The 17% government shutdown got me thinking the other day. It perfectly illustrates why we need a limited federal government.
If a government controls your means of acquiring health insurance through appropriated subsidies, how quickly would the Fed cut them off if the People did not comply with some thing at the time? That was illustrated with the National Parks Service. Armed guards were keeping veterans and people out of national memorials and parks that remained open during the last shut down. Most of them were paid for by the People’s money to begin with. How are we supposed to trust these petty people with something like medical care?
The Founders understood that no person or group of people were virtuous enough to control a large number of individuals. That’s the purpose of the limited powers in the Constitution and our Federal system that divides powers further as explained in Federalist 39. The states demanded further limitations with the Bill of Rights.
Mark Levin does an excellent job of explaining just how the Federal government is supposed to be limited in the audio above. He contrasts the views of Robert Yates, Anti-Federalists, and James Madison, Federalist on the General Welfare clause. Yates thought it would be abused (as he was proved correct today) and Madison said no in Federalist 41. The powers granted, define the general welfare, and vice versa.
This abuse of the General Welfare clause has gotten us $17 Trillion in debt, destroyed the sense of commerce, brought about the Great Society, and countless other programs and initiatives that march us further toward tyranny all in the name of Welfare.
We cannot obviously do away with the Federal government. I would never call for that. It is needed to protect the general union of the states and to secure our God given rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. The word “General” does not reach down to the individual though. That is where the abuse is occurring today.
A limited Federal government is not something that is meant to be cold and distant. It is meant as a shield for the people that provides the warmth of Liberty. The states are meant to provide for the welfare of the people since they are the closest to them, and Hamilton argued that in Federalist 17. He didn’t think it was possible that people sent to the Federal level could ever WANT to take away power from the state. That would ultimately hurt them, being citizens of that state, and hurt their fellow citizens.
Having read "The Original Argument", I cannot see any other way for the country to right itself other than returning to the original principles of limited government. We are a free people. Born free by the grace of God. My belief in God given freedoms, and the belief in our Founders vision of a limited government are why I call myself a Constitutional Conservative.