Founding Fathers Blog

What Has Happened to States’ Rights?

July 28th, 2010
Republican John Bingham of Ohio, who introduced the 14th Amendment, said:
“I repel the suggestion…that the Amendment will…take away from any State any right that belongs to it.”

Yet after the Amendment was ratified, activist Federal Judges have done just that, whittling down the rights which were once the domain of the States themselves.  Thomas Jefferson forewarned Charles Hammond of this probablilty in a letter in 1821:

“The germ of dissolution of our…government is in…the federal judiciary…working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow…until all shall be usurped from the States.”

The 14th Amendment soon became a door by which Federal Courts took responsibility for other rights, such as education, illegal immigration, and eventually even religion, away from States’ jurisdiction.

And then along came the seventeenth Amendment, which changed the manner in which Senators are elected. Instead of being chosen by the individual State legislatures, they became elected by the electorate in general.

The safeguard for the States put in the orginal Constitution is longer there. Instead of the Senators looking out for the best interests of the individual States they represent, they now just look out for the general electorate at large. And they want to be re-elected so they make promises that can’t be kept, and that in many cases hurt the States.

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