Here is an easy-to-read primer on State Sovereignty by Randall C. Stufflebeam, which discusses the reasons why States were sovereign when the Constitution was written, and observing how the States (prior to the 16th and 17th Amendments) provided a vital check on the power of the Federal government.
It's not just dry history. It explains the way out of our problem with the Feds. Please read it.
Virtual buckeye to Brian62 at Ohio Freedom Alliance.