It Makes Me Sad (Part 1)
There was a good turnout of voters on election day. This fact is good. It has always amazed me that voter turnout in America was considered "good" if we had 50% of registered voters actually vote. I have never understood how in a country where the citizens actually have some effect on the government’s actions so many don’t vote. How would anyone eligible to vote not do it?
In so many countries around the world the citizens have no say in what the government does. Even in many countries that do have elections, they are not truly free elections and the results are unquestionably fixed so that the ruling powers stay in power. There are people who willingly risk their lives to be able to vote. Remember in 2005 in Iraq? The terrorists threatened to kill anyone who voted. Despite this threat, 75% of the people took advantage of the privilege to vote. They stood in the open on lines at voting locations and had their finger stained with ink to show they had voted – both actions that might get them and their families killed.
This election, I was happy to see a larger than normal percent of people voting.
What makes me sad then? It makes me sad that so many voters do not bother to actually learn what is going on. Instead they believe the spin and distortion of information, sometimes outright lies, of the liberals and the liberal media. It makes me sad that so few citizens, educated in our public education system, have an understanding of what our government’s true functions are. It makes me sad that so many people will engage in the class warfare that the liberals promote. Actually it's more than just class warfare, it makes me sad that so many people will believe that America is more racist, more sexist, more discriminatory than before Obama was elected the first time. It makes me sad that our culture has become a culture of victimhood.
Now, as I write this, I can feel the hackles going up on the back of every liberal reading this article. More moderate liberals are probably just irritated by my views, but the more radical liberals are really getting ticked off. I imagine them asking how do I have the nerve to write/say these things. How? I can, and do, have the "nerve" because we still have the right of free speech in this country AND because they are true.
In this article, I will briefly cover the proper role of government as established by our Constitution. The Constitution is a contract between the people, the states and the Federal Government. It is also the supreme law of the United States.
The Constitution assigned specific powers to the Federal Government; all powers not given to the Federal Government were reserved to the individual states and the people. The people were the ones with the most powers and with the God-given inalienable rights. According to the preamble of the Constitution, the Federal Government was established to "… form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,…" In the body of the Constitution, the "how to do this" was described. The Constitution and its amendments give the Federal Government these jobs:
Those are the only constitutional functions of the Federal Government. The Tenth Amendment states that all prerogatives not explicitly given to the Federal Government, nor prohibited of the states, are reserved to the states or to the people (i.e. the private sector and/or individuals). So the Federal Government is not supposed to handle any issues not explicitly listed in the Constitution.
I don’t think that anyone, even the most biased progressive, can claim that our Federal Government is adhering to its contract with the people and the individual states. It is undeniably in gross violation of its Constitutional powers.
The parts of the Constitution that have been most twisted and distorted in order to permit the abuse of power by the Federal Government are the phrase from the preamble "the general welfare" and the enumerated power of regulating interstate commerce. The actual meaning of these two phrases is abundantly clear in the both the writings of the Founders during the ratification of the Constitution and in the record of the Constitutional Congress.
During the past century, Congress has ignored the intention as well as the letter of the law. Instead of altering the Constitution by the amendment process, as should have been done in order to legitimize Congress’s actions, Congress simply ignored the restrictions and responsibilities – much as our current President has been doing. Unfortunately, either through ignorance or apathy, the voters did not hold them responsible for the abuse or power nor the dereliction of duty.
The assault on the Constitution began in 1913 when Woodrow Wilson, a Progressive, was elected president. The style of government under the progressive movement includes communism, socialism and fascism – all systems in which the central government has the power and the individual’s power is minimal, his rights are ignored and he is only as important as his ability to aid/support the government. The antithesis of what our Federal Government is supposed to be.