When the feds say jump, Idaho leaders ask how high. Think environmental regulations and policies regarding health care, education, marriage and so on. Next will be water adjudication and another national monument.
Yes, there have been times when Idaho leadership has pushed back on the feds, but they are increasingly rare. You might ask why that is, especially when the majority of Idahoans disagree with a lot of the directives coming out of Washington, D.C.
The bandwagon answer is often “… because it’s the law of the land” or something similar. Yeah, so is immigration enforcement and the anti-marijuana law. Of course federal laws should not be ignored, but imagine if our founding fathers blindly accepted whatever was dictated to them by the prevailing government at the time. That’s right, there would be no America. My point is this: There are legitimate methods to exercise sovereignty that other states routinely employ, but Idaho leaders typically don’t consider them. Here are two reasons why: