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The ubiquitous practice of nullification in antebellum America is testimony to a dynamic federal system, operating on a continental scale in which the agents are not individuals, but corporate entities called States, each seeking to preserve its own valuable way of life in a constitutional modus vivendi with the other States.
Fifth, a form of state nullification appears in that two thirds of each house of a state legislature can impeach any federal agent in the state, which agent would then be tried in the Confederate Senate.
Constitutional protection for these distinct cultures requires the right of nullification and secession.
But Jefferson also believed in the natural rights of "societies," and without the "principles of 98" (state nullification and secession) a Lincolnian Jefferson, whether in a left or right wing idiom, is not a historical reality but a fantasy conjured up for a political agenda.