After A Bitter Election, Unite A Divided Nation Around Federalism

[amazon_image id=”0674062035″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The Ideological Origins of American Federalism[/amazon_image]By:  Bill Flaz

Originally Appeared in:  Forbes


What a nasty, sordid presidential campaign, particularly if you live in a hotly contested area. Thankfully, we watch very little television, but wow, talk about being inundated with attack ads. Apparently, Ohio got the point, Romney is evil. Some voters are now elated while others are depressed. Still more risk experiencing buyer’s remorse. Many in battleground states are just relieved it’s over.

The increasingly rancorous nature of elections reflects an unseemly byproduct of authority being overly invested in the federal executive. The electoral stakes have escalated as political power swells and because Washington wrestled sovereignty away from the states. National campaigns are winner take all and the presidency is far more significant than our Forefathers intended.

Remember, the Federal Government did not create the states. Thirteen several and sovereign states united to craft a Constitution. When they established what ultimately became Washington the Founders maintained the states as the primary instruments of civil justice. Save a few outliers like the post office, Washington’s domestic duties were generally confined to preventing states from levying impediments to commerce or waging war on their neighbors.

State authorities surrendered to the federal apparatus only a few precisely enumerated responsibilities. James Madison, “Father” of the Constitution, explained, “The powers delegated … to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce.”

Authority was left diffused because Americans have historically been suspicious of concentrated power whether political, financial or religious. Take the First Amendment. Historian David Hackett Fischer wrote it entailed a “Regional compromise of high complexity… to preserve religious freedom of Virginia and Pennsylvania, and at the same time to protect the religious establishments of New England from outside interference.”

The simple but brilliant solution to bring about peaceful coexistence: Washington would mind its own business. The Framers specifically refused to transform local customs or mores into a ‘one size fits all’ monstrosity. Different regions had distinct cultural dynamics. America’s de-centralized political establishment dating back to the colonial era remained intact. Federal control was checked.

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One Response to "After A Bitter Election, Unite A Divided Nation Around Federalism"

  1. Secession is an alternative for a State’s (or Nation’s)citizenry, uniting and in one voice proclaiming their opposition to tyranny and tyrannical actions intended and executed by local or nationally elected officials. “Roberts Rule of Order” establishes important reasons and remedial steps that may be enacted (for example).

    A studied and orderly presentation of grievances and remedies is a democratic avenue available (to that State or Nation)for redressing any and all issues any one citizen or “citizenry” has with an overbearing, centralized government increasing exponentially its hold on any (State or) nation’s:land,labor and capital.

    Two most important questions now facing ALL American’s are: 1)has USA’s We The Elite People of culture of corruption in Washington DC usurped and overturned US’s Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights? 2) A series of second questions follow this first one: Has USA’s We The Elite People of culture of corruption in Washington DC usurped and overturned USA’s:
    a.religious heritage,
    b.educational system,
    c. capitalistic-economical financial system and
    d. Constitutional form of governance as set forth by Our Founding Fathers?

    If the answer is yes to both the first and second series of questions, therefore sufficient grounds exist for a nation’s citizens and/or citizenry to present grievances (to be aired) by Constitutionally established forms, venues and forums. If the only way to present these grievances (in 2012) is a White House web page…so be it (although it is akin to writing Santa Claus….same results).

    A more logical method of addressing USA’s 50-State set of grievances (and desire to secede) is by organizing into contiguous regions. Doing so, these newly formed and organized contiguous regions stand reasonable chances of suceeding in addressing their grievances and/or possibly seceeding if their grievances aren’t satisfied. Any other way, it would be just like Don Quixote going against windmills…same outcome.

    Besides…2012’s Presidential Election was won by Democrats due to:better turnout; better organization; better use of computer techonology; better party organization at state and county levels and finally dyed-in-the-wool, fully vetted, progressive (center-left)candidates and a media blitz like no other in any Presidentai election.

    GOP’ers can replicate Democrats sucesses or devise their own…crying over spilt milk is just a call for cleaning up the mess it left behind. Pray. Amen.


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