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Are Our Assumptions About Federalism Mistaken?

It’s long been a staple of our federalist system of government that allowing the various states, and not the federal government, to decide policies and solutions to societal problems would allow the nation to test a range of fixes and see which one is the best solution to any given problem. Then, the assumption goes, all states would adopt the most efficient and best-working solution from all of the state examples, and the problem would be solved for all American citizens.

But were we wrong in these assumptions? For example: Does the mayor of Chicago admit that the liberal idea of strict gun ownership laws has failed as his city has become a kill zone, setting murder records each year? Does the governor of California, and the mayors of various cities in that state, recognize and admit that the killing of Kate Steinle was because of their idiotic sanctuary ideas that increasing numbers of Democrat politicians have been practicing? Do the California politicians not see the destruction to their state as citizens flee to other states that have fewer homeless people and lower taxes, where they can walk the streets of their neighborhoods and not fear being shot by an illegal alien or a drug-crazed addict?

Did Barack Obama learn from the socialized healthcare failure practiced in Massachusetts, which had escalating costs and poor service as its recommendation, before he mandated the same unworkable and unaffordable system on the entire nation? And have Democrats recognized the tragedy that Obamacare has been for those Americans forced to use it and do they express any regret for the ACA bill’s passage? And even with the expanding economy that has resulted from President Trump’s tax reduction plan, there are no Democrats I know of who will express surprise and pleasure at the success of this legislation and want to retain it forever, and even give more money back to the citizens who earned it so the economy can expand even further.

One can add to the list of non-workable, trendy, cool-sounding, leftist ideas, the proposal that we offer “sanctuary” to marijuana usage, in addition to the locales where pot smoking has already been locally approved. Oh, yes, the best way to serve the citizens of a city or a state is to give them another source of mind-bending, reality-distorting escape that leaves too many people unable to fully function in society and who eventually fall through the cracks and become fully dependent on Democrat politicians to provide them the bare subsistence they need in order to keep them voting the Democrat Party line.

And now we are told that each state must try its own plan to keep schools safe from mass shootings, with the winning idea to be implemented nationally as we see which idea is best at saving lives. The problem is that Liberal Democrats will never agree on a solution for anything that doesn’t give liberal politicians more control over citizens’ lives and that doesn’t take gun ownership rights from American citizens. The reason Democrats propose any policy is to maximize their power and their ability to make citizens subservient to them and their practice of handing out goodies in exchange for votes.

That’s the way it is, and that’s what Democrats do, and the only way to stop this leftward drift and the eventual denial of our constitution by leftist politicians, is to elect no more Democrats to any office in the nation. Democrat solutions to any problem are inevitably political and only serve the nefarious ends of big, intrusive government. Democrat solutions never solve problems, but only make them worse.

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Dave King

Retired AT&T supervisor.

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