Monday, February 10, 2014

Nullification coming to the courtroom?

The Daily Haymaker, by Brant Clifton •  

Nullification is rearing its head as a very hot topic in this era of the Tea Party and widespread disgust with governmental overreach.  Nullification is the belief that states, communities and their residents have the right to nullify, or overrule, laws handed down by the government which they believe are unconstitutional.

Critics of nullification point to its use by states that eventually joined the Confederate States of America, as well as by entities opposed to the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. 

A counter-argument points to the fact that civil rights protesters regularly operated under the banner of nullification by doing things like: refusing to sit at the back of the bus, sitting at whites-only lunch counters, and attempting to enroll at whites-only public schools.  

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