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This remark lucidly demonstrates the implications of keeping Dillon's Rule: communities would suffer from having an antiquated form of legislation regulating their actions. Society has progressed in leaps and bounds: it is no longer the 1800s. This was a type of legislation that was drafted when people were still relying on the horse and carriage as their main means of transportation. The implications of keeping this form of legislation are dire as they represent a constriction of values and possibilities for communities, not to mention further contention and debate between state and local governments.

The implications of repealing Dillon's Rule are more promising. While supporters of Dillon's rule might feel that such an act would allow corruption to seep in, that's simply an overly simplistic way of looking at the scenario. Corruption will flourish in politics if people allow it. In fact, in this day and age when mass media is at its finest and more people are educated as to the basics and nuances of politics and there's a high level of transparency, there's a greater opportunity of local government by for and of the people, something which Dillon's Rule is essentially preventing via its restriction and narrowness.

Conclusion

While many of the laws which govern this country are originate from hundreds of years ago, this doesn't necessarily mean that the bulk of our laws should originate from hundreds of years ago. Legislation needs to adapt with the changing times and the failure to allow it to do is taken out on the people. When cities refuse to acknowledge how a vintage law is narrowing the possibilities and effectiveness of local governments simply out of a fear for corruption, those communities are setting their citizens up to have a lower quality of life. Ultimately, communities need to begin in abolishing Dillon's Rule.

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