Last Friday, the United States Department of Education gave out a directive to all of the public schools across America with regards to certain segments of the population who identify as persons of the opposite sex to use the restrooms of the sex they identify with. With such a directive, it is clear that the federal government has amassed to itself incredible power to dictate policy to every school district and its 50 million children that go to K-12 schools here. With the North Carolina situation, there is talk of pulling education funding from the Tarheel State unless HB-2 is repealed.
How did we get to this situation? At the time of the Constitution’s creation in 1789, James Madison specifically stated in Federalist No. 45 that:
The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected.
For the next 70 years, the federal government had little influence in the course of affairs inside America. It was well understood that the States, which were closer to the people, understood what their citizens needed and past the modest laws to maintain order. Unfortunately, with the arrival of the Civil War and the subsequent Reconstruction, state’s rights were obliterated and more power was concentrated in Washington. This fact was all apparent during the Great Depression when Franklin Roosevelt created numerous federal agencies that were wholly without constitutional warrant, yet it thrived by bribing voters into voting for centralized government. Today, we see the evil fruits of such centralization. Joseph Sobran said several years before his death that the Civil War actually made it possible for cases like Obergefell and Roe v. Wade to be imposed on the nation for the states were unable to fight back without armed invasion and the states had no check on the power of the Supreme Court. Now comes the word from on high that funds will be withheld and decrees issue on behalf of a group that was the subject of curiosity just a few decades ago in films like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Freebie and the Bean and Dressed to Kill.
To have policies dictated to 320 million people en masse is evidence that the old republic has long since vanished and a progressive empire is now dominant. Men like Donald Livingston and Kirkpatrick Sale have long warned that centralization of power would eventually lead to an utter despotism.
During the 1970s, women like Gloria Steinem thought that the Equal Rights Amendment was necessary to bring, in their minds, equality for women. With its deadline for ratification expiring in 1983, many thought that the issue was dead. Steinem and Eleanor Smeal need not have worried, for the Magic 14th Amendment was all that was needed to make their dreams come true. The Constitution and federal government was great while it lasted. That 1789 document is now merely a totem that is on display at the National Archives.