Enumerated Powers Act

A local political activist related an interesting exchange that allegedly occurred at a recent political event.

During a discussion with a congressional candidate, an interested citizen asked about the constitutionality of the Patriot Act. The candidate’s response was something to the effect of, “Show me where it’s NOT constitutional.”

The response illustrates yet another example of bass-ackwards thinking in America.

Those who respect the Constitution and hold to the founder’s ideas of limited federal power have somehow allowed themselves to fall back into a defensive position. Statists take the offensive, challenging liberty lovers to prove that they can’t do something, instead of justifying the constitutional authority that allows them to pass certain acts.

I blame the courts. We’ve come to accept a system where the legislative branch does as it pleases and then hopes a sympathetic court will allow the law to stand. This has politicized the judicial system and created a mentality that allows for statements like the congressional candidate’s cited above.

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The Big Laws

Joe Blow down the street doesn’t pay his taxes and he gets fined. Tim Geithner (or pick from an array of politicians or bureaucrats)
doesn’t pay his taxes and he becomes the U.S. Treasury Secretary.

Get it? If you’re an Ivy Leaguer (preferably Harvard or Yale), and if you have the right connections, as Obama’s mother had with Geithner’s father, and if you are a politician or high-ranking bureaucrat on the federal level, you can often operate above the law, with little or no fear of being prosecuted, much less fined, even if you get caught.

You can skirt not only the little laws that everyone else has to obey, but also the big laws, as spelled out in the Constitution..

But for lowly Joe Blow, ignorance is no excuse.

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Courage, Character, Leadership

To act, despite danger or disapproval.  Works for me. Taking action in the public arena and stand by it during the onslaught also displays character and leadership. The chance that a politician will show courage is remote.  Voter disapproval is death to them.  Put that together with a society that has gradually come to accept…

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Congressional 10th Amendment Task Force can’t have Two Gods

Either the Constitution is the supreme law of the land, or it is not. The current Constitutional 10th Amendment Task Force is undeniably stuck in a conundrum. The GOP members have traveled their districts, touting their conservative principles, family values, etc., and now, they have a problem. How do you tell your constituents that now…

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Who are the dangerous conspiracy theorists?

The recent Medina debacle on Glenn Beck’s overrated show highlights the obvious hypocrisy of the Beltway Right-wing when it comes to conspiracy theories. Conspiracy theories that question government action are shunned while ones that endorse all-out war are to be embraced and repeated. I have one simple question though for anyone free-thinking enough not to…

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VA 5th District GOP Candidates Take the 10th

There’s a horse race afoot in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District. No less than seven candidates are vying to run against vulnerable freshman Democrat Tom Perriello. Six of them because they feel that the GOP’s anointed nominee, State Senator Robert Hurt, lacks the fortitude to champion small government in Washington. Considering that in 2004 Hurt supported…

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