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Balanced Federalism  

Federalism is a system of government in which power, by mutual consent, is divided between a central authority and constituent political units. Under such a system, a constitution defines the relationship and specifies the level of authority, and in which areas, allocated between the national and local governments, and delegates the spheres of power and authority each can exercise, while other powers must be shared.  It provides a distribution of power that allows the entities in the system to work separately while working together as a nation. 


American federalism means “a proper respect for state functions, a recognition of the fact that the entire country is made up of a Union of separate State governments, and a continuance of the belief that the National Government will fare best if the States and their institutions are left free to perform their separate functions in their separate ways.” U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black


For years, the Congress, White House, and U.S. Supreme Court have been escalating their attack on the on the jurisdiction and independence of the states, thereby robbing the people of their most fundamental liberty—the right of self-governance.


The U.S. Constitution established a “balanced” federalism which allocates power, authority, and establishes sovereignty between the government at the national level and its constituent units at the state level. 


The protection of individual liberty and state sovereignty requires a strict adherence to the principle of federalism as defined in the U.S. Constitution, including the Founder’s “exclamation point” which is the 10th Amendment. 


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