Michael Boldin

Saul Alinsky, the king of community organizers, once wrote in his book Rules for Radicals that one should “pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

There’s little in American politics that is more polarizing than race, and there’re few better at this kind of fear-mongering than Jesse Jackson.

In his recent columns, Jesse has aggressively played the race card, hoping to convince the fearful that attempts to block Obamacare funding in Congress are somehow born of the same mentality held by those who wanted to preserve the institution of slavery in the 19th century.

Seriously. You can’t make this stuff up.


Jesse might be a professional polarizer, but he’s an amateur historian, at best. That’s really an understatement. Seriously, the guy’s a joke when it comes to facts.

In pontificating about Obamacare, race, and slavery, Jesse tried to give a history lesson – and failed. Miserably.

Where he really went off the rails was when he attempted to show his “expertise” on nullification.

Here’s a bit of what he had to say:

What is nullification? It’s one of the last-ditch philosophical stands of the slaveholders, the historically disreputable — and thoroughly discredited — concept that a state could “nullify” a federal law by declaring it null and void. The idea of the Slave Power was that the Southern states would “interpose” themselves between the national government and the slaveholders, and prevent our laws from being enforced.

The concept was most famously expounded by South Carolina Sen. John C. Calhoun almost two centuries ago. It has been struck down repeatedly by the courts and was never accepted outside the Confederacy. Since it was used mainly to protect slavery in the South, it eventually helped lead to a horrible Civil War, and eventually the idea was totally discredited.

In Jesse’s five sentences explaining what “nullification” is, he didn’t get one single sentencecorrect.

Not one.


Jesse must’ve forgotten Alinsky’s 2nd rule, “never go outside the expertise of your people.” In playing historian on nullification, he went outside of his own expertise and walked right into mine.

So, I have a little history lesson for Jesse. It’s one you can use to refute others who use the same lies.

Let’s take Jesse’s false claims apart with some cold, hard facts.

FACT:Nullification was never used to protect slavery.

Michael Boldin

Michael Boldin is the founder of the Tenth Amendment Center. He was raised in Milwaukee, WI, and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA