Surprise: People in power on both the left and right are lying to you.
When Obama was in office, people like Rachel Maddow or Ian Millhiser (of ThinkProgress) attacked every effort to withdraw support and resources to things like gun control, NSA spying or Obamacare as being dangerous nullification like John Calhoun or the confederacy.
These days, the same talking points using Calhoun are coming from the right. We’ve heard this from Jeff Sessions, Tom McClintock, John Bolton and others.
But anyone who actually knows what Calhoun and South Carolina proposed in the 19th century would never make this comparison to any action today. Period.
These people are either ignorant or lying. Probably both.
In this video, learn the truth about what James Madison called “the doctrine of South Carolina.”