I find it kind of weird that we are the "United States" yet the goal seems to be independent states making their own laws which can contradict other states. What are the positives of allowing states to have the ability to make their own laws?
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Thanks for thorough answer, I guess we need to change names because nothing about either way seems very United. I have to wonder though why a need for different laws on things like marriage, DLs, or other basic things?
Indeed we are more of a Confederation than a Federation. It does have its merits; can you visualize if one state (i. e. New York) had significant national influence and dictated its laws to states like Montana, Texas, Oklahoma etc.
Personally I think every state should have identical laws unless the subject matter is something not every state has. One country, one set of laws, one set of rules, all within reason and no over reach would be perfect in my opinion. :)
Think of the US more like it was the EU. Each country had its own heritage, and culture and now they need to pool together their resources, but not their heritage. Think of the states in the same way as little countries, and the Feds as the EU.
I agree with you Peeples, one country, one set of laws. I've said that states' rights means the right of states to discriminate.
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This was exactly what I wanted. In depth thought on the topic. I agree with everything you wrote. Thanks for the great answer!
One Republican president (was it Reagan) tried turning gov't back to the states. It resulted in smaller fire and police protection and fewer turnback funds. The states soon discovered that with "rights" came responsibilities. I wish this was a forum.
And today it took a strong federal government to put us where we are in continual decline, and chaos. The checks and balances of the 3 branches of govt are now in gridlock. It really doesn't matter which party or which candidates win in 2016
And with those responsibilities comes costs! Maybe I am lost on the topic, but I don't even understand why we have individual states. Seems a bit unpatriotic or maybe just pointless. I wish I was more knowledgeable on why we have states.I Need study.
Brad, yes, it was a strong pro-corporation govt. that put us where we are, but I'm not sure where we would be if the individual states had their own powers above the federal. They could refuse even military troops for national protection.
As I have mentioned, the federal govt was to resolve the issues between the states, and represent us in the world as a country. Remember in 2001, the feds did a horrible job of protecting the country. History has not shown any fed brilliance.