Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Federalism and Self_Restraint

It could be argued that someone who could write this makes a strong case for why he should be President:

This discussion is not an idle exercise. Republicans have struggled in recent years, because they have strayed from basic principles. Federalism is one of those principles. It is something we all give lip service to and then proceed to ignore when it serves our purposes. During my eight years in the Senate, I tried to adhere to this principle. For me it was a lodestar. Not only was it what our Founding Fathers created β€” a federal government with limited, enumerated powers with respect for other levels of government, it also provided a basis for a proper analysis of most issues: β€œIs this something government should be doing? If so, at what level of government?”....

Adhering to the principles of federalism is not easy. As one who was on the short end of a couple of 99-1 votes, I can personally attest to it. Federalism sometimes restrains you from doing things you want to do. You have to leave the job to someone else β€” who may even choose not to do it at all. However, if conservatives abandon this valued principle that limits the federal government, or if we selectively use it as a tool with which to reward our friends and strike our enemies, then we will be doing a disservice to our country as well as the cause of conservatism.

Read the rest of what Fred Thompson has to say in this piece about federalism here.


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