The States: A Strong Start

To listen to Everett Dirksen, 1984 is just around the corner. "If the effects of this decision are not remedied," declaimed the Senate minority leader last week, the result may be "a centralized, all-powerful, leviathan Federal Government, clothed with power to convert citizens into subjects, and gradually shear away the freedoms they once knew."

From the doomsday tone of Dirksen's Senate speech, it was not easy to deduce that he was talking about reapportionment. For the fact is that since 1962, when the Supreme Court issued the first of a series of...

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