Conservatives may need to strengthen their focus on the Tenth Amendment to make the most of their power in Republican states.
While Congress is disappointing, Republican states are stepping up!
To understand how shocking this is to Leftists, you must remember the fake news that was being published about Republican states before the election. We were assured that a Hillary victory would mean fewer of them.
Well, maybe this would have been true if Hillary Clinton would have won. But maybe not. Republican states may have grown anyway. Vox seemed to be aware that the Liberals were in trouble even if Clinton won.
Not many Leftists seem to have paid attention to that point of view, despite the source. Now they are in shock at what is happening. Republican states are showing more energy than the Republican congress! As the New York Times reports,
While Republicans in Washington appear flummoxed by the complexities of one-party rule, struggling with issues from repealing the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, to paying for President Trump’s promised wall on the Mexican border, rising party leaders in the states seem far more at ease and assertive. Republicans have top-to-bottom control in 25 states now, holding both the governorship and the entire legislature, and Republican lawmakers are acting with lightning speed to enact longstanding conservative priorities.
In states from New England to the Midwest and across the South, conservative lawmakers have introduced or enacted legislation to erode union powers and abortion rights, loosen gun regulations, expand school-choice programs and slash taxes and spending.
State Senator Scott L. Fitzgerald of Wisconsin, the Republican majority leader, said conservatives in the states had taken the party’s national victories in November as a directive to “shake up” government.
“That has been amped up as a result of Donald Trump being elected president,” he said. “There’s a higher expectation now.”
If Republicans in the states have taken Mr. Trump as an inspiration, in some respects they are also largely unburdened by his personality and his political whims. Republicans in Congress are plainly struggling to overcome deep internal disagreements and to balance traditional conservative goals with Mr. Trump’s distinctive priorities. But for Republicans in state capitals, these are comparatively remote considerations.
Some Democrats fear that while their own party is consumed nationally with fighting Mr. Trump, leaders and activists may be too distracted to throw up effective roadblocks to the ideological agenda that Republicans are ramming through at the state level.
If the story that Congress is “struggling” is true, that is too bad. But it is a blessing to be seeing change in many states! What about the 2018 election? Will Democrats make a comeback? Perhaps. We need to work hard. But the way the Democrat Party is responding to Donald Trump is not likely to inspire realistic DNC candidates who can win on the state level. The Democrats are moving harder left. That may help Republican states.
One thing Republican states can do against paralysis at the state level is try to emphasize the Tenth Amendment and assert their rights over against the Federal government. It may be a long shot, but with Progressives advocating California secession, the argument may have new power. Perhaps if Congress is slow to repeal Obamacare, a state could make progress—the kind that the “progressive” Left doesn’t want.