Chris Mathews, who recently described himself as a “Marxist,” displays gross ignorance of American history when he calls nullification or state interposition “un-American.” A far greater American than Mathews — Thomas Jefferson — had this to say on the subject: “[W]here powers are assumed [by the central government] which have not been delegated [by the sovereign states], a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy . . . every State has a natural right in cases not within the compact . . . to nullify of their own authority all assumptions of power by others within their limits . . .” Jefferson said this in his famous Kentucky Resolutions of 1798, which he was asked to author by his old friend, Senator John Breckenridge of Kentucky. (How “American” is it to label yourself a “Marxist” anyway, as Mathews does?).
Another great American that Mathews is apparently unaware of — James Madison — authored the almost identical Virginia Resolutions (in collaboration with Jeffferson). The purpose of both of these resolutions was to nullify the very un-American Sedition Act that the Adams administration was enforcing, which outlawed criticism of the federal government.
It is historical ignoramuses like Mathews who are expressing patently un-American views by smearing the great American states’ rights tradition. Some Northern states nullified the federal Fugitive Slave Act in the nineteenth century; abolitionists like William Lloyd Garrison advocated secession of the North; Northern and Southern states interposed to help Andrew Jackson abolish the Bank of United States. Airheads like Mathews obviously know nothing of this.
Contemporary political figures like Debra Medina want to reinstitute nullification and state interposition as a means of restoring American liberty by restraining the out-of-control, criminal gang in Washington, D.C. Mathews is nothing more than a blabbering propaganda mouthpiece for that gang, as are the other two sock puppets on the video where he smears Debra Medina.2:34 pm on February 10, 2010 Email Thomas DiLorenzo