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Does Federalism function the way the Founding Fathers intended?

Asked by: heardc
  • HeardGov Brown, C

    I believe that Federalism is a good thing because it keeps the National Government from getting too strong. Although, it has slightly shifted in favor of the National Government, it was originally made with good intentions. Overall, I think it is good because states have the ability to control particular laws which differ from state to state. Citezens can move to whereever state to fulfilltheir needs and beliefs. Also, it ensures speration of powers and that is what this country is all about. Quora.Com states "Another benefit is that the composition of a state government more accurately reflects the population of that state than the central government itself". I agree with this completely because some topics apply to a certain state while it shouldn't for another.

  • HeardGov Wasson, T

    Federalism was created by the Founding Fathers because they believed that the United States needed a form of government that didn't have too much power over the states and vice versa. This form of government is important because it allows the states to practice pragmatism, which according to Sparknotes, allows the smaller state and local governments to hear about residential problems and issues. Without dividing the power among the federal and state governments, many people would not have the chance to receive the help they needed in a certain amount of time. This type of government provides a stability within the Nation because not only one power can override others to a breaking point, which is also considered the Separation of Powers. And as many would state, the national government has much more power over the states and has too many policies. But, because of the Constitution, both the federal and state governments are separated in the powers they are given. Do I believe that federalism is an important part of the Constitution? Yes I do.

  • HeardGov Morlan C

    I believe that federalism is a good thing because it works well within the United States. It allows the states to control their small areas giving them reserved powers. It also helps keep the state and governments balanced. So it is not up to one whole branch to make an important decision. This allows fairness for both state and government.

  • HeardGov Morlan C

    I believe that federalism is a good thing because it works well within the United States. It allows the states to control their small areas giving them reserved powers. It also helps keep the state and governments balanced. So it is not up to one whole branch to make an important decision. This allows fairness for both state and government.

  • HeardGov Morlan C

    I believe that federalism is a good thing because it works well within the United States. It allows the states to control their small areas giving them reserved powers. It also helps keep the state and governments balanced. So it is not up to one whole branch to make an important decision. This allows fairness for both state and government.

  • HeardGov Morlan C

    I believe that federalism is a good thing because it works well within the United States. It allows the states to control their small areas giving them reserved powers. It also helps keep the state and governments balanced. So it is not up to one whole branch to make an important decision. This allows fairness for both state and government.

  • HeardGov Morlan C

    I believe that federalism is a good thing because it works well within the United States. It allows the states to control their small areas giving them reserved powers. It also helps keep the state and governments balanced. So it is not up to one whole branch to make an important decision. This allows fairness for both state and government.

  • HeardGov Morlan C

    I believe federalism is a good think, it works well within the United States because it allows the states to control their small areas giving them reserved powers. It also helps keep the state and government powers well balanced. So it is not up to one whole branch to make important decisions.

  • Heard Gov Morlan C

    I believe that Federalism is a good thing, it works well within the United States because it lets the state control their small areas, giving them reserved power and freedom. It also help keep the state and governments balanced. So, it's not up to one whole branch to make important decisions/law

  • HeardGov Morlan C

    I believe that Federalism is a good thing, it works well with in the United Sates because, it lets the state control their small areas, giving them reserved power. It also help keep the sate and governments balanced, so it would not be up to one whole branch to make important decisions for everyone.

  • 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)"

  • 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


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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
http://quoteaddicts.Com/i/184570