Scrap the Death Star

17 Apr 2018

Every four years we vote on who will command the planet-killing Death Star that is the US government. Democrats want to point the laser at Republicans, Republicans want to point the laser at Democrats. Maybe the solution is to dismantle the Death Star so no one can misuse it ever again.

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Amendment 10, US Constitution

The Constitution is a concise blueprint for a limited federal government that provides for the common defense and a few other things (such as standardizing weights and measures) which enhance interstate harmony. If we return to that philosophy then maybe each state could be run in the manner the state’s citizens wish without interference. And we could vote in the national elections without acting as if it’s a fight to the death.

What if we remove the laser and leave the Death Star intact? The temptation will be too great: a future commander will reinstall the laser for this one operation (I promise) and then leave it installed because it’s too much fun to vanquish your enemies with one shot. The station has to be dismantled completely (I have dibs on the Emperor’s command chair).

Anyway, it would be cheaper than the alternative.