What is federalism? There are several definitions for it, but I like to think that federalism is the sharing and distribution of power and resources between the federal government and the states. You can also add “…and the local governments” when you discuss the separation of powers between the levels of government. For the purposes of this discussion, let’s examine two different views. The first view, the decentralist view contends that the Constitution is a compact among the sovereign states which gave the central government a limited framework to work from. Those who oppose such a framework would be centralists. Centralists see the Constitution as the supreme law of the land and that the states are not the representative of the people. Centralists claim that the representative of the people is the national government.
Where do you stand on the idea of federalism? Today’s centralists are more of the socialist and liberal variety while the decentralists are more conservative or libertarian in their thinking.