chas For President? (part 1)

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There have been a few people, people whose political beliefs are quite different from my understandings about the Republic, ask me, in effect, “if you are so damn smart, what would you do if you were President?”

My first and sincere response is to confess that I am not all that damn smart.  But then, if the game plan is, as it always must be, that we are to be faithful to the United States Constitution, one need not be all that smart, but simply reliable, honorable, truthful, and devoted to the principles that caused the Founding Fathers to evict King George.  And I am.  It would not be all that hard, if our goals and vision are clear.  Our so-called leaders have made it appear to be much harder than it really is.[1]

Let me also say that I know that I am probably not electable to any office, by traditional standards.  It’s not that I’m some sort of nut or criminal, or that I have had a sordid life.  People just don’t expect hearing the truth, and certain other things they don’t want to hear, from politicians.  Politicians tend to sugar coat things; tend to misrepresent things; and at the same time try to tell you things will be rough for you (seldom for them) but that they can bring you through whatever matter they are addressing, if only we give them the chance and our votes.

One of the things I firmly believe is that the reason running this country appears to be so much harder than it should be is not that life in general is so much more complicated than when our Forefathers formed this Republic, but instead it is because we have moved so far outside of the clear guidelines laid down by the Constitutional Convention, and the additions later attached to that document.  We have strayed due to the purposeful acts of self-serving and wrong-minded leaders.  So, here is what I think would be a great start to fixing many of the problems we have in the country today.  We need to return to the framing premises that there are specifically limited things the national government is empowered to do, and those are largely found in Article 1, section 8, and areas truly only “necessary and proper” to those enumerated powers. And “proper” must be assessed within the context of the Framers’ plan about what the national government should, and hence should not, do.  All other exercises of “power” lay with state and local governments, subject to expressly protected rights, and rights inherently residing in the people within the meaning of the 9th and 10th Amendments.  So, what to do?  How do we begin?

First:  End Social Security.  Don’t get too worked up until you hear how it gets eliminated.  No one who has contributed to Social Security is going to get screwed out of it.  If you were born after December 31, 1994, you will not be required to contribute to Social Security.  All those who are currently contributing to Social Security will continue to contribute, and they will receive the benefits anticipated when they commenced involvement in the program.  All others will be permitted to start their own retirement account and will be permitted to contribute up to 10% pre-tax dollars.

A special tax, WITH A SET DROP DEAD DATE, will be established to fund the remainder of the program, until the last recipient is gone.   Of course, the short fall will cost us all and some behind us.  Apart from the reality that the system finds no support in the four corners of the Constitution, the system, as it is, cannot be sustained, and this plan would help establish a funding source insulated from the general operating budget.

Some will say that it is harsh, maybe even cruel, to end Social Security.  Even if such were true, and it is not, what is far crueller is commanding all of us to pay for the irresponsibility of others.  That is not even close to any idea the Founders would have condoned.  Some will say there is a moral responsibility of us all to those who cannot work.  There is already in place a way to take care of that.  It would be a simple matter to make them part of the welfare program, although with limitations and necessary fine-tunings, and largely administered at the state and local level.

Second:  Do away with the Department of Education, among other executive agencies.  President Reagan tried to do so, but the outcry was so intense that he dropped the idea.  Imposing Federal standards for local education has done nothing but screw up the education system in this country.  It is clear that the ratio of teachers to administrators and other non-teaching staff is diminishing to the point that we appear to lose focus on what the mission of the schools should be.  In every state, localities have their own locally elected boards of education.  Money is always better and more efficiently spent when the locals have the say over how their money is spent.  And we should never forget that it is their money, not the money of national bureaucrats.

It might be said by some that there are local boards that could not afford to run their schools on what they receive in local taxes. That should return to being a state funding issue.  And that would be taken care of by the dramatic lowering of federal taxes associated with the dramatic diminishing of national government involvement in state and local and individual affairs.  The less the national government takes from you, the more that will be available for local and state government.  And when things are funded closer to home, the money is used more efficiently, and the people have more control over how it is used.

Third:  End Foreign Aid.  If there are catastrophic tragedies, such as Haiti, Americans are the most giving people in the world.  There is nothing in the Constitution that commands us to be charitable, or even authorizes the national government to extract money from us in the supposed name of national charity.  Besides, forcing people to give money to others is not charity: it is coercion; it is theft.  Charity must come from the heart, not from threats of government sanction, and Americans have been shown to have the biggest hearts of any peoples when disaster strikes.

As for general foreign aid, foreign countries have learned that we do not punish for their bad behavior, either against us or against others.  So, they smile, take our money, and then repay us by voicing how evil and nasty we are.  They laugh at us when we ask them for help in various matters in foreign theaters.  They refuse to cooperate with us about sanctions and about various other enterprises, and then they talk badly about us.  So, why should we give them our hard-earned money?

Some might say we would be harsh to condition our gifts of money on the receipt of appreciation from those we are giving it to; they might say we are bribing people to do our bidding if we condition it on their supporting us; they might say that turning off the money flow to other countries might be punishing their people, who might or might not control or approve of their government’s handling of foreign or domestic policy.  I say we assist friends and resist enemies and we are foolish to be financing exhibitions of hatred toward us, whether the hatred is exhibited by other governments or their people.  If the governments do not represent their people’s interests, the people should overthrow their governments; that’s how we began.

There are many more thoughts to follow in subsequent presentations.


 I want to say that Capmotion was instrumental in his input as co-author.  Cap alone could fill about 6 Cabinet Offices and the VP slot for me any day of the week, although he would probably prefer to serve the people as Chief Justice of the United States.

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18 Responses to “chas For President? (part 1)”

  1. Sal Weigleb Says:

    Though I would’ve loved it much more if you added a relevant video or at least pictures to back up the explanation, I still thought that your write-up quite helpful. It’s usually hard to make a complicated matter seem very easy. I enjoy your weblog and will sign up to your feed so I will not miss anything. Fantastic content

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  3. Frank C Says:

    Chas,
    Right on…you could tell the truth and no one would believe you or really pay attention to what you were saying…the current administration is the perfect example. Dept of Ed should have never been established let alone allowed to continually grow…Third, Charity begins at home. Great piece.

    Frank
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    Thanks Frank. I blame ignorance of the Constitution mostly.

    chas

  4. carolynro Says:

    Awesomely sensible and true! I am dismayed at how “dumb” and lacking in common sense our elected “leaders” are. Thanks for Part I.
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    You and me both carolyn.

    chas

  5. Gini Says:

    Well, finally! A break is good, but we are all glad to have you back at it. Great ‘platform’ and definitely one I could easily embrace Chas. lol {see, I can be ‘short winded’, fr time to time! ha!}
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    Having a great guy standing behind you and fixing your mistakes and adding to it certain helps. cap has been great in fixing my rantings up.

    chas

  6. capmotion Says:

    And, Sal, speaking of local school boards and spending money, people don’t realize how out of kilter the federal intrusion into those local matters is. I ran for a school board slot in a small community many years ago, against some good ole boys who kissed babies while I talked about Socrates and teachers and education and the 3 r’s, and I amazingly won. When I got to the first meeting, though, intending to carry through with my promise to increase teachers’ pay to get and keep the best, I found out that because of various federal mandates about how we should spend our money, there was very, very little discretionary money to pump into real education matters. And I loudly remonstrated that DC didn’t know anything about what our little rural community needed for our kids, but to no avail. It was very, very frustrating, and it was a stark illustration about how the general government has invaded state and local matters without any constitutional authority whatsoever, and it is getting worse, not better. And it is getting worse not better because the people are ignorant of the scheme envisioned by the Framers and accordingly fail to send to DC leaders who realize DC needs to sharply constrict its scope instead of expanding it.

  7. Salvatore Says:

    Good Morning Chas & Cap
    I agree with ending foreign aid to countries that dont agree with our way of life for their government and their people,
    Education, thats right, each State has their own locally elected board of education, the money is better spent by the state.
    great post Chas & Cap.
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    Thanks Sal. Great to have you back.

    chas

  8. MetalGirlSandi Says:

    Chas this blog is amazing! I agree with every point you made, but especially with ending foreign aid. I have felt that way for many years. It never made any sense to me that if these countries we give aid to in return are ungrateful jerks! When I was a kid my mom always told me never bite the hand that feeds you! I think its time these ungrateful nations learn that same lesson. You have my vote!! 🙂
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    Why thank you Sandi. I am so glad you have stopped in and said Hi. I hope you will continue to read as there are another 3 parts in the works.

    chas

  9. capmotion Says:

    One person’s “high steel” is another person’s “True Grit,” and I am of the latter.
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    If a team we be, I’m the comedy relief. Just call me Fester, Marshall Dillon. 😉

    chas

  10. capmotion Says:

    chas is too generous to me. He is the architect; I am the mere riveter.
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    And here I thought you were a lawyer? I didn’t know you were a high steel guy. Do you have a sister named Rosie? 😆

    chas

  11. Eileen Says:

    Great points. It makes me think of Mr Smith goes to Washington. That poor man was eaten up and spit out.
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    So speaks she who would be First Lady….lol

    chas

  12. Gwen Says:

    I would vote for you anytime you wanted to run for President. You have simple no non-sense ideas. I’ve missed your posts. Where have you been LOL?

    Thanks for the insight. As always you hit the nail on the head.

    Gwen
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    Well I had much help with this and the next few to follow. capmotion is a great intellect on matters Constitutional and he had a great deal of input in this entry.

    To be honest, I always intended this to be concerned more on Constitutional matters, but got caught up in current political news. I felt I had to get my head back in the right game. Thanks for missing me, and even more, thanks for returning.

    chas

  13. Sterling Says:

    I’m very impressed with your platform so far, chas. Social Security has been nothing but a scam since its inception, and now it is nothing more than a tool by which the supporters of big government control a large portion of the population with scare tactics and empty promises, at the expense of individuals who will never recoup the money that’s been hijacked from their wages to support the ones who contributed while they were earning wages, because the government who promised to take care of them pilfered through all the funds that were collected. The Department of Education must be eliminated if we want to protect our children and secure their freedom for the future. Its beginning may have been noble, but while I seriously doubt even that, it is clear that it has devolved into nothing more than an indoctrination program. Foreign aid has always been overrated. We’re damned if we do, and damned if we don’t, so why don’t we just be damned, and keep the citizens’ money right here. Better yet, why don’t we stop confiscating the citizens’ money, and let them provide for their own retirement, educate their own children, and give generously, of their own volition, when needed, to individuals here at home and across the world?
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    Well thank you Sterling. It would have been a much lesser piece without the help provided by cap, I assure you.

    You raise very serious points, and given the guidance and restrictions place on the Federal Government, in the Constitution, we should wonder why such things have been permitted to occur.

    Thanks for standing by while I took a break.

    chas
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    I’m very interested in your candidacy, and I’m anxious to hear more of your platform. You’ll understand if I hold the promise of my vote until I hear more, though, right? 😉
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    I wouldn’t have it any other way my friend. We can now see what happens when someone with no ideas, experience or anything other than a smooth talking style gets into office. 😉

    chas

  14. Dave Says:

    Finally a new blog post! Great one Chas. Like the parts about the department of education. Very true about America to be the first one to offer aid and give charity and a brilliant point about countries not being punished for bad behavior. Streamline things and make things simpler all around.
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    Thanks Dave. Wouldn’t have been half as good had it not been for cap’s help. Part 2 is now under rewrite and hope to have it published by Thursday or Friday. Thanks for sticking around while I took a short rest.

    chas

  15. capmotion Says:

    You did not miss anything regarding the patent absence of intended authority for the national government to regulate education any more than you have missed anything else about the ominous and yawning chasm between what was intended and what is being done by our bloated and expanding central government. It probably understates the reality to assert that 95% of the stuff the national government is doing or regulating or overseeing or “funding” is contra-constitutional, if the intent of the Framers defines constitutional.
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    I had always used 90%, but I suspect you are closer to the truth. Much of this uber Constitutional “projects” I believe comes from bastardizing the Commerce Clause. But I could be wrong about that.

    chas

  16. capmotion Says:

    Of course, one of the main reasons that we have strayed from the Constitution’s true path is because of DC-controlled local education: the feds have a vested interest in the populace remaining ignorant of the constitutional premises undergirding the Republic, because a full understanding, coupled with determination to hew close to the lines drawn by the Framers, would undo much of DC’s influence – including the Department of Education, which wants us not to be too, too educated.
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    I didn’t see where the Federal Government had anything to do with education in the Constitution. Did I miss something? 😉

    chas

  17. Lanna Says:

    Great blog, Chas and Cap. Some sensible solutions for our country.
    I liked the foreign aid elimination too — $1 trillion has been given to Africa over the past 60 years and all it’s done is foster a climate of corruption, unrelenting poverty and repression. Do good liberals just want to feel good about themselves and they don’t care if their warm fuzzies come at the expense of an entire population.

    What really bites is that many of us know the U.S. would be okay if we’d just adhere to the Constitution, but a large portion of the population has been taken hostage by mainstream media and liberal talking points. They’ve been primed for this by liberal education and/or entertainment media. So we have incestuous amplification, which sets off a battery of self-defense mechanisms such as selective perception, recall and exposure. It’s like Stockholm Syndrome.
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    Didn’t someone once say if you tell a lie often enough people start to believe it? I think in order to obtain more power Government attempts to shame people into believing that to not redistribute wealth makes you less of a human being.

    Great comment. Thank you.

    chas

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