It has been on mighty powerful display recently.
Hillary Clinton, a chief Leftist proponent of centralization/globalization, is praising States’ rights:
A reality of a Supreme Court with a right-wing majority is that the states are a new important front in protecting civil rights—especially the rights of the most vulnerable among us.
Meanwhile, on the Right, Evangelicals are celebrating a federal court ruling that overturns some of the City of Atlanta’s employee regulations:
The city of Atlanta has agreed to pay its former fire chief, Kelvin Cochran, $1.2 million in the wake of a December 2017 that found some of the city’s policies that led to his termination are unconstitutional. The court determined that Atlanta’s rules restricting non-work speech, like the book for Christian men that Cochran wrote, were too broad and allowed city officials to unconstitutionally discriminate against views with which they disagree.
Those on the Right, particularly Evangelicals, have been amongst those complaining the loudest about government officials not following the original intentions of the writers of the [u.] S. Constitution. If they were consistent, they would be upset at this ruling, since it applies the 1st Amendment to Atlanta’s regulations. As the 1st Amendment was meant to restrain the Congress in Washington City, not States, cities, and counties, the federal court actually had no jurisdiction over this case; it should have been settled in Georgia’s court system according to Georgia’s laws. But since the case involved an issue they care deeply about, free religious speech, they are apparently content to use the federal court apparatus to get the result they desire, regardless of the flouting of constitutional principles.
All this is simply more evidence of what has become quite obvious: Politics in the States is badly broken.
Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!
Anathema to the Union!