With Sleepy Joe and his cohorts pushing for one of the biggest power grabs America has EVER seen – Americans need to remember where they come from.
At the very birth of this nation, the Founding Fathers of this country intended for each state to be its own individual republic. Those small republics were intended to collectively form a nation based on equality – evenly distributing that power between the state and federal governments because…
It was the states that created the federal government… not the other way around.
Sadly, the federal government has swallowed the state governments whole – gobbling the power that was meant to be reserved for the states – as the system referred to as “federalism” looks nothing like the Founders envisioned in 1787.
Following President Biden’s recent vaccine mandates – a tyrannical power grab that usurps the individual rights of Americans and their employers – 20 state governors are fighting back and have threatened litigation against Biden.
This threat of litigation is necessary and proper; the Founders designed our system for times such as these. Nowhere in the Constitution does it allow the President to FORCE employers to stick a needle in the arms or their employees – regardless of the medical merits of doing so.
But sadly, Constitutional principles are seen as a hinderance to people like Joe Biden these days.
James Madison wrote in Federalist Papers No. 45: “The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order,
improvement, and prosperity of the State. The operations of the federal government will be most extensive and important in times of war and danger; those of the State governments, in times of peace and security. As the former periods will probably bear a small proportion to the latter, the State governments will here enjoy another advantage over the federal government.”
French diplomat Alexis De Tocqueville traveled from France to the United States in the 1830s and 40s to observe the early years of our Representative system. He was amazed by the decentralization of power and the importance of the state and local governments in the administration of public policies. He came from France, where power was vested in one national authority.
De Tocqueville wrote the following in his seminal work Democracy in America:
“A democracy without provincial institutions has no security against these evils. How can a populace unaccustomed to freedom in small concerns learn to use it temperately in great affairs? In no country in the world does the law hold so absolute a language as in America; and in no country is the right of applying it vested in so many hands.”
America is a unique nation…
There are very few governments where state and provincial governments were designed to have more powers than the national government. The Constitution of the United States isn’t perfect – but it is the best governing document ever devised – and it’s held up over 230 years and the states have played an important role in its longevity.
Following the Watergate scandal and his accession to the presidency, President Gerald R. Ford remarked, “My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is
over … Our Constitution works; our great Republic is a government of laws and not of men. Here the people rule. But there is a higher Power, by whatever name we honor him, who ordains not only righteousness but love, not only justice but mercy.”
We the People must keep it that way, or else our founding document won’t last another 230 years. That would be an unparalleled tragedy. The world would lose its last best hope for freedom.