Under such a system, Green wrote, if U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) wants universal rent control then she can have it in her home state — but if Tennessee doesn’t want it then it shouldn’t have it.
Green asked readers to imagine “two concentric circles representing the major tenets and beliefs of the two political parties in America.”
“There used to be considerable overlap between the two circles, allowing Congress to govern in the overlap. But with each year that passes, these circles grow further and further apart as the philosophies between the parties become more divided, and the ability to reach consensus and solve the problems facing our country becomes more difficult,” Green wrote.
“Today, the differences are so stark that there is almost no overlap between the two circles. As a result of this ever-growing polarization, here’s how we are governing: Might makes right. The majority wins, and the majority makes the rules. This is the extreme our Founders tried to prevent — the consolidation of power, the centralization of decision-making into the hands of an elite few, in a word, tyranny.”
As Green went on to write “real freedom disperses power.”
“That’s the ideal our country was built on — a federal system that shares political power and the responsibilities of governing among local governments, state governments and the national government. Sovereignty is reserved to the states, and federal power is exercised as one of the enumerated powers specified in the Constitution. This original plan allowed for a state like California to do universal health care and a state like Tennessee to pursue a wholly different approach,” Green wrote.
“Our Founders understood that freedom is best preserved in a local context. However, today freedom — and the system of federalism that ensures it — is under massive attack as power continues to accumulate in the hands of an elite ruling class. By reserving power to the people, federalism releases citizens, local communities and state governments to innovate, create and specifically serve the wishes of the individuals in a given state or local jurisdiction.”
As The Tennessee Star reported last week, Green is not happy with the process of the federal government in at least one other area. He criticized the process by which Congress has funded the federal government in a recent newsletter to his constituents.
“The House passed two spending bills to fund the government, but the process is broken and needs to be fixed. Releasing 2,313 pages of the funding bills less than 24 hours before the vote and only days before the funding deadline is no way to govern. We must do better,” Green wrote.
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