George F. Will: Congress' war on behavior hurts the Constitution

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  • David Centerville, UT
    June 16, 2013 5:07 p.m.

    Thank you again, Mike Richards.

    It is past time for Americans to understand the Constitution and demand that Congress and the president act according to it. It is time to begin cleaning up the unconstitutional laws, to simplify the tax code, and to close federal programs and departments that complicate life for Americans. It is time to simplify and get back to our roots.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    June 16, 2013 1:11 p.m.

    The duties of the Federal Government are defined in Article 1, Section 8. ALL other duties are left to the States or to the people. Why can't we understand that? Why don't we hold the Federal Government responsible when it exceeds its authority?

    Only Congress can "raise taxes". All "taxes" start in the House. The Senate concurs. The President enforces.

    The Court declared that ObamaCare is a tax. We're beginning to see that Obama pulled a "fast one" on us by lying about the cost of ObamaCare and lying about the services that would be provided. Congress was bribed to go along. (Landrieu’s Louisiana Purchase, Kerry’s Bay State Kickback, Chris Dodd deal to keep funding for a public hospital in his state, Montana's deal to keep special funding to Libby, Montana, etc.). We can see that Obama "gamed" the system to get his TAX passed.

    The Constitution forbids Obama (or any other President) to provide personal welfare, but Congress passed ObamaCare anyway and the Court approved it by calling it a tax.

    Article 1, Section 8 lists those things that Congress can tax us for. It's a very short list.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    June 16, 2013 9:07 a.m.

    The limited government crowd has always been happy to use the government as its' bulldog when it wants. They never want government smaller than everyone's bedroom.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    June 16, 2013 8:18 a.m.

    "Conservatives who favor federal "wars" on drugs, gambling and other behaviors should understand the damage they have done to the constitutional underpinnings of limited government."

    The guise of these actions, under supposed "war" conditions, war on drugs, war on terror, war on illiteracy" have all led to abuses of constitutional powers. And yet, as we saw with the civil rights movement, when the states are left to their own devices, they do little sometimes to protect the rights of groups within their jurisdiction. The fact that federal troops were needed to escort a little girl to class -because of the color of her skin - illustrates that sometime the federal government has the responsibility to protect federally protect rights - which will always supersede any states right to deny or infringe on those rights.

    The states in many cases have shown a history of abdicating their responsibility to protect the rights of all their citizens. If the federal government has to step in to prevent the interstate transportation of women for the sex trade, it is the states who have turned their backs on these women, and their civil rights.

    States need to step up - and govern locally.