Senate President: I Didn’t Really Mean I Would Shoot Dissidents;
You Took Me Out of Context
by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.: Forget
Nullification, Says ‘Conservative’ Group; Stick to the Establishment’s Rules
president of the Florida state senate, recently responded
to an attorneys defense of Thomas Jeffersons principle
of state nullification of unconstitutional laws as follows:
for your email and for your passionate views.
I believe Obamacare is unconstitutional and wrong-headed policy.
I have consistently voted in the Florida Legislature for legislation
that affirms our states options, obligations and sovereignty
under the United States Constitution. I am working every day to
ensure the election of national candidates who will repeal and
replace this extraordinarily bad policy.
As to nullification,
I tend to favor the approach used by Floridas first Governor,
It is said
that one evening, while he was president, General Jackson was
interrupted in his reading in his bedroom by an alarmed military
aide who breathlessly reported, Mr. President, the nullifiers
are in front of the Executive Mansion with torches and guns. They
are screaming that each state has the right to decide for itself
which federal laws to follow. They threaten to burn us down if
you will not agree with them.
his head from his reading, Andrew Jackson said, Shoot the
first nullifier who touches the Flag. And hang the rest.
I have sworn an oath on my fathers Bible before Almighty
God to preserve, protect and defend the constitution and government
of the United States. And thats exactly what I intend to
do. Count me with Andrew Jackson.
A number of
Floridians were up in arms about Senator Gaetzs casual endorsement
of firing on his own people. (Note that firing on his own
people is a phrase we are permitted to use only in reference
to foreign despots; anyone recommending such a course here is merely
defending law and order.) The Southern Poverty Law Center, which
is supposed to stay on the alert for cases of political extremism,
uttered not a peep at this particular act of extremism. Probably
just an oversight.
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E. Woods, Jr. [send him
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website], a senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute,
is the creator of Tom
Woods’s Liberty Classroom, a libertarian educational
resource. He is the author of eleven books, including the New
York Times bestsellers Meltdown
(on the financial crisis; read Ron Paul’s foreword)
Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, and most
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