Category Archives: States' Rights

Getting a Rise Out of the South

If America didn’t have the South it would have to invent it. That’s where we get all our colorful characters. The North is dour and driven, full of important people doing important things, and those people never slow down. They’re … Continue reading

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The Evidence Piles Up

Some wag once said that the plural of anecdote is not data. That three teenage girls in Akron decided to shave their heads and wear giant black plastic bags to school every day means nothing much – it’s not a … Continue reading

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Addicted to Resentment

It was too good to be true. A few weeks ago it seemed the Republicans were going to get their act together and we’d once again have two functioning political parties, each presenting policy suggestions based on clear principles, not … Continue reading

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The Party of Sour Crankiness

Oh well, it seemed like a good idea at the time – but when something’s not working, and you now know it’s never going to work – for structural reasons, or practical reasons, or because the parties in question simply … Continue reading

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In The Zone

Out here in Southern California it’s that time of year again. They’re back. It’s the Zoners – those would be the folks who drive in from Arizona. Those of us who live here know what to do about this special … Continue reading

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We’ll Always Have Nullification

You start at the logical place – the Tariff of 1828 – the Tariff of Abominations as it was called. The idea was to protect industry in the northern states, as folks there were being driven out of business by … Continue reading

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