Wow! I can see that the political philosophy of John C. Calhoun is alive and well in America today.
But here’s my point.
Clearly, elected officials in any state have the right to oppose, to question, to seek to amend, or to minimize the impacts of federal regulations/legislation that they deem inappropriate, badly drafted, burdensome, or unlikely to meet the goals that legislation purportedly seeks to achieve.
But states cannot simply brush aside legislation that has been duly enacted by the national government, and exempt themselves from its central provisions. That’s nullification-and that’s a recipe for enduring conflict.
It was instructive to read many of the posts, particularly those from folks whose dislike of the current administration and fear of the consequences of the nearly completed health care legislation is such that they’re apparently willing-even eager-to attempt nullification.
Today’s bitter, unrelieved partisanship is sadly reminiscent of the decades before the Civil War, when regional economic issues pitted the agrarian south against the industrial north, and abolitionists fought slavery.
For those of you who detest the president and his reform agenda, there’s a simple solution: vote for folks who will amend or overturn it. All this prattling about Ayn Rand & godless liberals is just hot air-if you don’t like it, organize! Don’t waste your time huffing and puffing-you need a majority in the House and the Senate.
So get to work, all you right-wing irredentist slackers!