Most Americans view the Constitution with reverence and believe that it is one of the best documents ever written. The Constitution is not long or is it very in depth in what it says. It is the foundation of what our government was derived, and points out what the Government can and cannot do. The phrase “Shall not” occurs more than any other phrase and for good reason. The Founding Fathers created a document that puts constraints on the government and gave more power to the citizens of the United States than any other form of government before.
But slowly the Federal Government has been chipping away at the Constitution and gaining more and more power for itself. This goes for both or the political parties we have now. Both Democrats and Republicans have lost their way and government has gained more and more power for itself. They both have looked to the Federal Government to be the nanny of the country. This is what we call Big Government. FDR and the New Deal all the way to George W Bush and his No Child Left Behind.
The Federal Government has gotten too big and too intrusive in every day life. From telling us what kind of foods we can eat , to what kind of light bulbs we can use. This is not the way our Government was formed. The Federal Government’s main job was to ensure we have the ability to “Pursue Life , Liberty and the Pursuit of happiness” and to protect us from enemies. Not to tell us how much salt, soda, snacks, or what kind of light bulb we can use.
President Obama is not the first to trample all over the Constitution, but he has gone farther down the road to tyranny than a majority of earlier Presidents. The latest travesty to come from the Obama White House is his HHS Mandate that is part of his obese Obamacare Bill. While many organizations and even states get to opt out of this monstrosity, the Catholic Church and many of its institutions are not. In the HHS Mandate, the employees must buy insurance that has policies that go against the teachings of the Catholic Church. The insurance plans must have contraceptive coverage and also the day after pills. The day after pills are for all intensive purposes abortion. Both contraceptives and abortions go against the Church Teachings.
But this goes even further than just the Catholic Church and the Obamacare Bill. Obama comes from a long history of radicals that think the Constitution is out of date and also not to be looked at with reverence. They think the Constitution is antiquated and makes it too hard for the Government to do what it wants. Amendments take too long, the Executive Branch cannot do what it wants, and there are those that think they can legislate from the bench.
This is not a Partisan attack by any means. There are those on both sides of the aisle that have crossed over the line. The Tea Party was not formed just because Obama won the election. He was just the last straw. Big Government and the intrusiveness of a all powerful Federal Government has waken people up. We have slowly drifted to this point over the past 100 years or so, and it will not be stopped and reversed in 1 or 2, or even 4 or 5 elections.
But we must never give up hope and relax. We must elect people into local , state and Federal Government that will bring us back to a more limited government. We must stay involved in politics and never give up to those that want to take away what the Founding Fathers so eloquently wrote many years ago. They made the Constitution flexible enough to change if it needs to be, but hard to change just because of the whim of a President.
And we must remember we are not a pure Democracy, we are a Democratic Republic. Pure Democracy is mob rules and will trample the minority. And I know many of my friends want to have term limits for CONgress critters. We must remember that we already have that, and that is called elections.
“Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”
“A Republic, if you can keep it.”
cross posted at Stix Blog
Short answer… Not likely!
Last week, apparently when I wasn’t looking and everyone was focused on Obama’s continuing erosion of the constitution or CPAC, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3521: Expedited Legislative Line-Item Veto and Rescissions Act of 2011 by a vote of 254-173 with support from 57 Democrats. 41 Republicans voted against it.
WASHINGTON – Earlier today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3521, The Expedited Legislative Line-Item Veto and Rescissions Act. This bipartisan reform was co-authored by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). H.R. 3521 – the fourth budget-process reform passed by the House in the past week – would provide policymakers with an additional tool to target unjustified spending in appropriations bills, while making certain that Congress maintains its constitutional power of the purse.
Following passage, Chairman Ryan issued the following statement:
“Washington spends too much money that we don’t have on programs that can’t be justified. This bipartisan reform will help lawmakers do a better job of prioritizing hardworking taxpayers’ dollars. And unlike the line-item veto adopted in the 1990s, this reform keeps the power of the purse here in Congress, just as the Founders intended.
“While there is much that divides us these days, this new tool to control spending is the result of Democrats and Republicans coming together in good faith to take a step forward in tackling our deficit challenge. I hope that we can build upon today’s bipartisan reform effort to advance the structural reforms needed to lift our crushing burden of debt and get our nation back on track. I am thankful for the leadership and good faith of Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen and other members of the House Budget Committee who were instrumental in advancing this common-sense reform.”
This is a huge step in beginning the process of regaining control of our spending, the only obstacle, the Democrat controlled Senate who’ve been very successful in playing the roll of obstructionists.
Senator Claire McCaskill, Democrat Missouri, staying true to form and running to the right in an election year, has offered an identical bill in the Senate:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Claire McCaskill planned Friday to introduce a companion bill to legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that would give President Barack Obama — and future presidents — line-item veto power.
McCaskill, D-Missouri, said in an interview with The Associated Press she is uncertain of the bill’s prospects but called it important legislation. She said she’s introducing it now to capitalize on the momentum from this week’s House vote.
“This is not an easy task, but I think it’s essential if we want to control spending,” she said.
McCaskill is a longtime supporter of the line-item veto, which would give presidents the authority to select specific items in spending bills for elimination.
The legislation McCaskill is introducing is identical to the bill crafted by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and the committee’s top Democrat, Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland.
Unlike the Line-Item Veto Bill passed In 1996 by the Republican-controlled House that gave President Bill Clinton line-item veto authority that the Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional, this bill was constructed to honor the constitution, “though the president can propose items for rescission, or elimination, from a budget bill, Congress must vote on a revised bill. The president then must sign what is in effect a new piece of legislation.” In this way Congress grants the president the power of line-item veto spending bills but ultimately has the last say in accordance with the constitution unlike the 1996 version.