A Thanksgiving Conversation

This year’s Thanksgiving visits were interesting to say the least.  Among the events was the oven mysteriously shutting off in the middle of cooking the turkey, almost ruining the feast.  At least we had dessert to see us through the tough times!

While we were munching away on the lemon meringue pie, my brother-in-law and I began discussing the “State of the Union” as it were.  My brother-in-law is a teacher, a history-buff, and definitely no fan of Obozo and his Liberal ilk.

Among the topics that we discussed was how Congress, the Supreme Court, and the President continually violate the precepts of the Constitution’s limits on government.  As anyone who has read the Constitution, limits on the power of government are defined, and not limits upon the People.  If we were to listen to the politicians, it is government that is all knowing and all powerful, not the people who elected the politicians to the positions of power to begin with.

There are many that state that the Constitution is a living, imperfect document, and must be continually interpreted and modified.  The examples that are most often given are women’s right to vote and stating a slave is only 3/5 a person.  What those same people tend to forget is that there is a legal, Constitutional process to change the Constitution’s provisions, which has resulted in no less than 27 modifications to the Constitution.  Also not stated by the Liberals is that the Constitutional amendments can be undone as given by the example of the 18th Amendment (enacting Prohibition) and the 21st Amendment (repealing Prohibition).

What Conservatives want is a return to the Constitutional restrictions upon government by the politicians.  It’s not a return to the Constitution without the Bill of Rights, but what has legally been enacted by the People’s representatives.  The latest violation of Constitutional authority is “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)” dubbed ObamaCare.

While the Constitutionality of Welfare, Social Security, and Medicare can be debated ad nauseum, they are established programs that many people now depend on.  However, the PPACA is not an established program (yet), and should not be funded if not repealed from Federal law.  If this law is compared against the Constitution‘s restrictions on what the Federal government is allowed to do, then Congress and the President have exceeded their authority.

What can the newly-elected Congress do?  They can’t repeal the PPACA (yet), but they can withhold funding for the multitudes of departments this law creates.  In other words, starve it to death.  Hopefully, in the next election cycle, Conservatives will regain the Senate and the White House, and then repeal this legislation.

But States are not waiting for Congress to get its collective act together.  Several States are challenging the Constitutionality of the PPACA in the courts.  We will see whether this angle works or not, especially with the recent appointments to the Supreme Court by Obozo.

Yes, time will tell, but I think we are running out of time.

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About Tom Roland

EE for 25 Years, Two Patents - now a certified PMP. Married twice, burned once. One son with Asperger's Syndrome. Two cats. Conservative leaning to the Right. NRA Life Member.
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5 Responses to A Thanksgiving Conversation

  1. The Griper says:

    “If we were to listen to the politicians, it is government that is all knowing and all powerful, not the people who elected the politicians to the positions of power to begin with.”

    well, considering who the people continue to elect a good case could be made that the people believe it also.

    and one more thing that isn’t being taught is that the U.S. Constitution restricts the powers of the federal government but not the State governments or the people. it is the State Constitutions that restrict the powers of the States.

    we need to distinguish which government we speak of when we talk of restricting powers.

  2. The Griper says:

    one more thing is that we must understand what it means by the term division of powers of state governments and the federal government too and how it works for the benefit of all.

    i doubt that very many persons understand that division, even those who claim that they be on the right.

  3. Among the topics that we discussed was how Congress, the Supreme Court, and the President continually violate the precepts of the Constitution’s limits on government.

    We need to start by educating the American people, especially the young people, about the Constitution. I am ever dismayed to find out how few Americans I know have actually read the document.

    PS: Welcome back, Tom!

  4. pete says:

    I sympathize with you in regards to the whole brother-in-law thing. Why did God bless all “in-laws” with so much knowledge and wisdom? It just isn’t fair!

  5. Tom says:

    Griper – Our conversation was limited to the Federal Government. Again, my brother-in-law is no fan of Liberals or Obozo!!

    AOW – Civics classes are either jokes or not on the curriculum. My son did not have a civics class in high school.

    Pete – Actually, he’s pretty well informed. We have decent debates with both of us usually ending up on the same side (usually mine!)

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