Jan 4, 2010
Teabaggers trotting out a new treasonous tactic: Nullification
It was not long ago that anyone, mostly Democrats, who questioned the alleged “leadership” of George Bush or questioned the useless invasion in Iraq were called traitors. Why is it that the extremist teabaggers are not called traitors even though they are basically calling for an overthrow of the democratically elected U.S. government?
There latest stunt should seal it. They are calling for a long rejected theory called Nullification, and at least one treasonous Michigan blogger and teabagger is pushing it. Basically - after all, I am not a lawyer and have not studied law- Nullification is a constitutional theory that gives an individual state the right to declare null and void any law passed by the United States Congress which the state deems unacceptable and unconstitutional.
You may recall The Nullification Crisis during the presidency of Andrew Jackson. It was a sectional crisis brought about by South Carolina's 1832 Ordinance of Nullification in a dispute over tariffs. The crisis was diverted when the tariff rates were reduced, but the states’ rights doctrine of nullification was rejected by the nation.
It really never should have been an issue because of the U.S. Supreme Court case McCulloch vs. Maryland of 1819. The court ruled that the authority of the federal government comes from the people rather than the state governments. The U.S. Constitution had not been adopted by the state governments, but by people gathered in state conventions. Therefore, the Constitution gained its authority from the people. For this reason, the federal government, in fulfilling the responsibility given it by the Constitution and ultimately the people, is superior to the state governments. That’s why the Framers included the Supremacy Clause.
However, southern states did not let it go in order to ensure the existence of slavery, and it led towards secession and the Civil War. The bloodiest war in American history was fought to reject nullification, and teabaggers are trotting it out again.
Nullification and so-called “states rights” was also used in the South to deny African-Americans basic rights. But again, it’s back.
I don’t know how you can’t add traitor to the list of words describing the extremist, racist and hate-filled teabaggers.