Nobody knows what would have happened if we didn't have slaves, we'd probably still be Britain's bitch I suppose. Blacks have helped shape America into what it is today, so it is American culture and wealth that's benefited not the black people's. They weren't just handed anything LOL.
Apparently Obama feels that soda bans should be left up to the states so they can decide for themselves. But when it comes to things like healthcare and treating illegal aliens like illegal aliens and marijuana laws, then one size fits all and your local policy will be dictated to you by the feds.
A weak federal government is the design of our republic. What our republic has become is a monstrosity; see the drug war as a prime example.
Are you stupid or apathetic? I don't know and I don't care
"For the past 8 months, all four U.S. Attorneys in California have taken a keen interest in undermining the state's medical marijuana laws by forcing the closure of more than 300 dispensaries. It's simply not believable that all of these tax-paying businesses were operating in violation of state law. If they were, why didn't the state take part in the raids? Why didn't the state or local authorities issue arrest warrants? Why would state and local politicians stand up for businesses breaking state and local laws? In Colorado, the U.S. Attorney launched his assault by shutting down businesses within 1,000 feet of a public school -- explicitly citing only federal law. He did so publicly, and with great media fanfare. It's hard to believe Holder was unaware of this fact when he told Congress the precise opposite."
Here is another quote from the HuffPo article:
"In San Francisco, five city-permitted dispensaries were forced to close over the last few months, despite full support from the Board of Supervisors and state lawmakers. Other San Francisco dispensaries have also been threatened by U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag and feel terrorized for conduct they have been engaged in for years without incident. The public and local officials alike are puzzled by this stance especially because it contradicts the Obama Administration's purported policy -- the same policy that Holder repeated to Congress."
I remember films on tv news of clinics in LA being busted and everything be carried out and owners arrested. All by DEA agents.
And I don't agree with the Monday morning assessment and the smug generalized, charged words. Innovated, embraced, backwards.
The war was about state rights on one side and toddying the British on the other. The Brits abolished the slave trade and were not happy with carrying on Economy with slave owners. The North needed the cotton to sell to the British and they did not want the South selling the cotton to France.
The very worse part of the Civil War to me was the killing of Lincoln. That put an end to the war crimes trials for the Southern leaders. And since Andrew Johnson was intimidated physcially with the same threat, he allowed the South to return to what you talking about. That was after the war, not before.
To say the South was not prosperous in it's system, is not correct.
"If we must die, we die defending our rights." Sitting Bull, Shaman of Lakota Sioux http://www.rollitup.org/blogs/353494-doer.htm