Does Sarah Palin Understand the Meaning of the Word Federalist?

According to everything I’ve learned, the term “federalist” referred to those who believed in a strong central government. Jefferson was a federalist and Adams was an anti-federalist. Adams believed that power should be centrally located in the hands of an elite few — alternatively, Jefferson believed that centralized power lead to corruption.

Why does Palin — in one breadth say — she believes that Roe v. Wade should be a state issue and then characterize herself as a “federalist”? I’m confused.

Note: I originally noted that Adams was an anti-federalist and Jefferson was a federalist when I posted this question. This was an error that I corrected — thanks to the people who pointed it Sharon Kyle

Sharon Kyle is the Publisher of LA Progressive

Articles by Sharon Kyle

Published by the LA Progressive on October 1, 2008
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About Sharon Kyle

Sharon Kyle, J.D. is the Publisher of the LA Progressive which she co-founded with her husband Dick Price. Ms. Kyle is an adjunct professor of law at Peoples College in Los Angeles. She sits on the board of the ACLU Pasadena/Foothills Chapter and is on the editorial board of the Photo courtesy Wadeva Images.