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Does Federalism function the way the Founding Fathers intended?

Asked by: heardc
  • JacksonGov, Habben B.

    I think federalism is a good thing, because it allows our government to be more efficient.
    Leaving states to decide on more local factors makes our government more efficient than if we left DC to make all decisions. Along with that, it allows diversification between our states, which can promote a number of benefits. (https://www.Cengage.Com/resource_uploads/downloads/0495913510_265742.Pdf)

  • HeardGov: Wolfe, T

    My personal thought is yes, Federalism is a good thing. The reason i say this is because it allows the Government and the States to both have power. The reason for this is due to checks and balances. Thanks to that the U.S. government is a thriving system on both ends of the system. Odds are though we are not up to the full standards the founding fathers wanted, but that just means we will always have room to improve.

  • Heard Gov; Finch, Emily

    I think federalism works like the founding fathers intended. This is because we have no tyranny, we have participation in politics, and also, states can make their own rules. This is a nice balance of powers and the constitution is still relevant to this day. As James Madison pointed out in The Federalist, No. 10, If "factious leaders kindle a flame within their particular states." This proves that federalism prevents a person that takes control of a state from easily taking control of the federal governments as well. http://www.ushistory.org/gov/3a.asp

  • JacksonGov McColley, K

    I think federalism is a good thing, because it is functioning the way the Founding Fathers wanted it. The power is balanced for both federal and state. www.historylearningsite.co.uk/american-politics/federalism says that Federalism can be seen as a compromise between the extreme concentration of power and a loose confederation. That proves that there is a balance.

  • Jackson Gov. Hoffman, N

    I believe that federalism for the most part is working the way the founding fathers originally intended. Federalism allows our country to run efficiently and regionally decide on important issues. Of course there are occasional problems that arise, but federalism is the best for separating and balancing the power of the government.
    Source: https://www.brookings.edu/research/why-federalism-matters/

  • HeardGov Danielson, R

    I think federalism is a good thing because it keeps the powers spread throughout government. I would rather have debates about whether the individual states or the national government have authority, than have a very strong and intrusive national government. According to Brookings The Founding Fathers wanted a system that would allow the country to pull together in times of need. I think that is still very much true. Also, it distributes the responsibility to make the government run faster. Imagine if the federal government had to deal with all of the minor issues such as civil court cases. The whole system of government would run even slower than it already does.
    Https://www.Brookings.Edu/research/why-federalism-matters/

  • CrichtonGov Larson, E

    Yes, I believe federalism is still functioning the way the Founding Fathers intended. Federalism is a unique concept that was made especially for our country. The Founding Fathers made the government of the state and national governments have separate powers. Checks and balances keeping things equal among different areas of the country. Federalism is a good thing that is still working to this day. ¨Federalism is one of the most important and innovative concepts in the U.S.¨ http://www.pbs.org/tpt/constitution-usa-peter-sagal/federalism/#.Wi7OQ9WnHrc If fedralism was not working it would be changed.

  • JacksonGov Erickson S

    Federalism is working by allowing the states and the national government to have their own separate, individual powers instead of one part of the government having all the control. According to http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/american-politics/federalism/, “both types of government are supreme within their proper sphere of authority.” Federalism lets state governments make their own decisions and address their own local issues while the national government handles larger issues at the national level. Federalism continues to function the way the Founding Fathers intended because there is a balance of power and we have effectively implemented the use of checks and balances to prevent any part of the government from gaining too much authority over another.

  • JacksonGov Erickson S

    Federalism is working by allowing the states and the national government to have their own separate, individual powers instead of one part of the government having all the control. According to http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/american-politics/federalism/, “both types of government are supreme within their proper sphere of authority.” Federalism lets state governments make their own decisions and address their own local issues while the national government handles larger issues at the national level. Federalism continues to function the way the Founding Fathers intended because there is a balance of power and we have effectively implemented the use of checks and balances to prevent any part of the government from gaining too much authority over another.

  • Crichtongov Hicks K

    I think Federalism is a good thing because of the the balance that the founding fathers wanted us to have. I don’t know if we are as balanced as the founding fathers wanted us to be but I think that we are doing will. The power is pretty equal for both the Federal and State, because they have the same power just in different ways and in different situations. http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/american-politics/federalism/ says that”Federalism can be seen a compromise between the extreme concentration of power and a loose confederation of independent states.” This proves that there is balance between the National and State Powers like the Founding Fathers wanted.

  • HeardGov. Zills, T

    No i do not believe that federalism is working the way our founding fathers intended. 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.” State and Government laws are suppose to be separate but more and more often that line that separates gets crossed. The government has a way larger budget then the states and uses our tax dollars with out telling us where. The government is also thinking about taxing us for our internet usage . If each power was more balanced I believe Federalism would work better.

  • JacksonGov Reed, K

    I do not believe that federalism is functioning in the way that the Founding Fathers hoped it would. There is a clear and present division of federal and state power, but the state government has a tendency to disregard federal laws merely due to it disagreeing with personal views. When gay marriage became legalized 13 states took steps to block it due to antiquated views tied to their own religious views (http://www.Cnn.Com/2015/06/29/us/same-sex-marriage-state-by-state/index.Html). I believe that the Founding Fathers enacted federalism so that the states were to create their own jurisdiction but answer to that of the federal system. I do not understand how you can say that the central government is overstepping bounds when many of their rulings are ignored by the states anyway.

  • JacksonGov Reed, K

    I do not believe that federalism is functioning in the way that the Founding Fathers hoped it would. There is a clear and present division of federal and state power, but the state government has a tendency to disregard federal laws merely due to it disagreeing with personal views. When gay marriage became legalized 13 states took steps to block it due to antiquated views tied to their own religious views (http://www.Cnn.Com/2015/06/29/us/same-sex-marriage-state-by-state/index.Html). I believe that the Founding Fathers enacted federalism so that the states were to create their own jurisdiction but answer to that of the federal system. I do not understand how you can say that the central government is overstepping bounds when many of their rulings are ignored by the states anyway.

  • HeardGov Joy Z

    I believe that federalism is a good thing in theory, however the way the founding fathers wanted it is not the way it is today. The national government and state governments are supposed to work together and respect each other’s laws. Certain states are choosing to ignore national laws by making ones that contradict what the national government wants. If there were to be a conflict that had to be settled by the national government obviously their law would overrule the state’s. However, I do not think this is actually giving the states any power. In 2015, 60 percent of people in the United States believe that the national government has too much power. (Albright). This number has slowly been decreasing since then, so this problem is being fixed. We just need to work at this issue more.

  • HeardGov Joy Z

    I believe that federalism is a good thing in theory, however the way the founding fathers wanted it is not the way it is today. The national government and state governments are supposed to work together and respect each other’s laws. Certain states are choosing to ignore national laws by making ones that contradict what the national government wants. If there were to be a conflict that had to be settled by the national government obviously their law would overrule the state’s. However, I do not think this is actually giving the states any power. In 2015, 60 percent of people in the United States believe that the national government has too much power. (Albright). This number has slowly been decreasing since then, so this problem is being fixed. We just need to work at this issue more.

  • HeardGov. Johnson V

    I believe that Federalism was a good idea when the founding fathers implemented it, however it is no longer functioning the way it was intended to. With the separation between national and state governments, it was also said that the two governments were supposed to follow the other government’s laws. If neither government can follow the other one’s laws, then neither government is able to effectively enforce or implement laws. An example of this is the concept of deportation. If president Trump were to attempt to deport a majority of illegal immigrants, he would need to make a federal law and have the help from local and state government. Some cities such as Chicago or Los Angeles have a large population of immigrants and will not cooperate with his deportation efforts. The constitution gives state governments the right to refuse to help enforce federal laws. With this being said, the state government really has more power because the governments have the right to refuse to enforce federal government. Without this enforcement, federal law would have virtually no meaning. Federal government is also prevented from the “commandeering of state governments to help enforce federal law”. This means that the federal government is also banned from providing extra funds to those who help enforce their laws or withholding funding from states who choose not to enforce federal law. Therefore, the federal government has little power over the states and has no way to effectively enforce its laws if state governments refuse to comply. Due to this inequality, Federalism is flawed and does not work in the way that the founding fathers intended it to. (https://www.Washingtonpost.Com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2016/11/26/federalism-the-constitution-and-sanctuary-cities/?Utm_term=.A35e589ca059)

  • HeardGov Salvin A

    Federalism is not working the way the founding fathers intended. The federal government is pushing its way into state government's business. The whole point of federalism is to divide power between the national and other government units but as time goes on it has become greatly flawed. According to Harold Meyerson of The Prospect states, "The problem with our allegedly ingenious federal system is not simply that half the time, if not more, an effective way to protect all that is biased and unfair to the nation." The federal government only does things that they think is right rather than thinking about what is the best thing to do to help improve their country. This proving Federalism was a good decision at one time but it is not really working today because it is unbalanced.

  • HeardGov Salvin A

    Federalism is not working the way the founding fathers intended. The federal government is pushing its way into state government's business. The whole point of federalism is to divide power between the national and other governmental units but as time goes on it has become greatly flawed. According to Harold Meyerson, author of The American Prospect states "The problem with our allegedly ingenious federal system is not simply that half the time, if not more, it is an effective way to protect all that is biased and unfair to the nation." The federal government only does things that that think is right rather than thinking about what is the best thing to do to help improve their country. Thus proving Federalism was a good decision at one time but it is not really working today because it is unbalanced.

  • Jackson Gov. Michael Eischeid

    No I do not believe that Federalism works in today's society in the same way that the Founding Fathers intended. I think that the way that the common man has no say in what our representatives choose for us is tyrannical and needs to end. A good example is our school lunch they give us called the meatloaf patty. We do not get to decide what they give us but I did a small investigation into it and I would say approximately 80% of the patties were thrown away. This is very wasteful spending by our district (Federal Government) that the children (Citizens) have no say in. This is a very small expenditure compared to increasing our military budget by billions where the people have no say where their tax dollars go.

  • Read the constitution

    Our government is so far from the intentions of our founding fathers that I can not explain all of it in this short piece. The founders essentially wanted anarchy without the anarchists. Limited governments, at both the federal and state level, were the expectation so that towns and cities could essentially govern themselves. If a situation came up with conflicting laws, than Washington would be the decider in terms of which rules will govern. There was never supposed to be a government that had a budget equal to over one third of the economy (if you count federal, state, and local spending), hundreds of regulatory bodies and enforcement agencies, or a group in the government attempting to take over entire industries (e.G. Healthcare). The founding fathers are turning in their graves as far as I'm concerned.


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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