Ignorance is ruining this country. Plain and simple.
I’m not referring to ignorance about who was kicked off American Idol last night. I’m not talking about ignorance concerning who has the best RBI in the American League. I’m not speaking of ignorance of the rules of English grammar.
I am talking about ignorance of this country’s history and its founding. Specifically, it is ignorance of the Constitution and what its role is in this republic that is ruining this once great country.
On Twitter yesterday, a liberal woman was arguing with me that the budget cuts to Planned Parenthood would harm women’s health and that cuts to education would be detrimental to our children. These are the same arguments that the Democrats in Congress are spouting. The problem with those arguments is that they miss the underlying issue – the Constitution does not grant Congress the authority to regulate women’s health (or any health care for that matter). Nor does it place education within the realm of Congress. In fact, there are hundreds of federal agencies, services, programs, and departments that are not authorized by the Constitution.
When I pointed that out to this woman, she asked me where the Constitution prohibits “laws/legislation from being enacted by congress” and used that as her basis to claim that Congress could legislate on any issue. Fortunately for America – but unfortunately for her argument – the Constitution explicitly grants power to the federal government – not implicitly. If a power is not listed in Article I, section 8, Congress does not have it!
It is ignorance like this that fuels the left. It is ignorance like this that gives Democrats their power. Americans have to wake up and see that the vast majority of the federal government is operating outside the Constitution.
By simply ending all of those extra-constitutional programs, agencies, and services, our budget problems would be over. We would have a vast surplus of tax revenue with which to pay off our debt. We could then slash taxes since we would only have to pay for the very minor role the federal government is supposed to play in our lives. Then, each state would once again have its sovereignty back. Each state (and its residents) would be able to decide for itself whether it wanted to enact legislation providing the benefits the federal government was unconstitutionally providing.
People would actually have options in this country once again. We would all finally be living in a true republic of united states, as our founders did in the late 18th century. To get there, all we have to do is learn the intentions of our founders. All we have to do is end the ignorance.