I was going to add this to the shared items list to the right, but I decided to go a head and post on it as it is a good discussion and I wanted to give it a little more prominence on the site.
Here is a quote from Joe Carter of The Evangelical Outpost concerning his treatment of Laboratories of Liberalism:Fred Thompson and the Inadequacies of Federalism
Sadly, many conservatives--including it appears, Sen. Thompson--assume that federalism is an inherently conservative philosophy. It is not. In fact, federalism can be antithetical to conservatism when applied in the way that Thompson seems to champion. For instance, in an issue of the Fred Thompson Report, he wrote:
Our government, under our Constitution, was established upon the principles of Federalism -- that the federal government would have limited enumerated powers and the rest would be left to the states. It not only prevented tyranny, it just made good sense. States become laboratories for democracy and experiment with different kinds of laws.
I would be curious to know your thoughts on this topic. There has been good discussion on Joe's site already. Just for the record, I would tend to side with Fred's position on the matter and disagree with Joe.
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