Magazine May 4, 2020, Issue

COVID Federalism

President Donald Trump hosts the daily coronavirus briefing in the Rose Garden at the White House, April 14, 2020. (Leah Millis/Reuters)
As ever, our system of decentralized power is the best arrangement

Whatever mistakes President Trump has made in his handling of the coronavirus outbreak — and he has indeed made mistakes — we should not count among them his being bound by the American constitutional order.

It has been hard to keep up with the narrative of late. Is the key political threat before us that Trump may use this moment of national crisis to consolidate his power and become a dictator? Or is it that he may act as a feckless and indifferent buck-passer who refuses to take the tough decisions that the country needs? And how about the response to

This article appears as “Federalism in an Epidemic” in the May 4, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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