Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself: Restoring Federalism in a Polarized America

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 state’s rights.

Walter E. Williams vouches:

Jason Lewis has done a yeoman’s job in explaining the constitutional principles that made us the world’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 state’s rights is of paramount concern.

Representing Minnesota’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 state’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 – health care, cap-and-trade, financial regulation, stimulus, bailouts – 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 state’s and their servant federal government.


October 8th, 2010
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