Rewriting Nullification History, With the Truth

In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about a recently published academic paper that obliterates conventional thinking about nullification and interposition. In 1798, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison penned the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions in response to the Alien and Sedition Acts. These documents, approved by the Kentucky and Virginia state legislatures,…


ACTION ALERT: Health Care Nullification Bill in New Jersey!

New Jersey A861 would render the federal “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”  null and void in the state.  Sponsored by Assemblywoman Alison L. McHose, this bill not only voids the insurance mandate,  it declares the entire act null and void within the state.

“This bill renders the federal “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” Pub.L.111-148, as amended by the federal “Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010,” Pub.L.111-152, and any federal rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto, null and void and of no force and effect in the State of New Jersey.”

A861 currently sits in the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee. Your help is needed to get it moving towards a floor vote (action steps below)


The bill itself provides the rational for nullification, based on the Tenth Amendment:


Virginia Attorney General: Interposition Has a Bad History

Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli is urging Tea Partiers not to support the idea of state interposition. According to a report, “Attorney Gen. Cuccinelli, in private consultations with the Roanoke group, agreed, noting how Southern states had unsuccessfully invoked the doctrine in the 1960s to resist federal civil-rights legislation. ‘Interposition had a place in history,…


Local interposition

Please thank this man! St. Tammany Parish President Kevin Davis shows Gov. Jindal and a host of other state and local officials how the Principals of ’98 (interposition) can be implemented if only they can find the courage to challenge the perceived omnipotence of the federal government. “Simmering distrust on the oil-coated Louisiana coast boiled…


Resisting the Fugitive Slave Act

Whenever the mainstream media finally decides it can’t ignore the efforts of today’s “Tenthers” to use the tools of state level nullification and interposition, their attempts to associate them with slavery, Jim Crow and segregation are as predictable as the sun rising in the East. The fact is that nullification and interposition were never used…


Making National Health Care Null and Void in Washington State

Sponsored by State Reps Hinkle, Shea, Warnick and Johnson, the Washington State Health Care Freedom Act (HB2669) states that “A law or rule pertaining to health care shall not directly or indirectly compel any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in any health care system.” With this proposed legislation, Washington joins South Carolina,…