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 out.by 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 BlackCommentator.com. Photo courtesy Wadeva Images. www.wadevaimages.com