There is little here I find encouraging. As Johah Goldberg, perhaps unwittingly, explains, Heather's argument is bereft of principle -- or rather, her defense of federalism is unsupported by any appeals to, say, self government or social peace. Rather, it is framed entirely on the same ol' Stalinist who-whom thinking: how can federalism help the Designated Victim Groups -- NAMs and gays -- take a piece out of the hated whitey.
Pushing government decisions down to the lowest democratic level possible — while protecting basic civil rights — guarantees that more people will have a say in how they live their lives.
Good grief. Which expansion of central government power of the last 40 years was it, exactly, that wasn't justified in terms of protecting an ever increasing list of "basic civil rights." Does your "lowest democratic level" not like abortion? Tough. Does it prefer school prayer to evolution? Tough again. Does it think marriage is between a man and a woman? Skroo u, hillbilly. Does it think that workers in the state should be lawful residents, but employers should otherwise be free to hire and fire who they wish? . . . I could go on, but you get the idea.