Have you ever wondered why we drive on a parkway and park in the driveway? It’s the type of question that just about everyone has been asked or seen in a Twitter feed for an up-and-coming comedian trying to get attention, but it’s also fairly legitimate. The same thing can he said about the differences between Federalism and Statism.
Federalism as a political philosophy embraces a balance between the states and federal governments. In the current atmosphere, we see an extreme imbalance in favor of the federal government, so proper Federalism pushes to rein in DC’s budget, bureaucracy, and power. Statism as a political philosophy believes in centralizing power in DC. The “state” in statism is actually the nation. This is why there’s sometimes confusion between the two philosophies. Statism favors the federal government while Federalism favors the states and individuals.
I addressed this in a post titled “Overcoming our biggest obstacle: The knowledge gap on what Federalism means.”
Our early adopters understood it and our exponentially expanded membership is well-aware of the need to rein in DC by dramatically reducing budget, bureaucracy, and power. It’s time to bring this understanding to the rest of America. We have to make them aware that balancing powers between the states and federal governments based upon Constitutional restraints is at the core of the Federalist Party’s mission.
This is where we need your help. We’re not going to get much of it from the education system and many in the media seem to lack the understanding necessary to communicate our perspectives, so the Federalist Party needs the grassroots to spread the word. We need every Federalist to know that our core principles are reining in government, defending freedoms, and protecting life.
For the Federalist Party to succeed, we must make sure as many people as possible are aware that true modern-day Federalism believes in balance which means we believe in limiting power in Washington DC.