"You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you, backfires.
So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”
Exclusive: Lee Atwater
ETA: I would have thought that word was a filtered word here. If it's not allowed, someone please let me know...
While that was Atwater's opinion, and perhaps he even thought it was a strategy, he certainly does not represent the mass of citizens who understand that States' Rights is a system of checks and balances that keep our federal government from becoming overbearing.
Anyone who remembers their history lessons of how Britain treated the colonists will recall that our Founders wanted to keep that from happening again.
Atwater was an ass and a racist.
His personal opinion, however, is no more than just that - an opinion. And, you know what they say about opinions and assholes don't you?
"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." ~ Thomas Jefferson