Ron Paul’s (R, TX) DC staff.

Stewart graduated from Yale Law School in 2004, where his paper “Solving the Puzzle of Enemy Combatant Status” won Yale’s Judge William E. Miller Prize for best paper on the Bill of Rights. He assisted teaching U.S. military history at Yale’s History Department, was a Yale Research Scholar, and is now writing a book on the dangers of applying the laws of war to the American people (with partial support from a modest but gracious grant from Yale Law School). After law school he clerked for the Arizona Supreme Court and then served as a small town Montana criminal defense (including contract public defender) and general practice lawyer. He has served in a pro bono capacity on several gun rights cases before federal Courts of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court. While practicing law in Montana, he also served as a volunteer fire-fighter ( practicing what he preaches).

After founding Oath Keepers, Stewart has appeared on dozens of nationally syndicated radio shows, on scores of local radio shows across the country, and has appeared on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, on Fox News’ The Factor with Bill O’Reilly, and on CNN Special Reports.

 

Sheriff Richard Mack

Sheriff Richard Mack is an Author/speaker and former sheriff Richard Mack has served in a wide variety of roles over the course of his nearly twenty year career in law enforcement, which began in Provo, Utah. Mack began his career with the Provo Police Department as a parking enforcement cadet while attending BYU. A couple of years later he became a full-time officer and was soon promoted to Corporal, Sergeant, and Detective. His most traumatic experience there was a one-year assignment as an undercover narcotics agent. After nearly 11 years at Provo PD, Mack decided to return to his childhood turf in Arizona and run for Graham County Sheriff. His campaign took off and he was elected in 1988.

He was sheriff for two terms until 1997. He was named Elected Official of the Year by the Arizona-New Mexico Coalition of Counties in 1994, received the NRA Law Officer of the Year, inducted into the NRA Hall of Fame, 1995 Cicero Award, Samuel Adams Leadership Award from the Local Sovereignty Coalition, and Gun Owners of America Defender of the Second Amendment Award. During his tenure, federal officers informed the sheriffs of the state that they would be required to enforce the so-called “Brady Bill” and run background checks at their expense under the law.

In 1994, Mack and six other sheriffs from across the country, challenged the constitutionality of the Brady Bill and ultimately, fought it all the way to the United States Supreme Court, where they won a monumental decision for freedom. Three years later, in a landmark 5-4 split decision based on the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, Mack won his case.

A graduate of the FBI National Academy, some of Mack’s positions include: patrol officer, undercover narcotics officer, hostage negotiator, youth officer, school resource officer, communications supervisor, corporal, front desk sergeant, detective, sheriff, Search and Rescue supervisor, jail administrator, and DARE instructor.

Mack has been a consultant on numerous cases regarding police abuse, brutality, and other misconduct by public officials. He has joined with other members of the law enforcement community to speak out in favor of drug policy reform. A graduate of Brigham Young University, Mack lives with his wife and family in Safford, Arizona.

 

Kevin Gutzman

Kevin R. C. Gutzman’s first book was the New York Times best-seller The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution, an account of American constitutional history from the pre-Revolutionary days to the present.  This work is unique in joining the fruits of the latest scholarship, a very readable presentation, and a distinctly Jeffersonian point of view.   His second book,Virginia’s American Revolution:  From Dominion to Republic, 1776-1840, explores the issue what the Revolutionaries made of the Revolution in Thomas Jefferson’s home state.  Most recently, he joined with New York Times best-selling author Thomas E. Woods, Jr., author of the current best-sellerMeltdown, in authoring Who Killed the Constitution?  The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to Barack Obama.

Gutzman has edited new editions of John Taylor of Caroline’s Tyranny Unmasked and New Views of the Constitution of the United States, and his essay “Lincoln as Jeffersonian:  The Colonization Chimera” appeared in editor Brian Dirck’s collection Lincoln Emancipated:  The President and the Politics of Race.

Kevin’s writing has appeared in The Journal of American History, The Journal of Southern History, The Journal of the Early Republic , The Review of Politics, The American Conservative, National Review, Modern Age, Human Events, The University Bookman, Publius:  The Journal of Federalism, World Net Daily, Military History, The Charleston Post and Courier, The Journal of the Historical Society, LewRockwell.com, TakiMag.com, and many, many other publications.  He has also written essays in 21 historical encyclopedias.

Gutzman has appeared on well over 100 radio programs, including syndicated shows such as The Michael Medved Show, the Janet Parshall Show, the Curtis Sliwa Show, and multiple programs on Air America, on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Mike Church Show (including as guest host), as well as on C-SPAN 2′s “BookTV,” CNN’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” and Fox News’s “The Glenn Beck Program.” He has also been interviewed by reporters from the AP, the Washington Times, the Philadelphia Enquirer, the Washington Post, and the New York Times.

Kevin Gutzman has served as technical advisor to two documentary CDs and one feature film project. In addition, he was a featured expert in the documentary film “John Marshall: Citizen, Statesman, Jurist.”

 

Bryce Shonka

Bryce Shonka is the deputy director of the Tenth Amendment Center. A long-time personal friend and political traveler with Boldin, he officially joined the TAC team in early 2009, dedicated to taking on every federal violation of the constitution – not just the ones that appealed to one political party or another. He started as the media and grassroots director for the Center and still maintains an active relationship with that role, spending countless hours in outreach with groups and reporters alike.

As deputy director, Bryce fills his days doing “just about everything” to advance the 10th Amendment movement – from working with activists, developing relationships with sponsors and donors, using his professional training as an audio engineer to help produce quality content for the Center, and everything in between.

 

Mike Maharrey

Mike Maharrey is the Communications Director for the Tenth Amendment Center. He earned a B.A. in Mass Communications and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. He has covered local and state politics for several publications in both Kentucky and Florida, and won two Kentucky Press Association awards as a sports writer in 2009. Mike currently produces web content for a Lexington television station.

A native Kentuckian and an adopted Floridian, Mike currently lives in Lexington with his wife and three children. A long time hockey player, he is equally passionate about protecting and preserving the Constitution and keeping pucks out of his net on the ice.

 


Robert Scott Bell

Robert Scott Bell is the host of the Robert Scott Bell radio show on the GCN and Natural News radio network.  Each week Robert Scott Bell empowers his listeners with healing principles that can aid in physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, economic and yes even political healing!

Robert hosts the fastest two hours of healing information on radio, dealing with everyday health issues from the perspective of alternative/holistic health care. Robert Scott Bell tackles the tough issues and shows no fear when confronting government and corporate bullies who would stand in the way of health freedom.

You will be amazed by the amount of information about healing that is kept secret from you and what you can do to learn more about it! Robert Scott Bell is a homeopathic practitioner with a passion for health and healing unmatched by anybody on radio.

He personally overcame numerous chronic diseases using natural healing principles and has dedicated his life to revealing the healing power within all of us.

 

Jason Rink

Jason Rink is a contributing author of “Ron Paul: A Life of Ideas,” the biography of Congressman Ron Paul, and the author of ”Disciple of Liberty: Seven Priorities of a Christian Patriot.“  His work has also been featured on the anti-war, anti-state, pro-market website Lewrockwell.com.

He has appeared as a guest on FOX Business Channel’s “America’s Nightly Scoreboard” , the FOX News program “On The Record with Greta Van Susteren,” and “Freedom Watch” with Judge Andrew Napolitano.

Jason is a former pastor and church planter.  He is one of the founders of the Ohio Freedom Alliance, and Ohio Liberty Council. Currently, he is the Executive Director of The Foundation for a Free Society, a 501c3 non-profit, educational organization in Austin, Texas.