I'm American and I support America.
I'm American and I oppose America.
I'm European and I support my country and/or oppose the EU.
I'm European and I oppose my country and/or support the EU.
I'm of other nationality and I support my country.
I'm of another nationality and I oppose my country.
The question regarding dual vs shared Federalism is not "Should the states be allowed to do whatever they want without the Federal government telling them no". The question is "Does the Federal government have unlimited authority to tell the states what to do?"
The problem is that no one seems to respect the 10th Amendment to the Constitution. It's the law that everyone looks and says "Boy that sure is an amendment. Let's look more closely at a single sentence in the Articles and use it to undermine that entire thing."
The Constitution is supposed to be a limiter on what the federal government is and is not allowed to do.
No one is denying that a strong central government to bind the states together is a good thing. But the general welfare and commerce clauses have been used as carte blanche to do everything from build a national highway (not objectionable) to the NDAA and warrantless wiretapping (a blatant disregard for the 4th Amendment).
We're saying that a strong central government attempting to treat 320 million people as if they're all the same is a load of shit, and even the Founding Fathers knew it. A strong central government does not have to be a LARGE central government.
Last edited by Laize; 2013-01-05 at 08:25 PM.
I am from Sweden and i HATE and DETEST the EU, I want out of it right now right here and keep my cash in my country.
For the well being of my country!
I'm a stranger, I'm a changer.
And I'm danger... maybe...
I believe you don't understand anything about patriotism and the "idea" of America Op, but nice try !
Again, the states could take back their 'rights' at any time, but they don't because they want the Federal government's money. The Constitution is no longer just a limiter on Federal power, it is a foundation and framework. Constitutional elasticity is an organic necessity, and any who say otherwise are quite frankly stupid.
Why is treating people the same a bad thing? You're conflating administrative failure with failure of governance.
A Constitutional amendment isn't the Federal Government telling anyone to do anything. At least not directly. Because an Amendment is ratified by a full 3/4 of the states' legislatures (or conventions), it is the people and states themselves who are telling the Federal government what to do (or expanding the federal government's power to do something the people view as necessary).
They're generally not, you see. Sure; they're happy with the whole green thing, with welfare (though that should be a bit better, honestly), with insurances... But that doesn't mean they're happy with everything else.
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