It seems like we can’t go one day without another fact-free, historically-illiterate, unhinged rant from MSNBC’s top Obama stooge Chris Matthews.
A recent screed took shots at nullification and featured all of the usual absurdities, tying it in with racists and confederates. Desperate to protect his lord and savior Obama during a time that his presidency is plagued with scandal and incompetency, he comes out with the all-too-familiar canard that anyone pushing back against his agenda is a ‘racist.’
On his Oct. 18 show, Matthews said, “Now in this third battle of Bull Run — for them, it’s Manassas Creek — the rebel cry and stars and bars are rejoining the cause. They speak again of secession and nullification and all the old language leading up to the war between the states.”
Of course, Matthews did not provide any proof that nullification was part of the ‘old language’ leading up to the War Between the States because no such proof exists.
During the build up to the Civil War, the members of the future Confederacy were actually some of the strongest detractors of nullification. They were especially displeased about how northern states invoked nullification to stop the terrible fugitive slave laws that were deemed fully constitutional by SCOTUS and the federal government.
The state of South Carolina hated the North’s brave use of nullification of the unjust fugitive slave laws so much that they listed it amongst their grievances against the Union in their declaration of secession saying, “The States of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa, have enacted laws which either nullify the Acts of Congress or render useless any attempt to execute them. In many of these States the fugitive is discharged from service or labor claimed, and in none of them has the State Government complied with the stipulation made in the Constitution.”
The states of Texas, Georgia and Mississippi put similar language in their declarations of secession as well, proving that nullification was not a tool the south used to promote slavery. Slavers wanted a strong national government that would deny slaves basic freedoms and would not stand for the states standing up against their ‘peculiar institution.’
Jefferson Davis, in his farewell address, denounced nullification, calling it an ‘antagonistic principle’ to secession. He was correct. Secession and nullification are indeed antagonistic principles. Nullification attempts to preserve the union by remedying violations of the Constitution. Secession throws the baby out with the bath water, so to speak, while nullification attempts to preserve the Constitution and Bill of Rights, so eloquently written by the Founding Fathers.
The facts are, as usual, much different than Chris Matthews’ revisionist perspective holding that the evil, white slave owners were colluding together using nullification and secession as tools to keep black people as their property. This narrative couldn’t be further from the truth.
This is the type of demagoguery that people on the controlled left use to proliferate their extremist, federal supremacist beliefs. However, it is not working and they are fighting a losing battle. A majority of Americans now support nullification of unconstitutional federal laws while Obama’s approval rating languishish around 40 percent.
The genie isn’t going back into the bottle, regardless how much blather propagandists spew all over their small, irrelevant audiences over the airwaves. So, keep giving us the free publicity, Chris. We sure do appreciate it!