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1 The Federal Government and its Relationship with the 50 States

2 Why is this picture ironic?

3 What we will focus on: The Constitution creates Federal obligations towards the State governments!!!

4  Article IV, Section 4: 1. Clause 1 – “ The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government …” 2. Clause 2 – “… and shall protect each of them against Invasion ; and… against domestic Violence.”

5  What is a republican form of government?  Think: Democracy vs. Republic  Republican Form of Government : " a government, in which all men, rich and poor, magistrates and subjects, officers and people, masters and servants, the first citizen and the last, are equally subject to the laws " (Federalist No. 10).  Generally means what???

6 “Democracy is the most vile form of government… democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention: have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property: and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.” The Founding Fathers and “Democracy”

7 Why not a DEMOCRACY ? “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!”

8  Founders did NOT “like” democracy…  BUT, states still maintain various aspects of direct democracy…  Initiative, referendum, and recall…  allow the electorate to exercise legislative power independently from their republican representatives!

9  Today, the term “republican form of government”:  is a democratic form of government…  where almost all adults vote for representatives…  those representatives are responsible to the people…  and there are no privileged classes.  Has this ever really been an issue???  Post Civil-War, Reconstruction

10  Clause 2 – “… and shall protect each of them against Invasion ; and… against domestic Violence.”  Under this provision, Congress has authorized presidents to send federal troops into a state to guarantee law and order…  Main ISSUES: 1. Attacks against the United States (“Invasion”) 2. Natural Disasters (“domestic violence”?)

11 Examples…

12 1967 Detroit Riots

13 1992 L.A. Riots

14 1. Local Resources 2. State Resources 3. Federal Resources

15 This brings us to…


17  Purpose of FEMA : to ensure that federal control continues across the country during disaster times.  is responsible for providing the state and local governments with experts, assistance and funding.  Helps businesses in rebuilding efforts…  EX) Hurricane Andrew, Hurricane Katrina, Joplin Tornado

18  FEMA came into existence through a series of executive orders, most notably by President Jimmy Carter in 1979.  Executive Order 12148 created FEMA…  Stages of Emergency Relief:  Early U.S. – Natural disaster, disease;  WWII/Cold War – Nuclear threat;  Post-9/11 – Terrorist attacks…

19  Nation’s “secret government”…  Executive Orders, conspiracy theorists, and underground bunkers  FEMA and its budget…  The U.S. Department of Defense  Ineffective and inefficient

20  ARTICLE IV, Section 3: “ New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned was well as of the Congress.”


22  Only Congress can admit new states… 1. Area asks for admission 2. Congress passes an Enabling Act (“ Enabling Act of 1802 ”) 3. State Constitutional Convention prepares State Constitution 4. Put it to a vote… 5. Congress passes an Act of Admission !  Congress can also set conditions for admission…  EX) Utah, Arizona, Alaska

23  Three obligations of the Fed. Gov’t to the States… 1. Republican form of government 2. Protection against invasion and disorder 3. Respect the territorial integrity of the states

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