A few years ago, I guest-hosted The Art Lewis Show on WSGW 790AM, and I interviewed a very nice gentleman from a local Tea Party group. I’ll have to go back in my records and try to find the interview. Anyway, I recall asking him if he thought the Tea Party would side with President Lincoln and the Union, or the Southern Confederates during the Civil War. I asked the question because Tea Party activists (and all conservatives, honestly) have been clamoring for States’ Rights ever since President Obama took office. The gentleman couldn’t answer my question.
I ask that question because I caught this story out of Mississippi today:
The neutralization committee called for in the bill would enforce “a constitutional balance of powers,” and would be made up of the lieutenant governor, six members of the state Senate appointed by the lieutenant governor, the speaker of the state House of Representatives or his designee and six members of the House of Representatives appointed by the speaker. The committee will be allowed to review “any and all existing federal statutes, mandates and executive orders for the purpose of determining their constitutionality.” Any measure that is found to be “beyond the scope and power assigned to the federal government under Article 1 of the United States Constitution or in direct violation of the Mississippi Constitution of 1890” may be recommended for neutralization by the simple majority vote of each house of the Mississippi State Legislature.
“If the Mississippi State Legislature votes by simple majority to neutralize any federal statute, mandate or executive order on the grounds of its lack of proper constitutionality, then the state and its citizens shall not recognize or be obligated to live under the statute, mandate or executive order,” the bill reads.
Wasn’t there a time southern states believed they didn’t have to live under the laws of the United States of America? Wasn’t there a time when the South thought they could refuse to adhere to federal laws regarding the civil rights of certain individuals?
“Neutralizing” federal laws? Really? Mississippi, do you really want to go down that route since you seem to enthusiastically accept federal dollars whenever it comes your way:
True, this graph is about seven years old, and some of those Red States did flip to blue in the 2008 presidential election. The overall trend, however, cannot be overlooked. Southern states love them some Uncle Sam dollars!
Aren’t those who refuse to follow federal law called, “traitors?” What would George Washington think of a state creating its own “Neutralization” law? Don’t think he’d consider it a good thing.