Rep. Rob Bishop is at the fore of an effort in the House to chip away at the health-care reform law via an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
It’s a state’s rights move that seems unlikely to get far, but it represents a creative way by Bishop and the tea-party forces to draw attention to their war against the Obama administration’s new health-care law.
In the 19th century, the United States was roiled by a series of state’s rights fights. Of course there were the rifts that exploded into the South’s secession and the Civil War. But I’m most reminded of the Nullification Crisis, in which South Carolina tried to “nullify” federal tariffs and backed down only under threat of federal military intervention by the Jackson administration.
Today’s “nullifiers” will make a lot of noise and display indignant, puffed-up chests, but their quixotic crusade is a doomed endeavor, useful only for political campaign material against those evil feds.