In today’s political climate, we can no longer hold out hope for long-term, viable solutions to the ever-worsening calamities we face as a nation. The left bellowing“you suck” and the right’s “you suck more” finger-wagging have never really been all that entertaining or convincing; even at times when the foreseeable consequences to the American way-of-life were much less severe.

We all recognize that the language employed on both sides has grown predictable, unpersuasive, uninspiring and perhaps worst of all, tiresome. The so-called ‘solutions’ championed by today’s ruling class are not merely flawed, but intellectually dishonest and driven by an immoral desire to (at minimum) maintain either ‘Team D’ or ‘Team Rs’ powerful grip using laws that greatly impact our daily lives.

The architects of this republic intentionally enumerated a majority of government functions — in particular, the protection of individual liberties — to extend far-beyond Federal concern. And for good reason. A country such as the United States of America — with roughly 320 million human lives, sprawled-out over 3,800,000 sq miles, cannot effectively or efficiently serve the needs of residents living in both Alaska and Hawaii alike. Furthermore, when it comes to social issues, the top-down national policing solutions ultimately prove ill-conceived, unaccountable, less-affordable, and constitutionally pervasive.

An anonymous social media account recently stated the following in a discussion about healthcare, education and welfare: “federal management of these issues is a recipe for conflict, 320 million people can’t agree on much.”

Bingo. But isn’t that precisely what federalism is all about?

It’s time to de-escalate. Long before we start trying to ram a ‘one-size-fits-all solution’ down the throats of an (almost) evenly-divided country, Americans need to first hit the reset button and start building a consensus regarding where these decisions should be made. Let’s start talking now about returning the reigns back to the states, municipalities and communities where the common citizen has the most power to effect change, and where can agree upon as many issues as possible.

This will, in-turn, allow space for a national discussion and afford us the opportunity to re-focus on the specific matters for which the Federal Government was created in the first place — such as common defense, foreign policy, border security, coining national currency and working to safeguard said currency’s value from any form of manipulation.

Surely we’ll still find plenty to scream at each other about on those long-debated, heated issues. Even so, this country’s future instantly becomes much less grim if, collectively, we can re-institute that now-fleeting glimmer of hope for actual solutions and reasonable policy decisions.