States Are Relics? One Washington Post Author Seems To Think So.

Along with post-election protests and second-guessing, a lot of uneducated and misguided opinions have also been voiced, such as disbanding the Electoral College. But one opinion piece posted by The Washington Post might just take the cake for the most uneducated opinion yet.

The opinion piece declares that “states” are relics and there is no need for them anymore. Yeah, you read that right.

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The author of this piece of work is Lawrence R. Samuel who wrote the following: But times have changed, and we need to rethink the notion of the “United States of America.” Our states are no longer culturally diverse regions with their own respective identities; rather, they are artificially constructed geographic entities that certainly would not be formed today. Borderlines between states are especially nonsensical. Pensacola, Fla., is a lot more like Mobile, Ala., than Miami. Upstate New Yorkers are less than happy about being in the same tax pool as Manhattanite.

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A federation of states was a wonderful idea in the late 18th century, but represents an unnecessary and costly burden in the early 21st. Two layers of government — federal and local — offers a cleaner, more sensible and much more affordable system than our current one, a notion not unlike cutting out the middle layer of an overly bureaucratic, inefficient company. Eliminating this middle layer would save the American people billions of dollars a year, the kind of money that could go a long way toward paying down our national debt or preparing for our looming crises in Social Security and health care.

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State affinities will likely never completely disappear, and there is no reason that the University of Florida or the New York Jets could not keep their names (even if the latter plays their games in New Jersey). But it’s time we start thinking of ourselves as one people — Americans — who live in real, local communities rather than as 50 kinds of people living in imaginary regions.

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As sensible, educated people read the post, as expected, they had a field day destroying the writer.

It’s fair that everyone can have an opinion, but come on. “States are a relic of the past?” Disbanding states won’t magically fix everyone’s problems. Will it reduce the national debt? Will it solve the immigration problem? Will it reduce crime? I don’t think so. So, what, then, would be the point?

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