This is not what the Founding Fathers intended. “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined,” James Madison wrote in Federalist 45. “Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.” Elections are just one way the Constitution empowers Americans to fight back against a centralizing regime in the nation's capital. State attorneys general have every right — indeed, it is their obligation — to respond forcefully when the federal government breaks the law.
The nine attorneys general issuing this report — Tom Horne of Arizona, Pam Bondi of Florida, Sam Olens of Georgia, Bill Schuette of Michigan, Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma, Marty Jackley of South Dakota, Alan Wilson of South Carolina, Greg Abbott of Texas and Cuccinelli — should be commended for identifying and standing up to Washington power grabs. This is especially so when the man in the White House complains about having “to wait” on the democratic process in Congress.