The Proper Role of the Federal Government
Some people believe that since the impeachment hoax is over, it’s time for Congress to work on something productive for the country. First of all, this isn’t over. It won’t ever be over as long as Donald Trump is president. Second, at least when Congress was preoccupied with framing President Trump, they weren’t trying to “help” the American people. The best thing politicians can do for us is to do nothing at all because when they pass a law or regulation, it ends up doing more harm than good. Although their intentions may be good, the end result usually is not. When I consider all the over-regulation we now face, I am reminded of the proper role of the federal government and how far we have strayed from our founders’ intent.
Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution explicitly lists all the responsibilities of the Congress. They are as follows: to collect taxes, pay debts, fund the military, borrow money, regulate commerce, control immigration, print money, establish the courts, establish federal prisons, establish post offices, regulate patents, fight piracy at sea, declare war, and provide for the defense and welfare of the country. In the beginning, the federal government was small because it had only a few departments. As time passed, politicians learned that by growing government, they could also grow their wallets. That is exactly what’s wrong with all levels of government today!
My solution to this problem is multi-fold. To regain control of our government, we must first shrink it down to size by setting spending limits. Second, we must set term-limits for members of Congress. Third, we must strictly enforce the 10th Amendment and return the power to the state governments. Fourth, we must repeal the 17th Amendment and require Senators be chosen by the state legislatures as originally intended.
We can’t trust our government to reform itself, so we must do it through a Convention of States as established in Article 5 of the Constitution. Go to www.conventionofstates.com to learn more. Also, read Mark Levin’s book, The Liberty Amendments to learn more about the framers’ true intent of the Constitution and how to regain control of our government. Finally, watch Milton Friedman discuss the proper role of government on YouTube. May God bless you and the United States of America!