Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

June 24, 2013

STUMPTALK: Constitutionality of nullification explained

By Jerry McDonough
Chronicle contributor

CROSSVILLE — Nullification has three main misconceptions perpetrated by the socialist elites. Most of these socialists in all probability failed grade school civics and high school history, but that is another matter.

One of the popular misconceptions held by socialists is their version of the Nullification Crisis of 1832. South Carolina passed a nullification ordinance for much the same reason they seceded from the Union in later years. They sought to block a tariff — passed by the federal government in 1828 and 1832 — which was hurting the state’s trade. Our socialist friends would have us believe that when President Andrew Jackson threatened to invade South Carolina if the popularly approved ordinance went into effect, South Carolina capitulated. We people of the masses are supposed to learn the socialist taught lesson that “might makes right.” It does not. The moral high ground makes right. What factually occurred was that the tariff in question was greatly reduced to livable level in what is known as the Compromise Tariff of 1833 and so South Carolina ratified it.

Additionally, the socialists push the “might makes right” idea because of the War Between the States and that is also false. The North actually nullified the Constitutional law by unlawfully invading the South. South Carolina again, in accordance with the 1787 Constitution, told the federal government to leave their sovereign state territory — Fort Sumter — because of federally levied tariffs. The federal army stayed and South Carolina threw them out. The North then commenced the illegal invasion of the South.

Another popular misconception held by the socialist elites is that race relations improved because of their views on nullification being a non-starter. After all did not a number of Southern legislatures try to ignore the opinion of the court in Brown vs. Board of Education? Well, the truth is the court issued another decree that the original ruling must be followed. Those legislatures okayed this ruling rather than force the issue which was becoming moot anyway. Segregation was on the way out. Intelligent people learn to “pick their fights wisely.” The essence of nullification in this matter is that the states do not care what’s allowed and what’s not by a federal government created by the States. The states will constitutionally determine what is relevant and not a panel of lawyers.

Today, nullification is a more powerful tool than ever as many states are using it to ward off the encroachment of a failed socialist federal government to have its unconstitutional way with American citizens. Many states are using nullification to block national ID cards, marijuana laws, civilian gun control and indefinite detention of American citizens, and add to that list blocking the “Affordable Health Care Act” aka Obamacare. Many bills are now making their way through state houses to block TSA and prohibit the use of drones domestically to mention just a few points of popular disagreement with the federal government.

So, not only is nullification being used, but it is widely accepted by the public to limit the power of the federal government be it socialist or not. For further information on nullification simply go to Wikipedia’s entry for the word. Even they have an objective non-elitist explanation. The social elites know they will have total power and control if they can just rid the population of their guns and their pesky constitutional rights.

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