As the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court hangs in the balance, it is good to realize the vast amount of power we have ceded these people, mostly psychologically, but some in reality as well. It is also important to remember that there is a better way than centralizing power, and vying for those few seats every chance we get.
The vision is simple. Local governments have to take back sovereignty in every area they can, and local people need to pressure local governments to do so, and to refuse monetary handouts from higher governments, and people have to hold their local officials accountable to these goals. Local government must begin to resist the enticements, entrapments, and encroachments of the higher levels.
This will eventually mean: 1) local individuals will have only local government with which to interact (state governments will only deal with counties, and the feds only with states, this is true federalism); 2) representation will be much more genuine, as local officials are elected from a much smaller sample of the population; 3) government can be much more transparent; 4) local officials are much more easily held accountable; and 5) if any of these ideals fails miserably and the locality grows intolerable, it won’t be hard to move to another county that upholds your values. These are just a few of the benefits of decentralization.
There are disadvantages as well: 1) individuals can no longer enrich themselves from swollen promises paid for by taxing the national population at large or borrowing trillions of dollars indebting your grandchildren; 2) ideologues, leftists, elites, and other pests can no longer easily impose their values on 325 million people by means of only a few-vote majority in Congress and the President’s celebrity ink pens; or worse, by means of a 5–4 Supreme Court decision. These are the kind of disadvantages I can live with.
Imagine that: a society in which a population of 325 million cannot be subjugated legally by the opinion of a mere 5 people. Mind-blowing, isn’t it?
There is much more we could say in regard to this vision of freedom and liberty, but these are the basics. We will add many more aspects as supplemental articles and posts once the rest of the fundamental features of this project are complete.
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