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Just How Powerful is Government Supposed to Be?

September 23rd, 2012

The Constitution focused heavily on a government with limited powers.  After all, our forefathers had just risked life and limb to hop in boats and travel across the Atlantic — then fought a war — just to get away from the oppressive government back in England.

The last thing they wanted was a repeat here!

In order to keep the federal government from spiraling out of control, the forefathers created three branches of government — each with its own job to do.  That way, the government had a built-in way to keep itself in check.

So, if the Executive Branch overstepped its boundaries, the Legislative Branch could stop it.  Or, if the Legislative Branch started hogging too much power, the Executive Branch could step in.

In order to make things even more clear, the forefathers created a list of Enumerated Powers that spelled out exactly what Congress was allowed to do.  You can find the entire list in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, but the list includes things like collecting taxes, regulating foreign commerce, coining money, establishing post offices, creating and maintaining a military, and borrowing money on U.S. credit.

To the forefathers, anything that went beyond the list was simply not the role of the federal government.  Remember, they believed that our rights were given to us by God — not the government.  In fact, most of the Bill of Rights is aimed at keeping the government out of the way.

So how do you think today’s government big-wigs are living up to the Constitution?  Are they abiding by the Enumerated Powers?  Are they making the government bigger than it was ever intended to be?

 

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