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Don't Tread on Six-Toed Cats

marcmat Wrote: Dec 28, 2012 12:28 AM
As much sense as this perspective makes, good luck getting the left-wing ideologues to acknowledge it, much less embrace it. The reason: whether it makes sense is irrelevant; what's relevant is creating an over-arching regulatory authority that in the name of "progress" dispenses "order" and "social justice."
LouisianaMan225 Wrote: Dec 28, 2012 8:35 AM
And the Left gets to determine who gets "social justice," who doesn't, and how much. How convenient.

One of my New Year's resolutions is to work harder to persuade ideological friends and foes alike that the way to reduce partisanship and maximize happiness in America is to embrace federalism -- the view that we should push as many decisions as possible to the lowest local level feasible.

Federalism reduces partisanship by shrinking the importance of the federal government. It increases happiness by maximizing the number of people who get to live the way they want to live.

Unfortunately, proponents of federalism tend to start the conversation with the really big issues: gay marriage, drugs, guns, abortion, etc.