Citizens across the country are fed up with the politicians in Washington telling us how to live our lives—and then sticking us with the bill. But what can we do? Actually, we can just say “no.” As New York Times bestselling author Thomas E. Woods, Jr., explains, “nullification” allows states to reject unconstitutional federal laws. For many tea partiers nationwide, nullification is rapidly becoming the only way to stop an over-reaching government drunk on power. From privacy to national healthcare, Woods shows how this growing and popular movement is sweeping across America and empowering states to take action against Obama’s socialist policies and big-government agenda.
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Unconstitutional laws are pouring out of Washington…but we can stop them.
Just ask Thomas Jefferson. There is a “rightful remedy” to federal power grabs—it’s called Nullification.
In Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century, historian and New York Times bestselling author Thomas E. Woods, Jr. explains not only why nullification is the constitutional tool the Founders envisioned, but how it works—and has already been employed in cases ranging from upholding the First Amendment to knocking down slave laws before the Civil War. In Nullification, Woods shows:
- How the states were meant to be checks against federal tyranny—and how a growing roster of governors and state attorneys general are recognizing they need to become that again
- Why the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution reinforces the rights of states to nullify unconstitutional laws
- Why it was left to the states to uphold the simple principle that an unconstitutional law is no law at all
- Why, without nullification, ordinary Americans will continue to suffer the oppression of unjust, unconstitutional laws
- PLUS thorough documentation of how the Founding Fathers believed nullification could be applied
Nullification is not just a book—it could become a movement to restore the proper constitutional limits of the federal government. Powerful, provocative, and timely, Nullification is sure to stir debate and become a constitutional handbook for all liberty-loving Americans.
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Praise for Nullification
“In clear and well-documented arguments, Tom Woods gives hope to those who wish to tame the federal monster as the Framers intended—by using the utterly lawful and historically accepted principle of Nullification. You must read this book.” —The Honorable Andrew P. Napolitano, Senior Judicial Analyst, Fox News Channel
“Thomas Jefferson said, ‘Whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force.’ It turns out that at least two thirds of congressional spending is absent of any constitutional authority. That means that at the very least, it is going to take the vigorous use of nullification to restore the American republic. Anyone in the Tea Party movement or elsewhere who really wants to limit government ought to start with this highly readable and informative book.” —Walter E. Williams, John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics, George Mason University
“This book is a must read for all who respect and cherish liberty. During these times that challenge our freedoms there is no one more qualified to make U.S. history relevant to the fight against big government than Thomas Woods.” —Barry M. Goldwater, Jr., former Member of Congress
About the Author
Thomas E. Woods, Jr., holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard and his master’s, M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University. A senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, he is the author of ten books, including the New York Times bestsellers Meltdown and The Politically Incorrect GuideTM to American History. Woods won the $50,000 first prize in the 2006 Templeton Enterprise Awards for his book The Church and the Market, and co-edited Exploring American History: From Colonial Times to 1877, an eleven-volume encyclopedia. He lives with his family in Auburn, Alabama.
Why the President Should Read This Book
Is the Supreme Court the ultimate check on the power of the federal government, or is it the states, the people, Congress, or some other entity? When the federal government passes a law, what remedies do the states have if they feel the law is unconstitutional? Is nullification a prelude to secession, or its opposite? Was nullification used or advocated in the defense of slavery? Can states nullify federal laws?
This book will not satisfy all parties as to the answers to these questions, and a President may never know the correct answers to all of them, but one thing is certain–the President will never know the answers if he does not know the questions. This book asks the questions and if it does not answer them to everyone’s satisfaction, it at least gets one thinking about the question of nullification, and what the answers might be.