How Federalism breaks the dichotomy of the left-right political scale, Part II
This is the second part of a three-part series. You can read the first part here.
Many conspiracy theorists have declared over the years that there’s no two-party system in America. They believe that it’s an illusion designed to present a picture of constant battle when in reality there’s only one consolidated party that always pushes in the same basic direction. This is almost entirely untrue with one major exception.
They are united in their fear of Federalism. It’s why the GOP Establishment fought so hard against Ronald Reagan from the moment he entered his name to run against Gerald Ford. They’ll tell you it was because one doesn’t challenge an incumbent, but if that were the case, they wouldn’t have continued to be against him in 1979 and 1980. The Establishment joined forces with the emerging “Neocons” of the day to try to thwart his efforts even two years into his Presidency. Only after it was clear that he was gaining in popularity did they abandon their opposition and hoped to “weather the storm” until they could get George H. W. Bush into office.
Democrats fear Federalism for obvious reasons. Their policies rely on an engorged national government to impose its will on the states and the people. What many don’t realize is that the GOP Establishment also appreciates what they can gain by increasing the budget, bureaucracy, and power in Washington DC. They’ll give half-hearted objections to legislation and budget increases that bloat DC power even more. Then, they’ll sign it. During election season, they’ll promote the idea of smaller government without giving details, only to continue with their big-government policies once in office.
True Federalism runs contrary to the machinations of both parties’ Establishments. They need more government to implement their plans and retain power, not just generally in DC but also within their own parties. Big government favors the elites. Power brokers are easier to protect within a complicated system of bloated government. Federalism pulls back the curtains and exposes them to the people.
Our core platform is geared around establishing the balance between state and federal governments that the founders originally envisioned. They knew that if there was an imbalance of power, it would cascade into further overreach. Those who believe in personal freedoms and individual responsibility should be opposed to the very overreach that our founding fathers feared. What we’re seeing in Washington DC today was foreseen by those Americans who last saw true oppression from government. They revolted against it, just as we should do today. Thankfully, our revolt doesn’t require bloodshed. We will work our message into the public consciousness by winning elections.
Fighting the Establishments in either party cannot be accomplished from the inside. For DC to be brought down to its proper level of power, we need a new party that can stand opposed to both with the tenets of the founders firmly embedded in our foundation. This is why the Federalist Party is so necessary today. The Republican and Democratic Parties are out of control and no third party has had the velocity to challenge them. We intend to change that.