I wrote an earlier post about secession. Now I should address nullification.
It's not constitutional. The United States Constitution makes clear that federal law has supremacy over conflicting state law. Resolutions calling for acts of nullification are, at best, wastes of time and, at worst, bad politics. They give fodder to your enemies.
But I do think that three observations are in order.
First, I don't mind that Dan Bice keeps writing about this, but I would think - if he is looking for crackpots to box around - that he might point out to his readers that Shorewood and a number of other communities around the state recently voted to repeal the First Amendment rights of the newspaper works for - as well as every other newspaper and broadcast station in the country.
Second, while we ought to respect the Supremacy Clause in our constitution, we should also respect constitutional limitations on the power of the federal government. Over the past eighty years, those limitation, with the acquiescence of the Supreme Court, have been largely ignored through a combination of lawyerly sophistry and indifference. Legal sophisticates try to avoid a debate about this by presenting this a a fait accompli - something that it makes no sense to question and is, in any event, an inevitable outcome of the centralizing tendencies of the twentieth century. That's not so and a resolution addressing that would be appropriate.
Third, I sure hope that we are going to see as much emphasis on the crackpottery of the Democratic Party resolutions committee. It is not clear to me, for example, that support for nullification or secession in "extreme" circumstances is any worse than support for abortion until, literally, the moment of delivery or, as noted above, repealing the First Amendment rights of newspapers and other legal associations of persons.