Given that Barton is respected in conservative circles as an authority on historical and constitutional issues, his words should carry weight with Oklahomans.
President Barack Obama's emphasis on expanding federal power has undeniably made citizens far less trusting of government. In a recent meeting with the editorial board of The Oklahoman, U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn noted that distrust is “almost to a paranoia level” that is “dangerous for us as a society — very dangerous.”
“Every town hall I've been to has mentioned secession,” said Coburn, R-Muskogee. “What do you think that is? It's a symptom of anarchy.”
Nullification is a symptom of that anarchic, secessionist impulse, one that solid conservatives like Coburn and Barton are responsibly batting down. There is a proper, constitutional way to oppose federal overreach. Leaders like Pruitt are pursuing it. Other Oklahoma policymakers should do the same, rather than embrace a cancerous cause like state nullification.