Alexander Hamilton on States Rights

Alexander Hamilton on States Rights

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“But as the plan of the convention aims only at a partial union or consolidation, the State governments would clearly retain all the rights of sovereignty which they before had, and which were not, by that act, EXCLUSIVELY delegated to the United States.” –Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 32

VTM, 8/17/10

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  1. Alexander Hamilton on States Rights | Cultural Survival Skills Says:

    Rose Skarphol

    Alexander Hamilton on States Rights The following is from Founder


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  3. Bruce Says:

    I rather like the idea of a system of more flavorful laws based on the whims of state legislatures.

    For example, if you wanted to live in a place where you could smoke openly and freely, you could move to North Carolina.

    If you wanted to live in a state where drugs were legal and the state profited from the legal sale of drugs, you could move to California.

    If you wanted to live in a state where you were forced to purchase insurance, you could move to Indiana, where you are forced to purchase insurance in order to register a vehicle. Although granted I believe a very high percentage of states have that requirement now.


    • vtmawhinney Says:

      Thanks for your thoughts, Bruce.

      With the exception of matters affecting national security, the States were left a great deal of autonomy. States rights have been under attack from the federal government for a long time. With rare exception, State’s freedom to evolve in unique ways has a strong evolutionary advantage. Unique State’s practices can be viewed as pilot studies of various sociocultural adaptations. The successful ones to be imitated by other states, and hence, the Union of States.

      Recently, all too often, those State’s practices most imitated have been experiments in hedonism that damage our combined evolutionary advantages.




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    Here is another quote regarding state’s rights.Our Founding Father’s would roll over in their graves today if they knew how much the Federal Gov’t has encroached on States Rights.

    “But ambitious encroachments of the federal government, on the authority of the State governments, would not excite the opposition of a single State, or of a few States only. They would be signals of general alarm… But what degree of madness could ever drive the federal government to such an extremity.” –James Madison, Federalist No. 46


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