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The 10th Amendment Nullification Movement

• Michael Boldin via
“If the federal government has the exclusive right to judge the extent of its own powers, warned the Kentucky and Virginia resolutions’ authors (Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, respectively), it will continue to grow – regardless of elections, the separation of powers, and other much-touted limits on government power.”

~ Thomas E. Woods

The 10th Amendment Movement is an effort to push back against unconstitutional federal laws and regulations on a state level. The principle is known as "nullification," and was advised by many prominent founders.

Current Nullification Efforts:

10th Amendment Resolutions 10th Amendment Bills Firearms Freedom Act Medical Marijuana Laws REAL ID Health Care Freedom Act Bring the Guard Home Constitutional Tender Cap and Trade
Federal Tax Funds Act Sheriffs First Legislation Federal Gun Laws Regulation of Intrastate Commerce

Potential Future Efforts:

Health Care Nullification Patriot Act No Child Left Behind State-Initiated Constitutional Amendments

History of Nullification: While the media generally portrays nullification as being solely aligned with the efforts of the nullifiers of the South and the Civil War, this is certainly false, and reeks of misinformation. Nullification has a long history in the American tradition and has been invoked in support of free speech, in opposition to war and fugitive slave laws, and more. Read more on this history here.

 10th Amendment Resolutions
These non-binding resolutions, often called "state sovereignty resolutions" do no carry the force of law. Instead, they are intended to be a statement of the legislature of the state. They play an important role, however. If you owned an apartment building and had a tenant not paying rent, you wouldn't show up with an empty truck to kick them out without first serving notice. That's how we view these Resolutions – as serving "notice and demand" to the Federal Government to "cease and desist any and all activities outside the scope of their constitutionally-delegated powers." Follow-up, of course, is a must.
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