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Nullifying Federal Mandates

Written by | January 16th, 2014

The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions:
“In the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798, Thomas Jefferson wrote: “The several states composing the United States of America are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government” and “where powers are assumed [by the general government] which have not been delegated, a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy.” James Madison, in his Virginia Resolution of 1798, asserted the core premise of all nullification laws– that State governments not only have the right to resist unconstitutional Federal acts, but that, in order to protect liberty, they are “duty bound to interpose” or stand between the Federal government and the people of their state.”

Nullification Begins with YOU:
“Nullification is not secession or insurrection, but neither is it unconditional or unlimited submission. Nullification is not something that requires any decision, statement or action from any branch of the federal government. Nullification is not the result of obtaining a favorable court ruling.”

Resistance begins at Home:
“Nullification begins with a decision made in your state legislature to resist a federal law deemed to be unconstitutional. It usually involves a bill, which is passed by both houses and is signed by your governor. In some cases, it might be approved by the voters of your state directly, in a referendum. It may change your state’s statutory law or it might even amend your state constitution. It is a refusal on the part of your state government to cooperate with, or enforce a particular federal law or regulation it deems to be unconstitutional.”

No Need for Federal Approval:
“Nullification is not the petitioning of the federal government to start doing or to stop doing anything. Nullification doesn’t depend on any Federal law being repealed. Nullification does not require permission from any person or institution outside of one’s own State. Nullification begins with you.”


The above text comes from this wonderful brochure, provided by The Tenth Amendment.

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