Mainstream Media See Racism in Ron Paul's Support of Nullification

By:  Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
Mainstream Media See Racism in Ron Paul's Support of Nullification

The mainstream media associate Ron Paul's promotion of nullification with the Confederacy.

During a speech in support of Ken Cuccinelli's now-failed gubernatorial campaign, Ron Paul (shown with Cuccinelli on right) predicted the increase in state resistance to federal overreach.

“I’ve been working on the assumption that nullification is going to come. It’s going to be a de facto nullification if it’s not legalized. Because pretty soon things are going to get so bad that we’re just going to ignore the feds and live our own lives in our own states,” Paul told a cheering crowd gathered in Richmond, Virginia on November 4.

“Why should we grant this authority to a few thugs who want to take over the government to make all our decisions for us?” he added later.

True to form, when the state-run media — in this case, MSNBC — learned of Paul’s statement in favor of state sovereignty, they quickly associated the subject with slavery and racism.

"Paul pegged his “nullification” talk to the famous Virginian who’s credited with coining the concept: Thomas Jefferson. But the term has a particular controversial history in the South, having been used by segregationists rejecting federally mandated desegregation during the civil rights movement," the MSNBC report says.

Not to be outdone, in a report on the former Texas congressman’s speech, Politico informs readers that nullification is a concept “brimming with connotations” of connections with the Confederacy.

MSNBC and Politico, as members of the mainstream media, are comfortable with not having to provide any historical context for their claims. It’s a good thing, too, because when it comes to the relationship of slavery to nullification, the latter was one of the most potent weapons in the arsenal of abolitionists.

Consider the case of Abelman v. Booth. The story of this little-known case was recounted by The New American in an article published in May.

Click here to read the entire article.

Photo of Ron Paul with Ken Cuccinelli on right: AP Images

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