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: Dixie Rising

By: Thursday June 7, 2012 8:00 pm

It seems that “Governor” Rick Scott of Florida is planning to force the Justice Department to sue Florida to stop its illegal voter purges, judging by the defiant, taunting letter he sent to Washington. The move is disturbing on several levels.

Michele Bachmann’s Trent Lott Moment?

By: Tuesday September 13, 2011 6:01 pm

Michele Bachmann yearns for the good old days of whites-only immigration policy before those damn liberals ruined everything:

Sunday Late Night: McCain Blames Obama’s “Inexperience” for DADT Repeal Promise

By: Sunday November 28, 2010 8:01 pm

Despite five terms in the Senate, this is how historians will likely memorialize McCain: the last great civil-rights filibusterer, in the sorry, backwards tradition of Strom Thurmond and Richard Russell.

Come Saturday Morning: How a GOP Ratbleeper Helped Give Us Senator Franken and the Reality-Based Side of the Blogosphere

By: Saturday August 14, 2010 6:45 am

Minnesota Republican ratbleeper Tom Mason is quite likely one of the reasons you’re reading this blog right now. But to show this requires me to go back nearly eight years, back to the birth of the progressive side of the blogosphere.

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