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  •  Wrong (1+ / 0-)
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    soros

    The 10th Amendment delegates all powers not specifically reserved for the Feds to the states. The states have plenary power to do whatever they want (as long as it doesn't violate equal protection).

    If people don't like it, they can amend their state constitution or unelect the governor and legislature.

    Of course, 'end the EFM law so we can crush our local finances and eventually demand a state bailout' is hardly a rallying cry for the rest of the state.

    (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
    Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

    by Sparhawk on Wed Dec 07, 2011 at 01:46:59 PM PST

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    •  I stand corrected (1+ / 0-)
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      Sparhawk

      Is there some article of the Constitution that guarantees democracy... or is it something states may or may not provide?

      •  Yes (0+ / 0-)

        Per the federal constitution, all states must provide a republican (small r) form of government, but that is satisfied by electing your governor and legislature and generally having a rule of law and following equal protection.

        Beyond that, the state has plenary power to divide itself into towns, cities, or not to do so at all. It can merge towns, divide them at will, etc. This activity is only restricted by the state (not federal) constitution, and again only if the state bothers to write anything about it in there.

        (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
        Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

        by Sparhawk on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 09:04:48 AM PST

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