Sheep to the Slaughter, Part II

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Just to review, since the Election got in the way, we were looking at the Powers of Congress which is located in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution.  We left off at Clause 3.

Clause 4:

To establish a uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

So from just a quick reading one would think this is pretty straight forward.  I mean how tough can this be?  You simply state and enforce the rules and procedures for one to become a citizen of the United States.  Since this power id limited to the Federal Government those States should be required to abide and help enforce said laws.

Hmm, well not quite.  It seems that there are several States the take it upon them selves to create a zone in which no questions or enforcement of Federal laws need happen.  These areas of sanctuary are in direct violation of the Constitution and Federal Law, but nothing is done about it.  The cost of this inaction is in the hundreds of millions, yet nothing is done.  In this case at least the clause is very clear, yet for decades we have ignored the collective thumb on the nose some States are giving the Government and continue to allow our tax dollars to support these States.

I’m not against immigration.   But I am against paying for illegal immigration and supporting those Cities and States that indulge and tolerate it.

Bankruptcies are certain to be a sore subject given the economy of today.  The best reason one can give for a central control of bankruptcies is uniformity.  There is no argument there and except for recently no reason to have massive shifts in the rules.  Not so many years ago the laws were made so soft and pliable that all one needed to do is declare and all debt went  away.  In times of plenty of money and soaring profits the economy can withstand such ease.

Sadly that is no longer the case, but certainly the answer isn’t to allow people to maintain and restructure their debt with Federal assistance or by legal means which will cost the lenders to lose money.  The only divence in the rules of bankruptcies should be the dollar amount or percentage when such action is allowable.

Clause 5:

To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

This is one of the few tasks the Federal Government actually is able to complete without a good deal of problem.  Carter tried to make us convert to the Metric System years ago, but that never took hold or was enforced.  So we happily remain in the decimal system, mostly laid out by Jefferson while he was Sec. of State.

Clause 6:

To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;

As above, simple enough.

Clause 7:

To establish Post Offices and post Roads;

The postal system in this Country has always been one of the best in the world and of any time period.  It’s hard to argue that this means of communication, the mail, wasn’t instrumental in the growth of this great nation.  Times changed and the Federal Postal System isn’t what it use to be, not that I say it shouldbe desolved, but compentation and privatitation has deminished the worth of the postal system.  New means of communication such as e-mail and the telephone have lessened the value of the mail service.  Which, BTW, is a major reason that the cost of stamps have risen so much over the last few years.  Though it is still the best value on the planet for physical transport of items to family and friends, for communication is easier, cheaper and faster via e-mail.

Which starts to cut into the need for Federal road assistance.  If we didn’t need the postal service anymore, we don’t need the raods to carry or transport the mail.

However there is an argument  for maintaining the road system.  Many either never knew or were never taught the “other” purpose of the Federal Highway System started by Eisenhower.  That would be a Military use.  Of Course the Constitution does not so provide for such an expense and such an idea been created in the early part of this Country’s history an Amendment would have been required.

It would be hard to argue against such an expense, and it would have surely passed, but by Eisenhower’s time the Constitution was mostly a passing thought.  Jusr sort of an interesting side bar here, ever notice how often the interstate has long straight and level lengths of road?  Ever wonder why?

Emergency military runways.  Should attacks happen to America it was felt that military airbases would be among the first targets, (most of the world was still stuck in the WW II war structure).  ICBM’s were yet to be invented so any nukes would have to be transported by air.

This is one of the duller sections of the powers of Congress.  Some of the more flagrantly abused sections are coming up.  So please stick with me here.

chas

“Rebellion to Tyranny is Obedience to God”

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