Saturday, December 14, 2002

Some people have quibbled with my post about State's Rights below. Look - as I thought I made clear I wasn't arguing about the issue of "states rights" - we can have a debate about the appropriate power of the federal government another day - nor was I calling for the phrase to be expunged from the English language. I'm just saying that from certain speakers - and to certain audiences - the phrase is a code phrase. I don't think everyone who utters that phrase today is attempting to invoke the code, or that everyone who uses it gets on my 'closet bigot' list. Remember, the Dixiecrat Party was actually the Democratic States Rights Party. Here is their platform. As Rush always reminds us, words have meaning, and when Reagan launched his campaign in Philadelphia, Mississippi and used the phrase 'states rights' his meaning was crystal clear.