(ENTERSTAGERIGHT) — The Republican presidential race these days seems splintered into the old divisions of "fiscal conservatives" and "social conservatives." Some conservatives bemoan the social conservatism of Rick Santorum or other conservatives like Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann and Rick Perry. The fundamental problem is not which part of conservatism is more important but rather which areas are properly handled by the federal government and which left to state governments or to individual choice.
The left has federalized almost everything and it has also made almost every aspect of human life subject to government oversight. This is not the system created by our Constitution. The federal government has power only to act in a small part of our lives, specifically what is explicitly recited in Article I, Section 8. The executive and judicial branches of government had no powers beyond those few outlined in Article I because Congress alone could make laws.