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Does Federalism function the way the Founding Fathers intended?

Asked by: heardc
  • HeardGov, Mckim J

    I believe that federalism is a good thing because it helps keep the state and federal governments balanced. Another reason why it’s good is because now it’s not up to one whole branch to make important decisions like making new laws and raising or lower taxes. It also makes sure neither one has more power than the other.

    As James Madison envisioned it in Federalist No. 51, “the power surrendered by the people” would be “divided between two distinct governments,” creating a balance of power that would enable the “different governments [to] control each other.”

    http://www.Nytimes.Com/roomfordebate/2013/07/16/state-politics-vs-the-federal-government/states-need-more-control-over-the-federal-government

  • Heard gov. Lehnhoff Sami

    Federalism is something our founding father created to make it so one main government does not have all the power. This is good because if the federal government had all the power nothing would get done because the would have to handle state problems as well. The states have certain powers like the death penalty, their states educations, and conducting elections. That makes it so the federal government can take care of other things like foreign policy, war, and treaties. So federalism is good because it makes it so no one has too much power and the federal government can take care of the bigger issues.

  • Heard Gov. Godwin, Abby

    Federalism is a good thing because the founding fathers wanted to make sure no government had too much power. So, the states can make money and they can make laws that are good for that state. Without federalism we would have only one government telling everybody what to do, just like the colonists did.

  • HeardGov Von Stein N

    I believe that Federalism is a good idea from the founding fathers because the division of power has not created abused powers that were given to the national and state government. According to the American Government textbook by William A. McClenaghan, both governments have their power that are given to them for their own area of authority. To conclude, the founding fathers have made a good choice in making federalism and is still in action today and none of the powers have been abused by either the state or national government.

  • HeardGov: Von Stein, N

    I believe that Federalism is a good idea from the founding fathers because the division of power has not created abused powers that were given to the national and state government. According to the American Government textbook by William A. McClenaghan, both governments have their power that are given to them for their own area of authority. To conclude, the founding fathers have made a good choice in making federalism and is still in action today and none of the powers have been abused by either the state or national government.

  • HeardGov Von Stein N

    I believe that Federalism is a good idea from the founding fathers because the division of power has not created abused powers that were given to the national and state government. According to the American Government textbook by William A. McClenaghan, both governments have their power that are given to them for their own area of authority. To conclude, the founding fathers have made a good choice in making federalism and is still in action today and none of the powers have been abused by either the state or national government.

  • Heard Zachary J Danner

    Federalism is a good thing, and it's here for a reason because the founding fathers came up with it so others would not have more power than other. The national government and state government can't just do whatever they want because they want to. They each have their own powers. Without federalism the states would still function properly and efficiently but the country would start crumbling.

  • HeardGOVHarveyAustin 12/14/2016 9:49

    Federalism is a good thing it doesn't give all the power to just one form of government according to study.Com federalism is a method of government it allows two or more methods of goverment to share control over the same geographic region they control alot of stuff so they dont want one group having all the power

  • HeardGov Christy K

    As anything in the world, it has its good and bad sides. I believe that Federalism is good, it keeps the National Government from controlling the States completely, just as the founding fathers wanted. I mean it is 2016 and it's still working. According to Hastings Law School, University of California "Federalism is so important to the cause of liberty and to the American Constitutional structure." With our country being a Federalism, it protects our rights.

  • Heardgov kendall k

    I think that it fine the way the federalism is because the finding fathers wont it be Balinese. Otherwise the state mite have more power or the other way around the government might have more power. Then it wont tern out good. The system mite come crashing down that is why the founding fathers wonted it to be balanced.

  • HeardGov. Reinhart, A

    I think federalism is a good idea in general, although it does have its drawbacks. I think the idea of Separation of Powers is great but I don't think the states should have some of the powers that they have. Some things should just be regulated by the federal government so there aren't 50 different laws for the same issue. Nlcatp.Org states, "With federalism, this kind of overlapping jurisdiction in laws can create confusion and even lead to a breakdown of order." So do I think federalism is working the way the Founding Fathers intended? No, I do not.

  • HeardGov Spaulding J

    Does Federalism function the way the founding fathers intended? No it does not. Things have changed with time and the Federal government has ended up with more power than the states. According to Quora.Com there are two basic ways the Federal government has gained more power and the first one is that the supreme court has agreed that the federal government has a right to control the issue based upon the constitution and the second is that the states has to do what they say or they will withhold money from them.

  • HeardGov Zito G

    The Federal Government has been steady declaring what state can do, controlling them with money, prime example of this is legalizing pot. Few states have voted to allow it , but the federal government still deem it illegal and as that means the federal government is more powerful meaning they win." What makes this development fascinating is that it brings into conflict two important strains of political thought in America: federalism and moralism. "

    Source Cited: http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/13/opinion/osler-marijuana-federal-law/

  • Heard Gov. Butterfield, Mercedes

    I think its a good idea but is not working today. Power is to centralized to the National government, they have the power of money to control the States on a leash. More power should be returned back to the States but still have the National Gov. have its regulating powers. According to Humanevents.Com federalism was meant to keep National Gov. close to the States and people but in its place at the same time so that the State still have freedom to make choices locally.

  • HeardGov Ford R

    Federalism is a bad thing, because federalism prevents the creation of a national policy. According to sparknotes.Com the United States does not have a single policy on issues. Instead it has fifty one policies, which often leads to confusion.The over lap of the boundaries common national and state governments makes it tricky to assign blame for failed policies. Which leads to a lack of accountability

  • HeardGov Kirk S

    Federalism has its down falls. I believe federalism was good thing at the time it was voted apron. The Founding Fathers couldn't of for seen the things that we have invented. One of the cons is school funding is a state power if it was a national power then maybe we would get equal funding then small towns wouldn't lose there schools. Stated by bloomp.Net "This is often cited as one of the main detriments of the system of federalism that we have in this country, that since slavery was a state issue, it was something that could not be removed on the national level". Also the State can challenge the national government in court to fight an existing law or go out of there way to not enforce them.


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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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