I love the United States of America, the country in which I was born, raised, and educated. I have seen this nation grow, mostly for the better. But lately, I have noticed an increasingly disturbing trend. A trend that, to my awareness, is leading us away from the core tenants of the founding document of a great nation: the U.S. Constitution. Since the current U.S. administration took office in 2008, there’s been a gradual, yet blatant ignoring of the U.S. Constitution. Whether it’s light bulbs, health care, or travel, this administration does not seem to care that their aims are antithetical to the very foundation of this country; namely, freedom.

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While there is a great list of things that may be considered “nice” to do, they are not part of the duties of our federal government. Even though something may be a “nice” thing to do, if the U.S. Constitution is silent on it, the federal government has no power to do it. Therefore, the feds have no business involving themselves in it. The powers of the federal government are specifically identified in the U.S. Constitution, and to assume powers not expressly allowed is to overstep the limits of that power. And this is where Congress has been getting it wrong.

There is a difference between a national government and a federal government. Ours is supposed to be a federal, not national, government. We are losing our individual freedoms because Americans and our elected officials are lazy, ignorant, stupid, or a combination of all three. Here’s what I mean those:

  • You are lazy if you simply don’t care about what goes on in Washington, D.C.
  • You are ignorant if you don’t know what is supposed to go on in Washington, D.C.
  • You are stupid if you know what goes on in Washington, D.C., know that it shouldn’t, and don’t care.
  • You are all three if you know, don’t care, and yet still vote for people who don’t care how large the federal government becomes and how much power the federal government takes.

The U.S. Constitution established a federal form of government with limited powers because our founders knew a large, powerful national form of government would eventually encroach upon the freedoms of its citizens.

Here’s what I want to know:

    "What is the Constitutional basis for each of the laws passed by Congress and for those imposed on us by the Administration and the Courts?"

Having asked numerous individuals and elected officials questions pertaining to specific laws and rules has revealed a disheartening level of ignorance and apathy. Americans are being run over by the freight train of a national government, and I’m One Black American who wants it to stop.