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Don’t Tread on Six-toed Cats
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg

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Posted By:StormCnter, 12/29/2012 5:12:46 AM

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to work harder to persuade ideological friends and foes alike that the way to reduce partisanship and maximize happiness in America is to embrace federalism — the view that we should push as many decisions as possible to the lowest local level feasible. (Snip)For instance, consider the case of Ernest Hemingway’s six-toed cats. According to legend, the writer was given a polydactyl (six-toed) feline named Snowball. Under a deadline, I could not determine whether Snowball was in fact male or female, but assuming he was a he, Snowball managed to overcome the limitations

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 12/29/2012 7:32:46 AM     (No. 9088349)

The number of Americans who understand federalism is markedly small. Most use the term "federal government" as though it meant "national government" (and these days that seems to be what it plans to become).

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 12/29/2012 8:39:04 AM     (No. 9088423)

My impression of federalism means that the bigger the government gets, the more rights and ability to regulate lost at the state/local level. Is that correct?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Tatterdemalion, 12/29/2012 9:27:51 AM     (No. 9088492)

Love Jonah, but I have no idea why he concludes that leftists want less partisanship or more federalism.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 12/29/2012 10:24:23 AM     (No. 9088563)

One problem is that people don´t see the connection between a smothering government and their loss of freedom. Museum guests should be informed that the federal government´s tentacles is reaching down to smother the cats. Does Obama really want the ´Crazy Cat Lady´ demographic storming the capital?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: cheeflo, 12/29/2012 11:47:34 AM     (No. 9088677)

I don´t think he concluded that, #3. He merely stated that federalism reduces partisanship and thus the importance of the federal government when local decisions are left to the locals.

But you´re right when you say that Leftists don´t want that.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: DocH, 12/29/2012 11:51:05 AM     (No. 9088690)

No, Jonah, does not think the Left wants less partisanship or more federalism. He is just trying to illustrate why it would be better if they did, and if conservatives pushed it more. The cat thing is what results when the feds recognize no limits whatsoever on the scope of their authority. (I´ve been to the Hemingway House and patted the cats. They seem fine. Also, they are totally in charge. Key West as a whole is a very cat-friendly environment. If you think about it for a minute, you will understand why.)

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