Celebrating Confederate History Month Isn’t Just for The South

By: Saturday April 12, 2014 9:14 am

Ah, the heritage of the Confederacy. The South may have surrendered at Appomattox, but the war continues to be fought — and not just in the South, and not just by southerners. But of course, that’s where we need to start…

Earlier this week, Virginia’s Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that he would not be issuing any kind of proclamation making April “Confederate History Month” in his state, unlike several of his recent Republican predecessors. Among certain parts of the citizenry, that did not go over well.

 

Marriage Equality, Nullification, and Impeachment, Missouri Edition

By: Saturday February 8, 2014 9:06 am

After the Supreme Court struck down DOMA in US v Windsor, same sex couples in states like Missouri that discriminate against them are treading through a maze of conflicting state and federal laws and regulations. In Missouri, Gov. Jay Nixon has issued an executive order to cut through this mess with respect to filing state taxes, and the Missouri GOP has reacted in very predictable ways.

Can you say “articles of impeachment”? Sure you can.

The ultimate Southern Strategy…never learn

By: Monday October 7, 2013 1:30 am

Hard to believe that South Carolina’s “intellectual” legacies would pass up a chance to kill the American government once and for all.

Missouri GOP Loses Nullification Fight; Turns Against Their Own

By: Saturday September 14, 2013 9:07 am

The Republican party holds a veto-proof majority of seats in both houses of the Missouri state legislature, but they discovered this past week that “veto-proof” means you have to keep your whole caucus together. After weeks of criss-crossing the state, Democratic Governor Jay Nixon caused enough sanity to break out among the MO GOP that he turned back the attempts to override vetoes on two major GOP initiatives: taxes and guns.

The anger aimed at “the Flimsy 15″ has been amazing to behold. “Worthless!” and “Primary them” and “strip them of their committee chairs” and “Not another dime to the MO GOP!” Meanwhile, the democratic attorney general and candidate to replace the term-limited Jay Nixon, Chris Koster, has to be smiling. He’s heard those cries before, and it’s what led him to bolt the GOP back in 2007. If the Flimsy 15 are tired of the GOP, Koster might remind them of the letter he wrote, back in the day, to help them write their own departure letters.

Fifty Years After King’s Dream Speech, Nullification Keeps on Marching

By: Saturday August 24, 2013 9:00 am

Each time I read or hear Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech, a different piece leaps out at me. Today, as we come to the fiftieth anniversary of that speech, it’s this:

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

The language of nullification — the thought that state laws can trump federal laws — is still a part of our national lexicon, despite the fact that the Nullifiers lost the Civil War. Indeed, here in Missouri, it’s become a very large part of the state political conversation.

Late Night: Long Live the King

By: Thursday January 17, 2013 8:00 pm

“I’m afraid that President Obama may have this ‘king complex’ sort of developing, and we’re going to make sure it doesn’t happen.”

Thus spake Rand Paul, US Senator (!), somewhat before he knew what, exactly, Obama’s proposals would entail. But does that really matter? True believers like Paul are reliably armed with two of the three things they’ve ever half-read (not written by Ayn Rand), the Bible and the Constitution, and have come to some pretty novel conclusions about both works. Of course, such conclusions are completely nuts, but nonetheless at least as infallible as whatever comes out of the Pope’s ass on any given day, so there.

GOP Nullification of Consumer Protection Bureau Law Easily Nullified By a Recess Appointment

By: Monday December 12, 2011 10:00 am

Describing the blockade of Richard Cordray to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as a form of nullification sounds accurate to me. Cordray is almost an afterthought, as Republicans disagree with the concept of a federal agency that looks out for consumers. So they plan to stop confirmation of any director, which in this case holds off consumer protection regulation of non-bank financial institutions, unless it is gutted.

The John C. Calhoun Memorial Party

By: Wednesday December 1, 2010 1:30 am

Whenever, in the future, you inevitably see a Democrat pilloried for once meeting someone, remember the Republican leader that wants to overturn the Constitution.

Missouri Must Have Money to Burn

By: Wednesday August 4, 2010 7:15 pm

Missouri voters passed Proposition C, seeking to exempt Missourians from the individual mandate of the health insurance reform recently passed, and also the employer mandate. But if Missouri wants to nullify a federal law — what a quaint, pre-civil war notion — they’re going to have to defend it in court.

Fortunately, Missouri has plenty of money in the state coffers to waste it on a frivolous lawsuit.

Or, you know, not.

Secession and Racism

By: Sunday April 19, 2009 9:30 am

Talk of secession is so morally repugnant it’s hard to adequately condemn. Secession is a racist code word being used by some Republicans to improve their 2010 chances. They should repudiate it.

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