The Localist Papers- A case for an independent local government Part 2- A case for (small “r”) republican government
Part 2- A case for (small “r”) republican government
Last week, I charged that our local governments are not acting in our best interests. To really understand why this is so, it is important to lay the pretext for the way things were intended to be. Only then can we understand where things went off the tracks, so that we can go back to the beginning and do things right.
Thomas Jefferson wrote to John Adams in 1813, “My proposition [to divide every county into wards…] had for a further object, to impart to these wards those portions of self-government for which they are best qualified, …in short, to have made them little republics, with a warden at the head of each, for all those concerns which, being under their eye, they would better manage than the larger republics of the county or State.”
Our states, counties, and schools are supposed to model the structure of the federal government. This requires a separation of powers of the executive and legislative branches. Without a system of checks and balances, a single council can do as it pleases. Our local government is supposed to protect our liberties from encroachments of larger government. It was the intent of our founders that government remains accountable to the people.
Next time, we will look at how we are actually set up; in comparison to this model that Jefferson gave us. I think you will find some striking differences.
Entry filed under: City Government.