Nullification Is For Sissies

That title is kind of a throw-down challenge, isn’t it? That is exactly what I meant for it to be…a challenge to the present-day promoters of Nullification to entirely rethink and re-evaluate their foundational principles.

Nullification sound so reasonable…so diplomatic…so sophisticated…so strategic…so statesmanlike. Who could assail such a measured response?

Russell Longcore, reporting for duty.

If you’re not familiar with the concept of Nullification, let me give you the shortest overview. The English colonies in America seceded from the British Empire with their publication of the Declaration of Independence and their victory over the British military in 1781. The colonies became independent nations upon secession. Even King George recognized their nationhood in the 1783 Treaty of Paris. In 1787 the US Constitution was written to create a kind of management company for those independent nations. The “states,” through the Constitution, gave the United States strictly enumerated powers to manage certain affairs of the states, and all the powers not given to it were reserved to the States and to the People…The Tenth Amendment.

So, nullification, though not specifically mentioned in the Constitution, is the process whereby a state refuses to enforce a law enacted by the Congress of the United States because the law is outside the strictures of the Constitution. Nullification has its foundation in the Tenth Amendment.

In the late 18th Century, there were less than 2.5 million people in the thirteen new nations, all on the Eastern Seaboard. At that time, in which a small number of people were governed and resided closeby, nullification may have had its usefulness. But today, there are 50 states with over 300 million people, scattered from sea to shining sea and beyond…to places like Hawaii and Alaska. Much of the USA is thousands of miles away from Washington.

Then why Nullification now, friends? I want to challenge your very premise here.

Nullification is based upon the premise that staying in the Union has some value, and that the Federal government should continue to rule over the states in all the areas of governance except the ones the states nullify. But if you’ll remember, the states created the United States as an errand boy for the states. Well, the errand boy has grown up to be the uncontrollable bully boy of the states and of the planet. The states have been subsumed by the DC crowd. They have abrogated their sovereignty and have no real authority or power to control Washington, since no states control the power of the sword or the power of the purse.

What benefits do the states presently receive from being in the Union? I contend that they receive NONE. Washington only breathes out tyranny, regulation and oppression, both on American soil and around the world. It is so cumbersome, so corrupt and so bloated that it destroys everything it touches.

In my seldom-humble opinion, nullification is a tentative, halting, almost cowering gesture toward Washington. It almost asks permission. Nullification tacitly acknowledges that Washington is the boss. It fairly begs Washington to accept the state’s wishes, even thought the state has no power to thwart Washington’s refusal to honor the nullification.

This is akin to sending the neighborhood bully a letter, telling him that he may not have your lunch money any more. The letter is fine. Now, what are you going to do when you see the bully on the playground TOMORROW? Specifically, what force will you enlist to fight back and defeat the bully when he grabs your shirt in his fists? Your “nullification” will likely get your nose bloodied. Unless you can blacken both his eyes and send him crying to his Mommy, you’ll likely keep losing your lunch money.

The United States of America…the DC crowd, not the people who comprise the 50 states…should by our Declaration of Independence be thrown off by the People. I do not promote that the USA should be dissolved. They should do whatever they want to do. My position is that states should forsake the theater of nullification and move right ahead to secession…leaving the Union altogether. Let the US government continue its treachery and perfidy over the states that wish to remain together.

Nullification is for sissies…Sissies who are not strong enough to advance the secession of their states, converting their state from a slave state and a serfdom to a sovereign nation.

In one act of secession, any state instantly drops the shackles of Federalism and statism. All Federal debt is repudiated, all Federal regulation melts away, all Federal taxation ceases in an instant.

My challenge goes out to my friends still embracing the concept of Nullification – wrestle your sovereignty away from DC by seceding from the Union. Stop trying to maintain a relationship with a criminal enterprise. Don’t just go to counseling with your obdurate political spouse…get a restraining order, a divorce and a gun. Then commit all your efforts to re-creating a new nation where individual liberty and property rights are respected and protected.

Secession is the only hope for liberty on the North American continent. Who will be first?

DumpDC. Six Letters That Can Change History.

© Copyright 2010, Russell D. Longcore. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.

16 Responses to Nullification Is For Sissies

  1. […] Longcore: Nullification Is for Sissies …Nullification is based upon the premise that staying in the Union has some value, and that […]

  2. […] Is For Sissies Posted on July 5, 2010 by Bill Miller This article by Russell D. Longcore on Nullification is based upon the premise that staying in the Union has some value, and that the […]

  3. Awesome commentary as always Russell!

    Perhaps we should also comment that secession absolutely positively must begin with the individual. You cannot secede from the breast but still demand to suck at the same nipple.

    Yes we said breast and nipple…get over it and get with the program and get off the tit.

    Repeat: Get Off The Tit!

    If you receive any sort of GUNvernment loot and booty redistribution you are on the tit.

    Social Security, ponzi-scheme…

    Welfare Programs, ponzi-scheme…

    Stock Market, ponzi-scheme…

    Paper Debt Instruments, ponzi-scheme…

    Those and many more are confidence-games and mega-scam frauds.

    It’s really quite simple to determine what is and isn’t a scam.

    Just ask yourself what would happen if no one bought into the scam anymore?

    Not one penny to Social Security.
    Not one penny to Welfare and/or Warfare.

    If no one ever purchases the stock certificate from you isn’t the value zero to you then?

    Same with the dollar, if no one will accept that dirty piece of toilet paper anymore…isn’t it then worth nothing to you?

    Don’t get angry or upset with your neighbor when the manure hits the rotary air handler and you have worthless annuities, dollars, and stock certificates(say BP for example…hahaha) and your neighbor has silver, gold, guns, ammo, and long-term survival provisions!

    All we’re offering is the truth, nothing more!

    Starving The Monkeys and Ending The Looterfest,
    John and Dagny Galt
    Atlas Shrugged, Owners Manual For The Universe!(tm)


  4. No, nullification is not the process in which a state refuses to enforce an unconstitutional law. Nullification is state intervention to prevent federal enforcement of an unconstitutional and dangerous law within its territory. Reading the most basic documents in this area — such as the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions of 1798 — would give you this information.

    For a fuller explanation, see Thomas E. Woods, Jr., _Nullification_.

  5. Vic Populi says:

    You are not only being unduly harsh to fellow travelers, but I think you’re wrong. As a realistic matter of strategy, I would submit to you that state secession will not be achieved in one fell swoop, but in a series of steps of nullification. (In fact, at the risk of distorting the plain meaning of the term, one can almost see secession as the ultimate act of “nullification”!)

    • dumpdc says:

      Somebody has to be the iron stake driven into frozen ground about secession. That’s me. Of course secession won’t happen in one fell swoop. It won’t happen until the dollar and the American economy collapses. Nullification promoters still want to be Americans, not part of a new state/nation. Fellow travelers? Maybe not.

  6. yardbird says:

    it’s a very good point you make, however the problem is there are one hell of a lot of sissies. once the tit is removed, then the sissies will be more apt to grow a set of balls. hope its ok to say BALLS cause that’s what its gonna take to get to secession.

  7. Old Rebel says:

    Great post. But I’d add this: Though secession is the only real answer, nullification remains the best means of jump-starting secession.

    Nullification can only work if:

    1 – Americans agree that DC is so out of touch and irredeemable that the people of the States must take action to stop it.

    2 – Americans have grasped that ultimate sovereignty resides lawfully with the people of the States, and not DC.

    The most successful revolts are the ones that a significant part of the population believe are justified and legal. The American Revolution (Secession) worked because enough people were convinced that Parliament and the King had broken the rules, and that the Patriots were only restoring the traditional rights of British subjects. Similarly, while nullification will be viewed as a legal remedy within the American Constitutional system, its political and legal implications will lead more people to conclude that anything short of a full break is ultimately meaningless.

    I believe that nullification will not endorse DC’s hegemony, but will advance its inevitable collapse.

  8. […] a comment » So say our friends at DumpDC. And we here at Virginia Republic are inclined to agree with them. However, as […]

  9. Who will be the first?

    By gum, Vermont !!!

    Still trying to help people understand that they’ve already paid for their social programs through their taxes, that the funds do NOT originate in Washington, DC, but in our own communities. Passed through Washington, with deductions to keep the wars going…

    Why couldn’t we better fund our social programs on the local level, as does Switzerland? The Swiss have managed to keep strong local control and a weak federal government for centuries!

    I long for the day I can take a copy of the ‘Race to the Top’, the Military Commissions Act and the Patriot Act (along with some USDA foolishness regulating agriculture, EPA nonsense and the highway funding bills) and shoot them out of a cannon in a general southward direction.

  10. […] Short Note About Nullification In Nullification is for Sissies, I stated that nullification is based upon the premise that staying in the Union has some value, and […]

  11. […] In Nullification is for Sissies, I stated that nullification is based upon the premise that staying in the Union has some value, and that the Federal government should continue to rule over the states in all the areas of governance except the ones the states nullify. […]

  12. […] The solutions will not be found on the radio and TV programs of any talk show hosts except Mike Church and Andrew Napolitano. The solutions will not be found in Tea Parties. The solutions will not be found in party politics. The solutions will not be found at the Tenth Amendment Center. The solutions will not be found in Article V rallies, which promote a Constitutional Convention. The solutions will not be found in Tom Woods’ book Nullification. Nullification is for Sissies. […]

  13. Helen P. Rogers says:

    I stumbled on this site and was amazed that there are so many people with the same ideas–but none I know personally.

    After dabbling in the field of non-fiction public policy for several years I decided to turn to fiction. I have been working for over a year on the outline of a series of six fiction books–the third featuring nullification and the fourth advocating secession–the fifth living with it–sixth what was learned and reuniting and the sixth concentrating on global cooperation during the second half of 21st century. The first two books will hopefully be published in 2011. I will make use of the links and comments I find on this site and via the hyperlinks and give full credit in the Notes I intend to provide at the end of all books.

    I am thrilled at finding such a resource of intelligent discussion–since Milton Friedman’s death I have been talking to myself with input from the likes of Ayn Ryan, Hayek, Hazlitt, Orestes and yes, Thomas Woods who I met at Freedom Fest in Vegas last summer.

  14. […] Nullification, while it could be a baby step toward liberty, doesn’t solve much. Especially when you consider that none of the states could assert their sovereignty if Washington balked at “being nullified.” And Nullification Is For Sissies. […]

  15. […] going to use the Tenth Amendment on Washington,” I hear some say. But Nullification is for Sissies. It will not work. Not one state in America would be able to push back against Washington if […]

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