The founders didn’t trust the executive branch to exercise complete power over war.
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“To assume that government gives you rights takes you down a very dangerous path. After all, whatever government gives, government can take away.”
“The Constitution vests the power of declaring war with Congress, therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they have deliberated upon the subject, and authorized such a measure.” -George Washington (1793)
If there were 10 or 11 million undocumented short-barreled shotguns in violation of the national firearms act of 1934, there is absolutely no way that the federal government would have the resources to stop them without local enforcement of federal law.
Archibald Maclaine was a well-known attorney in North Carolina, and was a leader there in opposition to the Stamp Act. He argued in favor of ratification of the Constitution and suggested nullification as a response to federal overreach.
When the FDA told a Texas Doctor to stop treating terminal patients, he continued under the Right To Try Act. Instead of death they now have hope for life.
“States and local communities can nullify the practical effect of federal police militarization programs by simply withdrawing from them.”
Federal laws can be nullified by personal action. Hemp production is one example of this.
In 1817, James Madison vetoed a federal infrastructure spending bill on the grounds that the federal government had no such power under the constitution.
“We always have our sights set on the ultimate goal, but strategically we know that victory for liberty will come one small step at a time.”