Democracy Lost And Regained
© 2009 Bill Whitehouse
Interrogative Imperative Institute
P.O. Box 831
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To claim, as many have, that the states’ rights perspective was the position that was most favored in the burgeoning democracy known as America is to make an assertion which is both somewhat misleading and possibly even incorrect. The misleading aspect of such a claim is rooted in the fact that the idea of ‘states’ rights’ is ambiguous because the phrase is unclear as to whether it means that one champions the rights of those officials who govern a state or that one is championing the rights of the people who live in that state.
The two are not necessarily coextensive as all too many people have discovered over the years. This point alludes to the nature of the possibly incorrect dimension of those claims which suggest that the states’ rights position was the perspective which enjoyed the most support among the people of young America.