Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Guest Blogger: Denali: Your Regular Reminder that by "State's Rights," Conservatives Always Just Meant Slavery
So, this is a little late to the party on the clown-show that is the Republicans, mainly the Ohio delegation, flipping out over alleged dictator Barak Obama renaming Mt. McKinley so that it is officially called Denali in the federal register. However, I still wanted to chime in once I saw actual calls for congress to act to block the 'name change.'* Particularly galling is chubby, bible-thumping, former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee saying that Congress should act.
Along with multiple other religious zealots in the field of Republican presidential candidates, he has long held the position that the several states should hold sway on most matters that occur within their borders, particularly when it comes to matters that allegedly involve religious liberty. Generally, this is coupled with a misunderstanding of the First Amendment and the separation of church and state. (Often that misunderstanding comes with a willful disregard of historical facts regarding the Founding Fathers' position on faith and government.)
Eventually, I will make a detailed post regarding this ridiculous revisionist history. However, to stay somewhat on topic with Denali/McKinley, I am somewhat shocked that not a single journalist reporting the "have congress intervene in Obama's overreach story has noted that these idiots are asking the federal government to intervene on a matter where the State of Alaska, where the mountain in question resides, spoke long ago: the F'ing mountain is named Denali, said the State of Alaska in 1975!!!! (Update to include this article, making it clear that even the conservative residents of Alaska refer to it as Denali.)
Now, many media outlets have noted the ongoing Alaskan preference for the name Denali, as well as their numerous attempts to change it. What galls me is the lack of acknowledgment that the very people pushing back on "imperial Obama" are complete hypocrites... the land is in Alaska! Even beyond the obvious fact that it should be named to reflect what the actual natives called it, how about sliding up to Huckabee or one of these other idiots and noting that they generally would like powers to rest in the hands of the states and not the federal government? ...and by that logic, the people of Alaska really would have the say here, and not Congress, as hamstrung by the Ohio delegation?
All of this was a long walk down a path to make the point that "State's Rights" activists are full of $hit. The very concept was merely invented to protect the rights of certain states to continue to engage in slavery. Thus the Civil War. So every time a politician trots out the State's Rights doctrine, remember that they are probably using it in some self-serving way to deny another person rights. Because if they really believed in State's Rights, then the little shit like the naming of a mountain in Alaska would be pretty F'ing easy... they'd say "Oh, that's an issue for Alaska to decide."
*technically, as this is my first blog-post for the Rambling Drunk I should have had a few more glasses of... something... before I wrote this.