“In response to the Tariff Act of 1828, South Carolina threatened to ‘nullify’ the law, saying that it did not apply to South Carolina. In 1832,South Carolina codified the Nullification Act by formally stating that ‘if the federal government moved to enforce the Tariff Act, it would be met with the secession of South Carolina from the Union.’ This war of words would continue until the Southern states, under the guise of ‘states’ rights,’ seceded from the Union and brought about the Civil War, which established the concept of the United States we know and love today.
“After the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, our governor, along with other officials, declared that he would not enforce the act in Wisconsin.
“Now I ask you, just who in hell does he think he is? Has he not learned one thing from history, or have he and others simply decided that they are more knowledgeable than anyone else? This concept of the governor was debunked in the 1860s. A federal law applies to ALL the states. And if the governor needs more proof of what he thought he could do, I suggest that he sit down and read the U.S. Constitution.”
Well, I will agree with James Kroneman on one point – he needs to “sit down and read the U.S. Constitution”. Yes, he was referring to the Governor of Wisconsin, but in this case, I think the governor has a better understanding of the Constitution than Mr. Kroneman, who seems to believe that “might makes right” and the “Supremacy Clause” in the Constitution settles everything.
In “A Question of Supremacy” I refuted the assertions of another writer who also claimed that the states have no right to nullify federal “laws” because that would violate the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution. But as I stated in that article, the people who wish to cite the Supremacy Clause always skip right over a couple of words proceeding the words “shall be the supreme law of the land”. So, what are those “inconvenient” words they don’t want you to read, “shall be made in pursuance thereof”.Details