In an endeavor to expand my base of readers, and to experience other platforms, I have decided to post a thought piece on the nature of democracy in protecting liberty. It’s a brief five minute read that you can check out over at Medium. For your benefit, I’ll summarize here:
States will infringe upon, and regulate your rights for more often in scope and frequency than the federal government. Slavery, which is a complex issue of its own, same sex marriage, abortion, and second amendment rights are all “high profile” topics with histories that show state based infringements long prefacing the federal government’s attempts at doing so. In many instances, it seems, the federal government’s laws are a result, or an extension of state based legal trends. This can be seen especailly with abortion, same sex issues (marriage and sodomy), as well as the war on drugs. Kentucky was the first state to attempt a ban on the concealment of weapons back in the 1800’s. California was the first to begin implementing drug laws, and this tread swept eastward in response to specific immigrants that states saw a particular problem with.
So please, if you have a chance, please go check out my article. The Watchtower will remain as my main forum for discussing such topics. Medium is an experiment, an adventure.
While I agree that the Federal Government has gone into an extreme state of quackery on a variety of issues, I do not foresee giving state’s a lot more authority as a viable method of solving their problems. Many supreme court cases were in defense of people’s rights being infringed by state laws. Many state laws have been repressive and unconstitutional.
Further, people have this habit of blaming the federal government. Government is a manifestation of human’s attempt to control and regulate. Government is nothing more than an entity, whether it’s a local, a state, or an over arching federal government. The failure isn’t on the part of government, it’s on the failure of its people to elect thinkers who can work together and stand together to resolve an issue. Even the founding fathers had disagreements, but that didn’t prevent them from standing together on important issues.
I personally feel that we can swing back and forth on the issue of state vs federal government sizes and scopes, but the ultimate responsibility lies on its people – and not the manifestation. People are getting what they ask for. in 2010, some districts in my state had a voter turn out of 4%. Not 4% of its population, but 4% of eligible voters. Average turnout was 28%. And what did they do? They elected a bunch of scum bags, both liberals and conservatives who wanted nothing more than media attention and resume boosters. In many other states, primary turnout is between 4-60%. Voter turnout even for presidents is 70% (around).
The problem isn’t federal government, it’s not state governments, it’s our fault. A government of the people, by the people, for the people, demands from its people attention, courtesy, courage, respect, determination, and many other virtues that seem to have been forgotten in the grand spheres of fame and greed.