States’ rights and “geographic minorities”
Josh Patashnik, writing for The Plank, has an impassioned defense of states’ rights against the liberal bloggers who have of late disparaged them as the intellectual domain of so-called “Tenthers.” He has some trouble with the objection that no other minority group is protected in the way that “geographic minorities” are:
But geographic minorities have a special place in American history. After all, the Union came close to dissolving along geographic lines, something that can be said of no other demographic cleavage. And the West developed in no small part because of the tireless efforts of senators like Arizona’s Carl Hayden and New Mexico’s Clinton Anderson–whose influence flowed precisely from the Senate’s egalitarian treatment of states. The region and the country are better off as a result.