Just after noon on Wednesday, as members of the state House sat with their families on the chamber floor preparing to take the oath of office and elect their leaders, a few dozen members of various fringe tea party groups began a small rally behind the Legislative Building.
Speakers claimed that the state and nation were close to ruin and that all the planks of the Communist Manifesto were already enshrined into our law.
They called on state lawmakers to uphold their oath to the Constitution through “nullification” by simply refusing to obey federal laws that they believe violate the constitution — a new twist on the old and reactionary practice of state’s rights that marked much of the South’s resistance to the civil rights movement.
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