Once again many Governors or State representatives, pretty much Republican ones, are all over the place trying to change voters’ rights, rights of citizens to serve on boards, North Carolina today trying to get rid of all the officers of various and sundry state and federal boards and commissions, an others running around squawking about how to cheat voters’ of their rights to vote or how to count the votes to promote Republican ideals and ideology.
I find all of these activities to be unpatriotic as hell, and unconsciounable over all. So lets look at the meaning of State Sovereignty. The definition of State Sovereignty, from several dictionaries and Wikipedia is:
The power of a state to do everything necessary to govern itself, such as making, executing, and applying laws; imposing and collecting taxes; making war and peace; and forming treaties or engaging in commerce with foreign nations.
The individual states of the United States do not possess the powers of external sovereignty, such as the right to deport undesirable persons, but each does have certain attributes of internal sovereignty, such as the power to regular the acquisition and transfer of property within its borders. The sovereignty of state is determined with reference to the U. S. Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land.
The 9th and 10th Amendments to the Constitution state that all powers and rights NOT DELEGATED to the Federal Government by the Constitution are statews’ rights. Federal Voting privileges are Federal rights, not states’ rights.
The voting rights acts are my specific bugaboo these days. I am so sick of watching folks trying to take away your voting rights, the right of every single person who has ever registered to vote. The onus of making sure you have the RIGHT to vote should have been carried out at the time of your registration. There is no law that says you must prove that EVERY SINGLE TIME you go to vote. No one individual or state or organization has the right to decide whether you have the right to vote once you have registered and have voted in a Federal Election at least once every two years.
North Carolina, which is acting up today, along with Texas (where I am) were the last two states readmitted into the Union after the Civil War. They were readmitted in 1870, after they ratified the 16th Amendment. Texas, at the moment, is not trying to stop voters’ rights, at least not in the detail as was done before.
Anyway, here is my idea about stopping such things from happening to any state. Make it known to the people that succeeding in taking away any person’s right to vote, or to hold a legitimate office within a state, is contrary to The U. S. Constitution, and any state that succeeds in doing so should be cast out of the Union, and lost its rights to all Federal Government help, whether it be Social Security, Medicare, Infrastructure (goodby Federal highways and Federal Buildings and Federal Jobs), food benefits, help in case of emergencies, and any other money from the federal government for any need whatsoever.
If that happens, first I see a lot of people getting the hell out of that state. Then I see the people who choose to remain and live under State rule fighting over who pays what in order to fill state coffers with money for improvements, and finally I see a state going to complete ruin in infrastructure, superstructure, government, and falling entirely into anarchy. At that point, I would put the fences up.
Sound like science fiction? Of course it does because if threatened with the loss of everything Federal, even the most conservative of politician would back off for fear of losing their constituents’ backing. But I make a vow here and now: should any one person or group succeed in over-riding the Feds for state privileges, I, if still alive, will lead the charge to see that that state loses all of its federal privileges, which will certainly make easier some of the needs for others who choose to stay a part of the United States of North America.
Really, think about it.
PS: Oh yeah, you would probably lose all of your national sports teams as well, since they will want to be able to play regular games against other states sports teams. You might also have to choose from whom to import any goods you don’t personally make within your own state.