State Power vs. The Federal Monster

Both Democrat and Republican exit polls during this primary season have been clear on one issue: people are angry.

They are angry because they don’t think Washington represents them.

They are angry because they think their vote doesn’t count.

They are angry because they don’t believe the establishment will change course.

And they are angry because the political class in both parties is out of touch with the average American voter.

And they are right, but voting better won’t make a difference.

On March 14, Senator David Perdue of Georgia published an op-ed in the Daily Signal, “Why Washington’s Political Class Is Losing Control,” where he correctly opined that “This dangerous power vacuum has fueled frustration and created an entirely new breed of disenfranchised voters who are fed up with the status quo. These are real people, their anger is palpable, and it’s not going away anytime soon.”

Perdue said that he ran for the United States Senate because he wanted to be the outsider who made a difference in Washington. I heard his campaign ads dozens of times in the lead-up to the election. That was his pitch. But his position suffers from the very cancer he is trying to excise from the American political system, namely the belief that Washington and the “national” government can offer any real solution to what ails America.

Washington is the cancer, and for the last 100 years the tumor has been the executive branch and the lack of representation in Congress for the people of the States.

Donald Trump cannot “make America great” by himself. As I have written in a recent op-ed, he is the best remaining option, but by no means is he a panacea for our diseased government.

The best-kept secret in Washington is that both the Congress and the states have the power to arrest the federal Leviathan. But we can’t count on Congress to do it. We are not represented there, and our voice would be better heard in the Grand Canyon.

Why? Because our representative ratio is out of whack and our United States senators, like Perdue, are no longer beholden to the state legislatures.

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