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"What Is The Constitutional Justification, Congressman?"

They don't follow the Constitution because we don't make them.

Politicons will always follow the path of least resistance. If they start hearing "constitutional authorization" from us for anything they do or propose, they will notice the resistance.

As an example, one of my "Constitutional Conservative" senators (I abhor having direct interaction with any senator) is co-sponsoring a bill to fund child advocacy centers across the country to the tune of 87.5 million. My only question to him is to cite the constitutional authorization for spending federal tax money in such a way. Clearly, this is a state function, but no one questions it because who could be against child advocacy?

If we discipline ourselves to stay above the details and ask this question repeatedly, eventually it will sink in we are serious, and it will spread among our neighbors if we post such questions on local news sites.
The pressure is building on the establishment Republicans. You can tell by the way they are digging in.

Forcing them to justify their actions constitutionally, even on small matters, will add to the pressure, and help explain to them the "why".



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strengthen constitutional channels just because they will be the path of least resistance and give more credence to constitutional arguments. If positive things can be done operating within the confines of the constitution, why justify any departures?
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I don't disagree with the

I don't disagree with the sentiment, but they'll just point to various SCOTUS decisions that have determined that the commerce clause pretty much gives the Feds the right to entangle themselves in everything.

I love Ron Paul and the Judge, but the constitutional argument doesn't resonate today - except with those already inclined towards limited government.

Unfortunately, the constitution was effectively laid to rest decades ago. Politicians today know that they have the authority to vote anything into or out of existence. The machinations of 18th century framers are ancient history, paid lip service when useful but otherwise ignored.

To affect change today, rather than appealing to the constitution our fellow citizens first have to understand WHY limited government is preferable to all powerful government.

I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be. Albert Einstein

You are right

You are right fireant...little good laws/legislation are one of the hallmarks of collectivism. And WE need to point it out loudly and consistently demanding, "Where in the Constitution does it grant the Fed the authority?"

Good Point, Good Post.

Belle

If my need to be RIGHT is greater than my desire for TRUTH, then I will not recognize it when it arrives ~ Libertybelle