I wanted to take a moment to share the success of our 2nd annual Practical Federalism Forum with you.
On Saturday, we welcomed over 250 activists and voters to our event in Hooksett, N.H., and featured presentations from over 10 experts on a variety of topics. We also had three presidential candidates -- Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, and Rick Santorum -- address the audience on the 10th amendment and what federalism means for the American people today.
This event was an opportunity to engage and empower citizens in New Hampshire and across the nation, and we have already begun to see the fruits of this.
During the event, we also asked each of the candidates in attendance, “How would you define Practical Federalism?” This is what they said:
Ted Cruz: “It is the genius of the Constitution, it is the genius of the 10th Amendment, that the states serve as Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis put it as laboratories of democracy, that the Constitution defines the powers of Congress in Article I, Section 8 that they are few and enumerated and everything that is not in there is left to the States to decide. I’ve spent a lifetime fighting and defending the Constitution, we need to get back to the Constitution, and as President that’s exactly what I’m going to do.”
Carly Fiorina: “I think Practical Federalism is the recognition that our nation was founded on a set of incredibly profound, but incredibly practical principles. We need to remember who we are now. We need to remember who we are. And who we are is laid out for us. It curtails the abuse of power by government, and it lifts up the rights of individuals to pursue their God given gifts.”
Rick Santorum: “Practical Federalism is locating the solution to the problems at the area most appropriate for those solutions to maximize the benefit for individuals in society. And the idea that, if you can handle a problem at an individual, family, community level, that’s where we should put the burden. If it’s too big of a problem for that area, then move it up to a local government and then a state government – it’s only when a problem becomes overwhelming that the federal government needs to weigh in. That’s the principle that Jefferson espoused, and if we go back to those principles and we look at areas where federal government inserting itself – like welfare – has actually done real damage to the structure that was most designed to help people, which was the family. Then, we can begin to repair the family unit by exiting the government – particularly the federal government – out of that equation.”
I’d like to thank you for everything you did to support this great event. And I would also like to thank our co-sponsors Cornerstone Action and The FAMiLY Leader, and our other speakers including:
Jeff Chidester, Host of New Hampshire Perspective, News Radio WQSO, and New Hampshire’s News Network WGIR,
Bryan McCormack, Executive Director of Cornerstone Policy Research Action,
Ken Ivory, Member of the Utah House of Representatives,
Emmett McGroarty, Director of Education at American Principles Project,
Ann Marie Banfield with Cornerstone Policy Research Action,
Jamie Gass, with Pioneer Institute,
Stanley Kurtz, Author, Conservative Commentator, and Contributor to National Review,
Sean Fieler, Chairman of the American Principles Project.
Robert E. Murray, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, of Murray Energy
We look forward to continuing our work in New Hampshire leading up to the primary in a few months and we will continue to work to raise the consciousness of legislators, activists, and all of the presidential candidates on the reality of federal overreach and the importance of limited government.
Thank you for your continued support. Keep up the good fight!
Director of Education
American Principles Project