Former Dorchester County (S.C.) Sheriff Ray Nash is endorsing the doctrine of nullification in response to “threats to our Second Amendment rights” and “health care reform being forced down the throats of the states.”
“The argument I think is quite valid,” Nash says in a video released by his campaign. “The Tenth Amendment says that any powers that have not specifically been delegated to the federal government by virtue of the constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states, respectively, or to the people.”
Nash goes on to refer to nullification as a “retained right that the states still possess if there is an overextension of the federal authority.”
We don’t necessarily disagree with him … and Nash’s point that the federal government is a creation of the states (not the other way around) is a valid one.
Our only problem? Like most of the candidates running for the first congressional district seat, Nash is a fundamentally flawed messenger. In fact we’re told his problems extend much deeper than what we’ve reported on thus far in this race.
That’s too bad. Nash seems like a smart guy – and he’s definitely got the right perspective on this issue. But talk (however erudite) is cheap – and based on what we’ve seen Nash does not deserve to be trusted with our tax dollars.