Thomas Woods shreds a so-called “small government” group for opposing nullification:
In short, the position of the WGL appears to be as follows: we must not adopt any position that might cause us to be called names by respectable people. We must adopt all the fundamental assumptions of the regime. We must assume that the Marshall Court’s cases were all decided correctly. We must assume that the nationalist theory of the Union is correct, even though it is contradicted by the most basic facts of U.S. history. We must not try to change the minds of our fellow citizens to get them to think in new and forgotten ways. We must accept judicial supremacy. We must do nothing unconventional. We must, in short, stick to the same strategies that have yielded the “conservative movement” precisely zero victories over the past hundred years.
Maybe it isn’t the nullifiers, after all, who are being unreasonable.
Woods’s article is lengthy, due to the well-recognized curse that befalls libertarians and true small government types. Rarely can we rely on the emotional or the expedient strains of argument which lend themselves to concision. Brevity may be the soul of wit, but it is also the heart of tyranny.
Those darn antifederalists. If only they had not placed upon us the Bill of Rights. Then we could live in a much higher state of thoughtless bliss. Instead, we have to deal with this:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
We have felt free to let lawyers, think tanks, and supreme courts decide our rights for us, resulting in just that: a feeling of freedom rather than an actual state of liberty.