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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?

The Unfairness Over Voter ID Laws

September 10th, 2012

Turn on the TV, and you’ll hear all about the fights between the federal government and Texas and South Carolina.  Listen to the media twist things around, and you’ll end up believing these two states are practically demanding your first-born son in exchange for letting you vote.

But when you look at the FACTS, you’ll see that all Texas and South Carolina want is for people to have to show a photo ID before they can vote.  Their laws aren’t all that different from other recent voter ID laws that have passed with the federal government’s blessing.

For example, in New Hampshire, people will have to show a photo ID in order to vote in November.  But next year, things get interesting — because that’s when New Hampshire’s list of acceptable photo ID’s gets much shorter.  Ironically, the list is more restrictive than the list of approved photo ID’s in Texas’ and South Carolina’s laws — yet the federal government approved New Hampshire’s law without asking any questions.

Why are some states getting the third-degree, while others get a free pass?

For example, another voter ID law just went into effect in Virginia.  Now, you can show anything from a photo ID, to your paycheck, to your electric bill to prove who you are.  If you don’t have anything that verifies your identity, you’ll get a provisional ballot — and you’ll have to fax or email proof of who you are before your vote can be counted.  This law is certainly a lot less strict than what Texas and South Carolina want to do, but it still passed without any questions from the federal government.

Where’s the outcry over this law?

After all, the Justice Department has argued that voter ID laws discriminate against minorities because minorities have a tougher time getting ahold of the necessary ID.

But wouldn’t that argument apply to minorities in every state?

Why isn’t the federal government going after every state that tries to pass a voter ID law?

Seems a little unfair, doesn’t it?

 

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