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Enumerated Powers

Nelson Lund a professor at Virginia law school has remarked that since 1791 ” Congress has never approved a constitutional amendment that decreased its own power in any significant way. indeed, since the bill of rights was adopted, Congress has not even approved any amendments – with the possible exception of the 21st amendment- that reinforced the original plan for a federal legislature that of limited and enumerated powers.”

The enumerated powers are a list of specific responsibilities found in Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution, which iterates the authority granted to the Congress may exercise only those powers that are granted to it by the Constitution, limited by the Bill of Rights and other protections found in the Constitution.

Congress can you hear America yet ? YOU ARE OUT OF CONTROL. Even the Senate where cooler heads should prevail have lost it. Look at your actions as to the rules and procedures and back room deals. What this administration and congress have shown the American people is that you are incapable of rational leadership. As a group you march like zombies following the president without regard for legislative quality only the end result. Look at yourselves , the third Saturday working with staff and a vote on the eve of Christmas. All due to an arbitrary date dictated by the president. In other words only a few days to read what is in the bill. I can only say how un- American this looks.

This current legislation is full of spending gimmicks which alone should prompt a no vote. The expansion of government bureaucracy limiting choice and freedom is enough for any American congressman to vote no. Forcing the young to purchase health insurance or face jail time is another reason to vote no. Scrap this current bill and work in a bipartisan fashion and fix what is wrong. This is nothing but a government take over of the best health care system in the world. Which is why the far left caves in. With this legislation the left has begun the process of considerable intrusion into the lives of free Americans.

Law suites will fly if this monstrosity passes leading to an eventual overturn on constitutional grounds. The left is truly overreaching. The language reads as a straight jacket on individual freedom and choice.This is bad legislation not only because of what is in the bill but the way it has been handled. Both the president and the democrats in rushing this bill are acting like children not mature individuals doing what is in the best interest of the country.

The only venue left for the citizenry of the country is to reduce the concentration of power in Washington and migrate said power back to the states maintaining the Republic. There needs to be a new debate as to the extent of congressional authority under the constitution. Increasingly, (with the lack of an intelligent argument for both health care and cap and trade) the President and Congress are being viewed as drama queens (EVERYTHING IS AN EMERGENCY) embarrassing the American people on a world stage.

You have too much power when every special interest has to run to the federal government for their economic survivability. Would not it be more productive if you could concentrate on the best interest of the country as a whole instead of petty agendas. That means Congress legislates to reduce its own reach. Go back to the Constitutional powers that are listed not what you think you control and have taken. Health care is not a RIGHT it is a good a service.

Alexis de Tocqueville. “About this race of men stands an immense and tutelary power, which takes upon itself alone to secure their gratifications and to watch over their fate. That power is absolute, minute, regular, provident, and mild. It would be like the authority of a parent if, like that authority, its object was to prepare men for manhood; but it seeks, on the contrary, to keep them in perpetual childhood: it is well content that the public should rejoice, provided they think of nothing but rejoicing. For their happiness such a government willingly labors, but it chooses to be the soul agent and the only arbiter of that happiness; it provides for their security, foresees and supplies their necessities, facilitates their pleasures, manages their principle concerns, directs their industry, regulates the descent of property, and subdivides their inheritances; what remains, but to spare them all care of thinking and all the trouble of living?

The Enumerated Powers Act, introduced by Congressman John Shadegg is a proposed law that would require all bills introduced in the U.S. Congress to include a statement setting forth the specific constitutional authority under which the law is being enacted. The pendulum has moved way to far to the left maybe it is time to discuss the reach congress has usurped over the years limiting the freedom of the American people.

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