That was a government without an executive - completely different. And, you have already mentioned the Supremacy clause, which was not in existence under the Articles of Confederation.It would be like a society where individuals could decide which laws to follow and which to not follow. A powerless Federal Government was attempted under the Articles of Confederation and it failed. And it failed because it couldn't even fund itself through taxes, the states each individually had to decided if they wanted to give money to support the government and as a result the government could hardly function because unsurprisingly most states and their legislators didn't want to pay taxes. Did each state have more authority? Yes. Did the system as a whole work? No.
At the same time it would have removed the ability of the Supreme Court to have made some of the worst examples of civil rights achievements in this country's history -And you would remove the ability of the Supreme Court to have made some of the greatest examples of civil rights achievements in this country's history, things from desegregation to allow inter racial marriages would not exist for everyone equally in this country if it weren't for the ability of the SCOTUS to force the states into line with the Federal Government.
Dred Scott: Where Blacks were deemed "an inferior order and altogether unfit to associate with the white race [with] no rights that the white man was bound to respect...The Negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for his own benefit."
Plessy v. Ferguson: Jim Crow laws may treat people differently, but that's what makes it all equal!
Korematsu v. United States: Yes, concentration camps are a great idea!
Buck v. Bell: Sterilize those idiots, "three generations of imbeciles are enough!"
Again, Thomas Jefferson:
"Our judges are as honest as other men, and not more so. They have, with others, the same passions for party, for power, and the privilege of their corps"
You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
Could you imagine if in 2013 a black man being segregated when he traveled to Alabama but being a perfectly equal citizen when he went to New York or California? How could our country function as an indivisible body when the rights of citizens change from one state border to another state border?
for the edification of the readers here the origins of the nonsensical bill offered up in the North Carolina legislature
Rowan Co. Commissioners pray before meeting despite ACLU letter | www.wsoctv.com
SALISBURY, N.C. —
In what the American Civil Liberties Union will likely perceive as an act of defiance, the Rowan County Board of Commissioners began its Monday night meeting with a prayer.
The Commission had received notice from the ACLU to discontinue prayer at meetings in light of a Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that prayer at Forsyth County, NC, meetings was unconstitutional. The US Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of that ruling.ACLU files suit against Rowan Co. for prayer at county meetings | www.wsoctv.com
ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. —
The ACLU and three plaintiffs filed a lawsuit Tuesday calling for an injunction stopping Rowan County Commissioners from praying before meetings.
The ACLU says those prayers violate constitutional rights and make some citizens feel unwelcome.
"It's a very clear First Amendment issue," said Mike Meno, the communications director for the ACLU of North Carolina.from the local newspaper in Rowan CountyRowan Co. fight over prayer heads to state capitol | www.wsoctv.com
ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. —
Rowan County's fight over prayer is now heading to the state capitol.
Two Rowan County representatives filed the Defense of Religion Act, which allows city and town councils to determine if religion is allowed in meetings without interference from courts.
and here we have the reasoning behind a filing in the legislature that even the originators understand they have no legal basis for their actions. It's all being done for political reasonsLawmakers file Rowan County Defense of Religion Act | Salisbury Post
RALEIGH — Local lawmakers are asking the N.C. General Assembly to proclaim the Rowan County Defense of Religion Act of 2013, a resolution that would back county commissioners’ use of sectarian prayer in official meetings.
But the intent of the resolution and the possible ramifications thereof have led to heated remarks on both sides as lawmakers and legal experts grapple with First Amendment interpretations.
a bit more from some liberal academic typeWarren said the proclamation focused on a “literal interpretation” of the First Amendment and was meant to show support for commissioners, not to assert a need for local sovereignty.
“This is, on my part, more of a demonstration of support more than an effort to have the courts revisit everything,” Warren said.
The second-term representative said the separation of church and state “has been liberally defined and interpreted” and the resolution intended to support a more conservative understanding.
But Warren admitted he didn’t expect the bill to go far.
“I didn’t expect it to go anywhere,” he said, noting that the bill was read into the floor Tuesday morning and referred to the committee for Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House. “Quite often bills go there and never come out.”
Warren and Ford. “They’re throwing the gauntlet down. How much this is going to be binding — it’s a joint resolution — but they’re basically making it known where they’re drawing the line. This will play well within the base, but it calls into question any historical understanding of the past 200-plus years of legal precedents for both understanding the role of religion in the public sphere and the role of states to the federal government.”
Onward my hearties!
And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in shewing that religion & Govt will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.
~ James Madison, letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822
That is why, for example, when Thomas Jefferson wanted Virginia to not have a state church, he had to write it into Virginia's Constitution. Because the Federal Constitution did not cover Virginia in this matter, the States have Police Powers.
If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump