In the days following the re-election of President Obama I have heard a steady drumbeat across American from Republicans and their Libertarian little siblings.
(SIDEBAR - Apologies to my Libertarian friends on the right, but lets be honest. You are on the right. You aren't this perfect utopian mix of the best of Liberalism and the best of Conservatism. You are conservatives. You never hear of the Libertarian wing of the Democratic Party. You only hear of the Libertarian wing of the Republican Party. Why? Cuz you're Republicans essentially. Sorry, but someone has to say it. But at least the ones in El Paso are motivated and are doers. God bless their less than 1% of the vote hearts, but they have been far more effective at shaping the Republican Party than the Republican Party has to be quite frank. Take a look around, the young people in the GOP are Republicans. And they're getting good. Just look at how many of them ran campaigns for the GOP)
Anyway, back to the drumbeat. The steady drumbeat sounds a lot like "WWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I didn't get my way, I can't grasp the reality that a majority of Americans supported the President so I wanna take my ball and go home."
Boo-effin-who. Put your big boy pants on and deal with the reality.
A Democratic President was re-elected. Since the Electoral College is still the process we use (which I don't support by the way), Obama won handily. And before you whip out popular vote numbers...lets remember a Republican had less of the popular vote and was selected by the Supreme Court to be President. And we had to deal with it.
So Obama was re-elected and America sent a binder full of women to Congress.
Now Republicans and Libertarians are talking about secession and nullification? And we're supposed to take that crap seriously? I refrained from jumping on this topic earlier because I didn't want to dignify it with a response but someone has to stand up to the march of the insane towards a neo-confederacy.
In fact, thats what we should call them. Neo-Confederates.
The whole idea of not being able to deal with the results of an election and deciding to take their ball and go elsewhere has been around since the Primary election in this town. Make no mistake, there is no difference between the Neo Confederates and the Sore Loser Democrats.
The exact same level of detachment from reality that makes Sore Loser Democrats is the same witch's brew of crazy that makes Neo Confederates.
If secession is stupidity personified, then nullification is its ugly kid sister. And frankly there are so many levels of hypocrisy here its almost comical. The idea that people are signing a petition to secede is hilarious. They went from misspelled signs as Tea Party rallies that said "We came without our guns, this time!" to signing an online petition? And then you have "Constitutionalists" advocating for secession and nullification?
I'm being punked right? Ashton Kutcher is somewhere with a hidden camera ready to jump out of some bushes right?
Because this can't be real.
I know people want to romanticize the idea of nullification, an idea that went out of fashion more than a century and a half ago, but lets have a little fidelity to history shall we? John C. Calhoun and other people from the south used the idea to promote the further extension of slavery in the United States.
But aside from reliving the Civil War, nullification represent the surrender of America. And its uniquely unpatriotic.
Nullification is counter-productive to the greatest of American political values - COMPROMISE. You know, that silly little thing that was used to create this nation? Nullification says if I don't like a law, screw it, I don't have to follow it. It literally takes the United out of United States of America.
Hell nullification would essentially create 50 little kingdoms off doing their own thing with only a loose association with one another. Oh great, the Americas version of the European Union.
And don't give me this crap that nullification is only for when the feds over-step their bounds. Who decides if they over-step their bounds. And oh by the way, we already have a solution for that...its called the Supreme Court. You remember the judicial branch of government right? Its that branch of government created through...wait for it...COMPROMISE!
Nullification is predicated on the idea that the federal government is not the boss of me. So by definition, there is really no limit to the extent of nullification. Which makes people who believe that is a rational solution for America, the Mayor of Crazytown!
And don't get me started on international relations. The US would not be able to speak with foreign governments as though it speaks with one voice when there are 50 little kingdoms.
You want to secede from America? You don't have to.
Just do what Romney said to do. Self-deport.
And yes, my friend Isabel Gonzalez is right. We Texas joke about being our own country because we like being annoyingly proud of being Texans. Its our God-given right to do so, especially at football games. But this is real.
You can't have a government that is being undermined by what constituted the government in the first place.
Nullification is anti-constitutional.
Nullification is the government of the Articles of Confederation. Which is EXACTLY what the Constitutional Convention was created to fix.
In fact, if the Constitution were a person, I'm pretty sure it would kick nullification's ass and stand over it and declare:
"Don't Tread on Me!"