Why it’s not as easy as One, Two, Three…..
1. The Tenth Amendment (X) to the Constitution of the United States:
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
That’s pretty simple and straightforward, is it not?
2. The current oath for all incoming members of Congress & the President was enacted in 1884:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”
That’s pretty simple and straightforward is it not?
3. Enumerated Powers Act Would Bring the Constitution to Capitol
The Enumerated Powers Act (H.R. 1359 & S. 3159) would require all legislation introduced in Congress to ‘contain a concise and definite statement of the constitutional authority’ empowering Congress to enact it. Bills lacking such a statement or containing one of questionable merit would be subject to challenge by Point of Order, a procedural devise to delay consideration until the problem is corrected or the objection overruled.
That seems pretty simple and straightforward does it not?
Unfortunately, although the Enumerated Powers Act has been introduced in the House every session since 1995 by Congressman John Shadegg (R-AZ), this year with 44 co-sponsors, it has gone absolutely nowhere.
This Session, Senator Tom Coburn, (R-OK) joined Shadegg and offered it as Senate Bill 3159 with similar results - nobody in the Senate leadership will even acknowledge it.
Pilgrims, you are going to be hearing a lot more about the Enumerated Powers Act in this forum and many others the next few months. Why not Google it and the Tenth Amendment, and get comfortable with them both - so you can discuss it with your friends and your congressional representatives.
Just in case you fail to see the problem, ask yourself where in the Constitution does it say that the Congress can establish class sizes in your home town, or make menu selections for your children. Where does it authorize Congress to step into our lives in the thousands of ways that they do each year. Protecting our borders and controlling interstate commerce - yes! Nationalizing banks and auto companies - redistributing wealth - No!
Will the members of congress give up their unlimited legislative powers and accede to the limits imposed by the Constitution willingly? No! Do we the Voters have the voice and power to bring them back to toe the line? Yes!
The only folks that can save us -- is us!