This is a topic that truly makes me want to pull my hair out. The word government gets used so much that we have forgotten that there are supposed to be different levels of government. Federal, state, local and in our founders minds the individual. Four levels each with different responsibilities. I hate when talking heads on TV argue about whether or not the government should do something. What level of government are you talking about? 90% of what the federal government does is unconstitutional. That doesn’t mean that the state or local government can’t do it. If the constitution was followed today as it was intended we would still be having the same arguments about social issues and welfare. They would just be at the state and local level. Not the federal level. This country wasn’t meant to have a large central government that makes all the rules and laws for everybody. The federal government has a very specific set of rules it’s supposed to follow. The tenth amendment says “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people”. Political debate is as old as human history. There is nothing new going on today although the way some people on TV act one would think it was new. Our founding fathers debated fiercely the constitution but there was one idea that they all agreed on: state sovereignty. The states were to have the majority of the power over its people. Not the federal government. I believe we as a society have to make the distinction when we talk about what level of government we are talking about. We have to stop just saying government instead of federal government or state government. Everybody needs to understand that the meanings of words change over time. The word “state” had a different meaning in 1787 when the constitution was written than it has today. Back then a state was about equal to country. This country was intended to be a collection of small individual countries – called states – that pooled together in time of war, foreign affairs and to settle disputes between states. That’s really about it. The states would have the rights to do pretty much anything it wants. As long as it doesn’t violate their state constitution. With all the power the federal government has today is there really a need for state governments? It is getting to the point where there isn’t much need for them. It is not supposed to be that way. That was what President Ronald Reagan meant when he said we can vote with our feet. If we don’t like the laws or taxes or whatever in one state we are free to move to a state that better suits our needs or likes. But not if an all powerful federal government makes all the laws for all the states.
State vs federal government
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