The Presidential debate Wednesday night showed once again that neither of the rubes at the top the Presidential ticket understands the Constitution.
When asked by moderator Jim Lehrer about the proper role of government, President Barack Obama went into an insane diatribe about all the ways government can steal money from Americans to build railroads, start unConstitutional Federal agencies and hire school teachers, citing the mercantilist tyrant Abraham Lincoln for precedence.
Mitt Romney referred to the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence, but then misconstrued the second paragraph of the Declaration as giving the government the power to steal money from one segment of society to give another. His answer was simply argle-bargle.
The role of Constitutional government is found in Article I, Section 8. Nowhere does it speak of using money forcibly removed from citizens to build railroads, hire teachers or give to the less fortunate, or any of myriad other things that it currently does that will continue regardless of who wins in November. I would suggest both should go back and read the document for the 17 enumerated powers, but I’m sure neither would get it.
James Madison thought this was very clear. He wrote: “It would be absurd to say, first, that Congress may do what they please and then that they may do this or that particular thing. After giving Congress power to raise money, and apply it to all purposes which they may pronounce necessary to the ‘general welfare’, it would be absurd, to say the least, to supersede a power to raise armies, to provide fleets, etc. In fact, the meaning of the general terms in question must either be sought in the subsequent enumerations which limits and details them, or they convert the Government from one limited as heretofore supposed, to the enumerated powers, into a Government without any limits at all.” Unfortunately, the political class has turned the phrase on its head almost from the beginning.
And like mice in a wheel, no matter how hard they run Americans are going to continue to see more of the same scenery and the Nation will continue to slide further and further away from Constitutional governance, regardless of which of the two puppets is elected.