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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

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Sharon Kyle is the Publisher of LA Progressive

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