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.
As reported by Us News and World Report in 2007:(full article available on line)
“The incandescent light bulb, one of the most venerable inventions of its era but deemed too inefficient for our own, will be phased off the U.S. market beginning in 2012 under the new energy law just approved by Congress.”
The power which Congress is taking to mandate which items we may purchase conflicts with the limited authority granted to the federal government by the constitution.
The Constitution, Tenth 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.
We the People:
The federal government does not have this power. Our country’s founders wisely gave the people the power to protect the Constitution when Congress exceeds its authority. But we must use it.