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By Thomas E. Woods Jr.

Voters around the nation are bored to death with the politicians in Washington telling us tips on how to dwell our lives—and then sticking us with the invoice. yet what do we do? truly, we will simply say “no.” As New York Times bestselling writer Thomas E. Woods, Jr., explains, “nullification” permits states to reject unconstitutional federal legislation. for plenty of tea partiers national, nullification is speedily turning into the one strategy to cease an over-reaching govt under the influence of alcohol on strength. From privateness to nationwide healthcare, Woods indicates how this becoming and renowned move is sweeping throughout the USA and empowering states to do so opposed to Obama’s socialist rules and big-government time table.

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61 There it is, as clear as anyone could ask for: “nullification…is the rightful remedy” against infractions of the Constitution. 62 Up until the very recent renewal of interest in these ideas, it was scarcely possible to imagine one of the feckless and docile American states confronting the federal government in such language as Virginia did in 1798: This Assembly doth explicitly and peremptorily declare, that it views the powers of the federal government, as resulting from the compact, to which the states are parties; as limited by the plain sense and intention of the instrument constituting the compact; as no further valid than they are authorized by the grants enumerated in that compact; and that 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, 63 the authorities, rights and liberties appertaining to them.

3 In other words, activities of the federal government that we have been taught to consider perfectly unobjectionable were, to Madison, clear and obvious violations of the Constitution that derived from a dishonest reading of the general welfare clause. 33 This remained Madison’s view throughout his life. ” Had the general welfare clause been understood to grant an unspecified reservoir of powers to the federal government, in other words, early Americans suspicious of government power would obviously have objected to it.

We have cheered what we ought to have mourned. 30 CHAPTER 2 The Problem and the “Rightful Remedy” IN MODERN AMERICA, the Constitution has become The Great Unmentionable. Where the federal government derives constitutional authorization for its various activities is hardly ever considered or discussed. The maverick journalist who does pose the forbidden question is laughed at or ignored. On the rare occasion in which a federal official deigns to answer, the response is nearly always an awkward and inane reference to one of three constitutional clauses we shall examine in the first part of this chapter, none of which grants the power whose exercise the official is trying to defend.

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