Two States now have bills pending that would allow them to completely IGNORE Executive Orders from the Biden/Harris regime. Nullification is back. House Bill 1164 in North Dakota would allow that “should the Attorney General find that any executive orders are unlawful – or unconstitutional, the executive order would be “nullified,” it would prohibit any state, county, or local agency – or publicly funded organization – from enforcing the order(s)”. In a separate but related bill, South Dakota is following suit with HB 1194to create a “Committee on Neutralization of Federal Laws”.
Redstate’s Brandon Morse reports on the North Dakota bill,
“In other words, if Biden issues an executive order, the state’s attorney general may review the order to determine if it complies with the Constitution. From there, the state will determine if they should seek exemption from the order or challenge the order on constitutional grounds.”
According to The Gateway Pundit the North Dakota legislation is very specific in the situations that call for nullification, “the proposed HB1164, enumerates the following issues for nullification:
- Pandemics or other health emergencies
- The regulation of natural resources, including coal and oil
- The regulation of the agriculture industry
- The use of land
- The regulation of the financial sector as it relates to environmental, social, or governance standards
- The regulation of the constitutional right to keep and bear arms“
Similarly on the South Dakota efforts,
“As a separate but related bill, Republican State Rep. Sebastian Ertelt introduced a similar law that would nullify any federal laws that also breach constitutional authority. HB1194 would create a “Committee on Neutralization of Federal Laws” which would determine the constitutionality of any given federal law and, if found wanting, would proceed to nullify it within the state.”
South Dakota bill seeks power to reject presidential executive orders https://t.co/krkDMXAJSP
— Samantha Sullivan (@SamSullivan) February 1, 2021
History Repeats Itself: Nullification In A Time Of Great Disunion
Mark Twain once remarked that “History never repeats itself but it rhymes,” reading today’s news that is a chilling thought. battlefields.org, tells us of “The Nullification Crisis” thirty years before the Civil War, during Andrew Jackson’s Presidency,
“Thirty years before the Civil War broke out, disunion appeared to be on the horizon with the Nullification Crisis. What started as a debate over the Tariff of Abominations soon morphed into debates over state and federal sovereignty and liberty and disunion. These debates transformed into a national crisis when South Carolina threatened secession, an explicit threat of disunion. However, the United States narrowly avoided a civil war through compromise and the reaffirmation of executive authority.”
Despite the resolution of the nullification crisis (to really no-one’s full satisfaction), it represented the initial cracks that formed in the Union and a fundamental split that has never fully healed, between the co-sovereign states, independent minded citizens and an overreaching Democrat-led Federal government.
Yes, history rhymes but the information age has vastly sped up the tempo. It will not take 30 years to move from nullification talk to more serious talk of secession (early steps are already in progress) and the prospect of a second Civil War. It could be 30 months, 30 weeks or 30 days. With the second impeachment of President Trump underway and tensions high, there is no way to know.