States Rights and Slavery, A response in another forum.
First on states rights (Which I take to mean
“Local Government Rights”):
Government is better when it is local and small in
size. Local government
understands the problems of the area better than someone in DC that has
never visited. Does this
mean than states should "rise up" and fight with violence
against national government. Absolutely
not. There are much more effective and long-term methods of
supporting local government rights.
Second, on slavery:
Why are we still discussing this issue in 2004?
Have we not proven that ownership of another human being is
morally and ethically wrong? Yes,
much of this country was built upon the backs of African Americans and
without the free labor we would not be the superpower we are today.
With this acknowledged, can we honestly say that this was the
correct way to go? We are
powerful today because of the violence of the past.
What we should be discussing is ways to ensure slavery is totally
eradicated from the world (still prevalent in many countries) and never
rears its ugly head again.