Chip Roy, director of the Center for Tenth Amendment Action at the Texas Public Policy Institute, recently presented federalism as the solution to the diametrically opposed bipartisan government that currently administers America.
His opinion piece first appeared in National Review on Nov. 22 and was then posted to the policy institute's blog.
"[t]he American people increasingly recognize that they are losing their right of self-government to an 'intellectual elite in a far-distant capital [that claims it] can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves,' as Ronald Reagan put it in 1964," Roy wrote. "The problem has only gotten worse since then. The federal bureaucracy and its laws, rules, regulations, and policies now touch nearly all aspects of business and life."
He wrote that federalism binds the states together and also protects the states' and peoples' rights. Instead, the current federal government's policies of forced centralization and uniformity are tearing the nation apart.
"The Constitution," he wrote, "was meant to protect our God-given rights as Americans to live — to direct the education of our children, choose our doctors, and focus on our local needs for water, police, roads and electricity — free from government intrusion."
Roy proposed that Americans limit the federal government's authority so that every national election isn't a life-or-death drama. The people should govern themselves through their state governments without interference. He called for the people to work together to make Washington, D.C. less important while strengthening states' rights.
"Through federalism, we can and will find peace, strength, and unity as a nation," Roy wrote.