Reassert state sovereignty, tea party says

Once regarded as a fringe group, the tea party now wields significant political power, seeing half of its 10 endorsed candidates help tilt the House to the Republicans.

“We do not want lawsuits challenging these laws – but nullification and/or interposition,” the Tea Party wrote in its 2012 Legislative Agenda. “These concepts are well founded in our history, and must be used now.”

“Interposition” involves a state placing its sovereignty between its citizens and the federal government.

Talk of state sovereignty, nullification and interposition brings back bad memories of when Mississippi mistreated African Americans, said Hattiesburg native and civil rights pioneer Dorie Ladner. “We’ve made too much progress in this state to go back.”

Clarion Ledger (Editorial)