That is Kentucky State Senator Damon Thayer's (R) defense for advocating that Kentucky engage in the illegal practice of nullification - a practice historically associated with attempts to deny liberty, freedom and rights of citizenship to...well, you know who.
But in the 1950s, southern states resurrected the use of nullification in an attempt to prevent the integration of their public schools. These attempts failed when the Supreme Court again rejected nullification in Cooper v. Aaron, explicitly holding that the states may not nullify federal law.
The courts have consistently found that under the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution, federal law is superior to state law, and that under Article III of the Constitution, the federal judiciary has the final power to interpret the Constitution. Therefore, the power to make final decisions about the constitutionality of federal laws lies with the federal courts, not the states, and the states do not have the power to nullify federal laws.
But that means nothing to Thayer who stands ready to waste resources and energy overturning the rule of law.
"Barack Obama lost Kentukcy in a landslide, in 2008 and 2012. So if we disagree with those policies - as we've stated twice - why should our governor have the right to go ahead, and by unilateral fiat, implement the most unpopular laws that this president passed?
Here's why...as Jason Jones illustrates on the Daily Show above. (05:42)
Hat tip to Susan Weston.