Skip to comments.Federalism: the Best Medicine
Posted on 10/19/2013 2:07:16 AM PDT by Jacquerie
Frustration with the federal government is nationwide. From Maine to California, folks are fed up with Washingtons health care reform, immigration reform, financial reform, and countless other missteps. But these issues are mere symptoms. The disease runs much deeper, right to the heart of the American system of government.
The shutdown, for example, was the result of an issue much larger than the health care debate. As Colorado State Senator Kevin Lundberg explains, the shutdown was caused by a disregard for one of the most important concepts in American government: federalism.
Federalism is a political structure in which power is balanced between the national and local levels. The Constitution describes a federalist system of government. The Founders wished for America to be a federalist, constitutional republic. Federalism is critical to the survival of a republic, but its being eroded as D.C. takes more and more control away from the states and the people.
In our state legislatures far too often we are not debating and deciding policy for our state, we are just implementing federal policies already dictated by Congress, the President, and even the courts.
Laws today assume Washington is in charge of just about everything. If there was to be any superior authority in the balance of powers concept, it was to be the individual sovereign states, not the central government. But instead, the states have been relegated to a status of little more than a lap dog.
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Here’s some more thinking along the same lines.
Very good, although I don’t quite understand this from the Madison site: “Today, only Congress can propose a specific Amendment to the Constitution.”
I suppose the larger point is that we don’t have to accept tyranny from DC.