Constitution, not compromise
There is a fundamental fallacy in congressional deal-making and “compromise.” The Constitution is a contract written by the people that, in easily understood terms, specifically delegates to government both limited responsibilities and limited authority sufficient to fulfill them. It also specifically prohibits government from assuming any authorities or responsibilities not actually listed in the Constitution.
In the Declaration, the Founders were very clear that government is created “to secure those (certain inalienable) rights,” endowed equally to each of us by our Creator that exists even if there was never a government.
Inalienable means that no person or power can alter these rights. The Bill of Rights clearly lists some of those inalienable rights. Not all “rights” are inalienable.
For example, there are no inalienable rights to food, shelter, clothing, employment, transportation, education, pensions, insurance, health care or for government subsidies of any type for individuals, corporations, or foreign countries. No such “rights” exist in nature.
It is also essential to note that every state and federal legislative, executive, and judicial officer, as well as every member of the military and most domestic police, before being delegated any government authority must take a solemn oath to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution” — as it is, not as they wish it would be.
The role of government is not subject to interpretation based on the political philosophy of the office holder. There is no provision for political parties in the Constitution. There is no Republican or Democrat policies or programs — only what is listed that government must do and nothing more.
The only reasons government should expand beyond securing inalienable rights is to enable politicians to manipulate the people and to assume powers they were never delegated. This is to control political processes that have neither moral nor legal standing, in order to enrich themselves at the citizen’s expense.
The Founders made our government very simple, with few responsibilities and few authorities, because they understood the human nature to abuse delegated authority and infringe the liberty of others. To restore America, we must restore Constitutional governance prohibiting deal-making and compromise. Vote wisely in 2014.
Frank D. Banta