Nullification - The Book

The timing could not be better. With the arrival of Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century,Thomas E. Woods, Jr. describes what will prove to be the only way to beat back the festering blight that is Statism and put the federal government back into its proper and constitutional context as intended by our Founding Fathers. Tomorrow I will describe just why this approach is our last, best hope for defeating not only Obama’s anti-American agenda but the continued progression of larger government that continues unabated to this day. It it clear already the only difference between the two parties is the scope and speed of the growth of federal power and the shrinking sphere of influence of those who are governed. If government expanded even under President Ronald Reagan, it should be clear to all but the most ideological or dim among us that something must be done that does not include a rehashing of the tired, old tactics of years past.

From the jacket (emphasis mine):

Unconstitutional laws are pouring out of Washington…but we can stop them.

Just ask Thomas Jefferson. There is a “rightful remedy” to federal power grabs – it’s called Nullification.

In Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century,historian and New York Times bestselling author Thomas E. Woods, Jr. explains not only why nullification is the constitutional tool the Founders envisioned, but how it works – and has already been employed in cases ranging from upholding the First Amendment to knocking down slave laws before the Civil War.

In Nullification, Woods shows:

  • How the states were meant to be checks against federal tyranny – and how a growing roster of governors and state state attorneys general are recognizing they need to become that again
  • Why the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution reinforces the rights of states to nullify unconstitutional laws
  • Why it was left to the states to uphold the simple principle that an unconstitutional law is no law at all
  • Why, without nullification, ordinary American’s will continue to suffer the oppression of unjust, unconstitutional laws
  • How, through nullification, “stimulus spending,” Obamacare, and other unconstitutional expansions of federal power can be rolled back
  • PLUS thorough documentation of how the Founding Fathers believed nullification could be applied

Nullification is not just a book – it could become a movement to restore the proper constitutional limits of the federal government. Powerful, provacative, and timely, Nullification is sure to stir debate and become a constitutional handbook for all liberty-loving Americans.

I would go even further – Nullification must become a movement to restore constitutional balance from a federal government out of control and out of touch.

As stated by Thomas Woods in Nullification:

The central point behind nullification is that the federal government cannot be permitted to hold a monopoly on constitutional interpretation. If the federal government has the exclusive right to judge the extent of its own powers, warned James Madison and Thomas Jefferson in 1798, it will continue to grow – regardless of elections, the separation of powers, and other much-touted limits on government power. A constitution is, after all, only a piece of paper. It cannot enforce itself. Check and balances among the executive, legislative, and judicial branches, a prominent feature of the Constitution, provide little guarantee of limited government, since these three federal branches can simply unite against the independence of the states and the reserved rights of the people. This is precisely what Jefferson warned William Branch Giles was already happening in 1825:

It is too evident, that the three ruling branches of [the Federal Government] are in combination to strip their colleagues, the Statue authorities, of the powers reserved by them, and to exercise themselves all functions foreign and domestic…

…the federal courts have, for all intents and purposes, ceased to police the federal government…

Since the federal courts, including the Supreme Court of United States, are themselves a branch of the federal government, Mr. Woods asks the pertinent question, “how can the people be expected to consider [the federal judiciary] impartial arbiters?” The circuitous logic displays its absurdity when one considers that in a dispute between the states and the federal government, the resolution is to come from…the federal government? Think about that for a moment and then convince yourself our Founders intended it this way. Good luck.

Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Centurydoes not qualify for the category “if you only buy one book this year, this is it”. It goes much farther than that. If we are to be successful, this is a must-have for any library. Anyone who loves liberty and believes they have a stake in preserving it needs to read this book and convince others to join them. If nullification does not become a movement, we truly are living in the last days of the greatest country in history, and that “shining city upon the hill” that President Ronald Reagan so fondly used to reference the America that served as the world’s beacon of hope and liberty will see its lights snuffed out one by one.

The town halls of last August proved the infrastructure exists to enact this strategy as a real means to kill the beast of Statism. We must look to the Tea Parties to reinvent themselves and become the conduits and wielders of the power of nullification – to rediscover the capacity of the governed to put those who govern back into their proper vocation as our servants. We are not the serfs to the bloated and arrogant tyrants in DC. For the Republic to endure we must refresh the minds of a citizenry that buys the narrative of federal supremacy hook, line, and sinker. The coming days and weeks will be filled with information concerning this critical and constitutional tactic and why it is the only road to the salvation of the Republic and the proliferation of liberty for future generations.’