Limits on the federal government
In the US Constitution there is no provision for a standing Army. The Founders reasoned that if one existed, government would find a way to put it to use and thereby drain the nation of its youth and its treasure. History has proven the Founders wise.
The Founders understood human nature. They understood that any authority delegated will be abused. For that reason they structured strict limits on the authorities delegated to government. Less successfully, they presumed that balancing powers would check abuse.
In the Declaration of Independence the Founders defined the purpose of government: created solely to 'secure our inalienable rights.' It was not created to guarantee a more care-free life for anyone.
Government has two ploys to increase its power. Both depend on a population that neither understands nor appreciates the Constitution that is the contract that creates and defines the authorities we have delegated to our government.
Government's most used ploy is the threat of harm. As president Obama's ex-Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel famously noted: 'You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.' If necessary they'll create a 'serious crisis' (WMDs, Gulf of Tonkin, The Maine, flood control, etc) to justify actions otherwise denied to them by the Constitution.
Ben Franklin noted: 'They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.'
The second ploy is political pandering to the special interests of those willing to pay for them with political contributions and support. Examples include Social Security, minimum wage, Medicare, hate crimes, and now health care insurance: none of which were authorities delegated to government; all of which increase government revenue to be misspent. Exaggerating divisions among the people facilitate this pandering.
Edward Snowden is now a man without a country and to many people a traitor. If our government was not engaged in egregiously un-Constitutional activities, Snowden would have had nothing to reveal.
To restore America, restore Constitutional governance. Vote wisely in 2014.
Frank D. Banta Newnan