According to Al Sharpton, the tea party movement is racist because the tea party movement believes in states’ rights.
Yeah, how dare tea partiers advocate for something that is actually in the Constitution. The 10th amendment is pretty clear. Those powers not specifically delegated to the federal government, or denied it, by the Constitution are reserved to the states or to the people. Thus, some of us who are still silly enough to believe that the Constitution is the law, believe that the federal government ought not to exceed its Constitutional mandate.
Now, people such as Sharpton are fond of tying states rights to the segregationist movements and the South in the civil war, but states rights as an issue has nothing specific to do with racism. Believing that the federal government doesn’t have the authority to institute an insurance mandate is not racism. Believing that the federal government has no business regulating things that are not interstate commerce is not racism.
What’s shocking is the level of ignorance about how our government was actually intended to work it takes for someone like Sharpton to make a comment like this.