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Sounding Off: States need to have more individual power

August 09, 2010|By M.H. Millard

I've got some pumpkins growing in my backyard. I didn't intentionally plant them. They just started growing from some pumpkin seeds from a bag of pumpkin seed snacks that someone spit out.

Out of a bag of hundreds of pumpkin seeds, just a few were able to survive and begin growing. There was a competition in that bag. The pumpkin plants from these few seeds are now crowding out other plants as the pumpkins struggle for survival in the natural order of things. The other plants just can't compete with the pumpkin plants for space, water and sunlight.

But the competition doesn't stop there. The individual leaves on the pumpkin plants are competing with other leaves on the same plants and you can clearly see that some are taller and broader than others.

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The pumpkins connected to the more successful leaves are also growing larger than other pumpkins. As a result, these larger pumpkins will produce more seeds and will have a better chance of producing more pumpkins in future years that will carry their genetic material than the pumpkins that couldn't compete and which will produce fewer seeds.

That's the way it is in nature. There is a competition set up as the natural order of things. The rule is that you have a right to compete. If you can't or won't compete or lose the competition, c'est la vie.

We humans are part of nature and the natural order. We may not always realize it, but we have ritualized this natural competition in sports contests.

No one gets a free ride on a football or baseball team. You have to compete with all others for your position, and your team then has to compete with other teams to be the best. It's the same with all other sports.

The examples of competition — nature's way — are found throughout society. That's also the way it should be with government, but isn't.

At a recent town hall meeting, Congressman Pete Stark (D-CA) told the audience that the federal government can do pretty much anything it wants in this nation.

He's right. But, this isn't the way this country is supposed to be run. It's not in tune with the natural order and it will eventually fail.

The individual states are supposed to have more power than they do now. And, the nation would be stronger and more prosperous if the states did have more power because there would be more competition in many different ways.

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