A question arises while reflecting upon the politically fractured landscape of the United States
in early 2001: Is now a time for more state's rights
, or for stronger federal government
Either could be said to provide healing
effect, while both could also be argued to cause harm.
Looking on the bright side
, strong federal
would bridge ideological differences and strengthen the US through Unity. On the dark side, A strong federal government
could also cause resentment in the south, which has been a hotbed of state's rights
concerns since the nation was formed.
More state's rights could allow ideological differences to coexist peacefully
but existing differences could also continue to tear the country apart as historical precedent
has shown them to have done in the Civil War
, a war begun mostly over state's rights
During one of the myriad
interviews I watched during the election debacle
, Jesse Jackson
made an eloquent statement about state's rights:
The Union won the war.
was also a cause of the Civil War, but the south saw this unspeakable evil as an issue for states to choose.