Talk radio update II

A caller to Aaron Flint’s show asked whether states are sovereign. Flint hesitated, then said yes.

Harrumph. Just looking at it conceptually, if states are sovereign, why do we need a federal Constitution at all? Sovereign powers can’t be forced by a central government to do things they don’t already want to do, so a constitution would be a toothless compact.

Beyond that, the Constitution limits the powers of states in significant ways: in Article I, Section 10, for example, and in Article IV. Then there is Article VI, which makes it clear that federal law is the supreme law of the land, state laws notwithstanding.

Look at it this way: If I say you can do whatever you want, as long as it doesn’t contradict what I want, then you are not sovereign. I am.

The caller said, “I’ve got some ideas that I can’t get anyone with a rational mind to listen to.” Unsurprisingly, this did not suggest to him that he should think up some more rational ideas. Instead, he seemed to think he needed a different audience. Perhaps on Pluto.

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