Friday, May 3, 2013

Federalism is the way forward for the GOP

It seems the GOP faces an insurmountable paradox in Washington D.C. On the one hand, Republicans argue to reduce the federal government's role in our daily lives. On the other hand, we're supposed to elect these same Republicans to federal positions of authority. Which means, at best, these folks are getting into office and hitting the pause button on the expansion of federal bureaucracy.

And while simply stopping government growth rather than rolling it back doesn't sound ideal, it seems like all the Party's been able to do recently is moderately slow the endless creep of federal intrusion into every nook and cranny of our existence. That approach simply isn't going to be enough to win the Presidency back.

But, then again, maybe Americans just need to another proof of concept from Conservatives before they're willing to give them back the keys to the White House.

Across the country, Republican governors and GOP state leadership are delivering real solutions and results to their constituencies while Blue states continue to linger in the residual effects of a recession brought about by their own Community Reinvestment Act-type social engineering.

And while Conservatives are running up the score at the state level, Conservative media, talking heads and celebrities continue to focus on national issues - where we simply do not have the media firepower to compete. And let's face it, there are too many national issues to defend at once - that's the whole point of the Left's Cloward-Piven Strategy: to overwhelm the government with an unending number of false "priorities" (gay marriage, amnesty for illegal immigrants, late-term abortions, marijuana legalization, limitations on the size of our soda drinks, global warming, etc.) so that we distract ourselves into a total collapse.

For Liberals, any one area of expansion awarded the Federal government is a victory. For conservatives, any one such expansion is a failure. It's hard to truly ever win on those terms, and I'm not entirely sure what we have to show for the past several decades of trying.

All politics is local, or so the saying goes. As evidenced in the recent gun control push, Federalism is a viable solution both to stemming the tide of Federal Government overreach and in shaping/informing local perception and understanding. So, why don't Republicans start putting a more concerted effort behind using Federalism to combat the burgeoning expansion of big government? Is the specter of the Civil War really still so prevalent that we're going to simply continue ignoring the 10th Amendment -- or is it simply that politicians in Federal office (Republican and Democrat) have convinced themselves that they, not the states they represent, know best?
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