Has it ever struck anyone as strange that cities have simply decided to declare themselves as “sanctuaries” and in doing so have basically flipped the bird to the immigration laws of the federal government? (For that matter, remember that Speaker of the House Pelosi herself declared that enforcing immigration laws is unAmerican. Not the laws themselves, just the enforcement of them.)
And how ’bout them states that make up their own marijuana laws despite what the federal government says?
Sen. Chuck Schumer is now talking about challenging the federal “Defense of Marriage Act”.
And the issues of states rights vs. federal power go on and on… There are 2nd amendment conflicts, stem cell research disagreements, refusal to host military recruitment centers… We’ve all seen the news… We’ve all seen the conflicts.
This “Feds vs. States” topic may seem a bit esoteric to you, but at least from a historical perspective, this is far from arcane. In the 1850s, a slow boil gathered in this country over not just the issue of slavery, but also over the debate concerning the line of demarcation between states’ rights and federal power. In a single phrase, “This is serious stuff.”
Quite simply, we’ve been writing about this for some time:
Bottom line? What is happening is a power struggle between the Executive Branch, the Legislative Branch, the citizenry, and media and technology. Throw into the mix blind agenda, crappy social norms, and those hell-bent on entitlement, and you have… well… today.
Bored? Before you go, I ask that you read this superb piece from the Christian Science Monitor. If nothing else, just look at the map of the states trying to assert sovereignty from our Republic. I’ll get you started:
There’s an old joke in South Carolina: Confederate President Jefferson Davis may have surrendered at the Burt-Stark mansion in Abbeville, S.C., in 1865, but the people of state Rep. Michael Pitts’s district never did.
With revolutionary die-hards behind him, Mr. Pitts has fired a warning shot across the bow of the Washington establishment. As the writer of one of 28 state “sovereignty bills” – one even calls for outright dissolution of the Union if Washington doesn’t rein itself in – Pitts is at the forefront of a states’ rights revival, reasserting their say on everything from stem cell research to the Second Amendment.
Something wicked this way comes…