Not really. But how is it the media, the university professors and the activists on the left can’t see this? All they have to do is realize that nullification is not exactly a complicated subject. It is basically a refusal to follow certain laws believed to be unjust or excessive. Basically, we “nullify” such laws and refuse to give them effect.

Well, has anyone ever heard of “signing statements?” This is the phrase coined for written statements that our Presidents have come to make when signing into law legislation passed by Congress. Sometimes, they feel the law steps on their toes, and so they make clear what they are going to do in that regard. Here is a signing statement by Obama:

However, provisions of this bill within sections 1110 to 1112 of title XI, and sections 1403and 1404 of title XIV, would interfere with my constitutional authority to conduct foreign relations by directing the Executive to take certain positions in negotiations or discussions with international organizations and foreign governments, or by requiring consultation with the Congress prior to such negotiations or discussions. I will not treat these provisions as limiting my ability to engage in foreign diplomacy or negotiations.


How about that? Not only does our President proclaim to know a little something about Constitutional power and limits, but he considers such topics important. In fact, he considers Constitutional limits on power so important that he used nullification within his signing statement. Apparently, talk of the Constitution and nullification isn’t just for red-neck racists, after all.

Jeff Matthews

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