“Limited Government – Government must be strong enough to protect us, competent enough to provide basic government services, but limited by the “Delineated Powers” in the Constitution.”
See the Constitution has a list in it of exactly what the Federal Government has the power to do and what it does not. You will find this list in “Article I Section 8”. The 10th Amendment then also states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Our Government for a very long time has become way to BIG by far over stepping its Constitutional powers. When you look at the “Delineated Powers” what you will find is that things like the Federal Reserve, social security, and Medicare where never part of that list. Now Obama wants to add things like bailouts, buyouts, and of course “Health Care”.
The source of all this increase in Government power comes from two lines in the Constitution; “To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States”: and “To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers.” Better know as the “Commerce Clause” and the “Necessary and Proper Clause”.
A perfect example is the lefts attempt to pass “The Freedom of Choice Act”. In that bill you will find this line:
As you can see they are trying to stop and over turn all ant-abortion legislation by using the “Commerce Clause” just because a women crosses a state line. Now I might see how the Constitution would allow regulation on whether a women can cross state lines or at what cost but not use it as an excuse to make all abortions Federally legal, a definite step to even “Bigger” Government.
With the increase of Liberal judges over the last 50 years or so, this trend looks very likely to continue. It is the job of the Judicial Branch to test the Constitutionallity of the Laws inacted by the Legislative Branch. The United States Supreme Court has interpreted the Commerce Clause and the Necessary and Proper Clause to allow Congress to enact legislation that is neither expressly listed nor expressly denied in the Constitution.
The Father of our Constitution, James Madison, was very clear about interpretation of the Constitution. “As a guide in expounding and applying the provisions of the Constitution…..The legitimate meaning of the Instrument must be derived from the text itself”.
To set things right a drastic step must be taken. All previous laws enacted that are outside the realm of the Federal Governments Constitutional power but not outside possible necessity should be given to the Several States. One example would be to split Social Security 50 ways and let each state control their own individual retirement system. Each state could change it as they wish to the needs of the people residing in their own state. The needs of those in Montana do not match those in Florida. It gives the power to the Several States and to the people as it was intended.
The problem is that I don’t see anyone rising through the conservative ranks that has the intention or backing to make such drastic changes to the right. Yet the left had no problem finding people to make just as drastic changes to the Left. Our only hope is that “We The People” will unite and finally force our elected officials to work for us and not for them-selves.
As Always Thanks for being involved, Many Blessings, Shane
“Standing Strong” & “Closing Ranks”
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