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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Constitutionalist Commentary part 3

This is part three of a series I will be doing on why I identify myself as a Constitutionalist. I have been receiving questions lately on why I chose the Constitution Party over the Republicans, and I cannot explain the answer in any more brief a way than this: The Constitution Party represents my views more closely than any other party.
However, for those who are looking for more information, read on. This third part will cover the section titled “Bring Government Back Home.” You can find it HERE. I recommend reading it, because I will refer to it regularly throughout this post.
This section pretty much speaks to the issue of small government. The basic premise is that the Constitution granted certain powers to the federal government; but it also states that, where power is not granted to the federal level, it is either the state or personal level governing. A great deal of significance has been lost when it comes to this section.

Simply put, what is the federal’s, remains with the federal. What is the state’s belongs with the state. What is neither expressly given the federal or the state is strictly a personal responsibility. When the federal government legislates away personal responsibility, freedom begins to wane. Personal responsibility, you see, is where freedom truly starts.
For quite a while now, the government’s approach to power has been to grant it to itself when a lack of Constitutional power is discovered. The Environmental Protection Agency is a wonderful example of this, as is the National Education Administration. Decisions are being made on a daily basis by individuals who have not been elected, but rather hired by a bloated, out of control governmental effigy. Simply speaking, while the need for secretaries is a given for elected officials, unelected officials regulating use of land; crafting building codes; and demanding education be done exclusively within the public system, all point to the same issue. In short, we need a government that does its Constitutional job, rather than hand it over to be seen to by others unelected.
To bring the government back to its Constitutional boundaries, certain steps must be followed, and certain sacrifices must be made. The largest, of course, would the “easiest said”: The return from “giver-ment” to “government.” From there, a reduction of personal regulations, and so on.
Additionally, this would mean the return of power to the individual states. No longer will the federal government decide for them what they will spend on aid to destitute, for instance. Now, this may mean that some states will pull all funding, while others put more funding into the issue. However, if the citizens have an issue with any use of state power, the answer is not to cede it to the federal government; the answer is to change it from within.
Any candidate willing to do this, who stands behind this 100%, will get my vote- Pure and simple.
The next section speaks about Character and Moral Conduct. I’ve got more than a few things to say about that, so stick around.