Our system of government is infused with a concept of federalism. This refers to the relationship between the federal government and the states. The original intent of this arrangement was to facilitate a strong coalition of states. The federal government was intended to serve as a government that could accomplish what the states could not such as entering into treaties with foreign governments and ensuring interstate commerce.
Now, the federal government serves as one of the biggest obstacles to freedom in the nation as it bullies and threatens both states and individuals who dare to resist the federal government’s agenda.
North Carolina is in the crosshairs of the feds after the state legislature passed a law that would protect employers who wished for men and women to use their respective facilities exclusively. This commonsense idea has spurred a firestorm of controversy as grandstanding liberals have deemed it to be an act of discrimination to ask that men use men’s rooms and women use women’s rooms.
As the federal government huffs and puffs and threatens the Southern state to ensure their obedience, North Carolina’s governor, Pat McCrory, has pushed-back hard and is suing the Obama Administration as a means of ensuring the state’s rights.
The Obama Administration had given McCrory until Monday to declare whether they would scrap the law or face the consequences from the abusive federal government which could include legal action and a revocation of federal funds to the state.
McCrory didn’t blink and, instead, filed suit against the tyrannical federal regime.
In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of North Carolina, the state claimed,
“The Department’s position is a baseless and blatant overreach. This is an attempt to unilaterally rewrite long-established federal civil rights laws in a manner that is wholly inconsistent with the intent of Congress and disregards decades of statutory interpretation by the Courts.”
McCrory spoke to the press after the news of the suit broke and he urged the federal government to clarify their ambiguous provisions for states.
“This is not just a North Carolina issue, this is now a national issue,” he said. “We believe a court rather than a federal agency should tell our state, our nation and employers across the country what the law requires.”
McCrory claims that he sought a solution to the conflict and requested an extension on the Monday deadline but was refused. “I don’t think that three working days is enough time for such a pretty big threat,” he said in an interview with Fox News. “It’s the federal government being a bully, making law.”
McCrory, who has obviously read the Constitution of his state, also noted that he is not in a position to simply eradicate laws that have been passed by the legislature.
North Carolina may be ground zero for this showdown, but each and every state is at risk. Every state, every university, every town that receives a cent of federal money now faces the same underlying threat from the federal government: do as we dictate or face the consequences.
The function of the federal government was outlined in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights which detailed the ways in which federal law was supreme and which expressed that those rights not retained by the federal government were rights retained by states.
Unfortunately, this premise has been turned on its head. Since the end of the Civil War, the federal government has become more and more powerful and the federal government controls the states through oppressive means.
By creating an atmosphere of dependency, the federal government dangles federal funding to ensure that states relinquish their sovereignty and act in accordance with the government’s wishes. Sadly, this has become routine. From raising the drinking age to the federal government’s liking to bolstering Section 8 federally subsidized housing in states that wish to see federal grant money, states are under the thumb of the federal government and North Carolina is just the latest example of federal tyranny.
The federal government has become thoroughly abusive to such a degree that we are now in a position in society where a state must undergo costly litigation in order to find a means of restoring a shred of state sovereignty.
If states are no longer allowed to even offer legal protection for those who wish to pee in peace, what is left of state rights in America?