The popular trend in American politics is for lawmakers to live under a “government is best which governs most” philosophy. It’s easy for the federal government to perpetuate the assumption of authority when it believes it can essentially do whatever it wants.
Just recently, California Congressman Pete Stark reminded us that occasionally a politician will reveal their true feelings and tell the truth when he admitted to his constituents that the federal government “can do most anything in this country.” Unfortunately, it’s this kind of mindset that plagues so many within government and has spearheaded the total evisceration of the federal Constitution and the limits it places on Washington.
Of course, we all know too well that this is not a partisan issue. Both Democrats and Republicans over the years have yielded nothing in terms of reserve and restraint in power. By the hand of these “Republicrats,” we have seen the collapse of an economy, endless wars, and authoritarian laws domestically that restrict our freedom; and all of this was accomplished via means outside of the limits of the U.S. Constitution.
Traditionally, federal lawmakers have had all the comforts they need in “doing most anything” through a foul manipulation of the populace. For far too long, they have convinced many that the only viable way to solve a problem is through the knowledge and action of an omnipotent government supported by a widely cherished ‘do all’ mentality. However, through the efforts of the liberty movement and the Tea Party alike, Americans in every State are waking up from their apathetic slumber.
A recent report by Rasmussen found that 86% of American voters believe there should be limits on what the federal government can do. Rasmussen also reported that 54% of the political class share Congressman Stark’s view that the federal government can do “most anything” it likes. Of course, it’s those lawmakers corrupted by the allure of authority who seek out further for areas of increased government intervention. They do so because their position of power and their own mere existence must be justified or the people may become suspicious.
But if the numbers from Rasmussen are of any small relevance, they show us that the old cloak of necessity for big government ‘do-gooders’ is slowly starting to unravel. The efforts of several States to nullify federally mandated health care laws are setting a new modern precedent in resisting federal authority. Congressmen and those within government in general are becoming increasingly frustrated and irritated by the growing willingness of the people to challenge the self-perceived right to limitless authority of the political establishment. This is why we must continue to be an always present thorn in their side.
And while the comments so blatantly expressed by Congressman Stark and others of the same mind frame are certainly not some groundbreaking revelation, it does serve as a strong motivational reminder of the work that lay before us in the never ending defense of liberty. But as more Americans continue to accept the doctrine of a government with limits, we should be pleased that men like Congressman Stark are constantly feeling the heat and are quickly finding out that we have grown tired of their expansive grabs of power.Published in