Archive Issues - Constitutional

"The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their Constitutions of Government. But the Constitution which at any time exists, 'till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole People, is sacredly obligatory upon all."

George Washington, 1796, Farewell Address

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CI-C1. "More Degradation than Reform!"  Health Care and Financial Reform Legislation

More Degradation than Reform!
News Commentary, July 18, 2010, Revised April 17, 2011 (Added Madison quote.)

If "reform" is a change for the better and "degradation" is changing to a less respected state, then these acts of 2010 pushed through a highly partisan Democratically controlled congress are more degradation than reform!  Without getting into the details of each legislation as both may include some worthy degree of reform that within the scope of interstate commerce or perhaps treasury could and should become law.  In whole however, these acts as passed into law most certainly contain much more bad than good, do much more harm than benefit, and are much more deserving of disdain than praise.

Both acts include thousands of pages filled with regulations, mandates and red tape requiring thousands of new government bureaucrats to administer or enforce resulting in more unlimited government.  Let us compare:

  • Constitution of the United States of America - 16 pages,
  • Heath Care Reform Legislation, 2010 - 2600 pages, and the
  • Financial Reform Legislation, 2010 - 2300 pages.

"The internal effects of a mutable policy are ... calamitous.  It poisons the blessings of liberty itself.  It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows what the law is today can guess what it will be tomorrow."

James Madison, 1787, Federalist No. 62

Madison put his finger precisely on it!  Both acts need repealed.  The few reforms of each, if any, falling within the delegated scope of the federal government need enacted in new legislation.

"Justice is the end of government.  It is the end of civil society.  If ever has been, and ever will be pursued, until it be obtained, or until liberty be lost in the pursuit"

James Madison, 1787, Federalist No. 51

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