Is Obama Embracing His Own Form of Nullification?
The legislators also went all 19th Century on us by embracing the principle of "nullification" an idea that has enjoyed pretty much complete obscurity since the U.S. Civil war. (The idea, repeatedly rejected by the courts, is that states can nullify federal laws they deem unconstitutional.Reported the Journal Sentinel:"Rep. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) is one of the nine from Wisconsin who told the Campaign for Liberty he would back legislation to declare Obamacare illegal and allow police to arrest federal officials who take steps to implement it in Wisconsin. He said he believes the health care law is unconstitutional, despite the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that it passes constitutional muster."Suffice it to say that his position is, to quote our own Bob Uecker... "juuuust a bit outside...."The problem here, of course, is that it is one thing to oppose the implementation of Obamacare state exchanges and quite another thing to begin channeling your inner John C. Calhoun and embrace the rhetoric of the 1830s. Frankly, it is hard to imagine a less effective way to make the case for opposition to an overweening federal government than to adopt positions that fit every caricature of the retrograde right the left/media could ever imagine. As if this were not bad enough, there was also some buzz about secession, despite the fact that we fought a war over that, which as you might recall ended badly for the advocates.Conservatives need to be aware of the optics. And here, they could hardly have been worse.