One of the cornerstones of "checks & balances" that our founding fathers implemented in order to keep our federal government growing outside its Constitutional borders was State Sovereignty.
The fact is, State Sovereignty was so important that we nearly did not have a U.S. Constitution because of it.
So many people have never heard of "The Great Compromise." But at the Constitutional Convention of 1787, several states were walking away from the table. The Constitution that Madison had presented only allowed for representation of the people based upon population. The smaller states recognized if that were to be the case, they would never have a voice in the federal government.
Finally, they came up with what has become known as the Great Compromise. The compromise was to divide the house - The lower house representing the people (Representatives 0r otherwise known as Congressmen) and the upper house representing the states (U.S. Senators).
Even fewer people today recognize the tremendous importance that having the U.S. Senators being elected by the state legislature. Prior to April, 1913, Senators were elected by the state legislatures and we actually had state representation. Since the 17th Amendment, Senators have been elected by "the People" and ever since, we have drifted away from the Constitution because there is no one to hold the Senators in check.
I wrote an essay back in February, 2009 entitled "State Sovereignty." It is strongly recommended that you to read through it. It's divided into 4 parts, with each only being a couple of pages long.
I believe ALL states should be demanding and upholding the 10th Amendment rights. However, as long as the federal government can dangle the all-mighty federal dollar in front of the state's faces, they will never truly be sovereign as it has been demonstrated in the past couple of years with the bailouts and stimulus money that our federal government has been handing out.
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