I've had a bee in my bonnet for the past couple of days about this. Was talking to my husband about how the country is too divided and big, it's just ungovernable because we can't even agree on basic policy.
I said, maybe this SCOTUS isn't all bad, with going back to states' rights? Maybe it's good if politics gets refocused to a local level.
Obviously I disagree that SCOTUS should strip the fundamental human right to abortion in favor of states' rights. But if it becomes a local issue, maybe other things will too? What about other hot button issues like healthcare?
I just looked up an article on the size of Nordic countries: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2014/08/will-everyone-shut-up-already-about-how-the-nordic-countries-top-every-global-ranking.html
They are only as big as a moderately sized US state. Finland is really small compared to some states. Yet they are able to protect women so much better, they have such better safety nets.... If we could refocus the federal government on highways and national defense (and cut the huge military bills, yikes), couldn't states start acting like these countries? Why can't states provide free childcare? Why can't they provide statewide healthcare for everyone?
Just wondered if anyone else has ever thought much on this. I really think a big state like New York or California could do some very bold things, if they would just focus on it.
Doesn't really fit on any other sub, so into our catchall this post goes!