Sheep to the Slaughter, Introduction

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Many of Americans hear about the powers of Congress, the Constitution, our Rights and the Business of the People, (made famous by the Clinton Impeachment).  But how many really know what the Constitution is actually suppose to do?  How many know what the actual powers of Congress are?

James Madison, often called the Father of our Constitution, knew that “men” were imperfect.  He in fact stated; “If men were angels, no government would be necessary”.   His concern was how do you balance the power of the Government with the will of the people, without allowing, what Jefferson called mobocracy?   The rule of the mob, (or banding of many small groups), has been the downfall of most democratic, if not all, governments in history.  There are many arguments about how many of Madison’s ideas were left off, changed and/or discarded, but the fact is the great compromise was reached and his basic ideas of a republic remained intact.

This was to mean that the purpose of the Constitution was not a document of power, of rights, but of restriction.  The Constitution that was placed on the Federal Government to control and hold power over the States and over the people.  If I may paraphrase here Madison was heard to say; “If the Constitution is to mean what we believe it to mean, that is what we want it to mean, we should hasten the parchment to the fire”.

Have you ever wondered why the House has only a 2 year term?  Do you know why the enumerated powers of Congress were so limited?  The answers to both questions are the same.   For over a hundred years we lived under the rule of England, but went mostly unnoticed.  We were in theory a free people, but dependent upon England for out source of wealth.  There was no money here, only script and barter.  All wealth was held in England in the Bank and banking houses, all nothing but paper and over which we had no control.

But around 1750 the Parliament took on a different tune.  Taxes were requested, (BTW, most of the taxes were to deffer the cost of keeping the Indians and French from intruding into our western boundaries).  and since we had no say in the matter, and this had never been done before, we didn’t like it.

We all know what happens from there, to an extent.  Yes we won independance, but when it came time to form a government there were opposing factions.  Well, you may know that, but it does sound a bit like today, with a different name.  You have to stay with me for just a minute, but all this will tie together.

Today the sides are drawn between conservatives and liberals, (with independents making the choice).  Today being called a Liberal or Socialist is a bad thing, (and it is a bad thing, but that’s not the purpose here).  Back then the worse thing was to be called a monarchist.  The fear based upon too much government and a concentration of power in one place or person.

See, I told you it all tied together.  this is why the Constitution seperates power between 3 Branches of Government.  This is why there are ONLY 17 enumerated  powers for Congress and one grant of power to carry out the listed 17.

Over the next week, as time permits, I am going to show how, the the help of the Constitution, Jefferson, Judge Napolitano and my own reading of that period of history and the writings of Madison and his mentor Jefferson, what those powers are supposed to be and how badly we have allowed them to be mangled.

I promise not to be too dry and even inject some humor in this rather serous subject.  Because I do believe that this is as serous as a heart attack. To wit:  “Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”
Thomas Jefferson

I’m not claiming to be an expert, but you might learn some interesting facts that they never taught you in school.

chas

“Rebellion to Tyranny is Obedience to God”

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