Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century

Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century

Language: English

Pages: 309

ISBN: B0057D8U2U

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Citizens across the country are fed up with the politicians in Washington telling us how to live our lives—and then sticking us with the bill. But what can we do? Actually, we can just say “no.” As New York Times bestselling author Thomas E. Woods, Jr., explains, “nullification” allows states to reject unconstitutional federal laws. For many tea partiers nationwide, nullification is rapidly becoming the only way to stop an over-reaching government drunk on power. From privacy to national healthcare, Woods shows how this growing and popular movement is sweeping across America and empowering states to take action against Obama’s socialist policies and big-government agenda.

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Constitutionalism,” Review of Politics 66 (Summer 2004): 491. 30. Gutzman, Virginia’s American Revolution, 86. 31. Ibid. 32. James Madison, who unlike Randolph and Nicholas was never an attorney general and was not even a lawyer, wrote to a friend at the time that these conditions would have no legal force. He was wrong. As Professor Gutzman puts it, “Charity compels one to blame this misstatement on [Madison’s] ignorance of the law of contracts and of treaties.” Kevin R. C. Gutzman, “On

Community: A Study in the Ethics of Order and Freedom (New York: Oxford University Press, 1953), 98. 4. For the discussion of federative polities and modern states I am deeply indebted to Donald W. Livingston, “The Founding and the Enlightenment: Two Theories of Sovereignty,” in Vital Remnants: America’s Founding and the Western Tradition, ed. Gary L. Gregg II (Wilmington, DE: ISI Books, 1999), 243–74. 5. According to the libertarian Benjamin Constant, “The interests and memories which spring

throughout this book, were drafted by James Madison and agreed to by the legislature of Virginia in December 1798. Resolved, That the General Assembly of Virginia doth unequivocally express a firm resolution to maintain and defend the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of this state, against every aggression, either foreign or domestic; and that they will support the government of the United States in all measures warranted by the former. That this Assembly most solemnly

to enlarge its powers by forced constructions of the constitutional charter which defines them; and that indications have appeared of a design to expound certain general phrases, (which, having been copied from the very limited grant of powers in the former articles of confederation, were the less liable to be misconstrued,) so as to destroy the meaning and effect of the particular enumeration which necessarily explains, and limits the general phrases; and so as to consolidate the states, by

any fear, although I approach without flourish of trumpets, or any other parade. I am a plain, practical man, and desire to state my opinions in a manner which other plain, practical men will understand. If such men are not the ornaments of the country, they are at least its strength and support, and the very people to whose capacity all reasoning upon political subjects ought to be addressed. I beg you to bear in mind the principles which have already been stated as deducible from the

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