Can We Still Recognize America — Part 2
We are seeing the ‘fundamental transforming’ of America that Obama talked about in 2008. Our liberties have been reduced and in some cases severely restricted. Obama has averaged adding 65 new regulations to businesses every day since taking office. Businesses are becoming so burdened with these regulations and then topping that with Obamacare that it has driven many out of business because of the cost. Benjamin Franklin commented on the government being too intrusive when addressing the Constitutional Convention: “Sir, though we may set out in the beginning with moderate salaries, we shall find that such will not be of long continuance. Reasons will never be wanting for proposed augmentations; and there will always be a party for giving more to the rulers, that the rulers may be able in return to give more to them. Hence, as all history informs us, there has been in every state and kingdom a constant kind of warfare between the governing and the governed, the one striving to obtain more for its support, and the other to pay less. And this has alone occasioned great convulsions, actual civil wars, ending either in dethroning of the princes of enslaving of the people. Generally, indeed, the ruling power carries its point, increasing, and we see that they are never satisfied, but always in want of more. The more the people are discontented with the oppression of taxes, the greater need the prince has of money to distribute among his partisans, and pay the troops that are to suppress all resistance, and enable him to plunder at pleasure.” James Madison made it clear that the federal government should be very limited in scope and outreach: “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; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several states will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.” Notice that Madison pointed to the fact that the powers of government are few and defined. That is not what we have today. The federal government has increased its influence into more areas than the Founders would have allowed. He even defines it further by stating: “The former (federal) will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce.” The overreach of the federal government has been occurring for 80 plus years. It started in the 20th Century with Woodrow Wilson and the establishment of the Federal Reserve which is not any part of the federal government at all. Franklin Roosevelt established Social Security, which had it been private would have been okay, but then he went further in his failed attempt to create jobs by creating more government agencies. He established Welfare and there was a failed attempt by Eleanor, his wife, to establish a national healthcare.
Each president in the 20th Century did something to increase the reach of government. LBJ established Medicare and Medicaid in 1965-66. There is no constitutional provision for the federal government to be involved in the nation’s healthcare. In 1979 Jimmy Carter established the Board of Education. There is no provision in the constitution for the federal government to be involved in the education of our children. That has always been the responsibility of the States. This is in no way an exhaustive exposition of the federal government overreach of its constitutional authority but simply an overview of how they have, over the years, taking a little more and a little more power. The worse part of this is it was done with the total consent of Congress. Notice also that these overreaches have been done by Democrats with Democrat controlled Congresses. Just pointing out the facts ugly as they are.
John Quincy Adams spoke of maintaining the federal government at the size and influence the Founders designed: “Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people.” We have failed to do this and it could result in a catastrophic failure of our great country. We have moved from a nation that encouraged and rewarded individual effort to a nation that now encourages depending on government handout and heavily penalizes those that do put out an individual effort. There is 47% of America that is accepting some form of government handout. I don’t know what percentage is only on Social Security but that is NOT a government hand out as the government does not fund that, in fact, it owes that fund millions.
This administration is the first in my memory that has actually made a person that has put out the effort to better him/herself feel like they are taking from someone. President Obama has even stated, “At some point, you have made enough!” When did it become shameful to earn good money? I don’t hear him calling down George Sorros or Bill Gates. Of coarse not. They fund his ideology and that is okay. Benjamin Harrison warned us about this type of actions: “The indiscriminate denunciation of the rich is mischievous… No poor man was ever made richer or happier by it. It is quite as illogical to despise a man because he is rich as because he is poor. Not what a man has, but what he is, settles his class. We can not right matters by taking from one what he has honestly acquired to bestow upon another what he has not earned.”
The America we see today does in no way resemble the America the Founders established. We have lost too many of our liberties, the federal government has encroached on too many areas where it has no constitutional right. Who is to blame? In reality, the American people. Why? do you ask? We have not paid attention. We did not know that they overreached their constitutional boundaries because we did not know what those boundaries were. Daniel Webster warned us about neglecting our duty to over see those in authority: “There is no nation on earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow. Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter: from the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence. I must confess that I do apprehend some danger. I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be made the dupes of designing men and become the instruments of their own undoing.” This is exactly what we have done. We have placed too implicit a confidence in our public servants and have failed to properly scrutinize their conduct.
This last election we saw a major shift back in the direction we need to go but that move needs to continue. We need to teach our children what the limits of government are. Our schools won’t teach them because it doesn’t fit their indoctrination agenda. The schools don’t want them to know the limits of government, they want them to think the government’s power is unlimited. It is now our job to inform them of the truth. We may not want to do this but because we have not paid attention ourselves we have to re-educate ourselves and educate our kids to. We have to leave them a better nation than what our parents left us.
Get so good books by real historians. Be very careful where you get you information. Most of what is out there is incorrect and outright lies. You can start with WallBuilders.com. David Barton has more information on our history than anyone I know. I have a book, Defining America’s Exceptionalism available on my website, www.buildingthetruth.org or through Amazon or your local bookstore. I have Student Study Guides and Teachers Guide for those that want to use this for homeschool, private school or Christian schools. The Guides are only available on my site. Do what you can because you must. America is that important.
Daniel Webster said it best: “It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God it shall be my dying sentiment, independence now and independence forever.”
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