If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands; they may appoint teachers in every State, county and parish and pay them out of their public treasury; they may take into their own hands the education of children, establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union; they may assume the provision of the poor; they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post-roads; in short, every thing, from the highest object of state legislation down to the most minute object of police, would be thrown under the power of Congress... Were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of the limited Government established by the people of America. -- James Madison
Department of Education, welfare, Department of Transportation...Does it look as if we allowed the very thing James Madison said would happen if we gave Congress the latitude they wanted? As you can see Congress has indeed subverted the very foundations, and has changed the very nature of limited government. It is time, the people changed it back. --Lynn
Citizens Inalienable Right to Keep and Bear Arms
George Mason explained, "(T)o disarm the people (is) the best and most effectual way to enslave them." Noah Webster elaborated: "Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed. ... The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive.
"The strongest reason for people to retain their right to keep and bear arms is a last resort to protect themselves from tyranny in government."
"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined or determined to commit crimes."
-- Thomas Jefferson
"Our right to protect ourselves is as important to me as the right to life" --Lynn
Congressional and Executive restraint must be maintained at all levels State and Federal.
Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution did not make road building a federal function, and Madison wanted to go with the Constitution. “I am constrained,” Madison said, “by the insuperable difficulty I feel in reconciling the bill with the Constitution.” Hence the veto.
Madison admitted the bill would probably help the U.S. economy, but just because something was good did’t mean we should violate the Constitution to get it. States and private companies could do the job and when they did, that would not add to the national debt.
The promoters of the 1817 bill in Congress had argued that building roads and improving rivers at federal expense would “render more easy and less expensive the means and provisions for the common defense.” And since national defense was a federal function, therefore the proposed road building was constitutional. But Madison retorted, “Such a view of the Constitution would have the effect of giving to Congress a general power of legislation instead of the defined and limited one hitherto understood to belong to them.” Those words from Madison carry great weight because he was a chief architect of the U.S. Constitution at the Philadelphia convention in 1787.
"I like the fact, that even though Madison knew passing this bill would help the economy, he took the path of filtering the bill through the Constitution. It did not pass through so he vetoed it. Would'nt this country be in better shape if all in government office did the same?"
WYOMING CONTINGENCY PLAN
House Bill 85 Government Continuity, was introduced to the House during the 61st Legislative session. It failed after the second reading of the bill. I, like so many others see the need to protect Wyoming's future should our federal government fail. With our nation being in debt to the tune of $16,000,000,000,000 and climbing, are the chances of failure closer than we choose to imagine? I believe just like in our individual households, if we plan for emergency and catastrophic situations, so should the government officials in Wyoming. I would support this bill if it were to be reintroduced in the 62nd Legislative session.
This page is designed to provide you with insights concerning my thoughts on certain issues, laws, events, the wisdom of the the Founders, books, etc. I hope you find it helpful and educational.
"Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster and what has happened once in 6,000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world."
“The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.”
-- Thomas Jefferson