Tag Archives: Nullification

Posts that espouse the principle of Nullification.

Nullifying Federal Mandates

Posted 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.”

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Posted January 14th, 2014

“Nullification: any act, or set of actions, that results in a particular law being rendered null, void or even just unenforceable within a particular area. So, for example, when a state passes a resolution denouncing a particular federal law, it is not nullifying that law on its own. Or, when a state or local government passes a law refusing to comply with a federal act, they haven’t nullified that law…yet. Or, even when a state or local government passes a law that includes criminal sanctions for federal agents trying to enforce a particular federal act in the area – the law may still not be nullified. What? You see, it’s less about the legislation and more about the results. So, on the other hand, when three-dozen states pass non-binding resolutions denouncing a federal act, swaying public opinion so strongly that the federal government simply stops enforcing the law – it has been nullified.”

Nullification Objections: Dismantling the Opposition


Nullification Is Superior And The Majority Knows It

Posted June 1st, 2013

Below, is a very insightful post, from The Tenth Amendment Center, that explains, nicely, why state Nullification is both the legal, and “rightful remedy” when The Federal Government refuses to stay within the Constitutional Powers that have been “Enumerated” to them. Also, how Nullification is working it’s way back into mainstream American politics:

A recent Rasmussen poll indicates that “38% Favor Their State Blocking Federal Anti-Gun Laws” and a whopping “52 percent of mainstream voters think states should have the right to block any federal laws they disagree with on legal grounds.” And this week, a nullification-friendly Washington Times article from the paper’s editorial board was published stating: “nullification is a growing movement with support on both sides of the political aisle.”

The Washington Times article hints at the reason for this shift in sentiment, “…something needs to be done to check the intrusion of the federal bureaucracy into our lives.” The federal government has failed to keep itself within the confines of the Constitution and state-level nullification is the best solution. Given the obvious inability of “vote the bum’s out”, “rule it unconstitutional”, or “march on DC” to curtail federal infringements it’s really no surprise.

The problem with these approaches is that they require the federal government to police itself. This is something that will never happen and the founders warned us against such foolish thinking.

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Jefferson And Madison On State’s Rights And Nullification

Posted December 2nd, 2012

In 1798, in response to President John Adam’s, and The Federalist Party’s, Alien and Sedition Acts, and a Federal Government that was increasingly overstepping the Limited Constitutional Powers to which they were created to be an agent of, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison responded with two sets of Resolutions. Jefferson authored The Kentucky Resolution, and Madison, The Virginia Resolution. For those of us who are concerned about the increasing size and scope of our Federal Government, both Resolutions are as insightful, and applicable, today, as they were in 1798. And, both Resolutions should be read, and understood, by our State Legislators, so that they understand that they are responsible to us, the citizens of these respective states, and not to The Federal Government, or some political party.

Below, is a paragraph from each of The Resolutions, which demonstrate, clearly, and puts into perspective, the relationship between our states and The Federal Government; as well as the remedy, when The Federal Government legislates, and assumes powers, outside of it’s Enumerated Constitutional Powers:

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Federal Health Care Nullification Act

Posted August 15th, 2012

The below post is from The Tenth Amendment Center; it is two versions of Tenth Amendment Center approved legislation to nullify federal overreach into the health care industry. Freedom-loving activists are encouraged to send this to your “state” senators and representatives – and ask them to introduce this legislation in your state:


An Act to render null and void certain unconstitutional laws enacted by the Congress of the United States, taking control over the health insurance industry and mandating that individuals purchase health insurance under threat of penalty.

SECTION 1. The legislature of the State of ____________ finds that:

1. The People of the several states comprising the United States of America created the federal government to be their agent for certain enumerated purposes, and nothing more.

2. The Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution defines the total scope of federal power as being that which has been delegated by the people of the several states to the federal government, and all power not delegated to the federal government in the Constitution of the United States is reserved to the states respectively, or to the people themselves.

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Nullification Of The Act Is The Rightful Remedy

Posted July 14th, 2012

In 1798, Thomas Jefferson, while serving as Vice-President for President John Adams, authored The Kentucky Resolution; followed by The Virginia Resolution, authored by James Madison. Both were inspired by opposition to President Adam’s, and The Federalist Party’s, Alien and Sedition Acts.

Jefferson began The Kentucky Resolution with these words:

“Resolved, that the several States composing, the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government…”

Jefferson, in the 8th Article, included these words:

“Where powers are assumed [by The Federal Government] which have not been delegated [by The U.S. Constitution], a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy…”

Over the last decade, we, as citizens, have seen a long list of Federal laws, that not only has grown our Federal Government, exponentially, but are threatening the very liberties that we, as citizens of this great country, once took for granted. But, in my lifetime, I can not recall a piece of legislation as polarizing, and as threatening to Individual (economic) Liberties, and states’ rights, as this so-called “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” enacted by The Democrats, and The Obama Administration. And, as such, Jefferson’s words, included in his Resolution, are as true today as they were in 1798.

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