Education is a useful tool. With that being our platform for this column, it is time to clear some things up for our friends on the left side of the aisle. We have heard for the last year their accusations against the TEA Party, all of which have been proven false and rejected by the American people–as November’s elections show. Yet the Left–never willing to admit failure (i.e. busing)–continues to make the following claim: That those of us in the TEA Party hate government.
Here’s where the education comes in. We in the TEA Party hate big government. We hate and despise needless government. We hate wasteful government. We hate bureaucracy. The Left’s argument that building roads and our Defense Department is somehow a tacit endorsement of socialism is beyond farcical–since our founders specifically gave the government those responsibilities in the Constitution. Did they give the government responsibility for health care? No. For rescuing failing private companies? No. For having a monopoly on education? No. And on and on.
We in the TEA Party hate cumbersome government that takes the bread of some, feeds itself, and then gives crumbs to the rest and expects praise and votes in return for their kind generosity. That is what we hate. The Left would do well to learn two things. First, get used to us. We are here to stay and we are not going to be intimidated. Practice that mythical “acceptance” that you insist everyone practice, yourselves excepted. Second, study the words of the founders (all emphasis mine):
“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which the last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the state.”
Read that Madison quote over and over until you comprehend it fully.
The issue of health care has been tied by liberals to the general welfare clause of the Constitution. Yet consider the words of Thomas Jefferson:
“Congress [doesn’t have] unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but is restrained to those specifically enumerated.”
George Washington made quite clear the intention of the Constitution:
“First, that the general government is not invested with more powers than are indispensably necessary…”
For nearly two centuries, Americans and their leaders didn’t see Departments of Education and Energy, or mandatory health care as “indispensably necessary.” So why now?
And another stern warning from the Father of our Country:
“If, in the opinion of the people, the distribution or the modification of the constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed.”
Again, read Mr. Washington’s quote over and over. And think of the Department of Education, Department of Energy, etc. Are our children smarter? Our energy prices lower? Or are both situations worse off? Seems Mr. Washington was on to something.
Now, notice James Madison’s words from earlier. He doesn’t say, “The former should be exercised,” or “The powers reserved to the several States should extend…” He says, definitively, that they “will.” Next take note of Mr. Washington’s last quote. He says that radical changes to our Constitution (and thus laws that lay claim in deriving their authority from it) are a matter for the people, and the amendment process.
What is “usurpation”? Briefly, it is the seizure of power. The federal government has taken over education, health care, private companies, and numerous other areas of our lives over the years. Were these things an accord among the people and done through the amendment process? No–particularly in the area of health care, when the people demonstrated loudly against it. Thus, is this not the definition of “usurpation” on the part of government?
Judges deciding policy and creating new Constitutional “rights” from the bench. Would this not qualify as “usurpation”? To the people of Iowa it seems so, as they–in an almost unprecedented move–dismissed three of their state supreme court justices in the November elections–three justices who had ruled that homosexual marriage was a protected “right” in that state.
The American people are not naïve wanderers who put their full faith in politicians and judges. They are alert and aware that usurpation is taking place. That is the what the TEA Party is all about, liberals. Not the hatred of government, but the hatred of the misuse and abuse of government to unethically reach the ends that you desire but have been denied by the people and/or the Constitution itself. Be it through judicial activism or executive czars.