One Size Fits All

The independence of the states within the Union once served as a check on coercive social experimentation.  One size does not fit all, nor should everything be dictated from Washington.  If Massachusetts wishes to socialize the state, while Texas limits the role of government, so long as it is within the framework of Constitution, should that even matter?  Let Massachusetts and Texas each pay for their own government, and show the views of their own people, different though they are.

Much of what the Federal government decides should be decided at the state level.

Laws that may seem perfectly right and reasonable to the people of California may not hold the same importance or logic to the people of North Dakota or Alaska.  The one size fits all mentality of the Federal government, which tends to cater to the urban experiments at the cost of rural folk, does not work.  It only serves to breed resentment and deny the people their rights within the framework of the Constitution.

Why should the Federal Government decide that what the people of Los Angeles want is forced on the nation?  Is it not better to see the cost of socialism impact a state and not the nation?

For a society that claims multiculturalism is a good thing, why do we not allow for regional differences?  Is difference of culture and view something that we will only allow to foreigners?

Being one people does not mean that we surrender our regional differences.  Truly, there are things we should agree upon, as we are a nation based on an ideal and not a race, but is there not room within that ideal for individual rights and regional color?  I believe there is, and to force a one size fits all approach is to force a great number of people to all conform to one mindset.  It is a gross misrepresentation of the American ideal.

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SECEDE!!!

When Bush was President, some people talked about liberal States seceding from the Union.  With Obama as President, some people talk about conservative States seceding from the Union.  It seems to me that there is a simple solution whereby ALL can have the government they wish.

Imagine IF the Federal government was limited, like in say, the U.S. Constitution, and the conservatives could have conservative States and the liberals could have socialist States all within the Union, and we could see who has the better idea.  Instead we have a HUGE Federal government that grows like a tumor, forcing centralized politics on the nation and destroying the Constitution while the States are left wondering if secession wasn’t such a bad idea after all.

Let the States have the power that is theirs in the Constitution.  Let the States reflect the value and make up of their people.  Let’s stop pretending that there is a one size solution for all the States and recognize that there are regional differences.

Maybe it is simple, but it is far more in line with the Constitution and it allows each State, each group, to define their place in the Republic as they see fit.  It makes no sense for policies to be dictated to the States by people who don’t live there, who don’t understand the people and the State.  It makes far more sense to allow Alaska to have laws that are right for Alaska, and New York laws that are right for New York. Whatever the people want the State to be, let it be, within the framework of the Constitution, and let the other States likewise be what they wish to be.

To continue as we are, looking to the Federal government to dictate policy to the States will only lead to increasing talk, and talk will eventually lead to action.  Just ask John C Calhoun!