Steve Timmer, the attorney who posted the video embedded below on YouTube, mocks Tenthers, like Sue Jeffers, talk radio host and candidate for Minnesota State Senate, Krysia Weidell, for advocating nullification. Yet he fails to offer a single convincing argument against nullification. He instead attempts to abuse them, rather than refute them. He loosely paraphrases Andrew Jackson, saying that the seventh president once described nullification bills as “insurrectionist” and “treasonous”. Finally, he claims that nullification will lead to “constitutional anarchy”.
I assume that Steve Trimmer is referring to a sentence in Andrew Jackson’s Proclamation Regarding Nullification, written for him by Edward Livingston, in which he pleads with the people of his native South Carolina:
“Mark under what pretenses you have been led on to the brink of insurrection and treason on which you stand!”
I find it surprising however, that Timmer would actually hold up Andrew Jackson, the President who infamously defied the US Supreme Court in order to carry out his cruel plan of Indian removal, as a way of trying to discredit Tenthers and the theory of nullification, which we support.
Anyway, both Abel P. Upshur and Littleton Waller Tazewell adequately rebutted Jackson’s proclamations. Steve Timmer can read both rebuttals in chapters 9-10 of Tom Woods’ new book, Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century.
Here’s the comment I left in response to Steve Timmer’s YouTube video, minus all the abbreviations and symbols I used in order to keep it under the maximum of 500 characters allowed per comment:
Sorry Steve, states have already used nullification to avoid unconstitutional federal laws many times and will continue to do so in the future. Medical Marijuana is openly dispensed in California in defiance of Gonzales v. Raich. Twenty two states refused to implement REAL ID. The evil Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was neutralized because of nullification. In most cases, nullification works. I’ll side with Jefferson and Weidell over Jackson and Timmer any day. Lawless federal usurpation, NOT nullification, equals constitutional anarchy.