SHATTERING THE JURISDICTIONAL CHAINS OF THE CONSTITUTION
The Constitution was designed to make the states sovereign in their realm of responsibility and the federal government sovereign in its realm. The big question was whether or not they might encroach on each other. It is interesting that almost from the earliest years of the nation’s existence as a republic, the three branches of the federal government strained at the chains of the Constitution in their endeavor to invade the territory of state jurisdiction. Sometimes this occurred through gradual usurpation as the Congress passed laws which preempted state functions. At other times it has been a question of the executive branch using a modest enabling act of Congress to absorb a massive amount of administrative authority over the states. Finally, there has been a tendency of the courts to favor this federal encroachment on the states by all three branches of the federal government.
Therefore, in spite of the clear and precise declaration in Article I, section I, that Congress shall have the exclusive power to make ALL federal laws, and that those laws would pertain ONLY to the powers enumerated in the Constitution, Article I, section 8.
Perhaps it was inevitable that Washington would develop a paternalistic attitude toward the states. No doubt that is why the structure of the Constitution was designed to keep them separated. Nevertheless, a neat little gimmick was conjured up by federal planners which targeted the states with various programs and attached a message: “If you don’t, we will.” Thus, if federal monitors perceived a problem among the states which was not being handled to their satisfaction, there was an open declaration that if the states did not take care of the matter, the federal government – even though it had no Constitutional authority to do so – would feel compelled to take action.
All kinds of federal money began to be appropriated with federal regulations to go with it, because the states were not complying with “federal standards.” Before long the states could say to Washington what the Declaration of Independence had said to George III: “He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.”
These programs include everything from safety belts and speed limits to land reform, environmental programs, reapportionment of state legislatives, city beautification, central city planning, safety and health regulations, physical facilities for education, hospitalization, day-care centers, nursing homes, local charities, unemployment, job training, abortion, and so forth.
The singular part about all of this is the fact that these welfare programs and social goals were for the most part wholesome and desirable, but the Founders had said a federal delivery system for these purposes would be wrong. In fact, it turned out to be the most expensive delivery system in the world. It has been operating from the wrong level of government. Once in place, however, it became a gigantic task for anyone to return it to its proper level.
WAKE UP AMERICA BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!
“If our country is to survive and prosper, we must summon the courage to condemn and reject the liberal agenda, and we had better do it soon.”
AN OPINION FROM THE DEPLORABLE INFIDEL
Chelsea Clinton, or whatever her name is, said America is not the country she wants her kids to grow up in. Well, why don’t you take your little brats and go to China, Cuba, or any other place that has socialism. Let them grow up there so they can see what they missed by having such an American hating mother. And by the way, take that bitch you have for a mother with you.
A SIMPLE TRUTH FOR TODAY
“I think we need to find out why the citizens of the world’s wealthiest, most envied, most powerful country are so cynical, so distressed, so angry, so ticked off about so many things.”
William J. Bennett