Sunday, November 7, 2010

Wire Brush

Like an old piece of ironwork that is covered with layer upon layer of paint and corrosion, our federal government needs to be wire brushed down to constitutional bare metal

Grandpa Silverfiddle started life as a tenant farmer and ended up a gardener and handyman after retiring as a machinist.  He loved gardening and fixing things up.  He went to work for an elderly lady who owned what looked almost like a walled estate.  I walked by it every day on the way to school.  I'm sure the placed was a jewel when it was built back at the turn of the century, but time had taken its toll, and grandpa was fixing it up little by little.

He put me to work one day on an ugly section of thick wire fence that ran between two sections of stone wall.  It looked all fat and lumpy and I would pass by it on the way to school wondering what it's purpose was.  Well, after scraping away a bajillion layers of paint and rust, I found that it was a gate.  The hinges, once freed and oiled, worked great, and that big globby looking thing at the top was actually a fairly intricate piece of ironwork complete with scrolls, curlicues and delicate fluting.  It looked pretty good when I got done with it, a fancy piece of the past.

The US Constitution is smothered in bureaucracy 
Our beautiful constitution is so accreted with layers of legislation and judicial corrosion it is no longer recognizable.  Our problems stem from the federal government trying to be all things to all people. It has burst its constitutional bounds.

The statists of both parties sold us on 20th century one-size-fits-all bromides that have clearly failed.

We are a diverse nation, and that calls for robust local and state governments, with the federal government retreating to within the bounds of it's constitutional duties: Defense, borders, national infrastructure.

Leave health care, schools and public assistance to the states and local communities.

Below are a whole bunch of links to smart people who say it way better than I ever could.

USA Today - Government's Role

Philip K. Howard - Drowning in Law

Peggy Noonan - Why we Resent the Elites

Walter Russell Mead - Tough Choices for Dems

William D. Cohan - Make Wall Street Risk it All

Philip K Howard - Clean Out Government

Big Government - 10 Suggestions


Christopher - Conservative Perspective said...

Hey Silver, Loved the parallel.

Linda said...

Great object lesson, Silver. You made it all VERY clear! Excellent post.

Silverfiddle said...

Thanks! Be sure to hit some of those links, they really bring it home.

WomanHonorThyself said...

I will check out the links Silver soon as I can...keep fighting for the Constitution! hope your'e havin a great weekend my friend!:)

Trestin said...

And it probably took some time to get all that rust off. We are not going to fix this in one election.

Most Rev. Gregori said...

The real crime today is that so many of our citizens have absolutely no idea what the Constitution of the United States really says, thanks to being dumbed down in our public school system.

If the American people knew anything about the Constitution, they would know that so many laws passed and enacted by the Congress and the various presidents, and backed up by the U.S. Supreme Court, are totally unconstitutional. Some of these are:

1. All Federal Gun Control Laws that deal with private ownership by citizens.

2. All Federal hate Crime and Hate Speech Laws.

3. All laws granting special rights and privileges to certain groups of people.

4. The 501c3 tax exemption for non-for profit religious organizations (it gives the federal government an -"end-run" around the First Amendment).

5. The federal government's involvement in education.

6. The Federal Government involvement in our Health Care.

7. the Federal Reserve Banking Act.

There are many more which will take too much time and space to list.

Silverfiddle said...

You're right Trestin, this is a game of inches.

And Rev Gregori nails it. We are the proverbial frogs in a pot.

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