Time For A GOP Gut Check
In a year when Democrats seem to go from weakness to weakness, some Republicans seem determined to step on their own story. By any rational standards, this weekend’s GOP convention in Milwaukee ought to be a pep rally for Governor Scott Walker’s re-election and a chance to reinforce the case that it would be a bad idea to return to the policies of Jim Doyle.
Conservatives should be talking about the failure of Obamacare; the sluggish economy; massive deficits; a feckless foreign policy.
Instead, we get this. Understandably, the left/media are wetting themselves with delight.
For the past 20 years, I’ve been among those who have argued that conservatism is a movement of common sense. On Saturday, that proposition will be up for a vote.
As it turns out the so-called "secession" resolution is worse than advertised. Not only does it embrace the dubious idea that Wisconsin can break away from the union and form the Free State of Fitzwalkerstan, the resolution also goes all-in on nullification.
"Nullification" is an idea that has enjoyed pretty much complete obscurity since the Civil War. The idea is that states can nullify federal laws they deem unconstitutional. It has been repeatedly rejected by the courts.
Despite that, this is the language state GOP delegates will vote on this Saturday:
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, this legislature, which shall have as its charge to recommend and propose legislation which would have the effect of nullifying specific federal laws and regulations which are outside the scope of the powers delegated by the People to the federal government in the Constitution, such as:
• to nullify the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act within Wisconsin; and
• to nullify Common Core Curriculum in Wisconsin schools; and
• to nullify enactment of the NDAA indefinite detention provisions; and
•to nullify any Executive order or federal regulation that circumvents the legislative powers vested in Congress; and
• to nullify drone usage in the state of Wisconsin…
That is on top of the previously reported endorsement of the right of secession.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we strongly insist our state representatives work to uphold Wisconsin’s 10th Amendment rights, and our right to, under extreme circumstances, secede…
Suffice it to say that his position is, to quote our own Bob Uecker, "juuuust a bit outside...." Actually, Dan Bice quotes me using somewhat stronger language:
Conservative talk show host Charlie Sykes, a leading critic of the secession proposal, said the actual language is worse than advertised.
"This is crackpotism on steroids," said Sykes, whose show airs on WTMJ-AM (620)…