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The Case for Nullification by grassroothawaii
June 24, 2011, 4:36 pm
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By Cannon Brooke

A few weeks ago, economist and political analyst Thomas Woods gave a speech at the event Nullify Now in Los Angeles California. His speech was one of the strongest and most thought provoking I had heard on nullification and states’ rights.

The process of nullification refers to the power of a state to refuse to enforce or apply an unconstitutional federal law. Typically, when nullification is discussed in the media, it usually gets reduced to generalities that are poorly strung together in a semblance of reasoning. One example of this, which Woods eloquently touches on, is the dubious racist connotation attached to the nullification dialogue.

And that is exactly the problem, most Americans never heard the idea of nullification, and if they have – it is known only in caricature.

The speech is approximately forty-eight minutes and covers a lot of ground. Woods presents an exemplary job at educating and providing a clear logical case for nullification and states’ rights. Moreover, he delivers an excellent historical review of the growing power in the federal government.

I highly recommend you set aside some time to review this speech. We need more prolific champions of freedom like Thomas Woods.

Cannon Brooke is the policy analyst summer intern at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii.

Cannon is from Seattle, Washington, and holds a Master of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Western Washington University. Much of his research is on policy and qualitative analysis, concentrating on American government, the legislative process and demographic trends.


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Good speech and good recommendation by Cannon. It’s abundantly important to realize that states do NOT have rights, they have powers – powers that are reserved if not delegated to the federal government or prohibited by the Constitution. That’s what the 10th Amendment states.

It’s also important to understand that the People and the States existed before the federal government. The representatives of the States drafted the Constitution and the State Conventions ratified it in the name of the People.

The term, states’ rights, should be eliminated from the vocabulary of freedom and replaced with state power or state sovereignty. The People of the States are sovereign in all areas except those enumerated powers which were granted to the federal government by the Constitution.

“… at the Revolution, the sovereignty devolved on the people, and they are truly the sovereigns of the country, … the citizens of America are equal as fellow citizens, and as joint tenants in the sovereignty.” – John Jay, Chief Justice (1793)
(Chisholm v. Georgia, 2 US 419, 4-1 Decision)

All federal so-called laws and regulations not consistent with the powers granted to the federal government by the Constitution are null and void. (See Article VI of the Constitution.)

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