by Ray Bilger
The basic idea of the Founding Fathers was to get government as close to the people as possible. In other words, a small federal government, with strong local and state governments. Thomas Jefferson said, â€œWhen all government shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it willâ€¦ become as oppressive as the government from which we separated [ourselves, the government of England].â€
Do you think that a bloated federal bureaucracy might be at the root of the problems we are facing today in our American Republic? Our nationâ€™s Founders never dreamed that the federal government would become the octopus that it is, with its tentacles reaching into every facet of our lives. Is there a solution? Yes, and itâ€™s already happening now!
Our nationâ€™s Founders and Framers (of the Constitution) saw that with a small federal government, our Congress might not see a need to meet at all in any given year. This is why our Constitution states (Art. I, Sec. 4, Cl. 2) that, â€œThe Congress shall assemble at least once in every yearâ€¦ on the first Monday in December [later changed to Jan. 3 by the 20th Amendment].â€ Congress was never intended to be in session all year long!
And Congress is only authorized â€œto exercise exclusive legislationâ€¦ over such district (not exceeding ten miles square)â€¦(Art. I, Sec. 8, Cl. 17).â€ Ten miles square is not the same as ten square miles. Ten miles square is ten miles by ten miles, or 100 square miles, which is the exact size of the District of Columbia, and that is the only place, repeat, the only place that Congress has jurisdiction over, except military bases, etc., within the States.
Congress was never authorized to make laws and legislation for the States with respect to gun ownership, school curriculums, the rights of the people, federal drug laws, or any of a whole slew of other insidious laws and legislation now in place.
We The People run this country, and Our Constitution is quite clear about all of this. That is exactly why Our Tenth Amendment states, â€œThe powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitutionâ€¦ are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.â€
What is happening today to correct this problem is that the people are becoming informed about all of the above and are requesting (or demanding) that their State legislatures put a stop to the federal encroachment. On Feb. 2, 2009, the New Hampshire state legislature took an unbelievably bold step by introducing a Resolution declaring that certain actions by the federal government are totally void, and warning that certain future acts, if taken by the federal government, will be viewed as a â€œBreach of Peaceâ€ against the States.
Remember, it was our federal Congress that gave us the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, which took the power and control of our money system away from the Congress and the Treasury, and illegally and unconstitutionally gave it to a foreign corporation, headed by greedy foreign international bankers, called the Federal Reserve, which is not, repeat, is not a part of the federal government and is no more federal than Federal Express. The Federal Reserve runs the biggest confidence game (con game) in the history of the world, and it is now attempting to collapse America before the States can save it. (This is the final step in achieving a One World Government.)
New Hampshire is not alone, however. In an article from www.infowars.com , titled â€œIncreasing Number of States Declaring Sovereignty,â€ we read, â€œAlthough Fox News and CNN are not telling you about it, a growing number of states are declaring sovereignty. Washington, New Hampshire, Arizona, Montana, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, California, and Georgia have all introduced bills and resolutions declaring sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment. Colorado, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Alaska, Kansas, Alabama, Nevada, Maine, and Illinois are considering such measures.â€
People see the federal government today as an entity beholden only to itself, with a blatant disregard for the expressed interests of the majority of citizens. The vote in Congress in October of 2008 to bailout the banks illustrates the point exactly. Just before the Senate vote on the $700 billion dollar bailout (of the very banks that created the financial dilemma, headed by the Federal Reserve), Sen. Diane Feinstein asked for 3 minutes to speak. She said she had received 91,000 faxes, emails, and phone calls from Californians, and that 85,000 of those were totally opposed to any bailout whatsoever. Then she said the people donâ€™t understand the situation, and she voted for it anyway. And remember, both McCain and Obama interrupted their campaigns to fly back to Washington to vote for the bailout.
If there is any hope for America, it lies with We The People taking back our country from the crooks and criminals in Wash., D.C. who are running our country into the ground. Instead, we need to make America SOAR into the stars. It almost seems like a miracle that the people are having their state legislatures divorce themselves from the totally corrupt policies of the federal government.
There is a new hope for America, with a great light at the end of the tunnel, and it involves the states and the people working together, as the Founders intended, to make the America of all our dreams.
Ray Bilger [send him email] is a freelance writer and investigative journalist. Mr Bilger’s articles are first published at The Loop Newspaper in Tehachapi, CA.