Though it is bemoaned by the American Empire worshipping neo-cons and Evangelicals, the section of the recently signed federal budget deal that allows local governments to veto the proposed border fence in their jurisdictions is exactly the type of approach to federal law that is needed. With few exceptions, every federal law should allow this sort of opt-out clause. It would greatly reduce the amount of fighting that goes on over the levers of power in Washington City, and would allow local cultures to thrive, rather than being suffocated by the uniformity forced upon them by a distant Elite. In reality, however, this is the way a system of confederated independent States was supposed to work, and did work for several decades until Lincoln’s War of Northern Aggression turned the system into a top-down oligarchy from which no dissent was possible.
It was called then nullification and could still be used to great effect today if anyone in State, county/parish, or city government had the courage to use it. But as has been noted before here and elsewhere, the [u.] S. Constitution of 1787 was not intended to allow this sort of elbow room, but precisely to undermine it in favor centralization of power in federal hands, a process that Pres Lincoln greatly accelerated. As long as the delusion continues regarding the ‘exceptional’ nature of this document, that process is not going to stop.
Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!
Anathema to the Union!