72. Nullify, Nullify, Nullify

I am in favor of every means of exacting back power and sovereignty from government overreach that does no harm to individuals in the process. I do not advocate defiance of every law, but I do see it fit to have the states stand against unjust laws as well as the individual, in the most prudent way possible.

“In case of a deliberate, palpable, and dangerous exercise of other powers, not granted by the said compact, the states who are parties thereto, have the right and are in duty bound, to interpose for arresting the progress of the evil, and for maintaining within their respective limits, the authorities, rights and liberties appertaining to them.”

-James Madison

Nullification: This is the idea that because states are equal partners with the federal government on many programs, and that through the delegation to the federal government its powers by the states it was created, that the states have the right to disobey the federal government when it oversteps its bounds.

Historical Uses of Nullification:

  • The 1798 Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions in response to the Alien and Sedition Acts
  • The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850
  • Prohibition’s repeal forced by nullification practices
  • Marijuana laws on the books today

Personal Nullification: I am not advocating vigilante justice or tax evasion in anyway. However, there are ways to nullify federal overreaches through individual actions if there is a critical mass of people. A few places where we are seeing it are homeschooling, people not taking government loans for liberal arts degrees anymore, and gray markets.

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