The Anti-Federalists of the pre-Civil War era staked their claim to the idea of “states’ rights“. This means that the powers expressly reserved to the states are for the states and the states alone. Anti-Federalists or decentralists base their arguments around the 10th Amendment. Some have referred to this amendment as the “States’ Rights Amendment”. The decentralist belief is that the state and local governments are closer to the people.
Name an issue that you see being handled by the federal government. Then explain why you believe that issue would be served by state and local government. (You can also look at from this point of view: name an issue being handled by the federal government, but you believe it would not be handled very well by the states or local governments.)