Nullification

esh_gaJuly 12, 2012

I forgot to mention that at my Tea Party event the other day, the incumbent state Senator brought up the subject of "nullification" as a way for the state to deal with not implementing the exchanges and the Medicaid expansion in accordance with the law. My daughter recognized the term right away from her recent studies. I had to look it up.

But today I see this blog post about it:

Today the issue is health care. In 1954, it was public education when the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Brown v. Board of Education. Following that landmark decision, which called for the integration of public schools, 101 of 128 congressmen from the states of the former Confederacy signed "The Southern Manifesto," which asserted that states were free to ignore federal laws and directives. Eight Southern states passed nullification resolutions declaring the unconstitutionality of the Brown decision. Several of them borrowed language directly from Civil War era secessionist Senator John C. Calhoun in doing so. This demagoguery about "tyrannical" government was accompanied by violence. African-Americans were lynched. White protestors in the South hurled sticks, rocks, and racial epithets at black students attempting to attend integrated schools. They beat up journalists and white individuals who escorted African American students to class. Churches, synagogues and homes were bombed (the Ku Klux Klan bombed so many homes in Birmingham the city was nicknamed "Bombingham").

I am hearing uncomfortable echoes of the past with the response to the June 28, 2012, Supreme Court decision upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Immediately after the ruling, South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint issued a press release in which he urged states to defy the federal government by refusing to implement the Act. Since the release of DeMint's statement, governors Rick Scott of Florida, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Rick Perry of Texas and Scott Walker of Wisconsin have stated publicly they will not comply with Obama's health care law regardless of the Supreme Court's decision. The Tenth Amendment Center is distributing model legislation to state legislators that would nullify the law. The legislation would make it a crime for any federal or state official, agent or employee to enforce or attempt to enforce the law (they would also be subjected to civil liability). Missouri, Texas, Montana, Wyoming, Oregon, Indiana, Maine, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Idaho, New Hampshire, South Dakota and North Dakota are currently considering such bills.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is the law of the land. It was enacted by duly constituted authority. It was passed by both the House of Representatives and the Senate. It was signed by President Barack Obama. It was upheld as constitutional by the Supreme Court. There is only one place for frustrated citizens to pass judgment on the wisdom of the law; at the ballot box in November. Calls for nullification, as the Supreme Court noted in Cooper v. Aaron, render our Constitution a "solemn mockery." Such calls also embolden the actions of others who will throw the bricks, sticks, and rocks; issue the threats; and brandish the guns.

How many of us here scoff now at what was done after the Brown decision? Can you imagine separating whites from blacks in school? I can't.

50 years from now, who will say the same thing about the beginnings of universal health care? Who will say I can't imagine affordable health care was not available to everyone. Thank goodness someone was bold enough to take the first step.

Here is a link that might be useful: source of course

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marquest(z5 PA)

Although there are times I do not like to hear ObamaCare but because I know the legacy this Health Care Bill will afford him a place in History that will one day be on every ones lips with appreciation.

Can you imagine every American will be saying Obama Cared with pride because of what it will have done for their life. When ever they go near any Health issue it will be Obama Cared, Obama Cared. lol

There will not be any political gain to focus on telling the rabid right to hate Obama they will have moved on to their next victim.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2012 at 4:37PM
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jodik_gw

After they've gone through all the bogeymen there are in the world, spreading fear and hate, exhausting every possibility, what will they do? Declare themselves a separate union of states called the Confederacy once more, and enact slavery again? And how will they tame those slaves?

I really don't understand all the fuss over something our government has been considering and talking about doing for years and years. This will help everyone! And even though it's not perfect, it's a start... a definitive move in a positive direction where our health care is concerned! How can that be considered a bad thing?

Obama cares, and the extreme right has gone nuts, I guess... the march of the lemmings...

    Bookmark   July 12, 2012 at 8:16PM
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david52_gw

How many hundreds of thousands of working poor in Georgia will not be able to get health care if they do this stuff?

Those people vote, and there are small inklings here and there that when this sort of buffoonery and posturing is keeping you and yours from getting health care, you might get upset.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 7:52PM
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heri_cles

Can anyone deny the parallel between the old South and the new South that is discussed in the OP?

This is proof positive that flying the Confederate flag is a provocation.
The Confederate flag is a lingering symbol of white superiority, hatred and racism.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 12:12AM
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jodik_gw

I don't know, David... I think they'll be waiting for those ultra conservative representatives to pull that "have faith" rabbit out of the hole... or looking around for that personal responsibility that they've been told to repeat, wash, rinse and repeat... or... maybe those reps will hand out the aspirins and blue pills... I don't know.

What a mess.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 7:02AM
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david52_gw

I was listening to one of these clowns the other day saying, quite seriously, that the solution to the health care crisis was to grow the economy.

/By not penalizing the job creators with taxes.

And yes, these people won the last congressional election.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 9:13AM
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esh_ga

the solution to the health care crisis was to grow the economy.

Yeah, that'll fix those pre-existing condition clauses and spiraling costs!

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 9:36AM
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