He was for it before he was against it.
Or against it while he was for it.
In a May 3, article Spalding praises North Dakota for, “wisely cutting out all of that nullification nonsense,” from its nullification bill.
Then he scolds North Dakota for watering down the legislation.
“Such indecisive legislative language leaves the matter in the hands of others (e.g., the Supreme Court), an odd case of timidity given that North Dakota has previously joined twenty-six other states in challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare in federal court. Well, North Dakota, is it unconstitutional or not?”
Sounds like Spalding wants North Dakota to nullify the federal health care law, or in Thomas Jefferson’s words declare that “it is not law, but is altogether void, and of no force.” - in other words, unconstitutional.
Later he calls nullification “unconstitutional and unlawful.”
So maybe not.
But Spalding issues a call for action.
“The objective is to change the objectionable law, stop its implementation and challenge it at every possible point.”
Sounds a lot like nullification.
Which he calls “nonsense.”
Spalding argues from a nationalist perspective. It’s OK for states to resist, but only through the federally approved and prescribed manner, namely working through the court system. He argues that states should take a strong stand and call an act unconstitutional, but they should not go so far as to declare it null and void. [...]
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