The Sovereign State

Obama has just announced that he is sending Eric Holder to Ferguson, Missouri. Once again, the line of state sovereignty has been blurred. Like state highway speed limits*, the issue in Ferguson is a local issue. If there is no impartial oversight of this shooting investigation locally, then the State of Missouri should step in. The Federal government should only jump in when there is a strong probability of a civil rights violation. But just because this man (the argument that he was only a teenager is negated by the fact that he was very large) was black and the cop was white, doesn’t mean that this was racially motivated. And in the absence of evidence to that, the AG has no business in Ferguson. And the FBI should only be ordered into the investigation if the state has requested help due to a lack of resources.

And now, Obama has said he’ll be watching over the National Guard deployment to see whether or not it is doing any good. It’s not his job. It is the purview of the Governor of the State of Missouri, not the President.

 

* Interstate speed limits are effectively set by the Federal Government, even though, in my opinion, they should be set by the state. If a state fails to comply with the Fed’s wishes in establishing

 

 

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