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(KPLR) – In Tuesday's Jacology, Charles Jaco looks at how the south has risen again:

Like so many of us, Mike Lofgren is a middle aged white guy. He's been a republican member of the house armed services committee staff, the top GOP national security budget analyst on the house budget committee and the top military spending analyst on the senate budget committee. In 2011, Lofgren came out as an ex-republican, writing about, quoting him,, “The anti-science religious fundamentalist lunatics, who have taken over the republican party”. In 2012 he wrote a book called, “The Party Is Over, How Republicans Went Crazy”, democrats became uselessand the middle class got shafted. Now, he's attacking the GOP faction in the house who're behind the government shutdown as quote, “Neo-Confederate Insurrectionists”.

An interesting choice of words on this 150th anniversary of the civil war. By neo-confederate, Lofgren means ultra-conservative lawmakers from the South and Midwest, for whom the war never ended in the sense that they still champion state's rights above the federal government. And that includes everything from trying to nullify federal gun laws to shutting down the government because they want to de-fund another federal law, Obamacare. Toss in bits like both Rick Perry and Ted Nugent saying states have the right to secede from the union and neo-confederate seems like an apt description.

But state's rights fans need to remember a few things. Number one, the state's rights dispute that led to the war was the silly custom in Missouriand a dozen other states that human beings, could own other human beings. Number two: 600-thousand dead in the civil war and 150 years of law since then pretty well solved the puzzle, the federal government is supreme over the states, states do not have the right to secede, and everyone has the same rights under the law. The idea of nullification, that states can nullify federal law, pretty much died with John C. Calhoun.

That nullification theory's now at work in congress, with many people wanting to de-fund and repeal Obamacare; but they don't have a majority. So they settled for blackmailing the country and partly shutting down the government. The same people Lofgren calls neo-confederates, also say not extending the debt ceiling and having the U.S. default on some of its debts is no big deal; in the confederacy, maybe. Here in the United States, it remains a pretty big deal.

I'm Charles Jacoand that's Jacology.

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