Subsidiarity In 2010

As America truly enters into the 2010 midterm Congressional Election cycle the one word that Americans, especially Conservatives of all varieties, should keep in the font of their minds is subsidiarity.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition:

Subsidiarity
Pronunciation: \,s?b-si-d?-‘er-?-t?, s?b-,si-\
Function: noun
Date: 1936

Definition(s):

  1. a the quality or state of being subsidiary
  2. a principle in social organization: functions which subordinate or local organizations perform effectively belong more properly to them than to a dominant central organization

Simply put, subsidiarity is the idea that a central authority should have a subsidiary, or secondary and lesser, function and perform only those tasks which cannot be performed effectively at a more immediate or local level. Among other things it is the foundational concept underlying the 10th Amendment to US Constitution.

This concept should be a touchstone for Americans in the 2010 Congressional elections and in any state and local elections that may arise in the upcoming months. While not the only issue that Americans should consider when choosing a political candidate, subsidiarity should be one of the key issues analyzed when making those choices.

At the local, district, and state levels Americans need to look for candidates that will “step up to the plate” and take action and responsibility, one’s willing to fight to take power back from higher, more centralized authority and hold it in trust for the People that they serve. At the federal level Americans need to look for candidates that will relinquish those improper powers currently co-opted and/or seized by the federal government back to the states.

Frankly, most of the current ills inflicted upon America are because we, the People, have allowed the federal government to take too much power unto itself, power that rightly belongs to the the people of states and the local municipalities. That can be corrected, but it will take work – and the upcoming elections are a good place to start.

Subsidiarity In 2010 – learn it, love it, vote for it.

Related Reading:

Global Perspectives on Subsidiarity (Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice)
World Politics: Interests, Interactions, Institutions (Third Edition)
The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot (abridged edition)
America: A Narrative History (Brief Tenth Edition)  (Vol. 1)
Politics (Dover Thrift Editions)

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3 Responses to “Subsidiarity In 2010”

  1. Charles Sifers Says:

    I couldn’t have said it better. The American people are directly responsible for the corruption in Washington, the degradation of our Constitutional freedoms, and the threat to our capitalist economic system from an ever more socialist zeitgeist.

    We get the government that we deserve.

  2. jonolan Says:

    Hopefully people are finally waking up to that fact and will continue to take an active role in the government. After all, supposedly we are the government and the people in office are there to enact our will.

    Despite the recent trends, I don’t hold out any great deal of hope for it though. We, as a people, have gotten too well used to complacency.

    If I’m wrong though and the people stay awake and stay involved, we will have to all thank the combination of Bush and Obama for that; between the two of them they managed to wake the sleeping giant of America with their divisiveness.

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