Should social issues be left out of national politics and be decided by the states?

Posted by: ChosenWolff

  • On balance (Discluding constitutional violations), they should be debated on a state to state basis

  • No, almost every social issue should be debated by the nation as a whole

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  • I am sick of gun rights and abortion becoming talking points for parties. This is why we have states in the first place. Go to New York for an abortion if you need one. Stay in Texas if you don't.

  • States Rights.

  • State's rights honestly could help with the void between congressional parties and assist in building a 'bridge.'

  • Depends on the issue. For anything regarding federal licensing, or medical care, it should be federal and national. For individual implementation of broader policy, we should turn to the states.

  • I disagree; I don't particularly like that social issues are so pervasive, but the problem isn't "debate" over them. There isn't much of a debate -- at least not a promising, intellectual debate with two equally valid sides -- over whether gay people should have the same rights as straight people, or whether immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship, or whether women should be able to control their own bodies instead of resorting to a back alley. I simply think we should solve these issues federally, with the most "small government" approach possible, and move on.

  • If we did that then we would still have slavery and/or segregation.

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ChosenWolff says2014-07-01T10:42:56.9484740-05:00
Unless something violates the constitution (marriage equality) it has no business in national politics.
discomfiting says2014-07-01T10:54:57.3988512-05:00
Like abortion, buffer zones, marijuana legalization, etc?
ChosenWolff says2014-07-01T10:56:41.1458133-05:00
Yes. Things like that shouldn't be constitutionally determined. For example, conservatives have been bringing up abortion since the 80's. What do they expect us to do? Make it constitutionally illegal to get an abortion? No, the liberal states will allow it, and the conservative ones wont. Saves us all some breath.
The_Immortal_Emris says2014-07-01T11:04:26.0989962-05:00
Then you will have the poorest with no access to abortion, but the richest will be able to get it anytime they like. Perpetuation of the status quo. No, medical coverage should be universally accessible.
ChosenWolff says2014-07-01T11:10:17.7225734-05:00
I believe medical coverage should be universally affordable. Not free or be taxed.
The_Immortal_Emris says2014-07-01T11:20:07.8739248-05:00
I was speaking more to the availability of care than the affordability. Which are two different aspects of the same issue, I suppose.
ChosenWolff says2014-07-01T11:20:49.2292597-05:00
Abortion is legal in every state though. The time you have to get your abortion is not constant.
ChosenWolff says2014-07-01T11:21:04.6107611-05:00
Even Texas has three abortion centers.

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