"Did you know that states don't have to obey unconstitutional federal legislation forced upon them?" asks Michael Boldin, founder of the Tenth Amendment Center. "States around the country are recognizing that reliance on the federal government to police itself is a failed strategy, and they're calling upon the Jeffersonian principle of nullification to make a stand," he said.
Los Angeles, CA (TenthAmendmentCenter) June 28, 2010 – In conjunction with the release of New York Times best-selling author Tom Woods' new book Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century, the Tenth Amendment Center and WeRefuse.com are launching Nullify Now, a speaking tour in various cities around the country, to promote the principle of Nullification as a viable political strategy.
"Prominent founders such as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison warned us that if the federal government ever became the sole and exclusive arbiter of its own powers, those powers would continue to grow, regardless of elections, courts, separation of powers or other much-vaunted checks and balances in our system," said Michael Boldin, founder of the Tenth Amendment Center.
Nullification, according to Jefferson, is the "rightful remedy" to an unconstitutional act by the federal government. When a state nullifies a federal law, it is proclaiming that the law in question is void and inoperative, or non-effective, within the boundaries of that state; or, in other words, not a law as far as the state is concerned.
According to the Center, dozens of states are already working on and passing nullification laws on national healthcare mandates, gun laws, and everything in between. "The fact that states have successfully defied the federal government on issues like marijuana laws and the Real ID act of 2005 shows us something important – nullification works," said Boldin.
"It's time to remind the federal government that We the People are in charge and not the other way around," said Boldin. "Following the Constitution every issue, every time, without exceptions or excuses requires us to resist federal overreach and keeping our most important decisions where the Founders assured us that they'd be and where they belong…close to home and in our states."
"Leaving decisions on the extent of federal power to the federal government itself is a failed strategy," said Boldin. "Woods' Nullification gives us the historical and constitutional blueprint for this principle and the Nullify Now tour brings people to make it happen."
About the Tenth Amendment Center:
The Tenth Amendment Center, a Los Angeles-based think tank founded in 2006, acts as an educational forum on issues related to the 10th Amendment and Constitutional governance. http://www.tenthamendmentcenter.com/