I love what Victor Davis Hanson said about the Kate Stienle case
we won’t hear from quite liberal people is that their own policies of
legal nullification are catalysts for tragedies. Municipal and state
nullification of federal statutes also has a shameful American history.
It was just such a principle — that local and regional lawmakers could
decide that the law of land is not applicable to themselves — that was
at the heart of the argument for the Old Confederacy.
South Carolina could unilaterally declare that U.S. law did not apply
within its environs, why then not 21st century San Francisco as well?
(Apparently San Francisco thinks South Carolina was on the winning side
of the Civil War.)
Such contemporary liberal nullification is
predicated on the relativist premise that progressive and situational
cancellation of law is noble — whereas other, less enlightened states or
city rights movements have no business copying their model. Should
Billings declare gay marriage illegal inside its city limits , or should
Fresno County decide to suspend the Endangered Species Act inside its
border, or should Provo announce that the city would summarily deport
illegal aliens without notifying federal authorities, San Franciscans
would be outraged. They would rightly equate such nullification with
Picking and choosing which federal laws to follow —
whether or not to file a tax return with the IRS? — leads where exactly?
Do those who are caught not filing tax returns statistically have no
higher incidence of criminality? And if that were true, what exactly
would it prove?"
Please tell your Senator and Congressman to pass Kate's Law.
Remember that could have been your daughter, your sister.