The Role of Government

The federal government has proven itself incapable of running our nation with the level of granularity we deserve. The Fed needs more people with community and business roots so it doesn’t continue to suck up all the control from the people who are actual members of their community and know the problems they face.

Enumerated Means Enumerated

The responsibilities of the federal government are very specifically listed in the U.S Constitution. Why are they specifically enumerated? Because the Founding Fathers knew a lot about what happens when tyrants come around and shockingly, they were smart enough to ensure that it was known around the world that our rights aren’t something that can be given to us by government, and they sure as hell can’t be taken away by government. Unfortunately, even the Founders couldn’t prevent the tyrant’s return. The 21st century American tyrant isn’t a single man though. Rather the always present federal government is itself now our oppressor. Why is there so much division today? What is with these radicals in New York and California? The US was founded as a constitutional republic for a reason. We’re too diverse and spread out to have one government represent all our unique needs. The solution is simple. Stop acting like everyone in America has the same needs and desires; and elect leaders that are loyal to the community and not the federal government.

Upholding the Constitution

The Founding Fathers knew firsthand the dangers posed by strong central governments. These wise men were so justified in their fears that even with the constant and repetitive safeguards they put in place we still find ourselves in their nightmares. Using the most transparent terminology they could possibly come up with, the Founders penned just one sentence to dictate the relationship between the national and state governments. The 10th Amendment reads, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” This is an ambitious sentence.

It won’t get better if we pump more money in, increase the amount of employees it has or investigate mismanagement. The only way our country will get better and actually begin to provide for its citizens is if we pull the federal government’s tentacles off and start to allow the state and local governments to take the wheel. So many issues that we ought to handle at the local or state levels are bungled by the federal government. The Department of Education loves to handcuff schools’ with one-size-fits-all bureaucratic advisory opinions.  Legislation handicaps local government’s ability to protect and serve, cause they lack both the resources they need to do their job, but also the political will to ensure that those resources are secured.

Congress ought to remain vigilant in the fight against government overreach. Unfortunately, this Democrat controlled Congress will pounce on any attempt to increase the size and scope of the federal government, not to mention the deficit.  In Congress, John will never vote to spend the hard-earned dollars of Americans to finance frivolous programs, or backroom pork.  That’s because John knows that local communities are best equipped to govern themselves, and no amount of money is going to change that fact.

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