The Constitution is an obstacle, and the rule of law is an irritant.
With each White House administration the opposition discusses the lawlessness of the President, and the lawlessness of the federal government under his authority. This leader is considered lawless. The last leader was considered to be lawless. And the President of the United States before him has been accused of being lawless. The reality is, every administration in the modern era has had an element of lawlessness, whether the people in power knowingly participated with that lawlessness, or not.
The executive branch was never intended to carry with it so much power. According to Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, the President requires the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate to make treaties, appoint judges to the supreme Court, and appoint all other ambassadors, public ministers and consuls, officers of the United States Government. However, we have Presidents making “agreements” with other nations without ratification by the United States Senate, making recess appointments while the Senate is not in recess, and a whole army of czars with incredible power that are appointed without any oversight by Congress.
Regulatory agencies, and other agencies under the executive branch, have been making and modifying law despite the fact that Article I, Section 1 grants all legislative powers to the two Houses of Congress. In violation of the 4th Amendment the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Child Protective Services (CPS) can seize your property (or children) without due process. In the eyes of federal agencies, one is guilty until proven innocent, and fear and threats are the tools they use to ensure they receive the truth they believe to exist. While some members of the citizenry fear we may be headed towards becoming a police state, the reality is that a police state is already in place.
The U.S. Constitution was written to create the federal government, and then limit it to the role originally intended by allowing the central government only the authorities expressly granted by the Constitution. The federal government, however, over the last two hundred years, has been seizing power, expanding its scope of influence, and intimidating the States until the several States that are supposed to be sovereign entities have come to obey the powerful government in Washington, D.C., partly out of fear of reprisal, and partly out of fear of not receiving federal funding that was unconstitutionally seized in the first place.
How do you tame a lion that has experienced the taste of human flesh? How can you return evil back into the serpent? Have we let the cat out of the bag for good? And if we have, how long before our system breaks down and returns us to a condition of bondage?
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