Federalist #2 – a most important question

The admonition of Federalist #2 ought to be carefully heeded in today’s political climate, although we face a different threat today.  Federalist #2 warned of the dangers of decentralization to the point of weakness.  This was a real risk at the time, because of Americans’ intense skepticism of centralized control by a king.

The pressure today (from both parties) comes from the other end of the spectrum than too little power at the Federal level.  We’re sleepwalking perilously close to the centralized control against which our Founding Fathers risked everything to escape.  Consider these excerpts of Federalist #2 as they apply to America today:

But politicians now appear […] However extraordinary this new doctrine may appear, it nevertheless has its advocates; […] it certainly would not be wise in the people at large to adopt these new political tenets without being fully convinced that they are founded in truth and sound policy.

[…] finally, without having been awed by power, or influenced by any passions except love for their country, [the convention at Philadelphia] presented and recommended to the people the plan produced by their joint and very unanimous councils.

[…] this plan is only recommended, not imposed, yet let it be remembered that it is neither recommended to blind approbation, nor to blind reprobation; but to that sedate and candid consideration which the magnitude and importance of the subject demand, and which it certainly ought to receive.

[…] Many, indeed, were deceived and deluded, but the great majority of the people reasoned and decided judiciously; and happy they are in reflecting that they did so.

Today, are our prospective representatives fairly described as not “awed by power, or influenced by any passions except love for their country?”  Are we giving adequate “consideration which the magnitude and importance of the subject demand?”  Will we “reason and decide judiciously,” and stop the foolish march towards proven failed policies of the past?

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