The question of States Rights has long been considered a foregone conclusion. The Civil War was suppose to have settled the issue once and for all. Has it? I believe that in order for a government to properly function, the delegation of tasks and authority needs to be distributed in a means that allows greatest control to be had at the most local of levels.
I believe in order for people to be free, to really know liberty they cannot find it out of centralized authority hundreds or thousands of miles away. It needs to be close to home. Power needs to be distributed downward and expanded from the Federal level, providing a "night watchman" style of governance while additional and more specific functions need to be handled at the State, the county, and the municipal level.
The closer you are to your government, especially the representitives of a representitive government the more you are able to actively take part in the process of self governance
I believe the issue of States Rights needs to be revisted, how about you?
(the issue of slavery is a non-issue and childish. It is childish because no one in their right mind wants to bring the institution back, so please let that dog lie...)