Years ago most school students were required to commit the poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling to memory.
Today, for some reason, the words to this poem came to mind when I learned about Richard Stengel’s One Document Under Seige that made the cover of “Time Magazine.” Stengel goes into a very shallow explanation of how the founding fathers would be stymied by today’s problems and concludes with the statement that:
If the Constitution was intended to limit the federal government, it sure doesn’t say so.
He then goes on to say that:
Article I, Section 8, the longest section of the longest article of the Constitution, is a drumroll of congressional power. And it ends with the “necessary and proper” clause, which delegates to Congress the power “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.”
Sounds like Stengel is correct. The founding fathers wanted a huge federal government with bloated bureaucracies. Not really! The key to understanding what was written in article eight is the list of powers vested. There were seventeen powers vested by the constitution in the government of the United States. If you would like to read them they may be found in the transcript of the constitution at “Charters of Freedom.” The rest of the document limits government, protects freedoms, or spells out duties of Congress and the president.
Unlike the two thousand + page healthcare bill passed by the democrats and signed into law by Obama, the constitution is brief, concise and easy to understand.
Mr. Stengel, the document is actually the law of the United States of America.
Here is my “if” question. If Americans on the left value freedom and liberty, why do they assault the document that has provided just that to millions of Americans for two hundred and thirty-five years? If I could understand that, I would better understand those on the left.