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Does Federalism function the way the Founding Fathers intended?

Asked by: heardc
  • HeardGov Schroeder Nick

    Federalism is a good thing. This system was created by the founding fathers, in order to have a balance of powers. I think it is a good thing because the individual states have more say for what is right for them.Our founding fathers increased our citizens ability to contribute to the government and make an impact. He approved of federalism and just wanted what he thought would be best for the United States. According to http://www.debate.org/opinions/is-federalism-a-good-thing 91% of people think that federalism is a good thing.

  • HeardGov Schroeder Nick

    Federalism is a good thing. This system was created by the founding fathers, in order to have a balance of powers. I think it is a good thing because the individual states have more say for what is right for them.Our founding fathers increased our citizens ability to contribute to the government and make an impact. He approved of federalism and just wanted what he thought would be best for the United States. According to http://www.debate.org/opinions/is-federalism-a-good-thing 91% of people think that federalism is a good thing.

  • HeardGov. Ratliff A

    I believe that federalism is working the way that our founding fathers intended. Federalism in my opinion is working because it keeps the government from becoming to strong. Even though it has shifted throughout the years to help the government, it has also helped the people a lot as well. Although federalism isn't perfect, it has kept the U.S. from becoming a monarchy which is what the founding fathers intended for it to do.

  • HeardGov Ruth H

    While there are still many minor issues surrounding federalism such as overlapping jurisdiction on laws (such as states that have legalized marijuana while it is still considered a schedule I drug by the federal gov.) it has still functioned mostly along the lines that the founding fathers intended. The states still have a lot of power, but I believe that the federal government has gotten too big and powerful for the founding fathers wishes, such as how Obama mandated a nation-wide healthcare plan or the supreme court legalizing gay marriage nationwide, both are widely considered to be state laws. As far as whether federalism is a good thing, yes it is, it prevents the state or fed from getting too powerful (used NYLN.Org)

  • HeardGov Morales K

    I believe that Federalism is working the way the founding Fathers intended. By keeping the power divided between National, State and, Local Government. It helps give separation and balance between them, and allows states to create their own individual laws based on their needs. According to Sparknotes.Com "Federalism is the sharing of power between national and state governments. In America the states existed first and they struggled to create a national government." Many States and local governments have specific needs that the whole U.S. may not need. So by keeping the power balanced not one will have more than the other. "The powers not delegated to the United States by the constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people." (Bill of Rights 12,15, 1791)

  • HeardGov Wilson, Izzy

    I believe federalism is good. It keeps the government from getting to strong. Even though it has shifted for the government it still is good for the people. The federal government has shifted its power throughout the years, but some of that change was necessary for our community to grow. In all, it is good because the states have control and power and can differ its decisions from other states.

  • HeardGov Kinney, H

    I believe that federalism is working in the way the founding fathers intended. When the founding fathers formed our government their main worry was to stop tyranny and also keep a federal government from having runaway powers creating a monarchy. Although federalism isn't perfect, it has kept the United States from becoming a monarchy which is what the founding fathers wanted it to do. www.bloomp.net

  • HeardGov Kinney, H

    I believe that federalism is working in the way the founding fathers intended. When the founding fathers formed our government their main worry was to stop tyranny and also keep a federal government from having runaway powers creating a monarchy. Although federalism isn't perfect, it has kept the United States from becoming a monarchy which is what the founding fathers wanted it to do. www.bloomp.net

  • HeardGov Kinney, H

    I believe that federalism is working in the way the founding fathers intended. When the founding fathers formed our government their main worry was to stop tyranny and also keep a federal government from having runaway powers creating a monarchy. Although federalism isn't perfect, it has kept the United States from becoming a monarchy which is what the founding fathers wanted it to do. www.bloomp.net

  • Heard Gov. Jurgensen, G

    I think that federalism is good because since federalism's inception more than 200 years ago American federalism has undergone tremendous change. Today all federal & state & local play a role in the lives of their citizens expectations about what kind of services & rights people want from gov't have changed & relations among the federal state, & local gov'ts have become infinitely more complex.

  • HeardGov. Semke, C

    I believe that federalism could be a good idea in concept but I do not believe it is functioning the way that the founding fathers intended. State and National levels of government are supposed to be separated and only work in their own affairs, but it is hard to draw the line in who's responsibility it is to deal with some of the issues that may occur, such as problems where when recreational marijuana was legalized in certain states but not on a federal level, federal law enforcement such as the Drug Enforcement Agency, IRS and FBI still had the authority to conduct raids on business places that sold marijuana. (http://www.Huffingtonpost.Com/entry/med-west-medical-marijuana-raid_us_573a19e9e4b077d4d6f3ab1e)

  • HeardGov Jacobsen A

    I believe that Federalism is not working the way that our founding fathers intended. I say this because state and federal gov. are supposed to stay out of each others business, but the federal gov. often times gets involved with state matters and dictates the outcomes. The federal government has been spying on us, taking our hard earned money, is thinking about taxing the internet that we pay for monthly, excessive EPA regulations, and they take over healthcare. "As if that weren’t bad enough, the IRS also can’t even keep track of your money: $67 million in a slush fund for Obamacare just mysteriously “went missing.”(atr.Org)

  • HeardGov Post T

    Federalism can have its pros and cons, but one thing I know about it is it causes problems between the federal gov. and the state gov. It really seems like the federal government has more power than the states government. Although the states are allowed to create their own laws, the federal government can easily veto the bill, if it is against the constitution. A lot of things have changed since the founding fathers created this "equal" system. According to www.theodysseyonline.com/anti-federalism-today "As the world became more globalized, we gathered new information and used that new knowledge to educate ourselves and inform politics."

  • HeardGov Edwin L

    Federalism has its ups and downs, but I personally think that Federalism isn't working as the Founding Fathers intended it to. I say this, because the Federal and State government don't share the same amount of power. For instance, sometimes the Federal government will have too much power, and then the State government will have too much power as well. An example for the Federal government would be the U.S. being involved in International conflicts that doesn't concern us, like the Syrian Civil War and the Syrian Immigration problem, and another example would be the Muslim Travel ban which is kinda unconstitutional. An example for the State government, would be giving too much power towards the police force. According to watchdog.Org, it says that "The federal government fails at most things it attempts, and variably makes the situation worse rather than better. Federal education spending has been on the rise for decades, with nothing but measurable failures. And the area of health care is even worse. The Affordable Care Act was supposed to improve health care, making it cheaper, but ended up being the complete opposite. When the Founding Fathers chose Federalism as their choice of government for America, it must've worked in the beginning, but now it doesn't really work anymore.

  • HeardGov Rasmussen B

    I believe that federalism is a good as long as each power stays balanced, which is essential in the process of the American Government. Allowing a balance of both federal and state powers is relatable to the way the three federal branches of government work. “This has provided a shield against tyranny as they cannot so easily come under the influence of anyone who may wish to abuse power.” (Sean White) The idea of federalism seemed to have worked, but with current issues and events, it seems that the federal government is gaining too much power and overruling what the states can decide for laws. For example marijuana and healthcare issues have been controversial showing that the federal government dictating what is legal and what the states should have as laws. I believe that separating certain powers from the federal government and leaving it to the states will let the people have more of a voice.

  • HeardGov Johnson, C

    I believe federalism once was a beneficial )thing for our country and still is, but has become very flawed. "Federalism inherently subcerts a coherent national response to many fundamental challenges that United States faces at a time when other major nations [...] face no such structoral impediment," according to Harold Meyerson of The American Prospect. It makes experimenting with different thing such as providing for the homeless negative in larger split cities. If one part of the city provides for the homeless then the homeless from the other parts of the city will join, making it more difficult to fund their plan.

  • Heardgov Molle L

    Federalism isn't working as the Founding Fathers intended. They wanted a clear division of power. The Federal government has used the necessary and proper clause to reach farther and farther into state matters. Roger Pilon of the Cato Institute stated that the government uses the power to regulate interstate commerce to regulate anything and everything. The federal government creates regulations that don't always work in every area. The EPA has even granted California a waver to create its own vehicle emissions laws, though nowhere in the Constitution is the federal government given the power to do so. Naturally California shouldn't have to ask to make the regulations they need for the health of their people. They should be able to make laws to protect their land and their people, we can't expect the federal government to know what is going on in every state and one blanket law is not going have the dimensionality required to work in vastly different regions of our nation. What is needed in say New York is different than what is needed in Iowa, the federal government creates laws that apply to both blind to circumstance.

    Https://www.Cato.Org/publications/congressional-testimony/federalism-debate

  • HeardGov Schilling, J

    I agree that federalism is a good idea. The concept of the States being able to go against the president in the event of a tyrannical president is something that sounds great. However, the idea falls apart when arguments on social issues become target. For example, when the U.S. Supreme Court declared that gay marriage was legal, numerous politicians from different States tried to use federalism to go against the decision based on their own personal feelings on the matter and not the betterment of the country. Because of things such as the lack of separation between church and state, federalism gives too much room for rejection of laws and rulings based on personal social or religious opinions.
    Source:
    http://time.Com/4277247/north-carolina-georgia-lgbt-rights-religious-liberty-bills/

  • HeadGov Wilkinson, B

    Federalism, by the founding fathers, had good intentions. They wanted a central government, but also wanted to keep the states happy by having somewhat equal powers. However, we can see states do not have as much power as the fathers wanted. Each state can have the power to create their own laws, however the Federal government can decide if those laws are unconstitutional, thus declaring the law unconstitutional for all 50 states. Another piece of evidence that shows federalism is not working as intended, is the money system we now currently have. In the days of the founding fathers, money was not near as important or valuable as it is today. Today, states require funding to run their state, but where do they get this money? From the federal government. Because of this, the federal government can set regulations that they want to be in place. If the states do not wish to follow those regulations, they lose funding. As Thomas Jefferson once said, "No work of man is perfect. It is inevitable that, in the course of time, the imperfections of a written Constitution will become apparent. Moreover, the passage of time will bring changes in society which a Constitution must accommodate if it is to remain suitable for the nation. It was imperative, therefore, that a practicable means of amending the Constitution be provided."(http://famguardian.Org/subjects/politics/thomasjefferson/jeff1000.Htm) The constitution they made is not perfect, and it will change from the way they made it.

  • HeardGov Fouch, D

    I think that federalism is a good idea. But with every good idea there are still flaws. I think that the states shouldn't have some of the power that they have. There shouldn't be able to be different laws over the same issue. This can lead to people thinking that something is legal and end up getting arrested. An example of this would be how marijuana is legal in some states but illegal in some as well. "The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time; the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them. (Thomas Jefferson)"


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1234.greenecounty says2016-12-08T21:07:32.190
HeardGov(Sarah Broadbent) Federalism is a good thing because it protects the separation of powers. It gives states it's reserved powers and it still maintains national government requirements in certain powers. The constitution protects also and provides checks and balances and list certain powers to protect ever having one big source of power. Federalism provides separation of powers. " The purpose of the United States Constitution is to limit the power of federal government not the American People" - Alexander Hamilton
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