I don't believe the Founding Father's intended for America to be a massive, single nation. The word state, historically has meant nation - and I believe we are supposed to view ourselves as such. Think about it like this; the US today is bigger than Europe - and in many ways more geographically, culturally, ethnically, and religious diverse than Europe. It makes no sense for a single Federal government to try and be the overlord of this many people of so many various thoughts and backgrounds. If you think about it, if we did return to a more "State's rights" type of system, we would truly have that laboratory of democracy in which states could test certain ideas out and learn what works best. I just feel our Federal Government is way too powerful and weilds to much influence on state policy.