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Current Events vs. Founding Documents

This column presents facts regarding the United States Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Wisconsin State Constitution, and various other documents in reference to modern topics. Mark hopes to encourage interest in those works so that others can consider whether our government is practicing within its constitutional limits. In the last category, he may indicate his opinion. Mark is a resident of New Berlin. Readers are encouraged to visit the following sites for more information on the United States Constitution and Thomas Jefferson's views on politics and government.

The ultimate aphrodisiac

Constitution, executive power, 10th amendment

Entry 166

Current Event

 

According to Forbes.com, Sept 23, 2012

Why the Fuss? Obama Has Long Been On Record In Favor Of Redistribution

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According to the Washington Times, Sept 19, 2012

Obama '01 - laments Constitution hasn't been interpreted to provide for 'wealth redistribution'

 

President Obama:

“But the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society. To that extent, as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn't that radical.

It didn't break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution, at least as it's been interpreted and Warren Court interpreted in the same way, that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties--says what the states can't do to you --says what the Federal government can't do to you, but doesn't say what the Federal government or State government must do on your behalf….”

VS

 

Federal Officials vs. The Constitution

 

Founding Document

US Constitution; Article I, Section 2

Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

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“Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” (George Washington)

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US Constitution; 10th Amendment

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

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The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. (James Madison, Federalist No. 45)

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"The natural progress of things is for liberty to yeild,[1] and government to gain ground." (Thomas Jefferson to Edward Carrington, Paris, May 27, 1788)

 

We the People:

 

“Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac”, as stated by former secretary of State Henry Kissinger.  The founders understood that the nature of those in government is to strive for more power.  So they limited the authority of the federal government.   Despite his oath to uphold the Constitution, when a president who exercises power beyond his authority is rewarded by re-election, he will certainly feel less restrained by it.

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