The left loves to wax on about giving “power to the people”. The Social Justice Warriors, the Democrat Party and other elements of the Left always rant about giving power “back” to the citizenry.
Don’t believe them for a second. That’s the last thing they want. Just Google “power to the people” and select the “images” tab. Viola!, a cornucopia of socialist and communist images and nary an image of Federalism.
Recently, President Obama spoke to a group of Argentineans during his visit to their country. Here is the YouTube video. It is incredibly enlightening; a spot of light and transparency into what he and the Left truly believe. If you listen to Obama’s words carefully in this speech and truly disseminate it, he is not saying capitalism is wrong and he is not saying socialism is wrong. He is promoting market-based Democratic Socialism, i.e. Bernie Sanders style.
There is no Federalism present in his ideas. He envisions a powerful Centralized Government as the “balance”, as he puts it, in market forces. Of course, an uber-powerful centralized government “balances” things only through FORCE. Socialism, in all its forms (including Bernie’s Sander’s “gentle” and “kind“ Democratic Socialism) is built upon a foundation of coercion and force replete with punishments that will, undoubtedly, include the prospect of imprisonment.
Overbearing centralized federal power usurping state and local power is the opposite of freedom. It is the opposite of “power to the people” and a stain on what many of the Founders of our Republic fought for. James Madison in The Federalist #45 stated as much.
“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.”
He went on to say:
“The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.”
The 10th Amendment to our Constitution is supposed to bear this out. The 10th is the Amendment that the left has the most animuses towards. Given a chance to repeal it, they would.
The urge of the Left to secure more power via a larger and larger centralized federal government is more about control than freedom. This movement is being forwarded by academia by indoctrinating the young, impressionable and naïve. This movement is hard to fight, but it must be fought. Once out of the home and entrenched into our Nation’s educational system, the fix is in. Very few educators will introduce or teach the idea of a Republic and Federalism. The words “Democracy” and the term “Social Justice” are the norm.
The undying support of Bernie Sanders by many of our nation’s youth is evidence enough. They know not what they hope for. What do they think would be the cure to an inefficient and cruel, impersonal “Medicare for all” once it is implemented?
Once power and control of a service or industry is given over wholesale to a federal government, what are your options when that system fails you? Who can you petition for “redress and grievances”?
Sorry, pal, you’re out of luck. Once power is given over to a powerful, centralized federal government, good luck trying to get some of it back.
Bernie Sanders supporters should note that his tiny state of Vermont tried his “Medicare for all” plan. It failed, big time, in a state of only 626,000 people. Why do Sanders’ supporters think that it will work if increased by a factor of 510?
True “power to the people” is manifest through your local and state governments. The left is all for “locavore” movements in food, right? They seem to have utter disdain for all kinds of “big” organizations such as Big Pharma, Big Agriculture, Big Oil and on and on. Isn’t this blowback to the idea of centralized power?
Why then, does the left embrace Big Federal Government? Why do they think that benevolence is organic to centralized government and is somehow void of the cronyism, corruption and greed that they believe infects the other “big” organizations they so vehemently oppose?
Giving over more and more power to a federal, centralized government cedes such power to a small pool of bureaucrats, NOT to “the people”, but to “some people”, over all the rest.
Milton Freidman once famously stated: “Just tell me where in the world you find these angels who are going to organize society for us?”
We desperately need a new movement in our Republic if we are to keep it. We can start with using that word more and educating our youth on its meaning.