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As liberals continue to melt down over losing their federal right to an abortion, Fox News’s Steve Hilton wants to see more power stripped from the government and returned to the states — and by extension, to the people — so that policy on a variety of issues, including health care and education, can be set on the local level.
“If you don’t like the policies in your state,” the “Next Revolution” host said on Sunday, “well, you can move or you can fight to change them by persuading others at the ballot box. That’s surely the right way to do it.”
“I don’t like the way California is run,” he said, “but I love living here and I don’t want to move. So I’m going to fight to change it. It wouldn’t enter into my head to try to get the Supreme Court to impose, I don’t know, school choice in California, to pick one example of many.”
And yet, school choice is exactly what SCOTUS ruled on in a case involving the state of Maine.
As BizPac Review reported, before the explosive decision overturning Roe v. Wade was released, the Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that Maine’s “taxpayer-funded tuition program which banned the use of vouchers to attend private religious schools when it allows them to be used for private secular schools was in violation of the First Amendment.”
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The ruling, considered a major victory for those who would love to protect their kids from woke indoctrination by the liberal-led public school system, will open for parents alternatives that are more in line with their values.
But as Hilton pointed out, if states truly held the reins of power, and if more residents of those states were more actively involved in local and state politics, the need for a case such as this to go all the way to the highest court in the land would likely be eliminated.
A decentralized government, Hilton argued, is “fundamental about America.”
“For as long as I’ve been in politics,” he said, “I’ve argued for the decentralization of power. Putting power directly in people’s hands wherever possible. Where that’s not possible, putting power in the lowest practical level of government as close to the people as we can get it.”
“That’s why I’m for school choice,” he continued. “That’s why I was for Brexit. That’s why I love America and our Constitution.”
“And that’s why this week was actually a reassertion of something that is fundamental about America: decentralization of power,” he stated. “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution are reserved to the states or to the people.
What I want to know is why it’s just this issue that is, in the phrase that we’ve heard a lot in the last few days, ‘going back to the states’? What about all the other areas of policy where, to quote the Declaration this time, we’ve seen ‘a long train of abuses and usurpations’?” he asked.
“When are we going to return education fully to the states? When are we going to return healthcare to the states? Welfare policy? And all the rest of it — everything the federal government does and that is not in the Constitution — all of it should be returned to the states, in full,” he stated.
“That,” Hilton said, “is ‘the next revolution’ we need.”
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