Ladies and gentlemen, I guess it’s time to break out the butternuts from the attic, grab the shotguns and rally the local militias at the county courthouse again, because our fine leaders in the Georgia General Assembly apparently ain’t quite ready to forgit.
It’s time to nullify:
The passages above are from Senate Resolution 889, which would create a special legislative panel and empower that panel to declare that certain federal laws shall be null and void within the boundaries of Georgia.
According to its language, “this resolution shall serve as a notice and demand to the federal government to cease and desist any and all activities outside the scope of its constitutionally designated powers.”
And if the federal government, like Lincoln at Fort Sumter, chooses to ignore said resolution?
“… It shall be the duty of the General Assembly to adopt and enact any and all measures that may become necessary to prevent the wrongful enforcement of any federal laws or regulations duly nullified within the boundaries and limits of this state.”
Oh my. ” … any and all measures that may be necessary …?” That sounds ominous.
You may also want to know what particular areas of federal activity are targeted by these new powers of nullification? The resolution helpfully states that the federal government’s “power to regulate ‘commerce’ does not include agriculture, manufacturing, mining, major crimes or land use. Nor does it include activities that merely ’substantially affect’ commerce.”
Somebody should alert Congress and the Obama administration that funding to deepen the Port of Savannah won’t be needed after all.
Oh, and that $8 billion in federal loan guarantees being used to build those two new nuclear plants? We won’t be needing those either, as it turns out. Georgia farmers, already hit hard by legislation aimed at illegal immigrants, will also have to surrender all federal subsidies for cotton, peanuts and other crops. Sorry about that guys.
The regional office of the EPA can close down, and since major crimes can no longer be investigated or prosecuted here by the feds, the FBI will be closing its Atlanta office and ending any ongoing investigations into Mexican gangs, methamphetamine traffic, etc.
It would be easy to dismiss this resolution as nonsense if not for a couple of factors. First, when a similar resolution was introduced three years ago in the Senate, it got no public attention and as a result was approved quietly but overwhelmingly, bringing well-deserved ridicule to Georgia. The last thing we need, in the wake of the recent outbreak of birtherism here in the Peach State, is to give the rest of the country any further reason to scoff.
Second, the resolution is not the work of some isolated, powerless backbencher nursing silly illusions of revolution. Among its co-sponsors are Senate President Pro Tem Tommie Williams and Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, the two top leaders in the Senate. In other words, it’s the work of powerful people nursing silly illusions of revolution.
Your Georgia tax dollars at work.
– Jay Bookman