The idea that the federal government has restrictions is becoming nothing more than a wish. In Thomas Jefferson’s mind, the federal government’s responsibility was to deliver the mail, defend the shores, and settle disputes over things like water rights on rivers that flow through or between states, and not much more. The federal government has expanded its reach to unprecedented lengths, and it needs to back off, or if nothing more, take a breather.
One of the most strongly-held beliefs of the Republicans has been less government and less government involvement in the lives of citizens. We now have an attorney general who is violating Republican tenets as if he was a Democrat. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has declared that the states that have legalized marijuana will now face strict federal enforcement. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, in Gonzales v. Raich stated (in her opposing viewpoint to the court’s ruling) that the idea of federalism was to let the states do as they chose without intervention by the federal government. If what the states do ends at the borders of the state, the federal government should leave the state alone. Now, certainly, the aforementioned statement does not relieve the states of their responsibility to enforce Constitutional rights, it only means that if the states wish to experiment with certain legalizations and all of the behavior remains within the state, the feds should back off.
The attorney general’s move to enforce archaic drug laws is another power grab by the federal government, and someone needs to sit down and have a talk with Mr. Sessions. Mr. Sessions needs to be reminded of what Republicans stand for, and not just the enforcement of laws, but the ideals of federalism, where states are given the power to establish rules for themselves. Mr. Sessions also needs a lesson in the federal deficit, as well as the outrageous numbers of incarcerated American citizens who were sentenced to prison when no one could find anyone that they harmed. Certainly someone who has the legal aptitude to be appointed attorney general could understand the term “victimless crime.” I am becoming less and less tolerant and forgiving of public servants who have been granted power by the citizens who then pursue personal agendas, value their careers more than their service to the people that they represent, and inflict unnecessary punishment on their fellow citizens.
Since we cannot revoke the citizenship of natural-born Americans, perhaps we have another option. While I despise the idea that we pass more laws, perhaps one more might be appropriate. I suggest a law that forbids an American citizen from holding any public office or any position that is paid for, directly or indirectly, by any government entity. People like Jeff Sessions, or any number of the Americans who are pursuing their own agenda at the expense of citizens and causing hardship on their fellow citizens, could be convicted of violating the rights of their fellow citizens, and the sentence would mean no more public service of any kind, nor any public compensation of any kind as well. Revoke their pensions as well as make them take their skills and talents to the private sector and see who wants to pay them, as they have been stripped of the ability to hold any position where compensation is from the public coffers.
The self-righteous Republicans who are flagrantly violating the fundamental precept of federalism need to change their position or be removed, whichever is appropriate. Leave the states, and more importantly, the citizens of the states alone. The federal government has plenty of things to do, not the least of which would be investigating the violation of the rights of citizens by the states, instead of interfering with intrastate commerce. Mr. Sessions is taking his responsibility too far, against people who are not harming their fellow citizens, and are not committing acts that qualify as federal crimes; they do not meet the criteria of federal offenses. The federal government has lost its mission, because its leaders have led it astray. The personal beliefs and agendas have to go. They are not worthy of enforcement, nor should they hold any value in this republic.