Should We Stop Calling It A ‘Federal’ Government?

The meaning is changing, but we should lead a change in the wording. It’s not a federal government, but a national government. Words matter. We clearly have crossed some line, where the independence of the states was lost.

The definition of federal government is: having or relating to a system of government in which several states form a unity but remain independent in internal affairs. The sovereignty of the states is an essential to any meaningful definition of federalism.

The definition…

  1. Donald Todd

    Meet the new boss who has no interest in preserving the constitutional rights and interests of the old boss, the citizens of this country.

  2. Aaron Miller

    “National” is indeed more accurate than “federal”. I don’t expect widespread abandonment of the word, but there’s no harm in trying.

  3. raycon and lindacon

    Call it what it is:  The FERAL Government.

  4. Owl of Minerva

    Call it what it was constitutionally designed to be. By retaining the word, we can remind ourselves of what we work to regain.

  5. Daniel Frank

    I prefer “Imperial Government”. Let’s call it what it really is. With its thousands and thousands of imperatives we must all follow, its imperious tone and manner, its courtiers crowding the glittering capital seeking favor and advantage, what is Washington but the center of a North American imperium, extending from one sea to the other?

  6. N.M. Wiedemer

    It’s absolutely true the national government has become less federal over time, just as the Democrat party has become more and more socialist over the decades- therefore in the spirit of solidarity for your proper naming of things, I think we should also re-name the Democrats the National Socialist Party.

  7. Jeff

    We’re not even ruled by the national government but by independent (read unaccountable) government agencies. We’re living in a Kafkaesque bureaucratic state.

  8. MLH

    S  i  g   h. . . But then we won’t be able to call them the federales.

     I agree that is a national government but also agree with O of M. 

     

  9. Mark Wilson

    Joseph, your analysis is right on.  I still prefer to keep calling it a federal government because that describes its intended nature.  I use that fact in political debates actually, in defense of the electoral college, for example, and in opposition to Obamacare.

  10. genferei
    Daniel Frank: I prefer “Imperial Government”.

    Me too.Evil-Emperor.jpg

  11. Douglas
    Donald Todd: Meet the new boss who has no interest in preserving the constitutional rights and interests of the old boss, the citizens of this country. · 1 hour ago

    And the blame for that falls squarely on the stupid, corrupt citizen who traded his birthright for a government check.

  12. Douglas
    Owl of Minerva: Call it what it was constitutionally designed to be. By retaining the word, we can remind ourselves of what we work to regain. · 1 hour ago

    No, by calling it federal we simply delude ourselves into a state of acceptance. 

  13. Crow

    Is it not worth keeping the word in order to draw a distinction between the Constitutional order that we ought to have, and how it was supposed to work, and things as they stand now?

  14. TheSophist

    Wouldn’t it be better to keep calling it “federal” and then actually making it into one? Yes, I realize that would take decades of political action, but… isn’t that the point?

  15. Joseph Paquette
    TheSophist: Wouldn’t it be better to keep calling it “federal” and then actually making it into one? Yes, I realize that would take decades of political action, but… isn’t that the point? · 2 minutes ago

    I think we lost that battle.  I’ve heard the battle cry for big government too often, “we need national solutions to national problems.” 

  16. genferei

    “I’m not a small government conservative, I’m a big freedom conservative.”

  17. Donald Todd
    Douglas

    Donald Todd: Meet the new boss who has no interest in preserving the constitutional rights and interests of the old boss, the citizens of this country. · 1 hour ago

    And the blame for that falls squarely on the stupid, corrupt citizen who traded his birthright for a government check. · 56 minutes ago

    I see this a bit differently.  People elected representatives that they trusted, and then went along living their lives.  Their personal lives were more important than continually checking up on government and they missed those issues that worked against them that their elected representatives voted in favor of while selling them out.  

    However you are right, we the people (voting and not voting) are ultimately responsible for this debacle.  We now have the government we deserve.

    Next is to find out if we’ll keep it as is.

  18. OSweet

    Good idea. But. The thing to bear in mind here is that to the average American the words ‘federal’ and ‘national’ are essentially interchangeable. Tomato-tomahto.

    Probably the best way to wake up the folks to the difference, and call out the statists, is to just bring up the question in the title, whenever relevant. That’ll make the average person wonder what the difference is, and why it matters.

  19. TheSophist
    Joseph Paquette

    TheSophist: Wouldn’t it be better to keep calling it “federal” and then actually making it into one? Yes, I realize that would take decades of political action, but… isn’t that the point? · 2 minutes ago

    I think we lost that battle.  I’ve heard the battle cry for big government too often, “we need national solutions to national problems.”  · 1 hour ago

    Yep, we’ve lost that battle for sure. We haven’t, however, yet lost the war itself. I think reality reasserts itself. We’ll see.

  20. GLDIII
    Crow’s Nest: Is it not worth keeping the word in order to draw a distinction between the Constitutional order that we ought to have, and how it was supposed to work, and things as they stand now? · 1 hour ago

    Sure like the fact that we were founded as a republic vs the current state of being a democracy?

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