Doesn't the Supremacy Clause make the feds supreme?

The Constitution's Supremacy Clause makes the federal government and the Supreme Court the master of the states, right?


No.  The Supremacy Clause, found in Article VI of the Constitution says:

“This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”

It is the Constitution and constitutional laws that are supreme!  Not the federal government, and not the Supreme Court.

The hierarchy of power in the United States is that the people are the masters of the states.  The states are the creators and masters of the federal government.

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