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Riding out to my Monday classes, my Kindle furnished me with a major "diary me" article by Atul Gawande in this week's New Yorker: "States of Health," all about Obamacare and obstruction. What made this worth bringing to you is that Gawande provided evidence of other types of obstruction when things happened that a faction of Congress and some of the states didn't like.

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Gawande notes that

How this will unfold, though, depends on where you live. Governors and legislatures in about half the states—from California to New York, Minnesota to Maryland—are working faithfully to implement the law with as few glitches as possible. In the other half—Indiana to Texas, Utah to South Carolina—they are working equally faithfully to obstruct its implementation.
He discusses the forms of obstruction - refusal of states to accept federal funds to implement the ACA [no, I'm NOT going to call it Obamacare], refusing to operate state exchanges, and outright sabotage (campaigning in favor of going without insurance) - and then observes
This kind of obstructionism has been seen before. After the Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, in 1954, Virginia shut down schools in Charlottesville, Norfolk, and Warren County rather than accept black children in white schools. When the courts forced the schools to open, the governor followed a number of other Southern states in instituting hurdles such as “pupil placement” reviews, “freedom of choice” plans that provided nothing of the sort, and incessant legal delays. While in some states meaningful progress occurred rapidly, in others it took many years.
Indeed it did. Nineteen senators and seventy-seven congressmen signed a document in 1956, The Southern Manifesto, which stated, among other things,
Without regard to the consent of the governed, outside mediators are threatening immediate and revolutionary changes in our public schools systems. If done, this is certain to destroy the system of public education in some of the States.

With the gravest concern for the explosive and dangerous condition created by this decision and inflamed by outside meddlers:

- snip -

We pledge ourselves to use all lawful means to bring about a reversal of this decision which is contrary to the Constitution and to prevent the use of force in its implementation.

In this trying period, as we all seek to right this wrong, we appeal to our people not to be provoked by the agitators and troublemakers invading our States and to scrupulously refrain from disorder and lawless acts.

Disorder and lawless acts. You know, like bombing a church that people were in, as in Birmingham in 1963. But do a google search for "massive resistance" and a state name and you find a whole lot of stuff from people in whose mouths butter wouldn't melt, like the senators and congressmen who signed the manifesto.

From Georgia:

On this day in 1956, Governor Marvin Griffin addressed a joint session of the General Assembly and urged lawmakers to invoke the doctrine of interposition and declare the Supreme Court’s school desegregation decisions null and void in the state. The House immediately did so and further maintained that Georgia had never surrendered its sovereign right to have racially separate schools and that there was a contest of powers between the state and the Supreme Court.
- snip -
Conflict between the states and the federal government continues and is as old as the republic, a contest exemplified by the dramatic events of February 6, 1956.
Sure. That's all it was, right?

From Mississippi:

After the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, state and local officials reluctantly adopted the freedom-of-choice method of school desegregation, which essentially stated that any student could choose to go to any school in a school district. Mississippi used this mechanism to keep largely segregated schools while allowing token desegregation and maintaining the private- and state-sanctioned terror against black citizens who pressed for further school integration.
Some honesty!

I'm sure there are more examples, but right now I'm wondering what possessed me to sign up for Top Comments tonight, with tomorrow's Western Civ lecture to write on the official Christianization of the Roman Empire and thirty-three exams I have to give back at 11:10 tomorrow morning because I'm two days late on the week I usually prefer. Anyhow, it's the digging-in-the-heels of the opponents of the ACA Act that provoked this.

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