The Rise of the Religious Right in the Republican Party:
There is an inconsistency from leaders of the Religious Right between a belief in states rights, or minimal federal government,
and a drive for control and domination of a nation. As a member of the Federalist Society and leader of the Religious Right,
Attorney General John Ashcroft espouses the value of state's rights. His effort to overturn the state of Oregon's Assisted Suicide Law, however,
demonstrates how quickly he will intervene in a State's democratically legislated law when this law conflicts with his religious
beliefs. Much of the work of the Justice Department is now focused on overturning state laws. ...
We can't talk about John Ashcroft without talking about civil liberties. People for the American Way has this report on
Ashcroft's tour in defense of the Patriot Act. ...
The Ashcroft Justice Department not only demands the harshest prison terms, but actually goes out of its way to track federal
judges who do not give them. At the same time state lawmakers are following the opposite track, openly advocating less time
for the same crime and giving judges more discretion in choosing punishments. ...
Ashcroft is interfering with the right of states to not use the death penalty. ...
While advocating local control and minimal federal government, churches of the Religious Right are using a federal mandate
to bypass local zoning ordinances. Hundreds of new megachurches are springing up in suburbs across the country in conflict
with local zoning laws. ...
This article also includes: "States Rights and the Environment" from the Los Angeles Times:
by staff writer, Elizabeth Shorgun
Published: Sep 17 2003
The States' Rights Principle
Civil War-era satirist Ambrose Bierce defined politics as a "strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles."
For the Bush administration, principles are politics -- they shift and conform to best serve the interests of the powerful
corporations responsible for putting President Bush in office. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the administration's application
of the principle of states' rights to environmental and consumer protection. ...
When states go "too far" to protect the environment and consumers, the Bush administration and its industry allies call
for federal preemption of state law. When its campaign contributors complain that federal law is too stringent, the Bush administration
holds up the venerated principle of states' rights. The administration is simply forum-shopping for the best venue in which
to advance the self-serving agenda of the oil industry, the timber industry, electric utilities, large banks and other special
interests. This isn't just politics -- it's hypocrisy.