One way in which the U.S. has evolved is that the federal government enforces laws to prohibit oppression done via state governments. For example, it was the federal government that ended segregation. While you claim that the state governments are supposed to prevent oppression by the federal government, I'm making the claim that the federal government is supposed to prevent oppression by the state governments.
While you personally do not support such legislation, there ARE people who would, and it's up to the federal government to protect everybody else against them.
Last edited by samsmart; 12-22-09 at 09:46 PM.
And while the federal government isn't as intimate or in tune with he wants of state and local populations, this isn't necessarily a bad thing. It allows the federal government to provide for all Americans despite local prejudices. This why Satanists are free to practice their religion, atheists are free to have nothing to do with religion, and interracial relationships and marriages are allowed to occur despite local and regional taboos against those things. The federal government is above all that.
For example, people can easily go from one state to another state to get an abortion by hopping on a plane. Homosexuals that marry in one state can easily travel to another state where it's illegal. The national speed limit was an attempt to reduce fuel consumption nation-wide during an energy crisis.
This is why many issues can no longer be relegated to just the states. Transportation among the states is too easy to make it feasible.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)