State efforts to roll back the federal health care law have drawn increasing attention to the principle of nullification in recent months. And as state legislators realize they have a viable tool to fight unconstitutional federal overreach, they increasingly employ the idea to push back against other expansions of federal power, including TSA full body scanners, acts prohibiting medicinal marijuana, the Real ID Act, EPA regulations and federal gun laws.

James Madison said the states have a right and are duty bound to interpose when the feds overreach, and Thomas Jefferson called it, “the rightful remedy.” But what exactly is nullification? What are its origins and history? Can a states really declare a law unconstitutional, and null and void within its borders?

The Nullify Now! Tour answers these questions.

The national program sponsored by the Tenth Amendment Center and the Foundation for a Free Society, will roll into Southern New Hampshire University on Saturday, March 19. Featuring Harvard and Columbia University educated historian Thomas Woods Jr. as the keynote speaker, the presentation will weave together a logical, moral, and constitutionally sound case for nullification through historical writings, case studies and the words of the founders.

“Nullification isn’t some mystical legal principle buried in cobweb covered books. It’s simply any action taken by states to resist unconstitutional federal actions,” Tenth Amendment Center communications director Mike Maharrey said. “It’s a principle rooted in the Constitution and woven into the philosophical foundation of the United States. The Nullify Now! presentation makes the case for nullification in an entertaining and captivating way.”

The Nullify Now! Event begins at 10 a.m. in the dining center, upper level.

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Media credentials are available upon request.


Michael Boldin

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