Note: This is a guest blog entry submitted by James Williamson, one of my younger brothers, who is an Ohio native currently residing in Utah.
Not long ago while listening to KSL radio in Salt Lake City I heard that the state legislature was proposing an unusual move if the US congress passes the “Obamacare” bill: nullification. While this concept is not new it has been a while since we have seen it surface in this country from legitimate sources. The state legislature here discussed passing a measure that would nullify the federal law and put in its place a state law. I am not sure of the legal arguments for such a move but it seems our legislature here in Utah is not alone.
This quote is lifted directly from Wikipedia after searching for secession movements in the United States:
“On April 1, 2009, the Georgia State Senate passed a resolution 43-1 which affirmed the right of States to nullify Federal laws. The resolution also included the assertion that if Congress took certain steps, including restricting firearms or ammunition, the United States government would cease to exist ” http://www.legis.ga.gov/legis/2009_10/fulltext/sr632.htm is listed as the reference and contains the full text of the resolution.
Why the Georgia state legislature felt the need to pass this resolution is becoming increasingly apparent. A few of our legislative and executive branch leaders have apparently lost touch with reality. Voter rage was already on the rise with the passage of the TARP bailout in the fall of 2008. Unfortunately it was not sufficient to create a significant change in the landscape of the congress. The White House changed hands but it did not take long to find a new source of public outrage sponsered by the White House in the health care reform debate. Rather than respond to the voters a few of our “fearless leaders” have decided to bully and intimidate congressmen and senators that do not share the view of our new “politiboro”. This has been tried many times in the past in other countries with varying degrees of success but it is a rare occurence here and is one of the things that keeps our country free and makes it so great.
This political freedom of expression in terms of votes is now in real danger as there is a large disconnect between the will of the voters and the will of the elected. Thus the drive to get things done quickly, hoping that things will improve before the next election and the voter rage will have time to cool. In this I believe the hope of the current oligarchy will fail.
Consider the next statement by the governor of Texas (lifted from the same Wikipedia page):
“In April 2009, Rick Perry, the Governor of Texas, raised the issue of secession during a speech at a Tea Party protest: “Texas is a unique place. When we came into the union in 1845, one of the issues was that we would be able to leave if we decided to do that…My hope is that America and Washington in particular pays attention. We’ve got a great union. There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, who knows what may come of that.” After Perry’s comments received considerable attention and news coverage, Rasmussen Reports polled Texans and found that 31% of them believed that Texas has the right to secede from the United States, although only 18% would support secession.” Reference: “In Texas, 31% Say State Has Right to Secede From U.S., But 75% Opt To Stay“. Rasmussen Reports. 2009-04-17. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/states_general/texas/in_texas_31_say_state_has_right_to_secede_from_u_s_but_75_opt_to_stay. Retrieved 2009-04-19.
Secession movements have always existed in this country to some extent, but when the governor of the third most populous state (and right now perhaps the most solvent) starts talking secession someone in Washington ought to think twice about what they are doing. This statement was made in April. It is now August and the disconnect between the ambitions of the White House, Speaker, and Pro-tempore and the public will only seem to be growing daily.
Not long ago a Russian former KJB financial analyst (his name escapes me) predicted that the US would break up over the growing discontent of the financial inequity among the states. Specifically that the states that have the greatest revenue gap (send more in taxes than they receive from the federal government) would stop sending tax revenue to Washington and that would cause a collapse of the system. Ohio is the poster-child for this problem. While unemployment escalates and economic activity stagnates Ohio continues to shoulder much more than its fair share of the financial burden imposed by the federal government exacerbating the difficulty of lasting economic recovery, while California is on the receiving end. Why the preferential treatment for California? Could it be the number of congressional votes? Could it be the large population of “undocumented” immigrants that bloat census district populations but have very little political voice and are easily bought with things such as immigration reform promises and free healthcare for mothers who deliver “anchor babies”? These inequalities cannot persist forever and if our government doesn’t wake up and smell the coffee soon they will wake up to the smell of burnt toast…
I don’t know who first coined the phrase “ObamaNation” but they forgot two words: “of Desolation”..