Do you know what your state stands for? Do you know why it was created and how it is governed?
We all know about the federal Constitution – the one written to form a government for the states, but do you know what your state’s constitution says about how it governs it’s citizens?
I challenge you to read your own state’s constitution and see how it aligns with the federal constitution.
In the early 20th century, federal officials thought it best to start giving more federal influence to the individual, rather than having to be responsible to the states and their elected officials. Slowly, federal officials were elected by the general public, instead of being appointed by state officials. This allowed for several things to happen:
- The federal officials were no longer having to answer to state officials, because they were no longer responsible for giving them their jobs.
- The voice of the public becomes very muddy, giving federal officials the ability to do as they please and say that “this is what I heard people saying they wanted”.
- The representation of the state at the federal level was by-passed for the representation of the citizenry, which was ALWAYS individual states’ responsibility.
In essence, the people that were elected to keep watch over the state were now castrated from watching out for the state at the feeral level. The federal officials now had no responsibility whatsoever to the elected officials of the state.
Today, we wonder why our elected officials in Congress don’t seem to hear us. It is because they are trying to represent individuals in a system that was designed for them to listen to and represent a state. In a state such as California, where there is a heavy population in urban areas, the state government would have the interests of the agricultural north portion of the state in mind as well as the shipping, industrial, and entertainment portions of the southern portion of the state and would watch out for both when discussing anything with the federal government. With the citizen in control, the federal government is most interested in listening to the greatest number, as they want to represent the ‘majority’ of citizens. They are not looking at ‘north California’ and ‘south California’, they are looking at ‘California’ and listening to ‘all the citizens therin’ – and where are the majority of those citizens?
Maybe we should go back to the way the system was orginally set up? Get to know your local representatives and keep them honest, and have them keep Congressmen honest.
The way the Union was originally set up, States were far more important to the citizen than was the federal government. The individual states were responsible for the welfare of their citizens, and the federal government was responsible for the welfare of the states.
In basic terms, the individual would elect state officials, such as the state senators, state representatives, and the governor. These officials would be responsible for creating laws for the states, as well as for ensuring that the civil systems worked properly.
The citizens would elect officials that would run the state and enact laws that the individual states preferred – for example, laws about guns, property rights, commerce, etc. The laws from one state would not necessarily be found in another state, so if you didn’t like the laws in your state, you could move to a state with like-minded citizens with laws that you preferred. It is much easier for a citizen to have an impact at a local level than at a federal level.
The federal government was created to be a way for the individual states to interact and pool resources on a global level. The federal government was created with LIMITED powers that are enumerated in the constitution. The federal government was always intended to be responsible to the states – and the state officials. Originally, the members of the United States Congress were selected by each state’s officials, decided ultimately upon by each state (if one state wanted the citizens to elect the officials, that was their rule. If another wanted the state legislature to select the congressmen, that was it’s rule – and the rules were almost always decided on by the citizens).
The point of this post is to instruct on the importance of local and state elections. Far too often in today’s political spectrum, the citizens almost always vote for officials that are running for office at the federal level, when it is the local level that most affects our daily lives with local laws and ordinances. It is the local governments that decide how much power to give to home owner’s associations, not the federal government. It is the local government that establishes gun laws and speed limits and driving ages, not the federal government. Do you think it would be helpful for someone in an agricultural state to be able to drive a motor vehicle at 14, instead of 16 or 18? Do you think that individual could be restricted to drive only in rural areas, such as a farm? That’s the power of local government.