Yes, Exactly

The biggest problem in American government today is the hyper-nationalization of government. Even in the middle of Republican presidential politics, even when every Republican candidate claims to be a "conservative," the myopic fixation on federal government resolution of every conceivable problem dominates everything, and the centralization of all power into our Potomac cesspool is largely ignored.

The problem, of course, is Washington. America is brought down not by awful governance in New York City or Chicago. America easily survives over-taxation in Massachusetts or over-regulation in California. The beauty of American government has always been federalism, the retention of most governmental power in sovereign states and not in a national government.
His diagnosis of the problem is right. So, I think, is the solution, with one exception.
We need the spark of another American Revolution – a peaceful, constitutional, and political revolution, but a revolution nonetheless. It is wise to consider that the first American Revolution had more to do with the distant and arrogant rule of London than anything else. In much of America today, it is more 1776 than 2015. The peaceful, political revolution against Imperial Washington needs simply a great leader to win.
The "great leader" we need is someone like Washington, who would do the job and go home. Otherwise, a "great leader" is likely to compound the problem by centralizing power in himself.

5 comments:

Edith Hook said...

I'm not against all government, but I am against all government, all the time.
As Boris Johnson stated,” To a greater or lesser extent, the story of this Euro-election has been the rise of the minor parties..united by a VISCERAL dislike of the EU bureaucracy: its arrogance, its remoteness, its expense, its endless condescension and its manic and messianic belief in its right to legislate for all 500 million people in the EU.”
The response to the migration crisis will tell the story. There are still places in Central Europe who commemorate the defeat of the Ottoman Turks.

Grim said...

I agree with that. We need something like a Scottish National Party or UKIP aimed at getting into government for no other purpose than getting the Feds out of everything they aren't specifically licensed to do by the Constitution.

Ymar Sakar said...

And I suppose Demoncrats in the South thought the government in 1820-1940 in the South wasn't hyper centralized.

We need something like a Scottish National Party or UKIP

Don't have a parliamentary system and there were reasons for that.

MikeD said...

I agree with that. We need something like a Scottish National Party or UKIP aimed at getting into government for no other purpose than getting the Feds out of everything they aren't specifically licensed to do by the Constitution.

You mean... like Libertarians?

Grim said...

No, they still need to want the government to do the things it is supposed to do (like enforcing immigration law).