American Federalism

In 1776, our founding fathers set out to construct a new system of government, one in which all power would be given by the very same people it was designed to govern.  This new government would be forged from the successes and strengthened against the failures of the great historical civilizations while embracing the new thoughts and ideas of the enlightenment period.  These new ideas centered on a common experience of the American pilgrims: that men could rule themselves better than any king or legislature.  This great “American Experiment” soon changed and inspired the rest of the world, but it has always had its critics.  At the time of the revolution, there were those who were loyal to the British Crown, later, some sought a constitutional monarchy, and today there is growing support for a more European style social democracy.

In contrast to these views, our federal republic was formed to keep society’s power where it is most easily managed by its citizens, with limited central control, and vast diversity and activity at the local level.  Over our nation’s history there has been a migration of power to the national level, where it is more easily manipulated by politicians and lobbyists, and is out of reach for the common citizen.  As this process has continued, American government has grown inefficient in addressing the needs of its citizens and clumsy in the implementation of regulation.  This has caused many to become disenfranchised with our republic and look for ways to fundamentally transform our system of government.  What these individuals fail to realize is that the reason our republic functions so poorly is because it has been operating in a manner wholly inconsistent with its original design.  If this republic is to be restored to a proper order and balance, it will require a more comprehensive education and involvement amongst its citizens at the local level and a restoration to its original purpose and design at the national level. Continue reading