Tuesday, September 06, 2005

A Challenge to the Rabid Chest Beating Bush Bashers

The Tenth Amendment to The US Constitution
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
The Principle of Federalism
Federalism is a system of government in which power is constitutionally divided between a central authority and constituent political units (like states or provinces). The two levels of government are interdependent, and share sovereignty.
In the context of these two concepts and definitions, where falls the idea that Pres. Bush bears the primary (sole?) burden of blame for the inadequate type, scope, and rapidity of the response to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans?

The primary burden falls on the state and local governmental bodies and their designated representatives (Governor and Mayor). For Pres. Bush to step in only after they proved themselves inadequate to the task, is not only fundamentally appropriate, but mandated by Constitutional principles and historical tradition.

Prove me wrong. I dare you.