Quote of the Day: California and State’s Rights

Investor’s Business Daily Editorial:

It’s ironic that impeccably progressive, far-left California seems to be following the Confederacy down the road to asserting a state’s right of “nullification” of federal laws. Recall that it was this very same nonexistent “right” that southern states asserted in the 1800s to defy the federal government on tariffs and slavery, and again in the 1950s to ignore desegregation laws passed by the federal government. Those did not end well for the states involved.

The federal government is represented in this situation by Alabama-born Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III.

The editorial board ran the numbers:

California has 38 million people, about 12% of the nation’s total. It has at least 2.5 million illegal immigrants, or about 21% of the official U.S. total (some believe the number is far larger). It also has about a third of the nation’s welfare recipients.

That matters.


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3 Responses to Quote of the Day: California and State’s Rights

  1. I’m sort of following your reasoning on this. You do, however, get that the Confederacy was a Democratic Party movement in its day right? They were the southern Democrats. I mean the family history there includes the KKK. the Red Shirt League, Jim Crow Laws, legal lynchings and the deprivation of rights to until forced to give these to blacks, American Indians, and women. The perceptions taught in school are so backwards as to what really happened, that I don’t really find it ironic that the Democratic party is once again on the wrong side of history and feeling quite confident that they are 100% correct in their positions.

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  2. onwyrdsdream says:

    States do have rights, that’s what the 10th amendment is all about. That’s also why the original way (and still the best way) of picking senators was for their states to select them. That said, states don’t have rights in regards to things in the scope of the limited powers of the federal government. California could theoretically “nullify” quite a good number of federal policies, at least if they managed to get the Supreme court to roll back Wichard v. Filborn, but not generally policies involving immigration. They’re basically trying to assert rights in one of the very limited fields in which they don’t have any.


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