“Politics makes for strange bedfellows.” The 2016 Presidential election of Donald Trump produced the wedding of Bible Belt social conservatives and a flamboyant New York Billionaire with a legitimately questionable history of less than “Christian” moral social values. But the wedding of these “strange bedfellows” appears to be working out quite well—at least for the time being. As presidential politics swing from the extreme left (Obama) to the extreme right (Trump), each political camp begins to make a similar complaint—a complaint about what each camp (left or right) views as a deliberate encroachment upon their basic rights as Americans. Conservative and/or Tea Party types on the right or progressives and/or Resistance types on the left both have similar complaints. When “their” party is out of power, they both view the incumbent President to be the very essence of evil. They view the incumbent as an immediate and dangerous threat to their concept of “their” country. Today, while liberals/progressives are vocally and at times violently denouncing Trump’s contemporary America—Conservatives can recall how Obama would declare: “That’s not who we are!” while thinking to ourselves: “You (Obama) do not represent who we are!” Under the Trump Administration, the left is leading the fight against the power of the White House. During the Obama Administration, the right was fighting the power of the White House—hampered, of course, by establishment Republicans whose primary goal was to stay in office while maintaining the status-quo that provides the establishment types (Democrats and Republicans) with immense power, perks, and privileges.
America’s left/right political dividing line has grown into a major fault-line that threatens to divide the U.S.A. in a fashion unseen since the late 1860s and early 1861. Spokespersons on the left often warn of a coming “Civil War.” A recent article in the New York Post by Frank Buckley warned, “Maybe we should stare the possibility of a breakup in its face.” This left/right fault-line began to crack with the presidential election of George W. Bush in 2001 and continued to widen throughout his two terms and well into Obamas’ following two terms. With Trump’s election, the fault-line ruptured and became a gaping political, philosophical, and ideological chasm which may never be bridged—even if one assumes that such a radical chasm should be bridged. Against the State: An ... Best Price: $9.63 Buy New $9.95 (as of 03:55 EST - Details)
Interestingly enough, there are solutions to this contemporary American ideological divide, but very few Americans are capable of understanding the efficacy of this American solution. Nullification and secession are American political principles which could peacefully resolve this ideological divide. But thanks to over a century and a half of slanderous anti-South propaganda that has successfully branded these principles with treason, the defense of slavery and/or white supremacy racism—most Americans reject out-of-hand these honorable American political principles. Those who understand the true history of the Confederacy States of America—as opposed to the victor’s biased and self-congratulatory narrative—can see the irony of today’s left as they knowingly and unknowingly embrace the principles of nullification and secession.
The right of a sovereign state within a Republic of Sovereign States to nullify federal laws that are not pursuant to the Constitution was an accepted fact in the American Republic as originally established by the Constitution of 1787-8. Alexander Hamilton, the darling of Wall Street’s crony capitalists, a High Federalist who desired to see the establishment of a strong, vigorous, and centralized federal government, none-the-less endorsed the American principle that Sovereign States could nullify unconstitutional acts of the federal government noting, in Federalist Number 33:
The American Trajector... Best Price: $19.62 Buy New $18.80 (as of 04:10 EST - Details) But it will not follow from this doctrine that acts of the larger society [Federal] which are not pursuant to its constitutional powers, but which are invasions of the residuary authorities of the smaller societies [States], will become the supreme law of the land. These will be merely acts of usurpation and will deserve to be treated as such.
It will not, I presume, have escaped observation, that it [the supremacy clause of the Constitution] expressly confines this supremacy to laws made pursuant to the Constitution.
This leaves open the question of who is the final judge as to whether the federal government is acting “pursuant to the Constitution?” Is it logical to allow the very federal government accused of violating the Constitution to be the final judge whether it is acting appropriately, or should the individual states who established and gave the federal government its power be the final judge whether its rights are being violated by its agent—the federal government? To allow the federal government to be the final judge of the limits to its powers under the Constitution would reduce the Constitution to a mere parchment barricade.