Under The Sun

Wednesday, March 12, 2003

"Fair-Weather Federalism"

The doctrine that the national government has only specifically-enumerated powers, among which is the right to legislate any question on which one disagrees with a state-level law or decision.

This is a bad thing. Yes, states' rights served as a platform for two centuries of peculiar institutions in the South. Yes, the right to vote is still more universal in theory than in practice. But at some point, my fingers must be removed from your pies, and the Constitution mandates that point--even though it sometimes gives the states the right to be wrong.

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