In The united states, the powers to make laws reside with the State governments. The US Constitution grants a few specific powers to the federal government; the power to have a navy, a Supreme Court, the power to coin money, and a select few others. Article 1, Section 8 outlines the powers delegated to the federal government. No part of the Constitution gives the federal government the power to control education. Therefore, that power totally rests with each State government, which would allow for 50 unique models for people to compare when deciding where to live. The 10th amendment to the Constitution makes this fact even clearer; all powers not granted to the federal government are retained by the States. State governments create county, city, and town governments. And State governments created the federal government in 1789. So, the State government has always been superior to the other levels of government in the united States.
As most Liberty Block readers know very well, the federal government has taken over control of nearly every aspect of our lives. They tell us what we can and cannot do, and DC politicians, judges, and regulators have passed millions of laws that dictate how each of our toilets, lightbulbs, and vehicles function. The crooks in DC also control the education of nearly every child who attends any school via legislation, regulations, grants, and judicial activism. Eventually, individuals should be expected to grow frustrated with unconstitutional, immoral federal interference in their state’s policies.
In April 2022, Governor Ron Desantis signed legislation into law which prohibits the teaching of overtly racist principles in taxpayer-funded schools in the State of Florida. It also addresses discrimination based on race by businesses. House Bill 7 clarifies that it is in fact racist to teach white people that they are evil and guilty for the sins of some long-dead white people who may have owned slaves centuries ago. The bill passed both chambers of the Florida legislature with large majorities. This is exactly how the lawmaking process is supposed to work. Legislation is introduced by a legislator, it is voted on by the chamber, advances to the other chamber if passed, and then sent to the governor if it passes both chambers.
On Thursday, November 17th, a federal judge blocked the law from going into effect. In his lengthy ruling, Mark Walker quoted from George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984,” writing “’It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen,’ and the powers in charge of Florida’s public university system have declared the State has unfettered authority to muzzle its professors in the name of ‘freedom.’“, as reported by Yahoo News. This rationale is in direct opposition to countless laws defining the use of racial slurs or anti-transgender terminology as hate crimes, including a law in NYC making intentional ‘misgendering’ technically punishable by a fine of up to $250,000. Where was the federal dismissal of that law at any point in the SEVEN years since it went into effect?
In August, the same federal judge ruled that the Republican-backed Individual Freedom Act is unconstitutional, writing that it “discriminates on the basis of viewpoint in violation of the First Amendment and is impermissibly vague in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.”
This latest example of federal overreach demonstrates that even when voters in a State elect lawmakers who then pass laws that they support, the federal government can still nullify their laws in an instant with no repercussions. Increasingly, those who believe in self-governance in Florida and in all other States may see no choice but to sever ties with DC before matters grow worse. There are over 100 other great reasons to divorce DC politicians.
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