Texas Republican Proposes Another Civil War By Ending The Union Through Nullification

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Allegiance is a duty of fidelity owed by a subject or a citizen to their nation, and like fidelity to the United States Constitution. Conservatives, particularly teabagger Republicans, are wont to claim their allegiance to America and the Constitution are beyond question. And yet, they are more likely than not to be the first so-called good citizens to dream up myriad schemes to prove their seditious intent and subvert the Constitution as rebels against the nation they claim allegiance to. Some Americans may remember from American history that a group of seditious states decided that they had purview to declare federal laws unconstitutional through a process known as “nullification” that led to the deaths of over three-quarters of a million Americans during the war to put an end to the Union.

Early in American history, Founding Father James Madison warned that the fastest way to “put an end to the Union itself” was through nullification because it would “render each obligation a state’s citizen owe to the union as a whole optional.” That lesson, and the Civil War, is something a Texas Republican legislator, Dan Flynn, is attempting to repeat through a proposal that empowers just two Texas Republicans, the state house speaker and lieutenant governor, with authority to suspend any federal law within Texas’s border. Flynn’s legislation giving ultimate “nullification” power to a bare majority 14 member ‘joint legislative committee on legislation” appointed by the house speaker and lieutenant governor can “temporarily declare that any federal law” they disagree with “has no legal effect in this state,” and once ratified the nullification becomes permanent.

Nullification is a very popular, and patently unconstitutional, theory embraced by anti-American and anti-government malcontents that claim any state can unilaterally declare a federal law unconstitutional and abolish the law in the state; in this case Texas. The idea is also embraced by the anti-American Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association led by treasonous Richard Mack who claims it is the local sheriff, and not the Supreme Court, who is the ultimate arbiter of what is, and what is not, constitutional. However, the Constitution explicitly provides that all federal laws are the supreme law of the land, and constitutional,” and that the Supreme Court and not the local sheriff, or a state such as Texas, decides the constitutionality of federal or state laws.

Advocates for nullification deny the Constitution and claim they have the right to declare a law unconstitutional and are not doing anything as simple as invalidating them. Of course, there is nothing in the Constitution giving state lawmakers like Texas’s house leader or lieutenant governor the power to “issue binding pronouncements on whether a federal law is constitutional or not.” In fact, and this is something an alleged arbiter of the Constitution should know; “all judicial power of the United States, shall be vested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.” Thus, If Texas Republicans believe a federal law is unconstitutional, their proper legal course according to the Constitution is to file a lawsuit seeking to strike the law down. It is what inspired James Madison to warn that nullification would “speedily put an end to the Union itself” because, in effect, it allows a “state to use nullification to secede from the union one law at a time.”

It is unclear exactly which federal law, or laws, Flynn has in mind to nullify first, but it is important to remember Flynn is a Texan and there are any number of federal laws Republicans in the state claim do not apply to them because it is Texas. The idea of seceding from the Union, and nullification of federal laws, are popular among a relatively large number of Texans; including recently indicted and charged for abusing his power Rick Perry. In 2011 Perry signed a law nullifying a 2007 law signed by fellow Texan George W. Bush that phased out less energy-efficient incandescent light bulbs. If Texans are petty enough to pass a nullification law over phasing out energy-wasting light bulbs, it is obvious they have big plans for any number of environmental, regulatory, or immigration laws they disagree with. Flynn’s nullification law was just introduced, but it is likely the anti-government Republicans will take up the proposal quickly at their first opportunity as a first step towards secession.

It is certain that even after the anti-government traitors in the Confederacy attempted to, as Founding Father James Madison put it, “put an end to the Union itself” to disastrous effect,  the same traitorous mindset is still at work in 2014. In fact, although there has always been seditionists and secessionists in America, they exploded in numbers when Americans first elected an African American man as President. And, they have nearly universally touted state’s rights over the Federal government as their primary reason for opposing the government in Washington with a Black man as President.

When Texas governor Rick Perry first floated the idea of Texas secession, he claimed Washington has no  right to pass laws Texas doesn’t like. Perry’s mindset, like his cohort in the teabag movement, was that “if Washington (with a  legally elected African American President) continues to thumb their nose at Texans, who knows what might come out of that?” It is not the legally passed laws that bother Texans, it is that Texas Republicans cannot comport laws passed while a Black man is in the Oval Office. It is beyond dispute that there was not the preponderance of calls for secession or nullification when fellow Texan, and white guy, George W. Bush was president.

What is glaringly obvious is that besides being incredibly racist, these so-called Americans hate the U.S. Constitution as much as they hate President Obama. It is true that as members of the former Confederacy they deny the existence of, and defy, Article VI, Clause 2 of the Constitution, but by seeking to nullify federal laws as a means to secession to “put an end to the Union,” they reveal that the true source of their hatred and contempt is the United States of America and that makes them traitorous cretins.

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45 Replies to “Texas Republican Proposes Another Civil War By Ending The Union Through Nullification”

  1. You know, if Texas really wants to go it alone, fine.

    Just don’t come running back to us if you find out that after two or three years, your little plan has backfired in such a disaster.

  2. please. just secede. don’t expect a dime of federal monies, not for disasters, schools, food, healthcare,highways and drought assistance .PLEASE don’t wah when ALL federal programs, NASA, military bases, border patrol, airports etc close too. May you do it sooner than later, before you take the rest of country down the sewer drain with you.

  3. I’m available all next weekend to help him (and anyone else over there) who wants to leave, pack and go-I don’t even want gas money…

  4. Let them go. We could finally get rid of Mr Asparagus, Louis Ghomert, and the Antichrist himself, Ted Cruz. Not to mention the billions of dollars that an be saved by cutting off any federal money that flows there

    Give normal minded people a chance to get the hell out, then build the largest wall ever seen to keep the anti-everything’s out. Let them create their hellish utopia. Eventually, call Mexico and tell them they can have Texas back.

  5. I have an idea. When the Talipublicans force another government shutdown next month, let’s start by closing all Federal offices, airports and projects in the red states. Or, why wait? I’m sure our President can find authority to close a few airports as an austerity measure, maybe cut federal assistance to universities and hospitals that serve those who hate him so much. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see him do some bullying for once? [wink]

  6. The first real time they need assistance they will come begging and I say forgetaboutit. Do it on your own. Oh when Mexico invades your state don’t come calling us to save your butts.

  7. Your assertion that nullification is always unconstitutional only applies when the federal laws are made pursuant to the constitution. As Alexander Hamilton stated in Federalist 33:

    “A LAW, by the very meaning of the term, includes supremacy. It is a rule which those to whom it is prescribed are bound to observe. This results from every political association. If individuals enter into a state of society, the laws of that society must be the supreme regulator of their conduct… But it will not follow from this doctrine that acts of the large society which are not pursuant to its constitutional powers, but which are invasions of the residuary authorities of the smaller societies, will become the supreme law of the land. These will be merely acts of usurpation, and will deserve to be treated as such.”

  8. I cannot think of ANYTHING Texas has that we need. Just think we wouldn’t have to put up with their school books with their revisionist history.

    Let ’em go and good riddance.

  9. Do it!!!! Then no more Medicare, vets’ benefits, or Federal aid money for all those forest fires and hurricanes that you can’t seem to pray away.

  10. TEAxASS is a parasite sucking the blood from the rest of the states, especially BLUE CALIFORNIA.
    BYE, BYE bigots, racists and the completely IGNORANT.

  11. Not only should we let Texas go, we should let any state that wants to leave do so. These states would have no right to re-enter the US once gone, and they would have no claim on any currency, military, trade or other link to the US. Perhaps then we could have civil politics in this country and make it the country it should be.

  12. Specifically, while Rick Perry condemned the president’s stimulus as “failed” and “misguided,” the governor quietly took $17.4 billion in those “failed” stimulus funds to plug the holes in Texas’ budget – twice.

    It didn’t stop there with Perry and the stimulus. Perry went so far as to say that the stimulus “didn’t create any jobs,” leaving out the fact that stimulus funds created or saved almost 50,000 jobs in Texas alone, according to the Houston Chronicle. That same stimulus also plugged a hole in the state’s Medicaid funding, saved child abuse caseworker jobs, and funded child-care and job training programs.

    President Obama will accept that $17.4 bn check, and the return of those jobs to the United States, before you leave, Mr. Perry.http://americablog.com/2012/11/draft-let-the-south-secede.html

    Pay us back then you can secede, Texas.

  13. SCOTUS decides what is, and is not, constitutional; not a bunch of John Wayne Wannabees wearing ten hats over ten penny brains.

  14. Okay Mealy-mouth, this is a prime example of why home-schooling fails. If you had went to public school instead of playing pretend Civil War re-enactment, or wearing tri-corner hats to prove you’re American, you would know the WTF Federalist Papers are not the U.S. Constitution…you do know of, or at least heard about, the U.S. Constitution, right? It’s that document the population that went to public school understands is the law of the land, and that it says federal law supersedes whatever you teabaggers dream up in Confederate states.

    If you don’t believe it, and obviously you don’t, put down the Federalist Papers, all of them, and either visit any public school American history class (any grade), library, or Internet search engine and see: Article VI, Clause 2 of the Constitution. And no, you ignorant sap, you won’t find the Constitution in your pocket copy of the Federalist Papers. But go ahead and look anyway.

  15. I say “Don’t give them the satisfaction of secession.” We should expel Texas from the nation ASAP, build a 30′ high, 20′ thick border wall around Texas, then force Mexico to take it back.

  16. Good idea John, but Mexico doesn’t want them either. Then again, the drug cartels could use Texas government as legitimate front men for moving product and burying bodies.

  17. The joke of the century?
    Rick – no EPA – no FDA – no whatever#3 is-no abortion clinics-no BC pills-no education-no immigrants-no good paying jobs-0 tax for corps-Perry thinks he can be the president of the U.S.!! LMAO!!

    Actually that also applies to the biggest bully bullshitter christie..fake xtian huckabby, demented bachman, corps are poeple romney, plagiarist and you should have the right to say no to black customers ron paul-govt rip off artist rick scott, walker the stalker on votes..only way to win for him is stealing votes. There is not one sane viable person on the right that you can vote for. Not one!

  18. Texas is a debtor state (all of them red) – that is to say that Texas gets more in the way of gifts, services, subsidies, grants, Military budget expenditures etc. than the entire state pays in federal taxes. And then Texans have the temerity to criticize creditor states (all of them blue). It would save us a huge amount of money annually, if we let them go. This does not even mention the amount of aggravation from loud-mouthed ignoramuses it would save us. Any state which would repeatedly elect the likes of Rick Perry and G.W. Bush as their governor deserves neither respect nor a place at the table.

  19. All of these RW men/women leaders in red states..their states have been down graded on their credit rating by several notches..they have the worst poverty in these red states..the worst paying jobs..the worst levels of racism..the worst healthcare.–which is none–the worst air quality..the worst education systems writing their own racist revisionist history books–just shocking they can do that to keep their people stupid and ignorant..but they do. The worst laws. I wish we could NULLIFY THE WHOLE REPUBLICAN PARTY. Just think how much we would have accomplished by now had they not said NO for 6 years. Just think how many jobs. You people on the right who voted for this party are already seeing what their plan is for you right? You guys are the ones making less than any of us minorities. We work hard. We don’t mind. But just so you know. They plan to take even that little tax credit from you. Because the filthy rich want it. And the GOP said okay. Get ready to starve to death.

  20. texas will be stupid as long as the right wing garbage wins elections in texas. right wingers are always stupid, the more they have voice the worse the situation gets.

  21. Then go ahead and secede. There will never be a worthwhile Republican coming out of Texas. They probably cross breed with the cattle. And we know cattle has more sh$t than brains. Beside that will allow more government funds to go where it is appreciated.

  22. They are not the law of the land, but they were written by those who wrote the Constitution and were pushing for its implementation as an explanation of the Constitution. The Constitution is the law of the land. Unfortunately, many politicians these days seem to think that whatever the Federal government does is the law of the land, whether it is allowed by the Constitution or not.

  23. Okay, RJJB, you have no leg to stand on to lecture me about history. As it happens, I am a professor of United States History. Where did you learn your history? If you had bothered to read what I wrote instead of jumping to half-a**ed conclusions, you would have understood what I was saying. You mentioned Article 6, Clause 2, which states,

    “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof… shall be the supreme Law of the Land…”

    I agree entirely with that clause. What I was pointing out in my post was that such laws must be made “in Pursuance thereof.” Also, in my earlier post I was pointing out that not everything SCOTUS does stands. Just look at Plessy vs. Ferguson, what it was used to justify, and learn some real history instead of running off at the mouth over something you didn’t bother to read carefully.

  24. Let them go and take the EX president of the US with them. If only he had never been appointed to the job we would all be much better off.
    I know there are lots of good people in Texas but they let the scum rule them. Hey guys, get out there and vote!
    Do you really think Mexico would even consider taking Texas back?

  25. how said our country is when people feel the need to belittle other Americans because they disagree with their viewpoints. Be a real American, state what you believe for and stand for it. Don’t trash talk others for their beliefs. Try to show them why your thoughts are better. Those who trash talk others are an example of all that is bad and wrong about the people who live in this country. Yes you have the right to, but it does nothing but in flame others to speak unkind words and to continue the cycle of hate an intolerance of others. MLK and others like him would be ashamed to see what his beloved nation had become.

    If your viewpoint will enlighten others to solutions then by all means express it. Otherwise be silent because your bigot comments are no more valuable than the empty words of a Klansman, Nazi, Stalin Communist, or what ever extreme Left or Right party you can imagine.

  26. And when they secede, they can set u[ their own air traffic control system, own currency, own postal system, own bank clearing houses. have fun.

    Gene

  27. You know Dustin, I can think of a good out come of their leaving the Union.
    1: no soc sec. for any citizen of Texas
    That would eliminate a good bit of money.
    along with all the other funds Texas gets from the Union.

  28. M.Y. Walters, you might want to do a little fact-checking before you start spouting propaganda. Whether a state is a net-giver or a net taker is not a north state/south state or a red vs. blue state issue. As it happens, Texas gets back 91 cents from the Federal government for every dollar it pays in taxes. This is, granted, a larger return than say blue Massachusetts, but there are a large number of blue states that fall on the debtor side of the line, including Rhode Island, Michigan, and all the ones on the west coast like California. This is not to mention the fact that Texas has the most viable economy in the country. If Texas left, the whole U.S. economy would suffer. That having been said, the economy of Texas would likely suffer as well due to the interdependence of all the states on each other in this day and age, though Texas would likely suffer less than some other states due to its economic self-sufficiency.

  29. Your going to bring up a military argument? Really? Didn’t you know that a quarter of the US Army is Texans? Or that most Marines you talk to are either from Texas or planning to move there? Texas contributes more personnel to the military than any other state. You really think Mexico would be a threat?

  30. California lost more troops in the “war of lies” Iraq, so STFU.
    We will just take all the military TAX $$ from the asshole state of TEAxASS

  31. maybe YOU should do a little fact checking

    Rick Perry’s Texas gets plenty of money from the feds
    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1111/69072.html#ixzz38DkGBLf3

    States Receiving Least in Federal Spending Per Dollar of Federal Taxes Paid:

    1. New Jersey ($0.62)
    2. Connecticut ($0.64)
    3. New Hampshire ($0.68)
    4. Nevada ($0.73)
    5. Illinois ($0.77)
    6. Minnesota ($0.77)
    7. Colorado ($0.79)
    8. Massachusetts ($0.79)
    9. California ($0.81)
    10. New York ($0.81)

    Red states suck up more $$ then blue states…
    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/11/states-federal-taxes-spending-charts-maps

    Red states benefit from blue state taxes…
    http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_reckoning/2012/10/25/blue_state_red_face_guess_who_benefits_more_from_your_taxes.html

    Red States Are Welfare Queens
    http://www.businessinsider.com/red-states-are-welfare-queens-2011-8

  32. The Texas Resolution of Secession
    presently resides in state archive,
    with copy displayed in our Capitol.
    It has NEVER been rescinded.
    Texas entered union souvereign,
    never surrendered such,
    and shall freely dissolve
    the Articles of Annexation
    IF SHE SO CHOOSES.
    Freeze in the dark, bluebelly.

  33. Are these seasoned grown up men talking like this? Not even high schoolers would come up with this nullification, separating the union BS. They Would be laughed out of the classroom by everyone, even the ones who were asleep in the class.

    But I guess the dumb A$$ grownup Republican ignorant oafs feel the need to mouth off in public, looking for attention.

  34. It’ll never happen as long as Goodhair Perry and Cruz Control want to run for President. Or when they realize that they’ll have to pay everything themselves instead of balancing the budget on Obama’s stimulus money.

    That stated, will be willing to give refugee status and housing to a few Texans of my acquaintance who deserve better than how the state is currently treating them.

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