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.


King George III Won: Happy Fourth of July!

By: Thursday June 30, 2011 6:20 pm

When you read the Declaration of Independence, it turns out to be an indictment of King George III for various abuses of power. And those abuses of power look fairly similar to abuses of power we happily permit U.S. presidents to engage in today, either as regards the people of this nation or the people of territories and nations that our military occupies today in a manner uncomfortably resembling Britain’s rule over the 13 colonies.

What a GOP-Managed Reading of the Constitution Looks Like

By: Thursday January 6, 2011 12:15 pm

Bob Goodlatte is the guy the GOP put in charge of today’s reading of the Constitution. He apparently chose to read the 10th Amendment — the foundation of state’s rights — himself.

Apparently Goodlatte also took it upon himself to re-write the 10th Amendment, too.

Help! White Houses Loses Constitution, Unaware of Article II

By: Saturday December 4, 2010 4:00 pm

Oh, this is dreadful. According to my New York Times, the President of the United States is powerless against the determined wishes of a minority in Congress, when his own party holds a majority in both houses. Do we need a Constitutional Convention?

Separate Church and State? Christine O’Donnell Never Heard of US Constitution

By: Tuesday October 19, 2010 12:30 pm

Delaware Tea Party Republican candidate, Christine O’Donnell is surprised to learn there’s a clause in the 1st Amendment prohibiting the government from establishing a religion. But that’s just par for a group that has little respect for the US Constitution.

DREAM Now Recap: The Ghost of Virgil Goode Possesses the Republican Party

By: Saturday August 7, 2010 12:00 pm

The “DREAM Now Series: Letters to Barack Obama” is a social media campaign that launched Monday, July 19, to underscore the urgent need to pass the DREAM Act. The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, S. 729, would help tens of thousands of young people, American in all but paperwork, to earn legal status, provided they graduate from U.S. high schools, have good moral character, and complete either two years of college or military service. With broader comprehensive immigration reform stuck in partisan gridlock, the time is now for the White House and Congress to step up and pass the DREAM Act!

We Are The Founders

By: Sunday July 4, 2010 9:30 am

America’s greatest promise lies in the bold idea that each citizen in every generation is Founder of the country. Though the promise remains unachieved, the idea is worth celebrating this Fourth of July.

Senate May Vote on Constitutionality of Individual Mandate

By: Tuesday December 22, 2009 4:00 pm

John Ensign and Orrin Hatch may have forced the Senate’s hand on a key element of health care reform — the individual mandate.

Sunday Late Night: Is Fish Foot-Nibbling a Civil Right?

By: Sunday December 6, 2009 8:00 pm

Does a beauty parlor have a civil right to provide customers with fish-nibbling of their feet?

Coyote Nation

By: Sunday November 30, 2008 9:30 am

Who’s really stronger, the coyote or the domesticated dog?

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