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Tom Paine: â€œWe have it in our power to begin the world over againâ€
We need to exercise our rights whether they the government want us to or not.
In an era of increasing political divisiveness, perhaps citizens embracing widely varied political ideologies can find a rallying spot and common ground around the Constitution, the 10th Amendment and the political processes brilliantly devised by our founders.
The Founders knew that if permitted, the federal government would transgress the limits of the constitution, and, as Thomas Jefferson remarked, â€œ[annihilate] the state governments and erect upon their ruins a general consolidated government.”
Maintaining government over the daily concerns of people at the lowest level possible was necessary for self-government to thrive and kingly government to have no place in the future of the United States.
After 100 years of ignoring this division of power, we are faced with a daunting task; but our country cannot continue to be the land of the free without decentralization.
It might be plausible that soon we can all confidently say, â€œAll politics are localâ€ and you may truly have the ability to â€œvote with your feet.â€ If the majority of a state wants it, let it be â€“ let them say yes. If they do not, let it be â€“ let them say nay and adopt the doctrine of nullification.
Studying the rise and decline of empires has long been instructive for Americans, and for decades, historians, philosophers, economists, diplomats, statesmen, and others have warned against the American Empire.
The entire point of freedom is to protect the right of someone else to do something you think is stupid, or even wrong. Otherwise, when the winds of popular opinion shift, who will protect your right to do the same?
There were “nationalists” even in the early federal period, but they often understood that if the United States contained several nations rather than one, it would be better to separate than to consolidate.