Whenever Republican politicians get a chance to use the power of federal government to help their own corporate special interest groups, they happily use the power of Big Government to smash the decisions of state and local governments.
President Obama now says that he personally supports same-sex marriage, but intends to do nothing to stop states like North Carolina from prohibiting same-sex marriage. Like Abraham Lincoln before him, he is allowing Southern bigots to trample the authority of the national Constitution. We all know how well that strategy worked out.
In tomorrow’s Washington Post, James Loewen writes a succinct refutation of the notion that the South seceded from the Union and sparked a bloody war 150 years ago because of its dedication to the principle of states’ rights. Loewen points out that the Southern states’