In the last presidential election two of the major candidates, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, told their supporters that the American political system was rigged—and one of them won. Many Americans agreed with their assessment. Since then the situation has only gotten worse and fear for the future of democracy has grown. The simple solution, promoted by pundits and politicians alike, has been for leadership that “brings us together.”
But we have a different idea.
Specifically, we call for a new civic ethos or governing framework which we call Constitutional Localism, that will shift the greatest number of public decisions possible to the community level—albeit within a clear constitutional framework to protect the individual freedoms and rights won over the past 250 years.