quotes tagged with 'nullification'

So far as (the federal) government is concerned, I venture to predict that it will become absolute and irresponsible, precisely in proportion as the rights of the States shall cease to be respected, and their authority to interpose for the correction of federal abuses shall be denied and overthrown. It should be the object of every patriot in the United States to encourage a high respect for the State governments. The people should be taught to regard them as their greatest interest, and as the first objects of their duty and affection. Maintained in their just rights and powers, they form the true balance-wheel, the only effectual check on federal encroachments. 
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The danger is, not that the States will interpose too often, but that they will rather submit to federal usurpations, than incur the risk of embarrassing that government, by any attempts to check and control it.

Author: Abel Upshur, Source: A Brief Enquiry Into the True Nature and Character of Our Federal GovernmentSaved by cboyack in government state legislature federalgovernment nullification 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The general rule is that an unconstitutional statute, though having the form and name of ...law, is in reality no law, but is wholly void, and ineffective for any purpose; since unconstitutionality dates from the time of its enactment, and not merely from the date of the decision so branding it. An unconstitutional law, in legal contemplation, is as inoperative as if it had never been passed. Such a statute leaves the question that it purports to settle just as it would be had the statute not been enacted. Since an unconstitutional law is void, the general principles follow that it imposes no duties, confers no rights, creates no office, bestows no power or authority on anyone, affords no protection, and justifies no acts performed under it .... A void act cannot be legally consistent with a valid one. An unconstitutional law cannot operate to supersede any existing valid law. Indeed, insofar as a statute runs counter to the fundamental law of the land, it is superseded thereby. No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce it.

Author: Thomson Reuters, Source: American Jurisprudence, Second Edition, Volume 16, Section 177Saved by cboyack in constitution law nullification 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Each State, in ratifying the Constitution, is considered as a sovereign body, independent of all others, and only to be bound by its own voluntary act. In this relation, then, the new Constitution will, if established, be a FEDERAL, and not a NATIONAL constitution.

Author: James Madison, Source: Federalist Paper No. 39Saved by ImaWriterIII in constitution liberty government freedom tyranny jamesmadison federal independence states nullification national 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

In the creation of the federal government, the states exercised the highest act of sovereignty, and they may, if they please, repeat the proof of their sovereignty, by its annihilation. But the union possesses no innate sovereignty, like the states; it was not self-constituted; it is conventional, and of course subordinate to the sovereignties by which it was formed

Author: John Taylor of Caroline, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in politics liberty government freedom tyranny revolution federal sovereign states nullification johntaylorofcaroline 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

It becomes all therefore who are friends of a Government based on free principles to reflect, that by denying the possibility of a system partly federal and partly consolidated, and who would convert ours into one either wholly federal or wholly consolidated, in neither of which forms have individual rights, public order, and external safety, been all duly maintained, they aim a deadly blow at the last hope of true liberty on the face of the Earth.

Author: James Madison, Source: Notes on NullificationSaved by ImaWriterIII in liberty government jamesmadison nullification 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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