Here is our final installment of the enumerated powers from Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution.
To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not
exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance
of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise
like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in
which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and
other needful Buildings; And
To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the
foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of
the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.
That’s it. For four consecutive Saturdays we have copied short sections of the Constitution that identify what the federal government MUST do, and what its limitations are. You should note that some of the enumerated mandated federal powers are being ignored by the federales (namely controlling the monetary system and border security), and many other powers assumed by the feds are NOT within their Constitution purview. Does the term “out of whack” mean anything to you?
Reminder for all you who are affiliated with Liberty, Patriot, 912, We By For, and Tea Party-type organizations. I am eager to come to your meetings and do a presentation for you. Here are the topics that I speak about most often:
Nullification—VA & KY Resolutions, Tenth Amendment, Ninth Amendment
Principles of Libertarianism—what we share, where we might differ
The Fair Tax-How it changes the dynamic of federal taxation, and how it affects the taxpayers of the U.S.
Liberty-what is it? How did we achieve it? Do we have it? How do we preserve it?
MSRP—the price of Liberty
Off on a business trip today, so everything is posted early. Going to Novi, MI, and other stops.
The snow is nearly gone on the little Pat-Ch of Paradise, but we still have ten days of February and all of March to withstand. I suspect we’ll have some more.
Many of you, I’m certain, have been in a store that has a “You break it. You’ve bought it” sign. Shouldn’t that policy be directed towards our politicians and bureaucrats? Problem is, their “breaking” the country, state, local communities and schools has far exceeded their ability to pay. Moral of this insight: Don’t allow the grandkids to play with the expensive stuff.
The way that our jobs and employment situation is playing out, taxpayers should be placed on the Endangered Species List. Until the snail darter and the spotted owl pay “their fair share,” the taxpayers are becoming rarer.
Speaking of employment: You probably know that when someone stops looking for work, he/she is no longer counted as “unemployed.” So, economic theory (the discredited Keynesian variety) projects that as the economy improves, more people re-enter the job market. The result is that unemployment will go higher as jobs become more prevalent. For me, the bottom line is why not show the TRUE unemployment and underemployment figures all the time so that we don’t have to engage in this silly unrealistic numerical massaging so frequently? As you know, the answer is that the government doesn’t want you to know the truth. If you did, you might take to the streets and disrupt their cushy existences.
I’ve said this many times before. I come from an era when being a patriot meant that you trusted your government…you had faith that they would do the right things, the right way. Personally, I’ve lost that faith, and I DO NOT trust the government at any level about anything. Patriotism has been redefined for me as a passion for liberty, a rededication to Constitutional principles and governance, and a desire for this land to be free…from all threats….domestic, foreign and institutional.
Have a great weekend. Buckeye men’s basketball on CBS at 1:00pm tomorrow vs. Purdue (big game), and the women’s team plays at 5:00pm on ESPN2.
We’ll be back on Monday with more Littlestuff-minoosha as we purge ourselves of our political disgust.
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