Decades ago the leadership of the Republican Party began to succumb to Hyper-Federalism — the centralization of regulation, taxation, and sheer power in the Federal government. This gradual change crept up first on the Democrat Party and then the GOP. These shifts were so subtle and gradual that the Generally Dumb Public (GDP) hardly noticed. The end result has been the diminution and subservience of the State governments to the Federal government, gross over-taxation, and over-regulation. The Republican leadership of the early 1960s would hardly recognize the form of government that has emerged in the early 21st Century. Vast Federal bureaucracies now lord over nearly every aspect of our lives. And the GOP leadership came to embrace a socialist, statist, corporatist, and hyper-Federalist outlook that is now to well to the left of where the Democrat Party once stood! (If John F. Kennedy were alive today, he would be categorized as an “ultraconservative.”) It may sound hard to believe, but it is the Republican Party leadership that is now dragging its feet on removing Federal socialized medicine program. This is the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare.
I propose that a new wing of the Republican Party be formed: The Decentralist Wing. As it is currently operating, the GOP is no longer a meaningful alternative to the Democrat Party. Rather, it is just another statist/socialist party, and simply in less of a hurry to reach socialist goals. What is needed is a distinctively new wing of the Republican Party, to get the party back on track. If it is launched and becomes popular, then a new Decentralist Wing has a good chance of returning the GOP to its traditional principles.
The U.S. Constitution only mentions the need for a Postal Service, a Patent Office, and a Department of War. We need to move back in the direction of that simplicity. Most other functions can be handled at the state level. I suggest that the Decentralist Wing set forth a long term plan to gradually decentralize the Federal government. This plan would have two key goals: Putting some teeth back in the 10th Amendment, and making the United States a less vulnerable target for foreign nation states and terrorists. (Presently, so many government functions are physically centralized in the District of Columbia and the surrounding Beltway, that if it were struck by a Nuclear, Biological, or Chemical attack, it would paralyze our nation.)
The 62 agencies and programs Trump said that he wants to eliminate are a good start, but we should be more thorough in rooting out the over-governing and socialist feel good programs.
The objectives of decentralization would include, but not be limited to:
- Vastly reducing taxation and regulation.
- Restoring fiscal balance and sound money.
- Repealing 17th Amendment (direct election of senators), restoring the Senate’s traditional role of representing the States.
- Restoring the traditional role of government employees as public servants rather than our masters.
- Moving most regulation from the Federal level to the State and Local levels.
- De-elevating most of the cabinet-level Federal agencies.
- Gradually privatizing Social Security.
- Moving all welfare and relief functions to the State and local level.
- Moving Federal student loan functions to the State level.
- Disbanding the BATF and repealing both NFA-’34 and GCA-’68.
- Zeroing the Federal budget for supporting the arts.
- Eliminating the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
- Eliminating FEMA.
- Eliminating the Small Business Administration (SBA).
- Eliminating the Commerce Department, just as Newt Gingrich suggested, twice.
- Eliminating the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
- Eliminating the Labor Department.
- Eliminating the Department of Health and Human Services (DHS).
- Eliminating the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
- Eliminating the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
- Eliminating the Agriculture Department, pushing any crucial functions down to the State level.
- Greatly reducing the size of the FBI and restoring its jurisdictional role strictly to interstate crimes.
- Moving EPA regulations to the state level, and the eliminating the USEPA.
- Moving Department of Education function to the state level, and then completely eliminating the Federal Department of Education.
- Moving Department of Transportation regulations to the state level, and then de-ranking the Federal Department of Transportation into a mere commission.
- Eliminating Amtrak. (Railroads should have never become a public works project.)
- Moving most FDA regulations to the state level, and then de-ranking the FDA into a mere commission.
- Ending corporate welfare. (In much the same way that the Democrat Party became too close to the trade unions, the Republican Party became too close to mega corporations and the bankers.)
- Re-organizing the military, putting the majority of the current Active Army Divisions and Air Force Air Wings under the National Guard bureaus. Eventually the Army would have 24 Divisions, 26 Independent Brigades, and 10 Independent Regiments, but with majority under the National Guard.
- Privatizing the current airport security functions of the TSA, and then completely disbanding the TSA.
- Folding most the U.S. Naval Reserve, Air Force Reserve, and Army Reserve into National Guard force structures.
- Turning the majority of the current Federal active military military members into National Guard training cadre.
- We are clearly now living in the age of 4th Generation warfare. Therefore, it is apropos to expand the U.S. Special Forces to 10 full Groups, but with eight of those manned by National Guard troops. The USSF’s primary mission would be domestic resistance warfare training for the citizenry, as a deterrent to invasion. In parallel, the role of the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) would be expanded, and the majority of small arms now kept in war reserves would be sold to civilian shooters.
- Putting all of the Brown Water (littoral) Navy and Army transport vessels under the National Guard bureaus.
- Gradually converting the U.S. Navy to more stealthy surface ships and to a higher ratio of submersibles. Nearly half of these ships would be operated by National Guard bureaus.
- Gradually converting the U.S. Air Force to more stealthy aircraft with a higher ratio of remotely-piloted aircraft. More than half of these planes and drones would be operated by National Guard bureaus. Nearly all of the remote UAV pilots would be part-time National Guard officers.
- Abolishing the Federal Reserve, making printing currency a function of state chartered banks.
- Gradually increasing the gold and silver backing of our currency, to the point where by 2050, our currency would again be redeemable on demand in specie by any citizens living in the States and U.S. territories.
- Physically decentralizing the Federal government away from the District of Columbia. This could be accomplished by dispersing federal agency headquarters throughout the States and through extensive use of secure (encrypted) teleconferencing. Thus, the District of Columbia would become more of a symbolic seat of government, and better known for its museums and memorials.
- Eventually eliminating the Federal personal income tax.
Reaching The Goal
There is an instructive recent precedent for this movement. The Tea Party began as a grassroots movement, and until it was co-opted, it had considerable success. We can learn from both their mistakes and their achievements. This new movement within the GOP will have more clearly defined objectives and therefore should be even more successful, and have better longevity. Creating a viable Decentralist Wing of the GOP must start at the grassroots. That means starting at the precinct level. If you are presently a precinct chairman or central committee member then I recommend that you begin to organize, informally.
Get involved. You can be part of a quite noble and badly needed reform within the GOP. I recommend that you start a movement first within your own precinct, and then spread it far and wide. Form a “committee within a committee” of like-minded folks. Work up a Decentralist Objectives list. Then seek out candidates who agree with that stance. Get then to commit to those objectives, in writing.
I also recommend that you Ignore the “11th Commandment” that was suggested by Ronald Reagan before he became U.S. President. That was: “Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican”. The time for “playing nice” in party politics is over. If you are confronting a socialist or “centerist” Republican In Name Only (RINO), then call them out! Making concessions or accommodations to statists only results in them winning, in the long term Nay, boot them out, and start fresh! – JWR
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