(I originally posted this as a reply to another diary, but as I want to say more on this subject later I have chosen to make it a separate diary)
I believe our founding fathers would trade what currently masquerades as federalism in this country today for what they had under British rule in a second.
In 1994 we Republicans had the Contract w/ America, but what we need today is a 2nd Declaration of Independence.
Don't get me wrong, I am not advocating anything as ridiculous as succession or the like, but rather a return to the federalism envisioned by our founding fathers.
I believe the common enemy of all Americans is the federal gov't, and a more concerted fight to limit its powers over us is a fight that will unite all Americans.
Republicans could lead this fight, if we're bold enough to take the challenge.
Returning decisions on church and State, abortion, schools, obscenity, and intrastate commerce to State and local gov'ts empowers us all, and if we don't approve of the decisions, we can always move to a State or community that we find more acceptable, and anyways on these issues, I’d rather be a big fish in a small pond, than a small fish in a big pond any day.
Limiting the power of our national government to manipulate and control us on domestic/social issues would also remove a major impetus for its excessive spending and will thus give us all one more reason to support this cause.