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  •  The construction of it is slightly different, but (1+ / 0-)
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    Mindful Nature

    I agree with your underlying argument.

    The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
    A common reading is that means that the state government got the first "bite" at the 10th Amendment delegated powers - otherwise, we would be drowning in referenda about whether or not to fill in the potholes on Morrison Street, etc. etc. etc.  It's the age-old fuzzy line between representative democracy and direct democracy, and the US Constitution fell pretty solidly on the "representative democracy" side of that debate.

    I always like to read it as the people and the state governments as an entity should be held roughly equal, but while that is elegant in principal, it's difficult to implement in the real world.

    "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

    by auron renouille on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 10:54:55 PM PDT

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    •  Let me just say (0+ / 0-)

      That you are absolutely correct.  

      And also your sig rocks.  I may have to swipe it as a reminder to myself

      Touch all that arises with a spirit of compassion. An activist seeks to change opinion.

      by Mindful Nature on Thu Jun 27, 2013 at 03:16:32 PM PDT

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