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The State Old State Old

President Obama’s state of the union speech was the same old same old we have heard from him since he first started running for president. Soaring rhetoric and the abundance use of metaphors sprinkled with emotionalism are used to cover up his unwillingness to really tackle the tough issues. His desire to remain as neutral as possible on all issues in order to deflect as much criticism from himself is in effect his way of voting present instead of taking a stand.

His constant use of the term “investments” is merely a stand-in for let’s spend, spend, spend, because as with all liberals, spending is what makes his world go around. It is completely irrelevent to President Obama whether or not such spending actually works, for all that matters to him is that his conscience achieve some level of satisfaction. I suppose no level of satisfaction is ever achieved, because all he wants to do is spend, spend, spend.

He has been referred to as a constitutional law professor which he actually never was. He was a part-time instructor who was more concerned with political office than teaching anything in college. If he knew anything about the Constitution he would know that there is no constitutional authority for ninety-percent of the spending he proposes, but, as with all liberals he doesn’t care about the constitution.

We have lab experiments in progress right now that show exactly what will happen when liberal policies are put in place. These lab experiments are California, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, and Michigan. This country will end up just like these states, in a state of bankruptcy if those in the federal government do not cut spending and return the federal government to its constitutional function.

The Truth About Article 1, Section 8

Dennis Kucinich made a statement recently on the Brian and the Judge radio show about the Constitution that is factually incorrect. He cited Section 8 of Article 1 as the authority for Congress to spend money on current and future social programs, and quoted only the first paragraph as the basis for that authority which reads: The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts, and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States.

Section 8 is titled Powers Granted To Congress and it includes not only this paragraph, but also a list of 17 particulars. According to James Madison, who is known as the Father of the Constitution, the paragraph Kucinich cites is a general power about what the Congress can collect taxes for, and the 17 particulars that follow are the particular powers authorized by that general power. Madison also said that if the first paragraph was meant to be used as an unlimited authority for spending, then why include the list of particulars that follow. As Madison had stated in Federalist Paper 41, For what purpose could the enumeration of particular powers be inserted, if these and all others were meant to be included in the preceding general power? Nothing is more natural nor common than first to use a general phrase, and then to explain and qualify it by a recital of particulars.

Keep in mind that Section 8 is titled Powers Granted To Congress. The founders were very fearful of a tyrannical government, after all, they had just fought a war because of one, and so the Constitution was written to give the federal government limited authorities, with everything else being the responsibility of the States or the people as set forth by the 10th Amendment which reads: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

In the end, this means very simply that most of what the Federal Government spends money for, including all social programs, is unconstitutional. The power to legislate and the authority to legislate are two very different things. Federal politicians have the power to do whatever they want, and have used that power, along with their willing accomplices in the judiciary, to exceed the limitations placed on them by the Constitution, to force their will upon us, to eat out our substance, and to intrude into our lives for any reason. Then, while puffing away on that cigarette, ask if it was as good for us as it was for them.

C.S. Lewis put it perfectly…. Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.