The States created the Federal government, not the other way around. Unfortunately, that knowledge is lost today. The news cycle is inundated with the latest drama playing out in Washington D.C. The state governments, on the other hand, are largely a forgotten entity.
That is a shame. The proper functioning of the Republic is contingent on the co-equal sharing of power between the state and federal governments. Without this balance of power, our liberties are threatened. The federal government will gobble up the states and render them useless. Former Senator Paul Laxalt once remarked that every day Congress is in session, we lose a little bit more of our liberties.
The national fiscal operating debt currently stands at $22 trillion with upwards of $215 trillion in unfunded liabilities. The federal government employs 2 million employees, far more than are needed. The states have lost their co-equal role in governing the nation. Bureaucrats act as de-facto lawmakers when they write onerous rules and regulations, and activist judges make their rulings based more on their political beliefs than on the original intent of the Constitution.
Government works better for the people the more local the governing power is diffused. Local governments are more responsive to the people because they are in their communities and can interact with the citizenry. How many people reading this have ever met their congressman or senator? I am guessing that not many of you have.
When the constitution was written, James Madison envisioned a Republic that entrusted the majority of power to the state governments. Following the Constitutional Convention, James Madison wrote in Federalist 32 that “As the plan of the convention aims only at a partial union or consolidation, the state governments would clearly retain all the rights of sovereignty which they before had and which were not, by the act, exclusively delegated to the United States.
This exclusive delegation, or rather this alienation of state sovereignty, would only exist in three cases: where the Constitution in express terms granted an exclusive authority to the union; where it granted, in one instance, an authority to the union, and in another, prohibited the states from exercising the like authority; and where it granted an authority to the union, to which a similar authority in the states would be absolutely and totally contradictory and repugnant.”
Translation: Unless the Constitution says that the Federal Government has a power, it is assumed that the rest of the powers not delegated to the federal government are reserved for the states.
We should all be more concerned about what goes on in our state capitols and city halls than what happens on Capitol Hill. Unfortunately, the latest Trump tweet or idiotic statement by Nancy Pelosi gets all the attention.
That’s not how it should be.
The Constitution ensured that power would be decentralized and dispersed among three branches of government. America was to become a Republic — not a pure democracy. The Framers feared the power of a violent mob to rule by a simple majority, power that could be achieved by playing on the emotions of the citizens. They also ensured that the states would be equal partners in the republic.
It was the states that created the federal government. Government at the federal level existed as a way to secure the rights of every state.
James Madison described the powers of the federal government as “few and defined,” and the powers of the states were to be broader. The Tenth Amendment was meant to ensure the federalist system of government.
To restore our republic, it is imperative that We the People take the power back from Washington and restore it to our state capitols and city halls. In America, WE the People are- the bosses. The government works for us…or at least it should.