The Tea Party may have found its textbook. In Power Divided Is Power Checked, nationally syndicated radio talk show host Jason Lewis takes readers on a tour of American jurisprudence, from the founding of the colonies through the Civil War, the Warren Court, and our modern day. He crafts a meticulous case for stateâ€™s rights.
Walter E. Williams vouches:
Jason Lewis has done a yeomanâ€™s job in explaining the constitutional principles that made us the worldâ€™s freest and richest nation and how abandonment of those principles is proving to be our undoing.
As the Tea Party and the larger conservative movement transitions from a surge of cathartic protest to a sustained and effective political force, it is likely the cause of federalism will emerge as a tent pole issue. In a time when the federal government has sought to micromanage the most monotonous details of our lives, the argument for stateâ€™s rights is of paramount concern.
Representing Minnesotaâ€™s North Star Tea Party Patriots at an annual Conservative Issues Fair held in the Twin Cities this past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending Lewis’s keynote address on stateâ€™s rights, and was among the very first to purchase an advance copy of Power Divided Is Power Checked. Now half-way through the book, I am anxious to finish it and share it with others. I am hopeful it will bring focus to a conservative movement that often has disparate concerns, and relieve some of the shell shock endured from relentless federal intervention.
Every issue which has dominated the national debate â€“ health care, cap-and-trade, financial regulation, stimulus, bailouts â€“ is addressed by this one undergirding concern. Federalism, dual-sovereignty and enumerated powers doctrine, is the lynchpin of constitutionally limited government. Before many other issues can be appropriately addressed, we must restore the proper relationship between the stateâ€™s and their servant federal government.
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