In 1832, South Carolina provoked a constitutional crisis with the federal government over the “Tariff of Abominations.” The Palmetto State passed an Ordinance of Nullification which declared the Tariffs of 1828 and 1838 “null and void” within the borders of South Carolina.
Andrew Jackson threatened to hang John C. Calhoun for treason. The crisis passed when both sides backed down and agreed to a compromise. The South Carolina legislature repealed the ordinance and a new negotiated tariff amenable to the state was passed by Congress.
Thirty years later, South Carolina seceded from the United States and joined the Confederate States of America. In hindsight, the Nullification Crisis of 1832 is seen by historians as one of the first steps on the road to the Civil War.
In the aftermath of the Nullification Crisis, Unionist sentiment faded in the Palmetto State and a vigorous secessionist movement emerged. South Carolina, which had previously sent unionists like John C. Calhoun to Congress and nationalists like Andrew Jackson to the presidency, wedded itself to the theory of state sovereignty.
Why bring this up now?
Yesterday, 71% of Missouri voters approved Proposition C, a ballot measure which essentially nullified Obamacare in the State of Missouri, specifically the requirement that forces Missouri citizens to buy health insurance or become insured with government assistance.
Missouri has interposed its sovereignty to block enforcement of an unpopular federal law. I shouldn’t have to point out the significance of this precipitous action.
In 2008, John McCain carried Missouri by 0.1% of the vote. In 2010, Proposition C was passed with a 71% majority in a key Midwestern swing state.
Missouri is not alone in nullifying Obamacare. Virginia, Idaho, Utah, and Georgia have taken similar actions through their state legislatures.
What makes Missouri significant is it is the first time American voters have directly challenged the Obama administration themselves.
Like South Carolina in 1832, Missouri will likely be slapped down by the Obama administration and the federal courts.
Like South Carolina in 1832, federal overreach and tyranny will become a source of bitterness and resentment, and will lead to a backlash that could have unforeseen consequences. In both cases, antebellum and modern, the conservative establishment unleashed social forces beyond their ability to control.
In 2005, Arizona was a moderate state on illegal immigration, but it is now demonzed as the Nazi Germany of the Southwest. Missouri is another moderate state that is now in open rebellion against the federal government.
In Arizona and Missouri, ordinary White Americans got uppity, rebuked Washington, and jealously asserted their right to self government.
The radical vanguard sat on the sidelines, utterly oblivious to everything that was happening, while the people sharpened their pitchforks, charged the polls, and threatened revolution.
When the revolution finally does come, I doubt the vanguardists will even notice. By now, they are too immersed in their fantasy world to care.