Federalism: That was easy

Mike McQueen, Multimedia Manager

James Madison is quoted in the “Federalist Papers” our government is “neither wholly national nor wholly federal.” This is not well-known, but our government, which we all think of as (and which is) a republic and a democracy, was actually founded on a Federalist system. Simply put, a Federalist system means we have a centralized federal government which has some rule over the country, but each state keeps some of its sovereignty.  This is a preferred system for its convenience to us as citizens.  While there may be varying speed limits from one state to another, money is exactly the same no matter which state you visit or live in. In addition, we do not need a passport to travel between states, but there is a requirement to obtain an ID in the state of residence. Federalism made this country what it is today.

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