Amanda Burris Introduction to the Courts Assignment 1. 1 Federalism: An outdated concept? Mrs. Mary Morgan January 14 2012 Federalism has been around since the start of our nation. It has tried to balance and set boundaries between the national and state government which has changed significantly since the start of time. It is still evolving as we are in the twenty-first century. The role that our government has today is expanding. The framers helped create this federalist system, and outlined the powers in the Constitution.
There are four types of power enumerated which can declare war, coin money, levy taxes, and regulate interstate commerce. The second type-implied power regulates telecommunications, and builds interstate highways. The third inherent power allows for defining itself from foreign and domestic enemies. The last power prohibited suspended the writ of habeas corpus, and tax exports (http://www. sparknotes. com/us-government-and-politics/american-government/federalism/section1. rhtml). At the Constitutional Convection, there was a lot of disagreement.
Many feared that the government was too strong, and delegates were afraid that the state’s rights were weak. As a result the Constitution created a federal system where power is divided and shared between the national and state governments (http://www. sparknotes. com/us-government-and-politics/american-government/federalism/section2. rhtml). There are several pros and cons to federalism. Some of the pros include fosters state loyalties, creates laboratories of democracy, leads to political stability, encourages pluralism, and ensures separation of powers and prevents tyranny.
The cons include preventing the creation of a national policy, and leading to a lack of accountability (http://www. sparknotes. com/us-government-and-politics/american-government/federalism/section4. rhtml). Concentrating all power in the federal government would pose as a serious threat to privacy and our constitutional rights for several reasons. Look at our current healthcare system now that President Obama has imposed there are five main freedoms’ I believe that we lose.
First our freedom to chose what’s included in our health plan, second the freedom to be rewarded for healthy living, third freedom to choose a high-deductible coverage, fourth freedom to keep my existing plan, and last the freedom to chose a doctor. In addition, there will be increased coverage that will raise the cost, new taxes, penalties, and fee’s that will hurt small businesses (http://www. cmsschicago. org/chicago-senior-pulse-blog/2012/11/2/the-facts-of-obamacare. aspx#. UPRBglHheCe). Obama Healthcare is just one example of how allowing the government to have power can hurt the American people.
Our current President is trying to get everything turned over to the government so in the end, we have to answer to them, and ultimately the government has total control. We are seeing in our day of age how dangerous, and out of control, the government is when power if given to them (http://www. cmsschicago. org/chicago-senior-pulse-blog/2012/11/2/the-facts-of-obamacare. aspx#. UPRBglHheCe). My position is that the government should have limited power, and that the power they have be shared fairly between the federal and state governments as it once was.
Our government was never as controlling as it is today, partially because of the world we live in and because of the leader we have running our country. Today we are being told what healthcare plans are right for us and what our kids are allowed it consume in school. Another big issue is the government controlling guns now. Violence is never going to stop, if they government takes away the right to bear arms people who are truly motivated to commit a crime will be making homemade bombs. Violence is never going to end, and taking away guns is not going to help. This is the reality of the world we live in today, people are violent and motivated