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Wisconsin Democrats are undermining our Federalist System

The events that unfolded last week and that are now spilling over into this week with the union protests and Democrats running from their responsibilities to represent their constituents really got me thinking about our system and self governance.  When the founders started us off on our journey as a Constitutional Republic in 1787, it was an experiment on whether a people could govern themselves.  When our constitution was crafted, the founders sought to establish a limited federal government with limited powers.  The constitution purposely delegated most of the powers of governance to the states because it was the states that could best address the concerns of their citizens and not some out of touch bureaucracy 1,000s of miles away.  They understood that the states were in a better position to be responsive to the needs of their citizens.  This concept is known as federalism; a partnership between the states and federal government.  The Federal government would coin money, promote foreign policy, regulate interstate commerce, provide for the common defense of all states, and a limited number of other tasks while the states would handle all other matters and concerns that impacted their citizens on a localized level.  This is basically how it’s supposed to work in America.  The problem is since the early 1900s our system has been assaulted by the progressive left and it has become an unresponsive, ineffective, overbearing, soft tyranny.  The events of the past week with the Democrats fleeing their states in Wisconsin and Indiana are further eroding and undermining a system that is already on life support.

You see if the states cannot be responsive to the needs of their citizens then a critical component in our federalist system is not functioning and this impacts our ability to govern ourselves.  When the Democrats abdicate their responsibilities to represent the opinions and views of their constituents they are directly undermining the entire system and this is not good for America.  Elections do have consequences!  You don’t get a green light to subvert the entire system just because don’t like the consequences.  I charge that this is exactly what these politicians who fled their state houses are doing; they are subverting the entire system.  This is not what America is about and any politician who is a willing participant in these un-American actions is derelict in their duties and must be held accountable for their actions.  Walk-outs or sit-ins are the actions of activists and community organizers; not elected officials.  It matters little which political party they represent; what matters are their actions.  The actions of these Wisconsin Democrats do a disservice to the good people they serve and if the law permits they should be recalled.  We as a people cannot permit our federalist system to be undermined in this manner.  It has already been compromised enough.  Without our federalist system we will cease to exist as a Constitutional Republic and the great experiment will come crashing down before our very eyes.  It’s time for these Democrats in hiding to step up and do the job they were elected to do.  It’s time for the American people to defend their republic against those who seek to undermine it.  What other choice do we have?

The alternative is unacceptable.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!


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  • Steve Dennis February 23, 2011 at 5:34 AM

    Great post John! You said everything that I was trying to say in my last post on this issue, only much better than I did. We cannot allow these politicians to be derelict in their sworn duty! These are not the actions of grown men and women, they are the actions of a child who doesn’t get his way and it is unbecoming in an elected official to say the least.
    Barack Obama stated that elections have consequences and he was right as we have learned over the last two years, but now that people in his party don’t like the consequences they are trying to avoid them. They don’t seem to like it when the tables are turned on them.
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  • LD Jackson February 23, 2011 at 5:53 AM

    One quick question. What would the media and the Democrats have said if the Republicans had walked out in the middle of the debate over health care reform? You can bet, they would have cried foul, yet they are fully backing the Democrats in Wisconsin. I wonder if they see the consequences of what is taking place or if they just do not care.

    Good post, John.
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  • Jim Gourdie February 23, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Well said John. We can not allow them to undermine the best system of government in the world. And, Larry is right. I f the roles were reversed, the Republicans would be crucified by the media.

  • Jim Gourdie February 23, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    One more point. Who is more ant-union those the due to financial circumstances must reign in cost or those that made promises that they knew they couldn’t keep?

  • Teresa February 24, 2011 at 8:08 AM

    Great post John! Gov. Walker in Wisconsin is trying to get his state’s fiscal house in order but the Democratic state senators who fled are acting like a bunch of crybabies who can’t have their way. The people who are in the unions are being used by the union leaders. Instead of every single person being forced to join the unions Gov. Walker is trying to give people the option to choose whether or not they want to join the union. The union leaders are afraid that they’re going to lose their power due to this bill. It comes down to Republicans/conservatives believing in liberty and freedom and Democrats/liberals believing in tyranny.
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