I recently appeared on the Tennessee Informer to talk about the Tenth Amendment and nullification.

I start the discussion by explaining why you can’t count on “parchment barriers” to protect liberty. The Constitution needs to be enforced. And we can’t depend on the federal government to enforce itself.

This leads to a discussion about the principles behind nullification. I cover the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions of 1798, pointing out that while they laid the groundwork for nullification, the don’t tell us how to do nullification.

From there, I talk about the practical strategy of state and individual resistance using Madison’s blueprint in Federalist #46, along with examples of nullification in practice from the years leading up to the American Revolution to the modern day.

Mike Maharrey

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