A rather bold bill that would have strongly asserted the sovereignty of the state of Idaho was shot down this past Monday, February 19th, 2018. The bill, House Bill 461, would have enabled the state of Idaho to nullify any US Law or Supreme Court Ruling that the State of Idaho did not agree with.
In the end, the cowering legislators chose the example of the Civil War, where numerous southern states nullified the actions of the Federal government, only to brought to heel by use of force. The argument of nullification as a path to liberty is one numerous liberty activists have championed, with Tom Woods being perhaps one of the biggest proponents.
In Idaho, that effort has failed. The tactic of the explicit and implicit threat of force has convinced enough of these elected officials that Idaho should just shut up and keep with the Federal program, else they too could face a military invasion and occupation by the Federal government.
INB4 MUH SLAVERIES!
Note: This is not an endorsement or defense of slavery in any way, shape, or form. The South’s defense of slavery is reprehensible. But, if the Constitution were actually a thing, the South had every “right” to nullify the Federal government, even for horrible reasons like defending slavery.
The idea of nullification ended as a viable counter to the overreach of the Federal government after the invasion and occupation of the South. This strike down of this bill further emphasizes that point.