FOOD FOR THOUGHT

From: Hank Ashmore

The Deplorable Infidel

 

Have you ever wondered how the Founding Father’s dream for limited government, for our new nation, turned into a nightmare the Founders could never have envisioned? The Founders included safe guards in the Constitution to limit and control the power and scope of the federal government, the Enumerated Powers and the Tenth Amendment. Let us look at how the Progressives have bypassed and ignored the Constitution to create the largest bureaucracy in the history of the world.

· The Commerce Clause – The Commerce Clause described an enumerated power listed in the Constitution under Article I, Section 8, Clause 3. The clause states: Congress shall have power “To regulate Commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with Indian Tribes.” The Commerce Clause is a short phase 0f 16 words, none of which are difficult to understand. Despite this, the clause is one of the most misunderstood in the Constitution. Unfortunately, abuse of the Commerce Clause has justified a massive expansion of federal government intervention in the marketplace and the lives of every citizens. The expansion of the Commerce Clause has redefined the scope of government. When Dianne Feinstein was asked where Congress gets the authority to require that individuals have health insurance she replied “Well, I would assume it would assume be in the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. That’s how Congress legislates all kinds of various programs.” Federal programs from the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to the Affordable Care Act have been passed using the Commerce Clause.

Thomas Jefferson wrote to Virginia politician William Giles, in 1825, about the threat posed by the usurpation of States rights by a growing federal power. He identifies inter-state commerce and the “general welfare” clause as especially dangerous:

“I see as you do, and with the deepest affliction, the rapid strides with which the federal branch of our government is advancing towards the usurpation of all the rights reserved to the States, and the consolidation in itself of all powers, foreign and domestic; and that, too, by constructions which, if legitimate, leave no limits to their power. Take together the decisions of the federal court, the doctrines of the President, and the misconstructions of the constitutional compact acted on by the legislature of the federal branch, and it is but too evident that the three ruling branches of that department are in combination to strip their colleagues, the State authorities, of the powers reserved to them, and to exercise themselves all functions foreign and domestic. Under the power to regulate commerce, they assume indefinitely that also over agriculture and manufactures, and call it regulation to take the earnings of one of these branches of industry, and that too the most depressed, and put them into the pockets of the other, the most flourishing of all.”

Even by 1825, Jefferson was fearful that the growing central powers of the federal government were encroaching upon those of the states. In this insightful letter to Giles, Jefferson notes that Congress was twisting the intent of federal law regarding inter-state commerce to regulate all economic activity and to subsidize one group at the expense of another; and to expand the notion of promoting the “general welfare” to allow corrupt politicians to engage in costly “internal improvements”. His sad conclusion was that the net result would be the creation of “a single and splendid government of an aristocracy, founding on banking institutions, and moneyed incorporations under the guise and cloak of their branches of manufactures, commerce and navigation.

· The General Welfare Clause – “With respect to the two words general welfare, I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.” – James Madison. The word “welfare” appears twice in the Constitution. Once in the preamble and again in Article I, Section 8, as the introduction and purpose of the Enumerated Powers. The preamble of the Constitution establishes no powers or rights. It merely states the purpose of the Constitution.

Up until 1937, the Supreme Court agreed that the Federal Government could not spend tax dollars for the “general welfare”. In that year, the courts ruled that the Social Security Act of 1935 was constitutional and reaffirmed Congress’ right to spend money for the “general welfare”. However, with Word War II looming, this new spending power was not fully utilized until President Lyndon Johnson began spending on the “Great Society” in 1965 and then the race was on to see how much money could be spent by Congress.

“If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands, they may appoint teachers in every State, county and parish and pay them out of their public treasury; they may take into their own hands the education, establishing in like manor schools throughout the Union; they may assume the provision of the poor; they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post roads; in short, everything, from the highest object of state legislation down to the most minute object police, would be thrown under the power of Congress… Were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of the limited government established by the people of America.” – James Madison

“They are not to do anything they please to provide for the general welfare, but only to lay taxes for that purpose. To consider the latter phrase not as describing the purpose of the first, but as giving a distinct and independent power to do any act they please which may be good for the Union, would render all the preceding and subsequent enumerations of power completely useless. It would reduce the whole instrument to a single phrase, that of instituting a Congress with power to do whatever be for the good of the United States; and as they sole judges of the good or evil, it would be also a power to do whatever they please… Certainly no such universal power was meant to be given them, It was intended to lace them up straightly within the enumerated powers and those without which, as means, those powers could not be carried into effect.” – Thomas Jefferson.

After reading the writings of the Founding Fathers, you can see why the Progressives want to destroy this country’s history. Their writings predict what would be the political ramifications if the Progressive agenda is allowed to infiltrate the federal government.

The Deplorable Infidel

 

AN OPINION FROM THE DEPLORABLE INFIDEL

The Democrats keep screaming constitutional crisis, constitutional crisis. Members of Congress, according to Article VI, Section 3 of the Constitution, “bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution…” and to “preserve, protect, and defend.” Today, this is just a joke. These dumb bastards don’t know one thing about the Constitution because they have never read it. They would not know a constitutional crisis if it jumped up and bit them in the ass.

 

 

WAKE UP AMERICA BEFORE ITS TOO LATE!

A SIMPLE TRUTH FOR TODAY

The Democratic candidates for president are at it again, calling for reparations to be given to the descendants of slaves. But I ask you, where would these descendants of slaves be today if there had been no slavery?

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