The Constitutionality Crisis


About The Author Of This Site

My Qualifications

If this web site seems less than scholarly, it's because I am not a Constitutional Scholar. I hold no law degrees nor can I offer any qualifications whatever which would serve to prove me competent to hold forth on issues of constitutional law. I'm just Joe Citizen with a copy of the Constitution and the ability to read and comprehend plain English.

I am old enough to have seen the country go from bad to worse (and it's still going), yet not so old as to have given up hope of seeing things turned around in my lifetime. I am highly suspicious of government, not because I was born cynical, but because I have had many years of observation during which I have formed my opinion.

I see what government promises, and I see what government actually delivers, all the while checking my copy of the Constitution and asking myself what on earth makes politicians and bureaucrats think they can or should try to do the things that government promises (or threatens) to do.

What I Believe

I am libertarian by nature, which means I believe that I (and you) have the right to do pretty much anything at all, as long as I am not harming other people or interfering with their equal right to do as they please. It's "Live and Let Live." What could possibly be more civil and fair than that?

I am moved and motivated by reason and logic. Impassioned pleas intended to tug at my heartstrings will not move me to change my position on unconstitutional government. It isn't that I'm heartless, indeed, I care very deeply for this country and its people, which is why I'd like to see their rights restored and protected. I have seen far too many Very Bad Things done for the Very Best of Reasons by people who abandoned reason and, ruled by emotion, felt that they just had to Do Something to show that they cared. A lot of Very Bad (and unconstitutional) laws are enacted this way.

Lest you come to believe, after taking in my web site, that I think everything government does is wrong, let me assure you that once in a while they do get it right. Occasionally too, government, including the Supreme Court, does the right thing, but for the wrong reasons. Unfortunately, though government gets it right every once in a while, I estimate that at least 75% of everything the federal government does is, strictly speaking, unconstitutional, there being no such enumerated power in the Constitution. Besides destroying our freedoms, it will bankrupt the country.

I believe too that most people, if they knew the truth, would prefer constitutional government to what we have now, given where it's going. The problem, of course, is that most people have been hoodwinked by the government into believing that: a) You can have it all; and b) Someone else will pay for it. The truth is that the "someone else" is, of course, us.

Well, us and the generations which follow us. Government is piling up huge financial obligations to be paid by our children and our children's children. Some people are OK with that. I'm not. By trying to do too much, most of it unconstitutional, government has promised more than it can deliver. But we citizens continue, for the most part, voting for those politicians who promise us the most free stuff — cradle-to-grave security. It will bankrupt the country.

I believe that no one is entitled to live at the expense of others if those others have no choice in the matter.

DO Try This At Home

Try this little exercise: Think of your favorite government program, the one that does so much good. Now see if you can find any mention of it in the Constitution.

Simply being a Good Thing does not make something constitutional, not even if every single U.S. citizen votes for it. If something is worth doing, then those wanting to do it should find some way, other than violating the Constitution or violating people's rights, to do it.

      Warren Michelsen

"There are just two rules of governance in a free society: Mind your own business. Keep your hands to yourself."

P.J. O'Rourke (1993)

"Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law,' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.."

Thomas Jefferson

"The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it."

George Bernard Shaw

"Political tags — such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth — are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort."

Lazarus Long, as told to R. A. Heinlein

"Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to live at the expense of everyone."

Frederic Bastiat

"Usurpers always choose troubled times to enact, in the atmosphere of general panic, laws which the public would never adopt when passions were cool."

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naive and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair."

H. L. Mencken