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Letter: ‘Supremacy Clause’ gives federal law upper hand

The text of the so-called “Supremacy Clause” (Article VI, Clause 2 of the Constitution of the United States) reads as follows:

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.

What about this provision gives the Legislature any mandate for wasting a single minute working on laws to “nullify” federal legislation? It didn’t work for John C. Calhoun of South Carolina in 1832 and won’t now.

— James Johnston

Anchorage