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Old 06-04-2019, 03:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Bone View Post
There is the supremacy clause of the constitution. The Constitution is supreme, but it is of limited powers. The states are sovereign where there is no conflict with the Constitution, and enjoy plenary power. That's how our system of dual sovereignty works. Sovereignty didn't lose when put to a vote. The states ceded a portion of their sovereignty when ratifying the Constitution, however they retained their sovereignty in all matters not explicitly controlled by that document. Your assertion that state sovereignty lost is not consistent with the history of the country.
I disagree. The national government is clearly sovereign over the state governments. State governments cannot overrule the national government (unless the national government chooses to allow it). It's meaningless to say states are sovereign except when there's a conflict. Because when there is a conflict, it's the national government which decides the outcome.