Ray DiLorenzo: Nullification Is The Rightful Remedy
By Ray DiLorenzo
February 20, 2021
In 1832, a crisis ensued between the federal government and the South over the right of the federal government to impose tariffs on foreign goods entering the country for purposes other than revenue. South Carolina was hit particularly hard as foreign manufactured goods were cheaper than those manufactured in the North, especially because of the cost of shipping those goods from the North. Washington forced the South to purchase those overpriced goods to protect Northern interests and political benefactors. South Carolina decided to declare the tariff null and void. The crisis only ended when the federal government lowered the tariff to where it was acceptable to both the South and the federal government. Democrats are moving headlong to transform our country from a constitutional republic to a secular socialist totalitarian state complete with a propaganda minister
Nullification (a state officially declaring a federal law or executive order void because of its dubious constitutionality) has come back. Several states have recently declared that they will nullify all federal unconstitutional acts. Much blame can be placed on a political party with a nefarious agenda that, according to more than half of the country, has stolen power. Criticism can also be placed on a Supreme Court that has actively pursued inactivism in the face of constitutional questions regarding federal elections and questionable results in one or more states. In this climate of silence amid illegal executive acts, states are beginning to talk nullification of laws that they feel are unconstitutional.
The founders were always concerned with a strong central government getting out of control. If the government, state or federal, is allowed to determine the scope of its own powers, how limited will those powers remain? Can the federal government choose to nullify the 2nd Amendment? Can a state choose to disregard its own legislature concerning election law, especially when it affects the rest of the country? And so, once again, nullification raises its head.
This principle of Nullification revolves around the 10th Amendment. That is, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States, respectively, or to the people.”
The 10th Amendment defines the very principle of federalism, powers divided between a central authority and peripheral states. The founders did not want an all-powerful central government, but a nation of sovereign states revolving around a central authority for the major purpose of mutual defense, and with limited powers over the states. That is federalism under a republican form of government, a representative government where the rights of the minority as well as the majority are both represented and protected. The Bill of Rights is said to be a negative document. That is, the ten amendments to the Constitution declaring not what the federal government can do, but what it cannot do.
The Democrats are now on a roll. They are moving headlong to transform our country from a constitutional republic to a secular socialist totalitarian state complete with a propaganda minister, or as they would call it, a reality czar to monitor truth as they see it. They somehow managed to gain control of the executive branch and both houses of the legislature. With the help of a corrupt media and Big Tech, our country is being torn asunder
They seem to have control over the Supreme Court with an apparently compromised Chief Justice who has actually re-written unconstitutional legislation to help it pass muster. If that doesn’t work in the future, they have discussed expanding the Supreme Court to include more ‘friendly’ justices.
With the help of a corrupt media and Big Tech, our country is being torn asunder. The Constitution is imperiled. Immigration laws are being ignored, the 1st and 2nd Amendments are under assault, directives on health, and numerous other powers reserved for the states are now being controlled or attempted to be controlled by the federal government. A border wall under construction to protect Americans has ceased with the threat of tearing it down, wasting billions of tax dollars. Troops are dug-in in Washington, D.C., not to prevent any rioting or protect the populace as they would say, but to protect their coup and prevent a counter-coup.
And so, Nullification is a check on a federal government out of control or you can say that it is a nullification of the current administration’s nullification of the Constitution.
The Biden administration has said recently that it is considering an executive order on gun control. The 2nd Amendment has long been established in law and precedent to be the Law of the Land. Any executive order to limit the rights of the people can and should be nullified by any state or states. All state and federal authorities took the same oath to the Constitution, not to a political party or an ideology.
We have entered unknown territory. No presidential administration has ever been elected with such doubts as to their legitimacy, with questions as to the ability of the president to serve, and certainly as to their collective contempt of the Constitution of the United States. Whether we even remain a sovereign nation or a satellite of a New World Order is, unbelievably, open to question.
For every attack on our freedoms, and our way of life, there must be a counterattack. Nullification is the rightful remedy. https://canadafreepress.com/article/nullification-is-the-rightful-remedy