Senator Cruz is the reincarnation of John C. Calhoun. In 1832, Calhoun of South Carolina proposed that states have the right to nullify federal laws they do not like. Southern states were opposed to a tariff on manufactured goods passed by Congress. The agricultural South imported manufactured goods from Europe and was afraid that a tariff would raise the cost of what it imported. Southerners were also afraid European nations would retaliate by placing tariffs on what the South exported to Europe: cotton and tobacco.
Senator Cruz and the Tea Party Republicans have dredged up nullification because they couldn’t repeal the ACA. By refusing to vote for the continuing resolution unless the ACA was defunded they would accomplish what they couldn’t accomplish by voting to repeal the ACA more than forty times.
President Andrew Jackson was so enraged by the actions of Calhoun that he was ready to lead the troops to South Carolina and hang Calhoun. Cruz ought to be thankful Old Hickory is not president today. Henry Clay defused the crisis and President Jackson did not have to hang Calhoun. However, on his deathbed, Old Hickory said that his greatest regrets in life were that he didn’t shoot Clay and hang Calhoun.
Nullification didn’t work, so the South resorted to secession instead of trying to nullify the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860. People like Cruz simply don’t understand that no matter how much you may dislike a law, you do not have the right to nullify the law if you are in the minority.
Oct 24 2013 - 4:03pm