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Congressional Issues 2010
GOVERNMENT
First Steps to Restoring Constitutional Government


The first step to "Liberty Under God" is "backtracking" to return to "the Organic Law" of our country: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, etc. Millions of government employees have taken an oath to "support the constitution" who have never read the document, and have no educated understanding of its most basic principles. 
Whenever I allege that a certain government program or action is "unconstitutional," the most common reactions are 
"So what?" 
"The Constitution was written a long time ago." 
"Don't you have any confidence in our government?" 
This attitude is un-American. Thomas Jefferson warned:

In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.

Instead of following the Constitution, we took a wrong turn, heading toward totalitarianism. We must turn around. Ignore the cries of those who say "But what about the progress we've made?" We were progressing down the wrong road.

In the next Two Years, Congress should:
  • Consider the Constitutionality of Every Proposed Law
  • Stop Delegating Lawmaking Authority to the Federal Bureaucracy
  • Stop the Abuse of Executive Orders
  • Rein in the Presidentís War Powers
In the next Two Decades, America should:
  • return to the Founders' vision of strictly limited government
  • replace "the administrative state" with locally-directed voluntary associations and Free Market arrangements
  • reject "the war on terrorism" -- perpetual war for perpetual peace; embrace "peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none."

Introduction (Cato Institute)

Remembering the Constitution (Future of Freedom Foundation)

Questions a Congressman Should Ask about Every Bill


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