Conservatives and libertarians love to promote the propaganda that “states rights” are the best government, and that state governments are there for their population’s needs.
History tells us otherwise, clear and simple.
“States rights” promoted 76 years of slavery under the Constitution, until it was ended by the Union winning the Civil War over the Confederacy.
“States rights” promoted segregation of the races for nearly a century after the Civil War until the 1960s.
“States rights” promoted laws against marriage, including blacks and whites, and gays and lesbians.
“States rights” promoted vigilante justice, including lynchings, chain gangs, and overly harsh criminal justice laws.
“States rights” promoted men having dominance over their wives in marriages, and resulting abuses toward women.
“States rights” promoted inferior education, including denial of historical facts, and of science, favoring religious ideas over facts.
“States rights” promoted violations of voting rights, with the intent of ruling white upper classes controlling who could vote.
“States rights” promoted denial of health care to people, while insisting on all fetuses being taken to birth against a woman’s wishes.
“States rights” promoted resistance to the Bill of Rights, and to federal government political, social, and economic reforms that made America pursue the goals of democracy, equality, and justice.
Those states that have regularly promoted “states rights” have been the most backward, the most discriminatory, the most regressive. the poorest, and have depended on the more advanced and open minded states for their economic existence.
It is the “Red” states, those in the old Confederate South, and in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountain West, where we see the worship of “states rights”, as long as the elite political and religious hierarchy keep control over their populations, and keep them ignorant and under mind control.
History tells us that these states are not protective of the needs of their population, the reason we need a strong, assertive federal government, ready to step in, and having bettered life for people who are seemingly unaware how they have been manipulated by corrupt state governments.