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Federalism and the Socialist Democrats

By Robert T. Smith
web posted April 13, 2020

As a byproduct of the Wuhan Virus response in the U.S., a civics lesson has demonstrated the divide between the Americans and the Socialist Democrats.  Democrats Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and even the Mayor of New Orleans Latoya Cantrell seem to believe that President Trump is directly responsible for their respective State/City response to the Wuhan Virus, based on their recent public statements.  In addition, many of the questions by the Democrat propaganda arm, the White House Press Corps, center around holding the President responsible for every level of the response, and at times it seems by inuendo apparently being responsible for the Wuhan Virus being in the U.S. at all.      

Following our country’s Revolutionary War, the initial document governing the operation of the new country was the Articles of Confederation that was adopted by the Continental Congress in November 1777, soon after the end of the Revolutionary War.  As a consequence of the revolution being against an overbearing unitary system of government practiced by Great Britain, the Articles of Confederation naturally provided for a very weak federal government. 

Addressing the conflicts that arose between the States under the Articles of Confederation was a major debate as a part of the Constitutional Convention that gave rise to our current form of representative republic and Constitution.  Our Constitution established a system of federalism where the U.S. government was to be limited to those specifically enumerated powers in the Constitution, while the State governments were to hold the governing power over their respective State. 

The federal government’s role is the overarching concerns for all U.S. citizens, mostly related to individual rights, interactions between the State’s, and interactions between our country with other countries, including defense.  The obvious benefit of this form of federalism is, for example, the citizens of Butte, Montana are not required to abide by the same rules and regulations as those in New York City.  In addition, the citizens of each State have the ability to set the rules and regulations that appeal to their desires, in essence, our form of federalism provides the most “enjoyment” of government to the most people.  An overbearing Democrat Socialist unitary government directed form Washington D.C. for the entire country is what the Democrat party typically advocates.  Centralizing power in such a fashion never ends well, as history has demonstrated.   

While it might be appealing to our sense of emotions in this Wuhan Virus emergency for a single authority to dictate the entire country’s response, the consequences of ceding that authority to a single person is antithetical to our country’s form of government.  Consequently, it is not up to President Trump to be responsible for each area or State response, but to be the backup system to the States.  As example, it is not President Trump’s responsibility to cancel Mardi Gras in New Orleans, close businesses or require shelter-in-place rules in each State.  From the federal level, the President’s team has provided guidelines and recommendations to the individual State’s on how to respond.  The State Governors have tailored their response to best fit their citizens, and exercised their authority and responsibility to address the Wuhan Virus within their jurisdiction, with noted Democrat Socialist exceptions who seem to believe it is the federal government’s responsibility.  

Most detestable in this emergency has been the Democrat Socialists actions in congress.  Lead by Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, they have busied themselves blackmailing the country in an attempt to put in place their form of Democrat Socialism that they cannot otherwise pass in normal times.  Federalism is once again under assault by the Democrat Socialists who are more than willing to hold the country’s health and economic well-being hostage to their odious demands. ESR

Robert T. Smith is an environmental scientist who spends his days enjoying life and the pursuit of happiness with his family.  He confesses to cling to his liberty, guns and religion, with antipathy toward the arrogant ruling elites throughout the country.

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