Friday, November 6, 2009

You Should Pray I Choose the Latter . . .

Do you find yourself wondering how the federal government gets away with some of the things it does these days? As Thomas Sowell writes: "Just one year ago, would you have believed that an unelected government official, not even a Cabinet member confirmed by the Senate but simply one of the many "czars" appointed by the President, could arbitrarily cut the pay of executives in private businesses by 50 percent or 90 percent?". How about imminent domain (where the government takes your property from you if they can find something better to do with it)? How about extending benefits to illegal aliens from your tax dollars (note the word illegal).

If only there was a law that limited the federal government's power. That their was a hierarchy and that the federal government was the lowest man on the totem pole? That issues should first be handled by people, then the local government, and finally, the federal government. Maybe something that read: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." Don't you wish our forefather's had the forethought to put something like THAT in the constitution? That would really make the world a different place wouldn't it?

They did! It is called the 10th amendment and was ratified on December 15, 1791. Sadly, The Constitution of the United States is just one more piece of paper our government throws in the shredder. You see, it is just not convenient anymore. How in the world are we going to get more and more tax dollars from 300 million Americans to satisfy the government's appetite for power if we don't add some fruitless program to the budget or promise Americans that we can do something extraordinary if only they will "vote for me" and "give just a few dollars a day" for some program. The government is power hungry and it doesn't stop. It is the nature of the beast. It doesn't stop that is until the people stand up against it. There was a great quote from the movie "The Great Debaters" that is very applicable at this time:

"Saint Augustine said, 'An unjust law is no law at all,' which means I have a right, even a duty, to resist -- with violence or civil disobedience. You should pray I choose the latter."

Here are some links to some good articles about the freedoms that are being taken away from us:

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