A Definition of Federalism: The Case for Reinvigorating State's Rights

Federalism promotes a return to decentralized government

An ongoing battle rages over the proper size and role of the federal government, especially as it relates to conflicts with state governments over legislative authority. Conservatives believe that state and local governments should be empowered to handle local issues such as health care, education, immigration, and many other social and economic laws. This concept is known as federalism and it begs the question: Why do conservatives value a return to a decentralized government?

Original Constitutional Roles

There is little question that the current role of the federal government far exceeds anything ever imagined by the founders. It has clearly taken over many roles originally designated to individual states. Through the U.S. Constitution, the founding fathers sought to limit the possibility of a strong centralized government and, in fact, they gave the federal government a very limited list of responsibilities. They felt that the federal government should handle issues that it would be difficult or unreasonable for states to deal with, such as maintenance of the military and defense operations, negotiating with foreign countries, creating currency, and regulating commerce with foreign countries.

Ideally, individual states would then handle most matters that they reasonably could. The founders even went further in the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights to prevent the federal government from grabbing too much power.

Benefits of Stronger State Governments

One of the clear benefits of a weaker federal government and stronger state governments is that the needs of each individual state are more easily managed. Alaska, Iowa, Rhode Island and Florida are all very different states with very different needs, populations, and values.........................keep reading on link.......... long article...............

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It's a good read.   If the Republicans can't get their act together, the chances of reducing the size and scope of the federal government will be further diminished. 

Agreed. Did you see what Mitch McConnell said about Trump yesterday? They are doing everything they can to work against him. It is absolutely maddening. 

Yeah, McConnell blew it, and he learned absolutely nothing from Trump's election....Our President does not go quietly under any bus...he fights tooth and nail, dirty if necessary.  I see a pattern developing of the President shaming people into doing things they should be doing.  For years WE ALL heard 'repeal and replace' and now that we have an executive ready to sign it, we got candy a$$es in office! 

Trump could finance a change in the entire Senate if he chose to.  When will they wake up and realize their good buddies on K street have been fiscally neutered?

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