In recent decades, Congress has assumed to itself undelegated powers never authorized by the Founders. They’ve done this through a twisting of three essential clauses of the Constitution
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The word â€œcommerceâ€ has wrongly been interpreted by the Supreme Court to cover every person that moves.
James Madison: “In the compound republic of America, the power surrendered by the people is first divided between two distinct governments, and then the portion allotted to each subdivided among distinct and separate departments. Hence a double security arises to the rights of the people. The different governments will control each other, at the same time that each will be controlled by itself.”
Article I, Section 8, Clause 4 of the Constitution empowers Congress to “establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization” – or, more simply stated, to make universal rules about giving foreign-born residents of the United States the “privileges of native” born residents.
Individuals from both sides of the debate are making some constitutional assertions that have no basis in fact. One of these is the claim that in adopting the Constitution, the States â€œsurrenderedâ€ some of their sovereign powers to the federal government.
This letter was sent to the Census bureau on 03-19-10. Â To date, no response has been received.
This debate ultimately boils down to loose interpretation verses strict construction. Thomas Jefferson had the best line on this issue. When asked to read between the lines to â€œfindâ€ implied powers, Jefferson responded that he had done that, and he â€œfound only blank space.â€
The purpose of the Census is that of counting the US population in order to apportion among the states the number of representatives in the US House of Representatives. Thatâ€™s it. Nothing more. Nothing less.
Dear Uncle Sam, When you visit, please come in through the front gate and under the welcome sign. If the baggage you are carrying doesnâ€™t fit through that Constitutional entryway, then I and my state are sorry to inform you that youâ€™ll just have to stay the hell out.
Since the sole and express purpose of the Census, as stated in the Constitution, is for apportioning direct taxes and representatives among the several States, the question that needs to be addressed is – are these additional questions a legitimate constitutional exercise of power or just another usurpation of power?
Ron Paul: “A crucial policy that a president could enact to bring speedy improvements to government is ordering the bureaucracy to respect the 10th Amendment and refrain from undermining state laws.”
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