“From the nature of man we may be sure that those who have power in their hands… will always when they can… increase it.”
– George Mason 1787
It is indisputable that all segments of government in the USA are bloating. Our national debt alone is $10 trillion. This is more debt than has been accumulated by all past presidents put together.
We are told only government, not the free market, can solve this crisis. It was Congress’ overspending and meddling in the banking industry by dictating the exponential growth of sub-prime loans and its coziness with international corporate CEOs that got us into this mess in the first place. Congress has abdicated its constitutional power of the purse strings and presidents have been implicit in this fiasco.
Presidents are expanding their power not defending the Constitution. The executive branch has even taken over the American auto industry and financial corporations, has appointed a “czar” for every almost issue and has increased executive orders that skirt the legislative process. Who knows what other executive tentacles are ready to poison or strangle other parts of our capitalist system.
The Supreme Court is not adhering to our constitution. Some Supreme Court justices are resorting to using international law to justify their decisions not the law and the Constitution of America. The transnational movement (One World government) places pressure on the Untied States to accept international agreements that would make our constitution null and void.
The lack of following the constitution is causing growth in our government and shrinkage in our freedom. The intrusion of government into our daily lives has been astonishing. Without accounting for all the astronomical increases in our national debt, the 50 percent of Americans who pay taxes work until May before completing the obligation to the IRS. Anyone improving his “castle” has to pay exorbitant permitting fees and then be afraid government will take his home for no other reason than to increase local tax revenue under a distortion of eminent domain.
The monstrous Homeland Security decisions are a case study of large bureaucracies limiting our freedoms. Citizens traveling by air are put through time consuming antics, such as putting only three-ounce bottles into a zip top bag, remove shoes, belts and be “wanded” by security even if they are 80 year-old cripples. Travelers have to arrive three hours before an international flight. Should there be delays in processing, even through no fault of the passenger, they will automatically be stopped from boarding that flight by the state department’s computer. The airline cannot process any tickets later than one hour before the flight because the State Department’s computers shut the process down. The State Department, located in Washington, DC, has the bureaucratic audacity to make a blanket decision at every airport in America without consideration for extenuating circumstances on the ground.
Big Brother’s shadow intrudes into daily life as government expands.
Former President Bush was ignorant about a compassionate and efficient big government. It does not better solve societal problems it causes more of them. The more people look to government to resolve their problems the more government will regulate and absorb the freedom of the people.
Our founders knew first hand that to maintain individual freedom government had to be held in check. Our founding fathers were worldly and well read men. They lived through the horrors of the tyrannical kingdom of George III and carefully studied philosophers and governments of the past to glean the best formula to organize a nation. They agreed citizens had natural and inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These rights were not granted by the rulers but endowed by our creator.
These men wanted freedom for the individual not a government, to take their property and use it as their own awarding hoodlums that oppress moral citizens. Our constitution restrains our national government from robbing our freedom.
The founders built in checks and balances to force the three branches of government, the legislature, executive and judicial branches to share and counteract each other’s powers. The seven articles spelled out in concise and readable language that our constitution specifically limits these powers. By imposing these limits on a national government it should prevent the expansion and abuse of government into every aspect of our lives. There was such a desire to remain free, the Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution.
Again it instructed the national government what it could not do to citizens.
The constitution of the United States is the oldest still in practice. The lack of government schools teaching civics and law schools pushing an evolving and living constitution have made the sacred document practically a dead one to our youth. It must be resuscitated and revitalized to save the exceptionalism of America.
Our citizens must accept more responsibility for problems, not ask government for handouts. Every time government enters the door problems are compounded and motivation robbed. We The People are the force behind that which has made America great.
Government is directed by the people not the people directed by it. When power grabbing, parasitic politicians tell the people what to do things go haywire.
The Constitution is the only thing between decay, chaos, tyranny and us.
We need to respect this document by knowing and teaching it to our family and friends. Most importantly, We the People must study the voting record of our representatives to insure they are following the Constitution of the United States that they have sworn to uphold.
Dr. Maglio is the author of Invasion Within and Essential Parenting. He is a psychotherapist and the owner/director of Wider Horizons School. Visit: www.drmaglio.com.