Federalism is a beautiful concept and is excellent in practice, but I do think there are fundamental issues that are beyond the state e.g slavery....issues that can’t be delayed in judgement.
That being said, the left hates a structured government. They want a 51% government ie everything changes each election. There is no foundation in their mind,...well, some of them may be fond of the Bill of Rights in an odd fashion, but they would willingly give up aspects of it, if it suited their ends.
I personally, would rather amend the constitution than throw it away constantly. It means something to me and so does federalism. Our government may obviously need to adjust and change it’s political structure, but I think it needs just as much wisdom as it once started with.
Michael Gerson is incredibly deluded if he thinks any of the founding fathers ever, ever imagined federal authority included the rights to tell people what kinds of products they could use, seize their property in order to give it to other private entitites (i.e. non-public uses), force people to buy products (insurance) from private entities, tell them how to run their schools, etc.
Mr. Gerson, I can read the US Constitution for myself and understand its plain meaning. It’s not complex. Most citizens can no doubt do the same as I. Don’t try to tell me George Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton or any of the other founders were statists. That’s pure crap!
People have forgotten, and of course the schools don’t teach, that constitutionally each state is sovereign and the federal government is supposed to be small and its powers narrow and limited.
It is interesting to watch the once sovereign nations of Europe being gobbled up and homogenized, with their individuality and sovereignty being destroyed by the European Union, much as the US federal government has done to the individual states in the USA.
I once had hopes that in the US the process could be reversed with the states reaffirming their constitutional rights and authority but now that seems almost impossible.
It is disheartning to see how the federal government and their rumpswabbing trained media have been successful in inculcating acceptance of federalism to the point that the idea of states rights is treated as a radial and antiquated notion, held by a just a few antiprogressive, racist, fringe kooks.
So is Mandating Gardasil by Executive Order
for the Merck and Perry’s Chief of Staff (Was he with
Rove and Gore, too?)
a state’s right issue, too?
Is Perry claiming he has the right to do this everywhere now?
PerryCARE? NO WAY. NO MORE RINOs.
The first sign of a quality consrvative POTUS candidate is that the Left really hates and despises them.
I think this is the first time I’ve read a Gerson article that I agreed with.
Hamilton was the proponent of a strong centralized government and was the father of the excise tax that instigated the unrest. He was also the proponent of calling in the state militias to smash it and in fact led the operation in the field.