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 best-selling 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 overreaching government drunk on power.
From privacy to immigration to national health care, Woods shows how this growing and popular movement is sweeping across America and empowering states to take action against President Obama's socialist policies and big-government agenda.
©2010 Thomas E. Woods, Jr. (P)2010 Tantor
Montana passes the Firearm Freedoms Act, striking down the Federal government's right to regulate firearms built, sold, and kept within the State. California passes their medical marijuana law and allows a controlled substance to be sold openly, despite Federal laws disallowing it. The list of nullification is longer, and will continue to grow.
If you have heard someone speak about Nullification - or the right of the States to nullify laws coming from the Federal government - have wondered "how can they do that?" and want a serious answer, this is probably the only book out there that will answer you. Note: this book does not discuss Succession, which is often linked with Nullification, but does touch on the subject in the section on whether the American Civil War "resolved all of those questions".
So, what does the book contain: the history of the case for Nullification. That is pretty much it. It does not tell you "how to resist Federal tyranny in the 21st Century", it tells you the legal case that States make. It explains the language of the U.S. Constitution (very well, I think) and related writings of the time. And it goes into great detail of specific State Resolutions that cite nullification. How great a detail? The book came to an end and the narrator started reading the appendices, which are the resolutions themselves, and the audio was only 1/2 done. That's how much detail.
Listen to the sample audio to the narrator's voice. If you like it,you will have an easier time getting through the book. For me, his voice started to induce sleep. (I know, you are probably thinking the subject matter did, but I was interested in the story up until I hit the appendices.)
Overall, I liked the book because I like the narrative story of the history of our country and of its constitution. I downgraded the rating for the narrator's voice and for the extent of the appendices. Word-for-word readings are too "over-the-top" to me. Maybe I am wrong though.
Tom Woods gives a thorough review of the historical precedence of nullification in countering federal laws and initiatives which the states deemed to be overstepping the bounds set forth to limit it in the U.S. Constitution.
Notably, he counters the often used argument that nullification was used by the southern states to promote the continuance of slavery. In actuality, nullification was used most often to counter the federal governments laws which promoted it, as well as laws requiring conscription, and also utilizing states militias as a federal force.
Interesting and informative but lacking focus. the whole book is a kind of a mass of side tangents.
Woods did a much better job with his book "Meltdown".
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