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If Virtue & Knowledge are diffused among the People, they will never be enslav’d. This will be their great Security.  —Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, February 12, 1779

Conversation is an incredibly important part of what we do here at The Federalist Coalition, and it should be an important part of what you do if you want to take back power from the federal government.  Our founding fathers debated at length about the  best form of government before resting on a republican system.  Below are some talking points we like to use when discussing federalism with individuals who may be unfamiliar with the topic or with our group.  You should also consider reading the federalist papers and re-familiarizing yourself with the US Constitution here
What is The Federalist Coalition?
  • We are not a political party, but rather “the next principled movement” created by average citizens to push for a return to shared power. We believe people are best served by government that is as local as possible.
  • We are a grassroots movement. None of us are paid, and we have committed our time and honor to this project.  We have no connection to anything Washington
  • We are formed to educate individuals about federalism, and to advocate legislation and legislators who will fight for return of power to the states.

 

What is Federalism exactly?

 

  • Federalism is when two or more governments share power and authority over the same area. We have state governments and then we have a federal government. The states, who were originally their own individual governments came together to form a Union. That union is where our federal government comes from. This is why we are called the United States of America.
  • Federalism is not an ideology. It is a political philosophy that allows for multiple view-points.
  • This is supposed to be the structure of our country. The Constitution is not an ideology either. The Constitution is what defines the limitations of both our state and federal governments.
  • The relationship works like this: If Federalism is the structure, then the Constitution is everything that makes that structure function. It’s like Federalism is the skeleton and the Constitution is the muscles, the central nervous system, the brain and the heart.
  • The states did not give up their sovereignty when they joined the union. Rather, they entered into an alliance of shared defense with one another.

 

Why is Federalism important?

 

  • This is important because: most people tend to think of our government as some sort of elitist oligarchy.
  • This is why we have so much unrest right now. People don’t understand how our government works.
  • The 10th Amendment spelled out exactly how the separation of government powers is supposed to function. Essentially, anything that is not specifically covered under the Constitution or that is not specifically denied to the states falls under the domain of the states.
  • For instance, Of all of the powers granted to Congress in Article 1, Section 8, six of them deal specifically with national defense. Article 2 confirms the President as the CEO and grants authority to command the military. Therefore, the ultimate responsibility of National Defense falls to the Federal Government.
  • Another example is our Money. Article 1, Section 8, Clause 5 of the Constitution grants the Federal Government the power to coin money and set the value while Section 10 expressly prohibits the States from making their own currencies.
  • Welfare is a great example of how the federal government overreaches. The power to deliver healthcare to individuals is not defined in the constitution.

 

What about the Presidential election and Donald Trump?

 

  • Those on the political “left” are probably realizing how those on the political “right” have felt over the last 8 years.  We should look at this election as an example of why Federalism is important.  The federal government was never meant to have such drastic control of our lives.
  • Obviously we respect the results, and while we hope Donald Trump will be a good president, we will hold his feet to the fire just as we would any other president.  We will not be involved in any protests, but we respect the right of individuals to do so peacefully.