A Less Perfect Union

A Less Perfect Union One Of America S Leading Conservative Commentators On Constitutional Law Provides An Illuminating History Of States Rights, And The Vital Importance Of Reviving Them Today.Liberals Believe That The Argument For States Rights Is A Smokescreen For Racist Repression But Historically, The Doctrine Of States Rights Has Been An Honorable Tradition A Necessary Component Of Constitutional Government And A Protector Of American Freedoms Our Constitution Is Largely Devoted To Restraining The Federal Government And Protecting State Sovereignty Yet For Decades, Adam Freedman Contends, The Federal Government Has Usurped Rights That Belong To The States In A Veritable Coup.In A Less Perfect Union, Freedman Provides A Detailed And Lively History Of The Development And Creation Of States Rights, From The Constitutional Convention Through The Civil War And The New Deal To Today Surveying The Latest Developments In Congress And The State Capitals, He Finds A Growing Sympathy For States Rights On Both Sides Of The Aisle Freedman Makes The Case For A Return To States Rights As The Only Way To Protect America, To Serve As A Check Against The Tyranny Of Federal Overreach, Take Power Out Of The Hands Of The Special Interests And Crony Capitalists In Washington, And Realize The Founders Vision Of Libertarian Freedom A Nation In Which States Are Free To Address The Health, Safety, And Economic Well Being Of Their Citizens Without Federal Coercion And Crippling Bureaucratic Red Tape. Mr Freedman makes an impassioned, conservative albeit compelling argument in defense of States rights, and succeeds at inoculating them from these United States original sin namely, slavery and systemic racism Our founders held dear their states rights and individual liberties but wouldn t do the same for their black compatriots, a matter that Revolutionary War hero Tadeusz Kosciuszko of West Point fame simply couldn t wrap his brain around How could a people who valued freedom and liberty above all else subject another to utterly cruel and inhumane treatment Imagine producing an impressive writ on individual rights and personal liberties, interrupted by a stop at the local outdoor slave market to inspect a human cargo that arrived overnight Heavens forbid you forgot your money bag you ll miss first dibs on the healthy breeders These Rights were fostered and nursed alongside unspeakable cruelty to black people, and this isn t a stretch of one s imagination It was a time when states rights flourished but blacks perished, all the while enduring a Dante an hellish existence at home in America Throughout the 18th, 19th and first half of the 20th centuries, racial oppression was to be found on the home front at the grassroots levels consisting of loc