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Constitutional Awakening


If there is anything good to say about Democrat control of the White House, Senate and House of Representatives, it's that their extraordinarily brazen, heavy-handed acts have aroused a level of constitutional interest among the American people that has been dormant for far too long. Part of this heightened interest is seen in the strength of the tea party movement around the nation. Another is the angry reception that many congressmen received at their district town hall meetings. Yet another is seen by the exchanges on the nation's most popular radio talk shows such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin and others. Then there's the rising popularity of conservative/libertarian television shows such as Glenn Beck, John Stossel and Fox News.

While the odds on favorite is that the Republicans will do well in the fall elections, Americans who want constitutional government should not see Republican control as a solution to what our founders would have called "a long train of abuses and usurpations." Solutions to our nation's problems require correct diagnostics and answers to questions like: Why did 2008 presidential and congressional candidates spend over $5 billion campaigning for office? Why did special interests pay Washington lobbyists over $3 billion that same year?

What are reasons why corporations, unions and other interest groups fork over these billions of dollars to lobbyists and into the campaign coffers of politicians?

One might say that these groups are simply extraordinarily civic-minded Americans who have a deep and abiding interest in elected officials living up to their oath of office to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution. Another response is these politicians, and the people who spend billions of dollars on them, just love participating in the political process. If you believe either of these explanations, you're probably a candidate for some medicine, a straitjacket and a padded cell.

A far better explanation for the billions going to the campaign coffers of Washington politicians and lobbyist lies in the awesome government power and control over business, property, employment and other areas of our lives.

Having such power, Washington politicians are in the position to grant favors and commit acts that if committed by a private person would land him in jail.

Here's one among thousands of examples: Incandescent light bulbs are far more convenient and less expensive than compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL) that General Electric now produces. So how can General Electric sell its costly CFLs? They know that Congress has the power to outlaw incandescent light bulbs. General Electric was the prominent lobbyist for outlawing incandescent light bulbs and in 2008 had a $20 million lobbying budget. Also, it should come as no surprise that General Electric is a contributor to global warmers who help convince Congress that incandescent bulbs were destroying the planet.

The greater Congress' ability to grant favors and take one American's earnings to give to another American, the greater the value of influencing congressional decision-making. There's no better influence than money. The generic favor sought is to get Congress, under one ruse or another, to grant a privilege or right to one group of Americans that will be denied another group of Americans.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi covering up for a corrupt Ways and Means Committee Chairman, Charles Rangel, said that while his behavior "was a violation of the rules of the House. It was not something that jeopardized our country in any way." Pelosi is right in minimizing Rangel's corruption. It pales in comparison, in terms of harm to our nation, to the legalized corruption that's a part of Washington's daily dealing.

Hopefully, our nation's constitutional reawaking will begin to deliver us from the precipice. There is no constitutional authority for two-thirds to three-quarters of what Congress does. Our constitution's father, James Madison, explained, "The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined ... (to be) exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce."

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. To find out more about Walter E. Williams and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at



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Our constitution's father, James Madison, explained, "The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined ... (to be) exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce."Oh. No. I think James and his Constitution writing buddies were, gasp, Tea Partiers.
Comment: #1
Posted by: David Henricks
Wed Mar 24, 2010 12:33 AM
Is David Hendricks a candidate for a medicine, straight jacket or a padded cell??? The US Constitution was worded to keep the US from becoming a monarchy. And it was an attempt to right some of the wrongs the English monarchs had inflicted on the public. It appears to me that by limiting government's power Madison realized that as soon as the feds get involved in a program, that programs rapidly goes to hell and the cost skyrockets.
Comment: #2
Posted by: Pat Riley
Wed Mar 24, 2010 8:26 AM
Re: Pat Riley Sorry, Pat. I should have added "Dripping with sarcasm" I agree with you. The Federal government has usurped powers not delegated to them. We are fast losing the dream of our Founders. I am a Tea Partier.
Comment: #3
Posted by: David Henricks
Wed Mar 24, 2010 10:49 AM
Dear Walter Williams. Excellent Article! The 'Dictators', with the 'Collector Pens' used to sign the 'HEALTHCARE ILLEGAL AND CRIMINAL ACT OF 2010' want the Taxpayers to think they're really earning the trillions of dollars, they've spent, and will be illegally spending for years to come, if 'PADLOCKS' aren't put on all politicians doors! The illegitimates who don't work, never have, never will, and live off social and welfare programs are the ones that put these socialists into office. VOTING LAWS are going to have to be changed back "if you don't own property, pay your 'FAIR SHARE' of taxes, then why should you be allowed to vote! THIS IS CALLED "DISCRIMINATION AGAINST THE TAXPAYERS!" Treason comes to Taxpayers minds when they think of what these 'blood-sucking ticks' have done to bankrupt America! The following is an article I wrote and has been published worldwide. Maybe your readers would like to read it!
"Insurance Outrage!" This brought me back to writing about
incompetent, corrupt and greedy politicians, instead of working on my
novels. I've written several articles about how to 'Stop the Trillions from
flowing into politicians' pockets from insurance and drug companies!'
Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this out how these 'donations' created
such deterioration to America.

What happened to honesty, integrity, principles and respect when people had
to pay their own way, their own doctors and hospitals? Let's see, this was
before decades of the incompetent, corrupt, and greedy blood-sucking ticks
and their very deep pockets!

Taxpayers do you remember the 'Heartbeat of America' - American textile and
furniture manufacturing businesses making and selling their goods;
therefore, being able to buy homes, cars, and food for their families.
Politicians took this away from hard-working Taxpayers with their 'Free
Trade', stating America would become a service country. Really, the only
servicing being done now is unemployment, social and welfare offices! Fair
Tax' must be put into law, making everyone a paying participant!

When are Taxpayers going to hear the words "We, the politicians, are going
to stop taking donations from insurance, drug companies or any company,
or person. We intend to cut our salaries and retirements to $12,000.00
yearly, in order to reduce the trillion dollars we've borrowed without
Taxpayers consent!"

I'm quoting from latest articles "AIG reports losses as insurance business
lags - the insurer reports a drop in new premiums as it struggles to repay
government aid! Fannie Mae seeks $15 billion in aid, which would bring total
to more than $75 billion (plus) and the Tax and Spend incompetent, corrupt,
blood-sucking ticks continue to spend America into an oblivion. Taxpayers
knew when the 'bailouts' (handouts) started there would be no end to these
endless money pits created by politicians. While I'm on a roll, for over
five (5) decades Taxpayers have heard politicians talking about government
reform, ethics, housing, education, healthcare, crime, drugs, insurance and
the list goes on. Point is, all they've done is create bigger government,
more spending, and absolutely has been done nor will be done. Can't think of
a better paying career with no thinking or labor involved, can you?

America is now an enslaved nation with trillions of dollars in debt, and
counting, and all
because of incompetent, corrupt, and greedy politicians. I'm quoting John
Adams - "There are two ways to
conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword, the other is by debt."
Surely, you remember history and the Dictator that said "We'll destroy
America and never lift a finger!" If this doesn't wake you up, nothing will!

Comment: #4
Posted by: Shirley deLong
Wed Mar 24, 2010 1:53 PM
Re: David Henricks Thnaks for being a Tea Partier and caring about the country
Comment: #5
Posted by: Russell Spence
Fri Mar 26, 2010 5:46 AM
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Posted by: Jack
Wed Apr 7, 2010 7:31 AM
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