By DEXTER DUGGAN
PHOENIX — Maybe you can find a museum exhibit explaining the slightly remembered concept of federalism, unless it’s concealed like pornography under the counter, to avoid giving people bad ideas.
Federalism was the founding philosophy that the individual states of the United States were free to go their own ways, discrete experiments in self-rule, subject to the limited demands of unity in one great, big country.
That’s why, as one explanation of federalism says, each state has its own constitution.
Poor federalism is dead, killed at the hands of centralizers, political power-grabbers, judicial over-steppers, and know-it-alls who define liberalism as the power to run everything for their own actual benefit and everyone else’s theoretical, but not actual, betterment.
In some ways, 21st century technology might mean this modern U.S. of more than 320 million people should work more smoothly than the original 13 states along the stagecoach-connected 18th century Eastern coast.
However, anyone staggering through TSA airport screening lines in mid-May before eventually being strapped in to skim through the upper atmosphere in a jet-powered big cylinder knows the limits to ambition and control. … Continue Reading