Posted under Sovereignty and Secession
The New Yorker’s Henrik Hertzberg, for whatever reason, moved himself from writing about 5th Avenue to blog about the Georgia State Senate’s recent 43-1 vote in favor of a state sovereignty resolution. He had this to say in particular:
“that the Georgia state senate, by a 43-1 vote, has passed a resolution that mixes three parts inanity and one part prospective treason into a Kompletely Krazy Kocktail of militia-minded moonshine and wacko white lightning—a resolution that not only endorses defiance of federal law but also threatens anarchy and revolution. “
One does not write for the New Yorkerand uses the phrase “militia-minded moonshine” and “wacko white lightning” as throwaway lines. Mr. Hertzberg chose these phrases carefully and deliberately, to once again give the impression from Cosmoland that the state sovereignty movement was dreamt up by backwoods rednecks. Apparently the boys from Deliverance are lawyers too. Ergo the whole thing is just nuts from nutty people.
You may think, Mr. Hertzberg, that such sovereignty movements just suddenly popped up after Obama’s election and perhaps for some that’s true, I grant you. But where were you when states like Missouri, Montana, Maine and New Hampshire were rejecting or attempting to reject DHS’ Real ID proposals? Hmmm? Doesn’t this sound like state sovereignty and or nullification, or didn’t this make you pay any attention because if happened in the Bush II Administration?
Would you have accused the state of Vermont of “anarchy and revolution” and “treason” when it nullified the Fugitive Slave Act of 1858 or would you have preferred to force the Green Mountain State to allow all those Simon Legreees to run around looking for their freed slaves? Hmmm?
Nullification is hardly “anarchy and revolution”. No one from Georgia is going to march on Washington D.C. and take it over. Rather, nullification is founded in the tradition of the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions to the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 to protest officially any law passed by Congress (or in more modern times executive orders by the President) deemed by that state as unconstitutional. It is a part of the series of checks and balances the Framers believed would keep the federal government from grabbing too much power if the states banded together to prevent it from happening. That’s why the Georgia resolution was modeled after the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions.
As I’ve said before, secession is often times in the eye of the beholder. But one thing that can’t be denied that images of “militia-minded moonshine” and “wacko white lighting” are so stereotypical and so out of date one would think it beneath a write presumably of Hertzberg’s talent to even think them up (that’s what blog writing will do to ya). If you look around you Mr. Hertzberg, you’ll see secession, nullification, the Free State Project, state sovereignty movements in all parts of the country and argued in favor by peoples in all walks of life, not just your backwoods fantasies.