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Don't Tread on Six-Toed Cats

Wendy60 Wrote: Dec 28, 2012 4:55 PM
This is basically a utilitarian argument, but leftists only accept utilitarianism when it fits their agenda. When it does not, they turn to deontological argument. And a lot of people accept it, because who wants to think of themselves as violating moral authority? The left says that it is wrong to let anyone anywhere in this country go without money, food, "justice," etc. A lot of people accept that premise.

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.

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