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doeriver Donating Member (677 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-11 07:56 PM
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SECESSION NEXT?: TNGA GOPers Hill and Campfield file HB1705/SB1474 Nullification Bill
Edited on Fri Mar-04-11 08:32 PM by doeriver

Apparently, the homefooled-pajama boy Rep. Matthew Hill slept through that period of United States history pertaining to the Civil War:

Nullification is a legal theory that a U.S. State has the right to nullify, or invalidate, any federal law which that state has deemed unconstitutional. The theory is based on a view that the sovereign States formed the Union, and as creators of the compact hold final authority regarding the limits of the power of the central government. Under this, the compact theory, the States and not the Federal Bench are the ultimate interpreters of the extent of the federal government's power. A more extreme assertion of state sovereignty than nullification is the related action of secession, by which a state terminates its political affiliation with the Union --- (Nullification (U.S. Constitution) - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).

TNGA Rep. Matthew Hill, TNGA Senator Stacey Campfield
*HB 1705 by *Hill ( SB 1474 by *Campfield)

General Assembly - As introduced, directs the general assembly to appoint a committee to review all federal laws and regulations for constitutionality; requires the committee to submit for a vote of the general assembly all federal laws and regulations it deems to be invalid under the Tennessee or federal constitutions. - Amends TCA Title 3.


Civil War: Secession of the Southern States
Preservation of the Union v. Formation of the Confederacy
By Phil Allard
Early Threats to the Union and the 'Nullification Crisis'

But the biggest threats to the Union arose from regional differences between North and South. In fact, those differences created conflict from the very founding of the country. The regional differences were noted by George Mason, a Virginia delegate to the Constitutional Convention in 1787. Mason had refused to sign the Constitution, expressing concern with a provision in which "by requiring only a majority to make all commercial and navigation laws, the five Southern States (whose produce and circumstances are totally different from those of the eight Northern and Eastern States) will be ruined."

Those differences came to a head in South Carolina in the late 1820s. The state argued that most of the federal tax revenue derived from the South, and that Southern states were not getting their fair share in return. That was because the population had shifted northward, and Northern legislators in Congress were passing bills that benefited the North.

A piece of legislation that particularly angered the South was an 1828 tariff that came to be known in the South as the "Tariff of Abominations." The billintended to protect Northern industries from the dumping of competing British products on American markets at artificially low priceswas designed to keep foreign goods out by making them more expensive. The measure hurt the South in two ways; it made manufactured goods more expensive for Southerners to buy, and also resulted in Britain reducing its import of Southern cotton when the market for British products shrank.

The North passed a milder tariff law in 1832, but the South was not satisfied. That year, South Carolina passed an Ordinance of Nullification, declaring that both the 1828 and 1832 tariff acts were "null, void, and no law." South Carolina argued that all states had the right to suspend any federal law in their territory that they felt was not in their best interests. However, the federal government did not agree with that reasoning. South Carolina, declared President Andrew Jackson (D, 1829-37), stood on "the brink of insurrection and treason."

The so-called Nullification Crisis was resolved in 1833, after Congress enacted a compromise tariff that gradually reduced duties on imported goods. In response, South Carolina repealed its Ordinance of Nullification. A showdown between the North and South was averted, but only temporarily.

Tennessee stands on "the brink of insurrection and treason."

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