Ian Millhiser is after me again. I am beginning to think he may be a droid of some kind. Either that or he has a template for nullification articles into which he inserts the specifics he needs. Like Mad Libs.
If you want some fun, read my profile of Ian. It is one of my best recent pieces of writing. Ian, meanwhile, still writes as if he’s doing an eighth-grade term paper. Think I’m just being unkind to a critic? Read his most recent piece. Please.
Oh, and in that piece, he sticks to his usual rules, straight out of Orwell:
(1) Do not quote anything Woods has written in the past 15 years.
(2) Never, ever link to anything he’s written in the past 15 years. People must not read his writing.
(3) Pretend that the “supremacy clause” argument from law school hasn’t been answered a million times already.
(4) Refer to secession as “treason,” despite the plain truth of the compact theory (which is not a theory) of the Union. (Here’s my short video on the compact theory.) In doing so, inadvertently show how close your worldview is to John McCain’s.
(5) Cite Calhoun, not Jefferson.
(6) Cite Madison’s later repudiation of nullification without noting that his later protests are obviously at odds with his earlier words, as critics noted at the time.
On these and other points, see my Nullification: Answering the Objections.
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