Re: Trump revitalizes America...
"This is not how a government should be run. Rather, it's the opposite. Your view is askew."
What you are missing is the irony of the OP's statements.
For the last 20+ years, we (us less-than-backward Amerikuns) have had to listen to the Republicans put up a "small government!" and "states rights!" facade in front of, pretty much, every single pet topic of theirs. From reproductive rights to LBGT rights to privacy and environmental issues, their ideal was an almost non-existent federal government, handling just borders, defense and ports (a la 18th century America, their "ideal" world), with the individual states handling everything else. The GOP held this belief under a fundamental premise that individual states would be, Oh! So Friendly to Big Business, by being both demure and welcoming to the great and varied interests of a practically unregulated "Free Market" economy.
So the GOP pushed this agenda forward, to the point of it truly becoming propaganda: almost nothing could not be cured by their "small government / states rights" proposals. It was a salve applied to all their perceived "evils", from of liberalism to "religious freedom" issues. "The states should handle these issues"...because the conservatives believed that they could steamroller their ideal agenda through much easier at the state government level by easily gerrymandering their home districts and coupling in some Olde Time Religion to their propaganda machine.
So, here we are. A "conservative" president who is welcome and appealing to their viewpoint, trying to implement the "small government / states rights".
And what are the states doing?
The exact opposite of what the GOP has forwarded for the past 20+ years: the states are re-implementing the very ideas and rules that the GOP is trying to strip away on the federal level.
The GOP thought it could wind back the hands of time to a relatively unregulated era, where the interests of Big Business decided so many aspects of our lives. Instead, the states the GOP thought would say "Yes please! We're all for additional pollution and lowering of oversight, if it means Big Business in our states love us!", are, in actuality, saying "Kiss off, if you can't handle the concerns of the individuals that make up our neighborhoods, then we will".
It is absolutely LUSCIOUS. My popcorn bag has been so often used these past 2 months that I have scheduled lorry deliveries just to keep up with the demand. Karma, best served cold.
Absolute zero, if I had any actual say in it.