With the amount of media-hyped news pablum that common-sense Americans have to wade through everyday, is it any wonder that a little known political doctrine based on resolutions from Thomas Jefferson and James Madison is only getting negative attention from the globally owned and fascist driven drive-by media? This article is one way to further that information and hopefully answer the overriding question that Americans have; that being “How do we stop the leviathon that the federal government has become?” One word; Nullification.
I urge my readers to watch the following two videos, check out the related website links, and make the decision for yourself as to whether you believe the Tenth Amendment Center has the key in the ‘Doctrine of Nullification’, and whether you are tired of being called an extremist for not wanting TSA to grope your children or the Fed to devalue your money.
Tenth Amendment: 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.
David vs Goliath. You vs Fedzilla. Tenth Amendment Center vs the establishment. The odds always seem pretty much stacked against the good guys. But, no matter how difficult things may seem, no matter how helpless it may feel, it’s always essential for us to do what’s right. And, for the TAC, doing what’s right is pretty straightforward…
The Constitution. Every issue, every time. No exceptions, no excuses.
Standing on principle has become easy for us since the organization was founded in 2006. In the past five years we’ve been regularly called communists by neo-cons and racists by neo-libs. Both sides agree that strict adherence to the Constitution – as we relentlessly demand – is dangerous to their mission of centralized power.
In just a short time, we’ve grown to be a force on the political scene. Five years ago, the word “nullification” was only something for history buffs. Today, it’s becoming part of the national discussion. So much, in fact, that both Heritage Foundation on the right and the Southern Poverty Law Center on the left have both attacked our work.
If you’re not catching any flak, you’re not over the target. And little TAC, with a few dozen dedicated volunteers and just two barely-paid staffers, Bryce Shonka and myself, is definitely catching flak.
The nullification efforts we’ve spearheaded to reject unconstitutional acts (unconstitutional “laws” are no laws at all…) on every issue from health care mandates, to the TSA, constitutional tender, marijuana, gun laws and everything in between have been referred to by Heritage as “nonsense,” while the SPLC issued a “warning” on their “hatewatch” blog about our Nullify Now! tour – it may be coming your way…beware!
And this isn’t even tracking the countless attacks on TAC and we modern nullifiers from the likes of MSNBC and Rachel Maddow, Think Progress, and others. Why, I think to myself, would these multi-million dollar organizations be so frightened of a micro think-tank whose yearly operating budget barely broke $30,000 last year? Heritage and SPLC combined rake in over $80 MILLION a year, and TAC pulls in just over $30 THOUSAND. What have we done that makes these giants of the establishment feel the need to attack?
Ideas move mountains.
They don’t want us doing this. But we’re doing it anyway. In just five years, we’ve pushed ideas to the mainstream. And, more and more people are recognizing that going to the federal government to fix all our problems – created by the federal government – isn’t just an absurd idea…it’s a complete and utter failure.
This, more than one candidate or another, is what shakes the establishment to their very core. It’s about you deciding your own fate in your community and in your state. It’s about we the people learning how to exercise our rights – whether they the government wants us to or not.
The 10th Amendment – which says that “we the people” of the several states created the federal government, and not the other way around – is something they want us to forget. And nullification, which TAC has been pushing and promoting through model legislation and our national Nullify Now tour since September 2010 – is something they know will eventually bring them to their knees.
Nullification is a legal theory that a U.S. State has the right to nullify, or invalidate, any federal law which that state has deemed unconstitutional. The theory is based on a view that the sovereign States formed the Union, and as creators of the compact hold final authority regarding the limits of the power of the central government. Under this, the compact theory, the States and not the Federal Bench are the ultimate interpreters of the extent of the federal government’s power. The related idea of interposition is a theory that a U.S. State has the right to “interpose” itself to prevent the federal government from enforcing laws that the state believes to be unconstitutional. A more extreme assertion of state sovereignty is the related action of secession, by which a state terminates its political affiliation with the Union. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison both gave their support of interposition and nullification in theKentucky and Virginia Resolutions.
State efforts to nullify federal law have not been legally upheld. The courts have held that the states do not have the power to nullify federal law. The courts have found that under theSupremacy Clause of the Constitution, federal law is superior to state law, and federal law therefore trumps state law in the event of a conflict. These cases have held that the Constitution, by granting final appellate power to the Supreme Court in all cases arising under the Constitution and laws of the United States, empowers the federal courts (not the states) to make final decisions about the constitutionality of federal and state laws. The Supreme Court has rejected the compact theory that underlies the idea of nullification. The Civil War ended most attempts at nullification, although nullification has been attempted in recent years.
Nullification: Your Ticket to Freedom Trailer #1
A highly entertaining, humorous, thought provoking, and educational speech given by Tom Woods on the sociopaths running the federal government and what nullification actually means (NullifyNow/Los Angeles, May 28, 2011).
This idea of the mainstream, or extremism; we get this all the time. My goodness, you people are extremists, because you think that if the federal government violates the Constitution that maybe we shouldn’t do that thing. And this is extremism. And extremism is another one of these words that’s used to shut down discussion. What? You want to be an extremist? What’s wrong with you; no, no, no, no. You want to be in the mainstream. The mainstream runs from Hillary Clinton to Mitt Romney; so it’s about a three inch area pretty much. That’s where you want to be.
Peace and Liberty: A Powerful Message for Everyone (A presentation from Tom Woods, Jr.)
The explanation of the concept of nullification: 10 minute mark.
NullifyNow Tour – Los Angeles, May 28th, 2011: