The States are Sovereign over the Fed Gov

This goes back a previous post I made about Lincoln/Oklahoma.  Alan Stang wrote:

Now consider what Lincoln did to the Union. He claimed that he launched the worst war in our history to preserve it. Paradoxically, when his Communists had finished the Union was gone. The Union was a voluntary association of independent, sovereign, governmental entities that retained those qualities when the Union was formed. How do we know that?

We know it because that is what James Madison said in Federalist Paper 39: “. . . Each State, in ratifying the Constitution, is considered as a sovereign body, independent of all others, and only to be bound by its own voluntary act. In this relation, then, the new Constitution will, if established, be a federal, and not a national, constitution.”

What’s the difference? A national constitution would, on the contrary, submerge the states, dissolving their independence and sovereignty, reducing them to mere lines on the map, nothing more than administrative zones. A nation is a single, homogeneous unit but a group of states – a federation – is not.

Before Lincoln’s . . . War to Destroy the Union, we had a true confederation; after it we had and have a national government. Lincoln’s . . . consolidated, national government “ratified” the Fourteenth Amendment simply by kicking out the state legislatures that voted against it and installing imposters who did. Of course, Hitler did the same thing. He destroyed the independence of the historic German states, replacing their legislatures with his flunkies.

Before the war, it would not have occurred to anyone in Washington to regulate your toilet. Now, an agency in that behemoth does exactly that and much more. The process was completed with the Seventeenth Amendment, the “direct election of senators,” rather than election by the state legislatures, which changed the Senate into another version of the House. The Seventeenth Amendment destroyed the power of the states in the “federal” government.

Published in: on July 11, 2008 at 1:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

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