This July 4th, it is appropriate to take inventory of our nation and where it stands. A checkup is in order, and unfortunately, it doesn’t look good. It would seem what has been coming out of Washington D.C. as of late indicates a large problem; our republic is on life support! Things are not as they should be, and it would seem that those who have taken an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States have reduced it to an obsolete historical document at worst, and at best treat it as a suggestion. Our nation is well on its way to becoming a mere shadow of what our founders intended.
Let’s start with last week’s House of Representatives vote on Cap and Trade. Forty Four Democrats voted against it because they were rightfully afraid to vote for it. The constituency they “represent” back home, is not in favor of that legislation, and they knew that voting for it would be political suicide. Well, that seems as if the plan our forefathers put in place is working the way it should. However, there was a frightful deal made that “allowed” them to vote that way.
In order to get the bill out of debate, and hurried through passage, these forty four democrats were told by Nancy Pelosi that they were welcome to vote “No” on the vote, unless she and the other liberals in favor of the bill needed their votes to get it passed. So, what if they did need their votes? Are we to assume that if their votes were needed by the Democrat Party that they would have been forced to abandon their responsibility to those back home that elected them to be “their representation” in Congress? In other words Pelosi is effectively saying, “It is okay for all of you to perpetuate the illusion that you are voting the will of the people who elected you to office, as long as ” The Party’ doesn’t need your vote.” Outrageous!
This elevates the political aspirations of the party above the will of the voting people. Politicians in Washington are behaving as if they are a Politburo type of committee that believes they should dictate everything to the ignorant masses, regardless of their wishes. How else can you explain that deal between the voting representatives and Nancy Pelosi? According to the Constitution of the United States, the wishes of any political party are completely irrelevant. The terms are clear: We the People are who the elected representatives must respect represent, and from whom they must take their marching orders. Period.
Instead, we have a governing body that is making these shady deals in backrooms, and voting on legislation they haven’t had time to read, digest, and make an informed decision upon. The very day the Cap and Trade bill was voted on, an additional 300 pages were added to the legislation at 3:00am! Are we to believe that each and every representative who voted actually read all 300 pages that very morning? If they didn’t read those 300 pages, how can we trust that they read the other 1200 pages that were already part of that proposed legislation?
The Cap and Trade bill imposes a penalty on energy companies and manufacturers who produce more than an arbitrarily set limit of carbon dioxide. Those companies will in turn pass those increased costs and penalties to you, manufacturers, and all companies who use power, drive cars, and use all forms of energy. This will work itself out as a new gas tax, electric bill tax, and increased costs on just about every good and service you purchase. Ultimately, many companies have already stated they may have to shut down or scale back domestic production and move more operations, and thus jobs to foreign countries where such laws do not exist, as this new law will make it too difficult for domestic companies to compete. With an already depressed economy, this decision to further pinch Americans is ludicrous.
The 13 original colonies rebelled against England for voting taxes on us without having any “representation” in Parliament, the English version of our Congress. Between 1763 and 1775, imperial officials passed a series of taxes and acts that squeezed more and more money from the colonies, making it more difficult for them to compete, and have a viable economy. The unwillingness of the British to respond to American complaints caused the colonists to argue they were part of an increasingly corrupt and autocratic empire in which their traditional liberties were threatened.
In 1773 the colonies became more outraged when the British Parliament decided to grant the British East India Tea Company a monopoly on tax free import of tea. Although the Parliament did throw the colonies a bone by lowering taxes on other tea importers, the special status given to the East India Tea Company meant that the colonists could not compete. On December 16, 1773 colonists in Boston boarded the East India ships and threw crates of tea overboard into Boston Harbor. The famous protest became known as The Boston Tea Party.
The battle cry of the Continental Army, America’s founding fathers, and the fledgling America was, “No taxation without representation!” What we have now is even worse! Now we supposedly have representation, and even they don’t respect the wishes of the voting public. They are voting taxes and penalties against us and our economic future based on deals made behind closed doors with “party leaders,” ignoring the complaints and wishes of the American citizens.
Furthermore, they are doing so by suppressing data collected and analyzed by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA prepared a report that tracked carbon emissions over the last several decades as steadily increasing, while the earth’s temperature was, of all things, decreasing! The report itself states, “Changes in Greenhouse Gas Concentrations appear to have so little effect that it is difficult to find any effect in the satellite temperature record, which started in 1978.” That inconvenient fact got in the way of the current administration’s agenda, as well as the left’s propaganda machine on “global warming,” and so this report was buried prior to the House vote on Cap and Trade. The report is 98 pages and continually criticizes the notion of global warming and calls into question the science supposedly used to support that position.
In addition to disrespecting the voters, our government makes decisions based on their agenda, even if it means flat out lying to the very people to whom these officials owe their jobs! Is it any wonder Americans are staging modern Tea Parties? The current politicians in Washington may wish to bone up on their history. Less than 3 years after the Boston Tea Party, in April of 1775, the first shots were fired of revolution in Lexington and Concord.
If this was the only issue troubling America, it would be bad enough, but it gets worse. Another example of Constitutional perversion occurred on June 25th when Ben Bernanke was asked by Rep. John Duncan about his thoughts on a Congressional audit of the Federal Reserve. Ben Bernanke responded by saying, “My concern about the legislation is that if the GAO is auditing not only the operational aspects of the programs and the details of the programs but making judgments about our policy decisions would effectively be a takeover of monetary policy by the Congress and a repudiation of the Federal Reserve would be highly destructive to the stability of the financial system, the dollar and our national economic situation.”
A takeover of monetary policy by the Congress? It seems that again, Washington D.C. needs a lesson in our Constitution. Article 1, Section 8 deals with the powers of the Congress. The Constitution gives all control over our currency, spending, our economy and debts squarely into the hands of the Congress, because they are supposed to be our direct representation in government. Paragraphs 1 through 6 state:
“The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
To borrow money on the credit of the United States;
To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;
To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;
To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;
To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States”
The Federal Reserve is currently under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Treasury. In 1789 Congress created the U.S. Treasury Department and the Secretary of the Treasury is appointed by the President, by the advice and consent of the Senate. The Act that created the Treasury states
“…to make report, and give information to either branch of the legislature, in person or in writing (as he may be required), respecting all matters referred to him by the Senate or House of Representatives, or which shall appertain to his office; and generally to perform all such services relative to the finances, as he shall be directed to perform.”
It seems clear to me that the Treasury, and thus any department under the Treasury, is required to give a report to the House or Senate upon demand, since ultimately the Constitution places all financial matters of this nation in the hands of Congress. Therefore, Ben Bernanke’s attitude in response to Rep. Duncan’s question is completely out of line. The Federal Reserve has acted with autonomy, immunity, and with apparent lack of oversight for too long. It seems that even Congress can’t control this behemoth and thus is further failing our nation, and all of us as our representatives.
This Fourth of July as we remember and celebrate the birth of our nation, let us remember the personal sacrifices and risks our founders took to bring us the blessings we have richly enjoyed. Too often the celebration is about the fireworks and the barbecues. If we look at that period through their eyes in that time and realize what they faced, it must have been overwhelming. Our founding fathers pledged their lives, their fortunes, their liberty, and their sacred honor, knowing they could loose their lives for the sake of freedom, and their families left destitute.
These men were driven neither by personal profit, nor by personal power. They chose to be responsible to and for one another for the good of the nation. They were true statesmen. These men believed that “governments are instituted by men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
Their contemporary counterparts, however, rush legislation after legislation into existence at such a pace they don’t even have the time to read the bills they are passing. To them it is not the content that is important, it is the agenda of the political party. Deals are made with one another at the expense of the voice of the people. Campaign promises are broken, and in many instances they were flat out lies to begin with. Lies such as the ones uttered by Barack Obama when he said “I can make a firm pledge, under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes. He said over and over “you will not see any of your taxes increase one single dime.“He hammered on John McCain when he suggested that healthcare benefits should be taxed. Obama’s reply was, “taxing health care instead of fixing it. We can’t afford John McCain.”
In the short 5 months that Obama has been in office, He has proposed we tax benefits to help pay for his massive healthcare government takeover. He has signed a law raising the tobacco tax nearly 62 cents on a pack of cigarettes, to $1.01. Other tobacco products saw similarly steep increases. His new Cap and Trade bill will tax just about everything. The bill will punish businesses, result in a tax on your electricity and gasoline, and raise the price of everything you purchase. According to the Heritage foundation the average American family can expect to see an additional $3,900 a year in increased expenses from this bill alone. That doesn’t take into account the collateral damage of this bill which will ship production and jobs overseas. (See my article titled Congress Votes to CAP Our Economy and TRADE Your Freedoms).
Obama also said, “Listen now, I will cut taxes—cut taxes—for 95 percent of all working families, because, in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle class.” To the contemporaries that are today filling the shoes of the founding fathers talk is cheap and words are meaningless as long as they achieve their political agendas. He forced our nation into massive debt by insisting that more and more stimulus spending was necessary. His gloom and doom predicted an aditional $787 billion in additional stimulus was needed to keep unemployment from rising above 8%. He sold it to America, and mortgaged the futures of our children to keep that catastrophe from happening. However, in May unemployment reached a 26 year high of 9.4 percent, and now Obama predicts we could see 10 or even 11 percent!
Since Barack Obama has been in office and Congress has had a liberal majority we have seen the government, that was designed by the founders to be non intrusive and the custodian of our life and liberty, act very socialist as it has taken over the auto industry, is poised to takeover the healthcare industry, has dictated salaries to businessmen, and has reaped huge debt on our heads! These are areas where our government has no right to be, making decisions that are far beyond the scope of their responsibility.
As a result millions of patriotic Americans peacefully demonstrated their dissatisfaction with the policies and actions of a Congress and President that have lied and passed outrageous legislations, while Janeane Garofalo, and CNN journalists Anderson Cooper and Susan Roesgen accuse Americans as the ones being “anti-government,” “racists,” “rednecks,” and make other disgusting sexual derogatory remarks about concerned citizens who have a legitimate gripe about how our elected officials are filling their duties. To Obama and his fan club, patriotic Americans are “antipathy xenophobes who cling to guns and religion.”
This July 4th, we would do well to remember the words of Samuel Adams who said, “We have no government armed in power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a religious and moral people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.” Apparently Samuel Adams didn’t believe that being moral or religious is a detriment, but rather a necessary and sought after quality to being a true American.
Also, remember that it is your American right and duty to “peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” ~1st Amendment of the Constitution of the United States
Our founding fathers signed their name to the Declaration of Independence which says:
“— That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Again, this further demonstrates that our founders believed the ultimate power in this nation is its citizens, and the government exists for our benefit, not the other way around. This July 4th, let us commit to taking our lives as Americans back. Let’s take our country back, and be more vocal about how we demand the politicians run this nation! Let us make our founders proud, but remember to do so you must also seek the will of Almighty God, answering to Him. Our founders believed that anyone who kneels before God will stand against men, and they changed the world!