“No man, but one of his (Andrew Jackson’s) peculiar intellect, would ever think of an amendment of the Constitution as a means of resisting a breach of that instrument. It is not the object to amend the Constitution, but to preserve it unimpaired as it is.” – Abel P. Upshur
Does nullification work?
Some argue that it does not. Sometimes they call it ineffective political posturing. Sometimes they claim we simply can’t overcome a powerful government through nullification strategies. Sometimes they don’t even have a reason; they just swear it won’t work.
But here’s the thing…it has!
First we need to understand the goal of nullification. Ultimately, we simply want to render a law unenforceable and irrelevant. It doesn’t matter if the law remains on the books. If the authorities can’t or simply won’t enforce it any more, we can claim success.
But does it really work?