If our founding fathers could come back today, they would be outraged at what's taking place.<quoted text>Thanx for completing & clarifying what I didn't do so well. That being that in the lower tiers of government the people rule.
NO one that I can think of equates Washing D.C. as being "of the people, by the people & for the people" any longer.
Let me add that;
Our Founding Fathers would possibly be for a new armed revolution & agree with that or not, I would understand.
There was a reason that the Constitution that they penned & signed, LIMITED the powers of the Federal Gov & they were very specific as to the responsibilities of the Federal Government while EXCLUDING everything else.
It keeps power closer to the people!
By design, states were to operate like miniature countries and only congregate for national matters. Healthcare coverage is not a national matter. Neither are retirement benefits, food, shelter, seat belt laws, midnight basketball courts, cell phones, government air conditioners or environmental policies.
These are all state issues and should only be addressed by the state. Our founders would be outraged at how state dependency on federal government allows them to bypass states rights. The very idea that the federal government threatens states by withholding road funding if you don't comply with their wishes gives the federal government unlimited power.
The biggest threats to our freedoms in this country are bureaucracies and liberal appointed judges. It is these entities that create or manipulate laws against our wishes. You can't elect them, vote them out or impeach them.
I think if the founders could come back and rewrite the Constitution, it would look nothing like it does today. They would look upon the land and see sloths nursing at the breast of the federal government at the expense of the responsible, and make sure the new Constitution would prohibit such abilities. Hell, half of the people in this country are living partially or entirely off of the federal government. This is not what our founders had in mind and in fact, had the opposite goal.
John Kennedy thought the success of this country depended not on what the country can do for the citizens, but what the citizens can do for their country. Barack Obama and his ilk believe the success of our country depends on what the country can do for the citizen, and not what the citizens can do for the country.
"I cannot undertake to lay my finger, on that article of the Constitution, that grants Congress the right, of expending on articles of benevolence, the money of their constituents."
James Madison. Annals of Congress, 1794