Civil Rights Act of 1964

Rehabilitating States’ Rights

Rehabilitating States’ Rights

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Over the centuries since the ratification of the Constitution in 1789 and the Bill of Rights in 1791, the principle of States’ powers and States' rights – that States enjoy certain rights and prerogatives upon which the Federal government may not intrude – has gained a bad reputation. One could reasonably date the origin of this bad association from 1948, when Strom Thurmond accepted the presidential nomination of the break-away Democrats constituting the States’ Rights Party (“Dixiecrats”). The Dixiecrats were tainted because they advocated a radical doctrine of States’ rights and powers in opposition to a Federal government they viewed as bent on coercive nationwide racial integration, in violation, they argued, of the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the US Constitution.  To this day,
Making History Rhyme

Making History Rhyme

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Mark Twain is supposed to have said “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes”, though the exact source of this Twain-ism is surprisingly elusive. But even if he did not say it, he should have. Or someone should have. The rhyming of history is especially evident, given the proliferation of State-level religious-freedom restoration acts (RFRA) protecting individuals and businesses from criminal and civil penalties for discrimination against LGBTQ -- specifically, though not exclusively, transgender -- people in commercial transactions. The most obvious question that gets begged is why States are expending this much effort in light of the requirements of, for example, Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Unfortunately, Title II of the Federal law is altogether “porous” in