So yesterday, I wasn't surprised to read that Senate Democrats blocked a GOP bill which would have given the Federal government the power to stop payments to cities which deliberately ignored Federal immigration laws - so-called "sanctuary cities".
Full disclosure - our immigration policy is a mess, and it needs to be fixed. I'm not sure what the answer is, but I am sure that amnesty isn't it, nor is comprehensive reform from top to bottom the answer, either. Frankly, that type of bill has no shot of getting through both houses of Congress, so the right and left better realize that and start fixing specific problems; the first being to fine employers heavily who employ illegal immigrants.
But today's blog is more about the double standard employed by Senate Democrats (and the White House who vowed to veto the bill if it had passed).
How many times have you heard the left come out against "state's rights" issues? These are the issues where the right often times uses the 10th amendment to claim that the Federal government does NOT have absolute power over the states or the individual. It is a stance where I happen to agree with those on the right. The Framers never considered having a strong Federal government in any fashion, preferring the Feds to handle the larger issues of equality, monetary issues, and protection of personal rights and freedoms - NOT the guiding force for every action ever contemplated by an individual or corporation. So the left, in their desire to have all-encompassing State control over everyone, has traditionally dismissed the idea of state's rights.
Until it get them votes.
Can anyone tell me how cities having the option to outright ignore Federal laws is any different from states being able to do so?
In short, there is none.
Worse yet, this is the first step towards anarchy, which benefits no one. If a city can ignore a Federal law, and suffer no consequences as a result, why can't an individual? Me? I'm seeing the beginnings of a pretty darned elaborate (and possibly effective in front of the right judge) defense strategy going forward when someone gets taken to the woodshed for violation some EPA rule which harms no one. Maybe having the Federal government taken down a peg or two is a good thing, but we really don't need the law of the land being ignored willy-nilly on the whims of elected officials or the individual.
We just need better laws and smarter elected officials. And fewer double standards.
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