Topic: The general government in Washington D.C. is out of control. All three branches of government are complicit in the destruction of real federalism, what was once considered the cornerstone of the American polity. “States’ Rights,” in fact, were a recognized fact of the original Constitution, both North and South. As virtually every proponent of the Constitution insisted during the ratification process, the States were to be the pillars of the American federal republic with virtually unlimited power over the domestic concerns of their people. The general government had expressly delegated powers for the general purposes of the Union, namely commerce and defense.
If the general government violated it’s enumerated authority, “the States would be powerful enough to check it,” as Roger Sherman of Connecticut said.
States in the North and the South routinely dusted off the idea of “nullification” or “state interposition” before the War for Southern Independence. Since 1865, however, the idea of a State resisting unconstitutional federal authority has been branded “racist” or archaic, a relic of the past that should be buried along with any vestige of “disunion” sentiment.
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