The difference between the left and the right is simple to understand and define.
The right believes the federal government is limited to defending and maintaining our freedom and providing an environment where a free people can flourish. The left believes the federal government should be a service provider, taking money from some Americans and redistributing that money through government programs and payouts to whomever the government defines as worthy beneficiaries. We can argue the merits of the two differing viewpoints but the fact remains; the degree of freedom that we desire, or lack thereof, is what divides us.
The debate centers on the issue of where we want the power and control to reside, in the hands of the government or the individual? Do we want a nanny state where the politicians and the bureaucracy assume the role and responsibility of providing for us. Or do we want the freedom and responsibility of providing for ourselves? Do we want the government to pick the winners and losers. Or do we want to live in a country where we enjoy the freedom to fail as well as succeed?
Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution defines the authoritative power of the government known as the enumerated powers. The government may only exercise the powers granted to it in the Constitution. The Tenth Amendment states:?"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." What this tells us is the Constitution created guardrails to keep the federal government from veering into areas that the Founding Fathers believed were dangerous overreaches of power.
The father of the Constitution James Madison, in explaining the Constitution in Federalist Paper No. 45, said, "The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce."
War, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; where is welfare, health care, education, and countless other programs that have absolutely nothing to do with the enumerated powers? Exactly, all those things that the federal government spends trillions of dollars shoving down our throats are extra-constitutional, beyond the legal prevue of the government as defined in the Constitution.
South Carolina Congressman James Clyburn, the third-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, was asked where in the Constitution it authorizes the federal government to regulate the delivery of health care. He replied: "There's nothing in the Constitution that says that the federal government has anything to do with most of the stuff we do." Then he shot back: "How about you show me where in the Constitution it prohibits the federal government from doing this?" Duh James, Article I Section 8. Take a look sometime.
Thomas Jefferson said, "Whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force." Isn't it a shame the Founders aren't around today to set straight our current group of legislators and judges, to remind them of their oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution?
Even Barack Obama understands the limitations of federal government power, even though he chooses to ignore it. In an interview prior to his election to the senate Obama stated, "that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states can't do to you. Says what the Federal government can't do to you, but doesn't say what the Federal government or State government must do on your behalf." Perhaps the current iteration of Obama is possessed by the ghost of Karl Marx because those words would never cross his teleprompter today.
So what should we conclude? That the Constitution, as it exists today, supports the viewpoint of the right? The evidence points to that determination. If that is no longer the will of the people, then the Founder's gave us a remedy for just such situations.
It is known as the Amendment Process. Two thirds of both houses of Congress and ratified by three fourths of the states and programs such as welfare, health care, and education can legally become the prevue of the federal government. Then those people who want the federal government to hold their hand as they cross the street of life can enjoy servitude without having to listen to the annoying, yet constitutionally validated, harassment from the political right. Until that time, as Congressman Clyburn so eloquently stated, "There's nothing in the Constitution that says that the federal government has anything to do with most of the stuff we do."
Read Jack Loesch's web site at www.TorchNFork.info.
He may be reached at: TorchNFork@frontier.com.