Beware the "necessary and proper" clause in Article 1 section 8!Submitted by galtgulch on Sat, 02/21/2009 - 23:39
I work with a self described hard core socialist. He interprets the Constitution's Article 1 section 8 by referring to the last paragraph of it which states:
To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof.
To his way of thinking Article 1 Section 8 does not limit the govt to just those powers explicitly listed in the paragraphs there. Instead he believes the govt may do anything it deems to be necessary and proper...period.
I still think that the only thing which will save us is not forming a new party, not joining either or both major parties, but simply enlightening our fellow countrymen about the freedom philosophy, be they democrats, republicans, independents or apolitical.
Knowledge is power in a battle or war of ideas. What is crucial is for each of us to take the trouble to read many of the same books, especially the books which deal with the premises underlying the different issues about which we agree or disagree.
I used to be apolitical and didn't know the left from the right. Many books and articles have provided me with perspective. Ron Paul's books are good and I agree with him on most matters but not all. He did recommend Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and I agree that it is worth reading as are her essays in Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal and The Virtue of Selfishness.
I know there are those who have disagreements but I think AYn Rand's ideas are thought provoking and she defines her terms and uses reason and logic in a most lucid manner. I think we should all at least read her essays and then talk and debate here.