Born today? John C. Calhoun.
Who thought states' rights a real boon.
His stubborn stance on nullification
Resulted in slavery's annihilation.
"The theory of nullification is based on the concept that the States are the final decision-makers when it comes to the limits of the federal government. The theory indicated that the federal laws can be rejected by the States if they believe the laws are beyond the constitutional powers of the federal government. According to Calhoun, since the states essentially have sovereignty, they have the right to veto or reject acts of the federal government if the states believe the laws encroach their rights." [ask.com]
Echoes of Calhoun:
Governor Nikki Haley voiced support of a South Carolina bill that would nullify federal Common Core State Standards. "We don’t ever want to educate South Carolina children like they educate California children,” Haley said back on January 17 to a Republican women's club. “We want to educate South Carolina children on South Carolina standards, not anyone else’s standards.”
The following Republican governors have rejected Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Health Care Act: Rick Perry of Texas, Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Sam Brownback of Kansas, Paul LePage of Maine, Dave Heineman of Nebraska, and of course, South Carolina's Nikki Haley.