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Basil Fishbone

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Nullification: It’s Official
« on: February 01, 2010, 01:38:25 am »

He neglects to mention another example of nullification. The Firearms Freedom
Act, which has passed in Montana and Tennessee and is pending in a bunch
more.  Montana was on board with all three nullifications.   Basil


http://www.lewrockwell.com/pr/nullification-its-official.html

 Nullification: It’s Official

by Derek Sheriff
         

While speaking to a large crowd of over a thousand people on the campus of
Arizona State University last December, Congressman Ron Paul mentioned one
thing that might come about as the result of the federal government
habitually ignoring the Constitution: Nullification.

About five minutes into the video segment which you'll find below, he
said, "There's not much attention paid to the Constitution in Washington.
There's not much attention paid to it by our executive branch of government.
And we don't get much protection from our courts. So one thing that might
finally happen from this if the people finally feel so frustrated that they
can't get the results out of Washington – they're going to start thinking
about options. They might start thinking about nullification and a few things
like that." ...

...There is no question as to whether or when "official" nullification will
happen: It has ALREADY HAPPENED. In fact, not only has it happened recently,
it has been a success! Perhaps this is why the federal government hopes you
will never hear about it. According to the Tenth Amendment Center:

    "25 states over the past 2 years have passed resolutions and binding laws
denouncing and refusing to implement the Bush-era law [REAL ID Act]. While
the law is still on the books in D.C., its implementation has been “delayed”
numerous times in response to this massive state resistance, and in practice,
is virtually null and void."

But that's not all; another example of "official" nullification has occurred
in the form of an unlikely states' rights ally: Medical marijuana. ...

...What remains to be seen, however, is whether in addition to "officially"
nullifying unconstitutional federal laws, state governments will be willing
to use their power to "officially" interpose themselves between agents of the
federal government and the people of their state. ...<snip>...
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Re: Nullification: It’s Official
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2010, 02:34:00 pm »

Thanks for re-posting my article!

Originally I had used the Firearms Freedom Act as the second example of nullification instead of medical marijuana. However, someone suggested I go with medical marijuana because it seems to be all but a done deal, whereas we still have to wait to see how the feds react to the FFAs. I know that the Montana FFA is being tested in court as we speak.

While a favorable court ruling would be welcome, I do not think it should be considered the "final word" by any means. State governments have the authority and the duty to judge the constitutionality of a federal law. Any state that has passed a FFA should still consider unconstitutional federal firearms laws to be "utterly void, and of no force" within the boundaries of their state. It then becomes the duty of that state to impose a protective shield between its residents and any agents of the federal government who take it upon themselves to act in a manner contrary to state laws and the supreme law of the land: The Constitution.

This is a great forum and I'm really glad I discovered it!
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Re: Nullification: It’s Official
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2010, 02:44:15 pm »

Hope you don't mind that I also post a link for another article I wrote called, "Nullifying Slavery"

http://arizona.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2010/02/nullifying-slavery/

Thanks!
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Re: Nullification: It’s Official
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2010, 08:54:24 pm »

Welcome, Derek!

Some of us are trying to help Montana find the spine necessary to resist the feds.  They are helping out by being so obnoxious and threatening.  Interesting times.

Basil
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Re: Nullification: It’s Official
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2010, 01:05:29 am »

Thanks Basil!

I was born in Missoula BTW. My family moved to AZ when I was only a year old, but I have been back to Montana several times and loved it every time! Still have family there and hope to visit again someday soon.

I've noticed that Montana has yet to establish a Tenth Amendment Center chapter. Arizona was the first state to establish a formal state chapter. Maybe you or someone you know would be interested in volunteering to be a state coordinator? There are already 15 states on board. Just an idea...

http://www.tenthamendmentcenter.com/state-groups/
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Re: Nullification: It’s Official
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2010, 02:40:25 am »

From Human Events, which Woods describes as mainstream Republican, and the comments are mostly good.  Basil

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=37967


The Right To Nullify This Government

by  Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
07/13/2010


Every couple of years the same drearily predictable charade repeats itself.  This time we’re really going to limit government!  Or so they tell us.  We on the Right then dutifully compose our letters to the editor, attend rallies, and vote for candidates without whom, we are breathlessly assured, we shall all revert instantly to barbarism.  And no matter who wins, the federal government grows and grows.  The Right gets a bunch of pretty speeches, and the Left gets the victories.

The passive approach of crossing our fingers and hoping Washington will follow the Constitution has not worked.  The only surprising thing about it is that anyone could have expected it to work in the first place.  It is long past time for those of us who want to confine the federal government to its constitutional limits to try something different.

The time has come to revisit nullification, the quintessentially American mode of resistance against federal lawlessness that Thomas Jefferson urged as an essential ingredient of our political system.  In the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798, Jefferson insisted that the states needed a way to defend themselves against unconstitutional exercises of power by the federal government.  Jefferson’s fear was that if the federal government had a monopoly on defining the scope of its own powers, it would be constantly discovering new ones.  Likewise, James Madison urged in the Virginia Resolutions of 1798 that the states were “duty bound to resist” when the federal government violated the Constitution.  (The reader will not be surprised to learn that Bill Clinton held no White House soiree in honor of the two hundredth anniversary of these documents in 1998.) ...<snip>...
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