When it comes to nullification, most people quickly find themselves out of their depth. They throw out the typical talking points – supremacy clause, the Supreme Court decides and the like. But most folks quickly run out of ammo. I’ve dealt with those arguments so many times, it’s a little like swatting away flies. Annoying, but not particularly taxing. Generally, I try to get people to dig deeper. To consider the intended structure of our Republic. To think about what it means to have a government of limited, enumerated power – and the absurdity of asserting that the federal government should determine the extent of its own authority. At this point, I usually find out what really drives the other person.
Generally, it’s a desire for centralized power.
In fact, it seems that very few people really want to make the government smaller and less intrusive. What they REALLY want is to lay their hands on the levers of power so they can get their way.
Anyway, I thought I would share a recent exchange I had with George. It demonstrates what we face every day here at the Tenth Amendment Center. Watch how he argues his point – and ultimately gives up – revealing his true colors.