“The Lord’s prayer has 56 words. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address has 266. The Ten Commandments have 297. The Declaration of Independence has 300. But a government order setting the price of cabbage has 26,911 words.” – George Fuerman
It’s rather pathetic, isn’t it? (Not to mention a great burden to those attempting to earn livings and raise families in these insane times.)
Modern federal regulations reach into practically every aspect of both our business and personal lives. Surely the Founding Fathers didn’t intend for the limited federal government they created in 1787 to mushroom to its present size, did they?
As a matter of fact, they didn’t — and that’s why they wrote the Constitution!
Here’s an important fact about the Constitution most people don’t know: our supreme law of the land was written to govern the federal government rather than the states and the people.
Another the thing most people don’t know is that ours is an enumerated Constitution — which basically means that any powers not specifically delegated to the federal government in the Constitution are left completely up to the states and the people (see 10th Amendment).
Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution lists most of the powers given to Congress. They are legally only allowed to do those things the Constitution says they may do! This is a revolutionary concept in modern American society, but if enough Americans knew just this much about the Constitution — that it is an enumerated Constitution and that Congress can’t do “pretty much anything it wants to” after all — things would begin to change. Irresponsible politicians would be voted out of office and replaced by statesmen who recognize and respect the rule of law.
Here’s a short list of things the federal government (none of the three branches — not one!) is authorized to do, and therefore may not do:
- Provide education
- Force citizens to purchase health insurance
- Deploy American troops in foreign countries all across the world in undeclared “wars”
- Provide for those who do not work
- Regulate business
- Offer grants to local governments
- Restrict firearm possession
- Spy on innocent Americans
- Designate land as national parks
- Enter into so-called “free trade agreements” and incrementally subject America to international control
- And on and on and on.
America did not become great because of what government did; America became great because of what government was prevented from doing.
When We the People grew lax about enforcing the Constitution, lo and behold this federal behemoth appeared and continued growing till it reached its present size!
We must restore obedience to the US Constitution at every level of government, and in order to do this, we must build widespread understanding about the founding principles, our solid foundation, and what has been going wrong.
The Constitution is the true solution!