Decentralization Is The Answer; Article V of Our Constitution Is The KeySubmitted by d4chin on Tue, 01/22/2013 - 22:47
Readers who are familiar with my content at for-liberty-sake know that I am bullish on cultural reform in order to bring about political change. In many ways, this is the most important solution. After all, what better way to bring about political change, than for us to start with the person in the mirror, the people in our homes, and the people in our communities; aren’t these the people who lead, should lead, and will lead?
On the opposite end of the political activist spectrum, we face current demands that aren’t always obvious to where we are, and what we are doing as citizens. This means that while we are busy from day-to-day inspiring cultural change, a lot is taking place politically that we can’t see, approve of, or prevent. Therefore, it is imperative that we find a way to operate on both fronts. Sounds simple enough, but, how do we do that?
Nearly all of our worries, frustrations, and complaints as political activists revolve around the issue of centralization of governmental power in some way, shape, or form. Our biggest challenge is some how bridging the gap between where we are as citizens, and where our representatives are (in heart and mind) as distant benefactors and public trustees. To further complicate the issue, our representatives spend far more face time with the many special interest activists camped out on K-Street (locally) than they do with us (at a distance). So, the question remains, how do we get at least within earshot of those who we elect to act on our behalf and in our best interest?
The answer to this question is simple, but simple must not be confused with easy. The obvious and rightful remedy to the centralization of governmental power is to decentralize those powers. While being simple in theory, it is rather complex in application. If the majority of our issues as political activists stems from too many decisions and deals being made in Washington rather than our locality where we can influence the process; than we have to find a way to have more decisions made locally. What makes this complex, is the complexity of fallible human beings and issues of power. Simply put, it is nearly impossible to get those in power, to concede power.
“In questions of power, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” Thomas Jefferson
Our founders, when drafting the Constitution, went to great lengths to distribute powers between the legislative, executive, and judicial branches; and among these three power structures would be systemic checks and balances that would serve to prevent the over-centralization of power. While not perfect, our founders did create within our Constitution ways in which both Congress and States could intervene if power had become too centralized in a given area.
Since most of the issues we face today revolve around too much power being centralized in Washington, by Congress, it isn’t practical for us to expect Congress to concede its power internally, so it makes sense for us to use our States as the vehicle for decentralizing Congressional power. Thankfully, our founders provided this avenue for us, through our States, in Article V of our Constitution.
Article V of our Constitution explains the way in which our Constitution can be amended. As I already stated, our Constitution can be amended one of two ways; the Congressional route, or the State route. Since we have already determined that we would like to amend our Constitution in a manner that brings some power back to the states, we would have to accomplish something that has never taken place in America before. As I said, the answer is simple, but by no means easy!