They want to destroy the Federal Government.
We keep hearing things like small government, that the states are sovereign, and states’ rights. So let’s take them one at a time.
Okay, how is that working out right now with the coronavirus? When we needed a huge, war-footing type response from the federal government to lessen the health and economic impact, it was nowhere to be found. The Trump administration was warned as he took office that they needed to maintain readiness for a pandemic. He went the other way by cutting funding to the CDC and firing the person in charge of international pandemic response on the national Security Council, and when the virus hit, he lied and did nothing. So virus took off and finally Congress stepped with a way too late and questionable 2 trillion dollar bill. And now reports are showing the Trump administration is already screwing it up. Now follow this up with the states competing for supplies, when the federal government should be handling the increase in manufacturing and the logistics that the Military is primed to do. All of this is and has been in the news. And one last dig — the reason people can’t go back to work is the lack of test kits, hence the economy tanking.
The point here is that there are things the federal government should do, and things that are best done at the state, county, and local levels. For a country with a population of over 330,000,000 people and with territories spread from Guam to the US Virgin Islands, how can a small government do those things the federal government is supposed to do, and that the US Constitution assigned it to do?
The Republicans complain about bloated government, but what actually has happened is, other than the military, too many agencies that actually serve the people are under funded and under staffed. Educate yourself about all of the agencies and what they do here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_federal_agencies_in_the_United_States
The argument should be about what is best done at what level of government or in the private sector, but the brainwashing coming from the right is all about deprecating the federal government by using the term small government, and, oh by the way, the taxes to pay for it all.
Ooh — taxes are bad! Get your brainwashing red meat and Kool-Aid here!
States are Sovereign
More good-old-time brainwashing from the right that plays on our ignorance. If you bother to look up and actually study the word including the etymology, bother to read the US Constitution, and then if you can think outside of your cultural conditioning, you can easily see this is an at best a misdirection, misinformation, or better yet, a flat out lie.
From the American Heritage Dictionary
sov·er·eign (sŏvər-ĭn, sŏvrĭn)
1. One that exercises supreme, permanent authority, especially in a nation or other governmental unit, as:
a. A king, queen, or other noble person who serves as chief of state; a ruler or monarch.
b. A national governing council or committee.
2. A nation that governs territory outside its borders.
3. A gold coin formerly used in Great Britain.
1. Self-governing; independent: a sovereign state.
2. Having supreme rank or power: a sovereign prince.
3. Paramount; supreme: Her sovereign virtue is compassion.
a. Of superlative strength or efficacy: a sovereign remedy.
b. Unmitigated: sovereign contempt.
[Middle English soverain, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *superānus, from Latin super, above; see uper in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
Derivatives include over, sovereign, sirloin, soprano, and somersault.
Extended form *uperi.
a. over, over-, from Old English ofer, over;
b. uber-, from Old High German ubar, uber (preposition) and ubari, uberi (adverb), over;
c. orlop, from Middle Low German over, over. a-c all from Germanic *uberi.
1. Variant form *(s)uper.
soubrette, sovereign, super-, superable, superior, supreme, supremo, sur-; sirloin, from Latin super, super‑, above, over;
a. suffixed form *(s)uper-no‑. supernal, from Latin supernus, above, upper, top;
b. suffixed form *super-bhw-o‑, “being above” (*bhw-o‑, being; see bheuə-). superb, from Latin superbus, superior, excellent, arrogant;
c. suffixed (superlative) reduced form *sup-mo‑. sum1, summit, from Latin summus, highest, topmost;
d. suffixed form *super-o‑. sopranino, soprano, supra-; somersault, from Latin suprā (feminine ablative singular), above, beyond.
2. Basic form *uper. hyper-, from Greek huper, over.
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From the US Constitution, Article I
Section 10. No state shall enter into any treaty, alliance, or confederation; grant letters of marque and reprisal; coin money; emit bills of credit; make anything but gold and silver coin a tender in payment of debts; pass any bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law impairing the obligation of contracts, or grant any title of nobility.
No state shall, without the consent of the Congress, lay any imposts or duties on imports or exports, except what may be absolutely necessary for executing its inspection laws: and the net produce of all duties and imposts, laid by any state on imports or exports, shall be for the use of the treasury of the United States; and all such laws shall be subject to the revision and control of the Congress.
No state shall, without the consent of Congress, lay any duty of tonnage, keep troops, or ships of war in time of peace, enter into any agreement or compact with another state, or with a foreign power, or engage in war, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent danger as will not admit of delay.
With this list of what states cannot do, it is clear that the federal government is supreme, the states are not supreme, and therefore, the states are not sovereign.
If you comb through the US Constitution that we have now determined is supreme, you will only find one States’ Right. The states can sue the federal government in federal court if the states feel the federal government, whether it be actions or regulations of the executive branch or laws passed by the Congress, has exceeded its authority as defined in the US Constitution. That’s it! Only one!
Oh, wait! States are sovereign, taxes are bad, and big government is dangerous, so let’s starve the beast! Remember that one from Ronny Reagan? Yep, this has been going on for over four decades.
Why do you think the Republicans have always worked to undermine Medicare and Social Security? Because they are programs run by the federal government, which gives the federal government more reasons to exist.
Right now, the Republican controlled Senate has packed the federal courts with many unqualified right-wing judges, and stopped all legislation sent over from the House that in any way is designed to help the people. And they left the incompetent, impeached criminal in office.
So why do Republicans put out all of this GPBS brainwashing? Because they want to destroy the federal government and put the power back into the states. But again, why?
By destroying the federal government and putting the power back into the states, as you have seen in the Republican controlled states, Republicans can, with impunity:
Suppress the right to vote
Deny health care to minorities
Deport non-white immigrants
Destroy unions with right-to-work laws
Destroy education for the masses
Force their fake Christian religious values on everyone
Allow racism to run rampant
Protect the greedy bastards that are exploiting workers and destroying the environment
And maintain their lily white, patriarchal, fake Christian society in their Republican controlled states.
And that is why the real agenda of the Republican Party is to destroy the Federal Government.