Date

4-2012

Degree Name

BA in Political Science

Department

Continuing Education (CAPSTONE) Department

Advisor(s)

Anika Leithner

Abstract

This case study seeks to discover if there is a relationship between underlying racism and a push for total governmental control by elected Tea Party officials and conservative Supreme Court Justices affecting the increase of sovereign states’ rights laws which are being manifested through right-to-work laws and voter identification laws. The question that will be asked is: whether resentful southern conservatives and Tea Party Republicans are “waging a war with the Federal Government”, unions and voters in an attempt to return the American Constitution to the Articles of Confederation by strengthening states’ rights laws while weakening federal powers (Pilkingtoni, 2010). There seems to be a causal connection between repressed white racism since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the election of an African American President and the emergence of Tea Party Republicans with a goal of strengthening states’ rights laws to create a new Articles of Confederation type Government in America in all fifty states.

This paper looks at the methods used by the Tea Party and by conservative Supreme Court Justices to analyze problems. Extreme right-wing Justices and elected officials continually use the ‘narrow view’ of analysis which works better to justify the states’ rights issues than looking at these same issues in the ‘broad view’. The GOP’s narrow view acts like ‘blinders’ on a horse which helps justify the defense of states’ rights without looking at the consequences of what would result from the elimination of the federal government.

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