I’m not sure what I expected a CNN senior political analyst to think about America’s Democratic Republic, but it certainly wasn’t Ronald Brownstein’s revelation on Wednesday that Republican-led states have different policies than Democrat-led states.
“On so many fronts, the states w/unified Republican control of government (or veto proof legislative majorities as here) are building a nation w/in a nation,” Brownstein said. “The breadth, degree, and pace, of separation by the red states is breathtaking.”
One would be forgiven for thinking that Brownstein was commenting on a state voting to secede from the Union. He wasn’t, he was referring to North Carolina’s decision to override its governors’ veto thereby repealing the requirement to obtain a permit in order to buy a pistol.
On so many fronts, the states w/unified Republican control of government (or veto proof legislative majorities as here) are building a nation w/in a nation. The breadth, degree, and pace, of separation by the red states is breathtaking. https://t.co/peQmjH1dJj
— Ronald Brownstein (@RonBrownstein) March 29, 2023
In response, one person wrote, “It’s called federalism. And it might be the only thing that saves the republic. Not everyone wants to be Ca, NY, or DC. They kinda suck.”
It’s called federalism. And it might be the only thing that saves the republic. Not everyone wants to be Ca, NY, or DC. They kinda suck.
— Stacey (@ScotsFyre) March 30, 2023
Indeed, that form of government is what allows California to do things like pass laws legalizing abortion through all nine months or potentially pass a reparations package that costs a whopping $800 billion. If that’s your cup of tea, have at it. Meanwhile, states like Texas can pass laws banning abortion as soon as there is a heartbeat while doing away with diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
That’s part of what makes America, America. Or at least it should.
The Left believes that laws should be decided from the top down and that states should have little to no control over what goes on within their boundaries.
If this sounds elementary, forgive this author, this column is really directed toward Brownstein — a two-time Pulitzer prize winner and New York Times best-selling author.
Of course, it should be noted that the “nation within a nation” line is likely borrowed from W.E.B. Dubois, who argued that black Americans shouldn’t await a “white God” to save them and should instead become self-sufficient amongst each other, with black trade groups, churches, schools, businesses, and more.
Whether or not he meant a direct comparison to that is beside the point.
His disgust that Republican states with unified control of government would dare enact laws differently than their liberal counterparts is evident in his text. It seems more likely that Brownstein, like so many other liberals upset at newly passed conservative policies, is angrier that conservatives are realizing that it isn’t always dangerous to wield the power that government affords them to create a society as they see fit — including one where people carry pistols without a permit.
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