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Many have lamented the growing intensity of opposition between the two balkanized factions of US Politics. Some are not so concerned, chalking it up to politics as usual. Others are a little less lackadaisical over the whole affair. Personally, I’m in the latter group. Another observation nearly everyone agrees on is that the central government has grown astronomically since the last time things felt so fractious.
It appears that the bigger Washington DC gets and the further into our lives it reaches, the more existential it is to control the levers of that power. Our fights over who should be president are a part of that battle and that is becoming increasingly more rancorous.
Currently, it seems that what we need are presidents who rein in the centralized power of the federal government and governors that push back against it. In effect, like moving a very heaving something, someone doing the pulling (the President) and someone doing the pushing (Governors).
We want strong governors. People who can stand up against the left and be strong against the federal government are necessary to govern our states. In contrast, we are needing Presidents that are willing to exercise the full authority of the office of president while refusing to step outside of those bounds. Recent Republican history shows the opposite of this. We have governors who bow to the federal government and refuse to enact any kind of social measures that their constituents want. Our presidents have been weak in the responsibilities of their office, delegating more and more to the administrative state, while pushing issues far outside the purview of the federal government onto the states. Consider No Child Left Behind – this was a state issue. It had no business being legislated at the federal level. However, the RFRA or the ND Trans-Sports bill that came across Doug Burgum’s desk were exactly the kind of things states have a right to pass.
The strengths we admire in some of our governors may not be utilized to the best of their ability when applied to the office of president. We may want to be careful with who we push into that office. We need both offices to re-establish a healthy equilibrium between states and the federal government.Published in