We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We had just beaten the British military to gain our freedom (against LONG odds). We wanted to avoid anyone tyrannizing us, including American leaders. Since the central government was the new body in our federal structure, the founding fathers wrote almost the whole Constitution to carefully outline and limit the powers of the central government.
The Constitution was interpreted that way until the Civil War, when the central government forced states to come back into the union against their will. While I am glad we didn't fracture then, the central government didn't continue the trend in any serious way until the 1930s when the Great Depression convinced many Americans that the only solution to the crisis was massive power flowing from the states to the central government.
Today, the central government routinely meddles in areas that used to be exclusively state territory: voting restrictions, marriage laws and drinking ages just to name a few. While most laws used to be state or local, the central government can hardly buy paper fast enough to publish all the new federal laws and regulations coming from Washington.
This isn't the government that the founders created. While that one was imperfect, it was dedicated to freedom for Americans and power for states. This government is bent on imposing national rules at the expense of liberty.
"...until the 1930s when the Great Depression convinced many Americans..."
NO! The "Great Depression" did not convince Americans, the pack of Liars known as "the FDR Administraion" convinced many Americans that they had the solution to America's economic ills, through progressive actions which would then converge with socialism and Marxism! And they used the new medium of RADIO to do so! FDR was a master propagandist with Radio; one that made Jozef Goebbels green with envy!
The slightly less severe "Great Depression of 1919-1920" was overcome by the Harding-Coolidge Administrations, using the classical techniques of slashing federal government spending (by 50%!!!) and reducing income taxes. That led to a complete recovery, known as "The Roaring Twenties".
No wonder Harding and Coolidge are reviled by liberal historians! They were the last, true Constitutional Presidents!
Yep. People drew crazy conclusions from the Great Depression and made things worse, as they generally do when they seize on the wrong cause for the effect and imagine they can fix it--like bloodletting to cure an infection.