I got a tip from a reader last week about a states’ rights/nullification event being held in Columbus in early March.

The events’ organizers intended to promote their argument that states have the right to nullify any federal law that they deem unconstitutional – in this case the recent health care reform legislation that congress passed last year.

The event is being supported by the usual suspects: the Ohio Liberty Council, Cincinnati 912 Project and the Cincinnati Tea Party.

These guys have been pushing this idea since last year and it has yet to get any real traction. So this time they have decided to change their strategy.

Now they are trying to make the case that modern day Americans who disagree with a national healthcare mandate are the same as slaves in the 1850s.

I shit you not. That’s their argument.

And to drive the point home, they are holding their event at the Harriet Tubman Theater in the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Let that sink in for second.

A bunch of right wing groups are hosting an event at a theater named after one of the most famous abolitionists of the Civil War at a museum dedicated to telling the stories of slaves who escaped from southern states who seceded from the union because they didn’t like the anti-slavery policies of the incoming incoming President (Lincoln).

Putting aside the well document racism exibited by Tea Party members throughout the country and right here in Ohio, the states’ rights/nullification arguments these nuts are pushing are quite similiar to the logic used by southern states in 1861.

As the reader put it: “It would be funny if it weren’t so sad.”