Thomas E. Woods, Jr., is the New York Times bestselling author of 11 books, including The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History and Meltdown (on the financial crisis.) A senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Woods has appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, FOX News, FOX Business, C-SPAN, Bloomberg Television, and hundreds of radio programs... (Read More)
The Associated Press has a not entirely absurd story on nullification today, linked from Drudge. (It does cite the “supremacy clause” argument against nullification, so it’s not perfect.)
The article ends by quoting from a couple online messages sent to the governor about a Missouri nullification bill pertaining to gun rights. The person opposed to the bill, an Ann Hevelka from the Kansas City suburb of Gladstone, writes: “Outlandish bills like this — completely flouting our federal system — make Missouri the laughingstock of the nation.”
Ann Hevelka is a good student. She learned the government version of U.S. history well. Thomas Jefferson is “outlandish.” “Our federal system” means the federal government monopolizes the interpretation of the Constitution, and its infallible interpretations must be accepted by the states in silence. And the worst fate imaginable is that deep thinkers like Bill O’Reilly and Rachel Maddow might laugh at you.