Each time there’s a national election we hear a lot of talk about change. Given current all-time low approval ratings for the House, Senate and President, you’d think voters would implement a lot of change via the ballot box. But they don’t. The vast majority of voters just keep punching the party ticket and send back to Washington the same corrupt and/or incompetent hucksters that earned those low approval ratings. The hucksters, in their slick, Washingtonian style (George is spinning in his grave on that word play) lay blame for America’s problems on the system. By the system, they mean the Constitution. Nothing is their fault. After all, they’re working hard and it’s the other guy or that worn out old document and its arcane view of liberty that is holding up the good changes that will improve everyone’s lives. What’s needed, they say, is fundamental change to the way the government does business. For the past six years, the direction of change wanted by those calling the shots in Washington is to increase centralized power, increase authority for federal agencies to regulate just about everything, and for everyone opposing them to shut the hell up. But the big gorilla in the room is that inconvenient truth – the Constitution. Those damn Tea Party radicals and conservative Democrats are doing what the massively-biased news media won’t do – admit that Washington has already been chipping away at Constitutional processes and protections and, by doing so, has created the mess that government is today. Additionally, conservatives from all political parties are shining a big light on how that mess has spilled over into the private sector through increased regulation, corruption and un-Constitutional legislation.
Well, I’ve got a Three Step plan to swings things back the other way – to fundamentally change America back to the values and rule of law that allowed We The People to enjoy liberty and some of the most prosperous periods in the republic’s history. I’m not expecting our current crop of elected boneheads to embrace any of these steps, though there are a precious and appreciated few who have already joined the fight. To implement meaningful change in a Constitutional manner, we will also need the cooperation of the corrupt dunderheads who currently enjoy drinking from the Washington cesspool. But we aren’t likely to get it until they see that We The People have had enough of their shenanigans and are willing to vote their fat, sorry asses out if they don’t do their jobs. If we can get the majority of federal leadership to embrace at least one of these steps, the train will have left the station and the republic will start chugging in the right direction again. Here are the Three Steps (not in priority order) to fundamentally change America for the better.
Step One: Education. The federal government has no Constitutional authority to spend taxpayer money on anything having to do with education. But the power-hungry Washington crowd continues to circumvent the authority of the States and push an educational agenda (e.g. Common Core) that has the ultimate goal of brainwashing kids with their brand of political theology. They know that an educated electorate capable of forming their own opinion is not likely to support their policies, so the slow rot of dumbed down public education has been festering since Roosevelt’s New Deal. In Step One, the States must reject federally-mandated educational programs and Congress must stop funding them. Concurrently, the States must implement educational programs that produce graduates capable of being self-sufficient and able to continue learning throughout their lives. Classes in American history, government and the Constitution are not currently getting the job done and must be improved. Far too many high school graduates don’t know which country the Colonials fought in the Revolutionary War or which functions of government belong at the federal level and which are the responsibility of the states, counties or cities. Denying a citizen the education needed to cast an informed vote is equal to not allowing that citizen to vote at all.
Step Two: Legalization of Government Regulations. Under the current Washington way of doing things, Congress leaves writing of specific regulations to the federal agency that will enforce those regulations. This is not authorized by the Constitution and most often results in regulations that exceed an agency’s authority. As a result, federal courts are now backed up for years with lawsuits relating to abusive and often unnecessary regulations. Innocent Americans are frequently bankrupted by regulations that, if they were put to a vote on the floor of Congress, wouldn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of passing. In Step Two, all federal agency regulations must be attached to legislation and posted for a minimum period for public scrutiny and comment prior to passage.
Step Three: Disclosure of Constitutional Authority. The idea of requiring legislation to reference Constitutional authority for its content was thrown around Washington in the 1990’s and fell on deaf ears. After all, the push has been for the federal government to become less accountable, not more. Step Three would force corrupt politicians and their un-Constitutional bills into the light of day for voters and courts to see and remember on election day.
These Three Steps won’t solve every problem relating to the federal government, but they’re a start to a process that would fundamentally change America for the better. The most important element of each of these steps is this: None of them require a change to the Constitution. As mentioned in the introduction above, the system is the problem and it has been corrupted over many years incrementally without Constitutional amendment. Changing education requires only that the States and Congress embrace the rule and intent of the 10th Amendment and legislate and govern accordingly. Attaching regulations to legislation takes only a change to the rules of each chamber of Congress, as does disclosing Constitutional authority in each bill (these could also be done voluntarily when a bill is authored). All that these steps require for implementation is the desire and action of our elected officials to do their jobs according to the Constitution, or We The People’s commitment to replacing uncooperative public servants with those who will.
I yield the soap box.