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I would like to respond to Phil Noble’s column, “Nullification – are these guys nuts?” in the April 10 edition. The frustration expressed in Mr. Nobles’ article is understandable, especially if he is not from South Carolina. For those of us, who are descendants of families who have live in the Palmetto state for more than 300 years, view nullification as natural as a squirrel eating Statehouse nuts. Hopefully, this does not apply to the nuts he say are inside the capitol building.
Perhaps the concern should not be over nullification, but rather why is nullification deemed necessary by most of us from the southern and mid-western states? Are we justified in taking such extreme measures?
Perhaps we are just as frustrated as those who support a strong federal government, but the concern is still motivated by reasoning very seldom explored.
If the subject could be analyzed in a nutshell, the ultimate conclusion would be reached by a lack of trust in a government that has grown to massive proportions and which is too large to be managed.
Former President Ronald Reagan once stated that the closest thing to eternal life is a federal government program.
If states are involved in nullification principals it is because they are desperately trying to apply the hand brakes on an overloaded political dump truck that is determined to take this country to hell in a hand basket.
One need not look any further to realize that if America is to be saved from itself the federal government must be reigned in. We need only to observe the federal Congress as an example of a dysfunctional body unable to manage anything, much less a country.
The hand brakes of nullification may very well be the only tool at hand to use to make sure there will be something left of this great republic for the next generation to enjoy.
Until then we need to pray for our leadership, but at the same time keep our musket powder dry because if history does indeed repeat itself we are going to be in for it – nuts and all.

William W. Ferguson
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