Texas Gov. Rick Perry recently told people at a campaign stop, “”I’ll work every day to try to make Washington, DC, as inconsequential in your life as I can.” That goes against the grain of American political thought since the New Deal.

In two recent columns written for the Boston Globe, Jeff Jacoby explains why Perry is onto something, saying that Perry has tapped into Main Street resentment of the political class. And the resentment is not without merit:

“Over the past half-century, Washington has insinuated itself into a thousand-and-one decisions that individuals or local governments are more than capable of making for themselves. Which medicines can you buy? How efficient should your lightbulbs be?” There are very few things that are not federal matters right now, which is contrary both to the design of the U.S. Constitution and to the health of the republic.