Nullification: The Original Right of Self-Defense « Publius-Huldah’s Blog

In Federalist No. 46, Madison says, respecting unconstitutional acts of the federal government:T

he People can refuse to cooperate with federal officers [7th para];

State officials can oppose the feds [7th para];State Legislatures can invent legislative devices to impede & obstruct the federal government [7th para];

States can cooperate in concerted plans of resistance [8th para];

States can easily defeat the federal government’s schemes of usurpation [10th para]; and as the last resort,

States must defend themselves from the federal government – that’s why the People are armed.

So Jefferson, Hamilton and Madison tell us: When the federal government asks or directs States to do things which aren’t on the list, the proper response is, “No!”

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