SALT LAKE CITY – July 2, 2009 – Nearly 222 years ago, the Framers of the United States Constitution outlined a system of divided jurisdictions, defining authority not only between the branches of the national government, but also between the national and state governments. This division, known as federalism, provides essential protections to citizens from dangers of a centralized government.
In recognition of Independence Day, Sutherland Institute has released an essay by William C. Duncan, director of Sutherland’s Center for Family and Society, titled, “Federalism and the Role of the States.” Duncan’s essay discusses the threats to federalism and outlines a number of practical initiatives for responsible citizens to consider in an effort to defend against further encroachment of national government on the political and constitutional protections intended by the Framers of the Constitution.
Along with Duncan’s essay, Sutherland Policy Analyst Matthew C. Piccolo has included a case study that addresses a real and present example of how federalism and the role of the states can guide our efforts to restore and preserve our liberties today.
A copy of the essay can be found at: http://www.sutherlandinstitute.org/uploads/federalism.pdf