There has been a lot of talk about nullification, both in the liberty-minded population of Tennessee and across the entire nation. Thomas Woods, author of Nullification: How To Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century, points out that “Jefferson himself introduced the word “nullification” into the American political lexicon, by which he meant the indispensable power of a state to refuse to allow an unconstitutional federal law to be enforced within its borders.”
Note to Tennessee General Assembly: please direct yourself to the term “unconstitutional federal law.” You know, unfunded mandates, tyrannical federal overreach into the state’s right to, well, be a state. Obviously the Tennessee General Assembly, almost in its entirety, apparently read that as the “U.S. Constitution” when they recently voted to nullify the first amendment of the United States Constitution making free speech a criminal offense.
Oh yes, there are vague stipulations of someone else having to be offended or frightened by the one that is exercising their right free speech. But what exactly does that mean? Who guides that slide down the slippery slope? For an excellent summation of this new Tennessee law (that takes effect in 2 weeks!), please read Tennessee Outlaws Jerks by Lesley Swann.
The Tennessee General Assembly is an embarrassment to the people of Tennessee that put them there. Unbelievable.