Then you have rampant ignorance. The one about state national guard was startling. Come on people. It's our country, at least look at what works.
Ah, you're calling me rampantly ignorant. Here's the post and my response.
Thor, you do realize that your state's national guard is funded by the federal government right?
So, unless Wikipedia is making it up or your state has a state funded militia - doubtful - I suggest you reassess the above...
While my state national guard is heavily subsidized by the feds, if it came to a serious disagreement leading to a serious confrontation, the national guard is staffed, trained, armed, and located within my state. Chances are any such conflict would involve numerous states. Thus there is a real threat to the fedgov that if they were to step far enough out of line, an army is capable of taking them on. At that point we would stop receiving federal monies but we would also stop sending money to the feds and would be able to fund the national guard ourselves. We are talking a serious emergency situation, not some minor disagreement on whether a road needs to be repaved.
Let me repeat that I am not talking about some minor disagreement but a serious problem with a federal government which becomes tyrannical. Each state has an army known as the National Guard. Well staffed, well equipped, and well trained. One might even describe them as Well Regulated, using 18th century vernacular. They are even officially the Organized Militia
Yup, each state has an Organized Militia in their National Guard (and Naval Reserve) which is complemented by the Unorganized Militia consisting of able bodied law abiding adults who are not members of the Organized Militia.. Reference the 2nd Amendment and the purpose stated in the Prefatory Clause that a Well Regulated Militia is necessary to the security of a Free State
We have independent states so that our freedoms cannot be usurped by an out of control distantly located central government which has all the power, all the authority, and all the guns. The original agreement to create the union included the ability for states to leave. Obviously it is a difficult thing to do but nevertheless the feds need to feel some level of fear. Humans being humans, when power is concentrated in a few people they always
There's a lot more to independence than chest thumbing and sloganeering. I offered the examples of corrupt local government as an indication that what is alleged to happen at the federal level happens at any level of government.
Political independence means my state has its own laws, independent of other states and independent of the federal government. It means I do not have allegiance nor obligation to other states. It means the federal government has limited powers.
Recall that the fedgov is constituted by the states and is delegated powers by the states. The federal government is not superior to the states, it is a servant of the states. The Constitution provides superiority in law only in those few limited areas designated because the purpose of the federal government is to regularize interstate matters but has no authority in intra-state matters.
Your example of corrupt local government is proof of the need for independent states. If a state becomes thoroughly corrupt such as Illinois or NJ, residents can vote with their feet by moving to another state. There is a 100% chance an omnipotent federal government will be corrupt and tyrannical. Independent states are the alternative choices.