The Powers of Congress

Each report of a committee on a bill or joint resolution of a public character shall include a statement citing the specific powers granted to the Congress in the Constitution to enact the law proposed by the bill or joint resolution.

— From the Rules of the House of Representatives

My wife tells me all the time… If most members of Congress were to stand by their oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic” and to “bear true faith and allegiance to the same,” big government would disappear.

No, she is not totally naive and she is not completely wrong except that it wouldn’t take a majority of members ( although it would be nice ) to actually perform that way. If 1/3 of the members ceased to compromise on every issue that reared it’s ugly head on the floor of Congress and stood by their oath of office, if they did this collectively, and with honor, Washington would cease to operate.

Now it couldn’t last long…. their are too many that understand the power that Washington at this day and time weld, but wouldn’t it be an accomplishment if they succeeded for a year or if they had enough populous backing, two years, just think what would change….. yes your right… it’s a dream…. one that I and others like me have been fighting for years and the odds of us ever in our lifetime seeing it happen are not likely.

Why could this not happen perchance?

For one reason most congressmen are no better informed on constitutional matters than the “experts” — or they would presumably not support programs without the proper constitutional authorization — an authorization which, of course, in most cases do not exist. Just look at what they write or talk about.

Second, most congressmen (women, for those gender sensitive readers) are of the legal profession and have been taught that the Constitution is an “elastic” document which of course means bendable and certainly flexible to interpretation.

Of course, if lawmakers can legislate any law they want, then we have a democracy instead of a republic and there is no need for a written constitution limiting the powers of government. Moreover, if lawmakers can interpret the Constitution based on whatever theory is in vogue at the moment, then the Constitution is an evolving document that holds no meaning as a fixed set of fundamental laws. And that’s why we are in the trouble we are in.

Another reason we are in this trouble is what I would call the deadly seven sins…. Pride, Avarice/Greed, Envy, Wrath/Anger, Lust, Gluttony, and Sloth. Yea, their still around and healthy. Some years back MTV did a special which involved interviewing various well-known entertainers from the music and television industry. They pretty much all agreed these were not vices and the list was “dumb.” (Sigh) Oh well.

I suspect if we did a survey of our Congressmen, we might find a similar, although not as transparent an answer.

Back to my point…. As much as I would like to see our representatives truly represent us and vote for, it all cases, a constitutional government, I doubt it will happen, short of a revolution, I suspect nothing will change for long.

Why? Because, we as a free people choose not to have it happen…. We, the Mob, have spoken.

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