|Thomas Jefferson on Enumerated Powers|
Monday, March 26, 2018
The Root Cause of Out of Control Spending, Why Convention Of States Would Change Nothing.
Thought it would be appropriate to follow up on previous article regarding HF 2690 for a Convention of States. Representative Matt Dean and now Representative Linda Runbeck from Washington County are co-signers on the bill. Also, Senator Roger Chamberlain authored the companion Bill SF3490.
There is a continuing enlightenment that we do, in fact, have an out of control tax and spend federal and state governments…no arguments there.
There is also disagreement on how to address this out of control mess.
“Congress has not unlimited powers…but only those specifically
enumerated”. ~ Thomas Jefferson. Those powers are defined in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution
In 1995 Congressman John Shadegg introduced a bill in the House called the Enumerated Powers Act. This was a simple one page bill that says…"To require Congress to specify the source of authority under the United States Constitution for the enactment of laws, and for other purposes”. The authority would be found in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution.
This bill has been re-introduced and ignored for over 20 years. Why?? For all intents and purposes this says that a majority of elected representatives who took an oath to support and defend the Constitution, have turned their backs on that oath by the time they take a seat for at least a century.
It is simply not rational to think that amending the Constitution with the convention of States will be the magic bullet to all of a sudden inspire unprincipled, unethical, immoral career elected representatives to honor their oaths any more than they do now.
I submit that the Constitution is the not the problem…the Root Cause is the failure to honor the Constitution on EVERY issue, EVERY time.
When is the last time you heard a candidate for office focus their campaign on supporting the Constitution??