I am not one of those people who believe the United States Constitution's Bill of Rights limits ONLY the central (Federal) government.
A Washington Examiner article on 20 July 2014 by Blake Seitz contains the phrase, "the constitutionally-enshrined authority of the 50 states to do wrongheaded things."
Oh geez please, Mr. Orthodox Libertarian!
California, for example, has already gone plenty overboard on the Wrongheaded Things, and the process of judicial Right-heading of these things seems injuriously slow. What should be unconstitutional restrictions on the first amendment right to free speech are tolerated in California and elsewhere because of some people's unscientific but strongly held belief that the murder of unborn children has overriding benefits. What should be unconstitutional restrictions on the second amendment right to keep and bear arms are tolerated (method-of-carry bans, ammo bans, handgun roster bans, rifle and shotgun bans by type...) because of some people's unscientific but strongly held belief that, well, guns are scary. Or something. I am sure that California would try to figure out a way around the third amendment to quarter troops (or surplus prison population?) in the homes of citizens if Sacramento politicians could find a way to make a buck out of it. Same with all of the Bill of Rights.
There are limits to the "constitutionally-enshrined authority of the 50 states to do wrongheaded things." Limits that are and of right ought to be imposed by the United States upon the several states. Yes I am in favor of strong central government within the limits of Madisonian (Constitutional) Federalism.
What kind of conservative are you, anyway! (I can hear straw Libertarians jeering like a line of stoats and weasels behind the fence.)
I guess I'm just much closer to being a Theodore Roosevelt conservative than I am to being a Murray Rothbard pro-abort eugenist holocaust-denier anarcho-libertarian.
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