Wow! What a blast we had at the Nullify Now! conference in Raleigh
this weekend, which was organized by the fine folks at the Tenth Amendment Center
. The only thing a curmudgeon could complain about is the success of the event--we could've used more space for all the folks who showed up. One thing's for sure--interest in States' Rights has surged, as the enthusiasm of the attendees at the Raleigh Convention Center certainly proves.
The North Carolina League of the South was one of the co-sponsors. We networked and exchanged contact information with like-minded activists from the other organizations represented there. Collaboration with other organizations is the real pay-off of events like this.
Other co-sponsors that set up tables at the event included the Libertarian Party of North Carolina
and the Republican Liberty Caucus.
The meeting rooms were packed. The speakers discussed the overlooked, forgotten, and often hidden history of nullification. With the escalating conflict between the people of the sovereign States and DC over such issues as ObamaCare
, amnesty for illegal aliens
, and the unconstitutional and authoritarian NDAA
, we can expect nullification to gain even more interest.
Dr. Tom Woods was the keynote speaker. The foundation of nullification, he reminded us, is State sovereignty
. As he put it, "The US was not meant to be one giant blob. It was founded as a collection of different societies." An all-powerful centralized government cannot help but slide toward totalitarianism, and nullification, from the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions
to the present day, is a necessary and legal instrument to put a brake on that dangerous tendency.
Furthermore, a centralized government for an area as vast as the US is impossible. As Dr. Woods put it, "How can one city make irrevocable and infallible decisions for 330 million people?" From the looks of things at this conference, a lot of folks are asking the same question.