It’s not that Cruz’s words alone conjured up Lincoln’s address, but that his comments fueled my growing sense that some Republicans don’t just want red states but individual red nations. I don’t mean formal secession. But it’s more akin to sovereign nations where they can act unrestrained from federal intervention on issue after issue — from voting rights to same-sex marriage and even interracial marriage.
The states’ rights argument has long been used to deprive Americans of fundamental freedoms in our past — the most obvious example being before the Civil War by those who enslaved Black people.
In response to the GOP’s actions on women’s rights, Democratic callers to my SiriusXM show have expressed concerns that their federal tax dollars would be sent to states that are oppressing women. I agree 100%. Democrats should be championing legislation ensuring that no federal tax dollars be used to deprive women of their rights or to punish women or health care professionals — even if it’s challenging to pass with the current 50-50 Senate. Those of us in blue states cannot be forced to fund the GOP’s oppression of women.
But where does this leave our nation?