I’m a Constitutionalist myself. The government is already too big as it is.
If we grant the federal gov even more power that is not specified in the Constitution, then who or what is to stop them from taking whatever power or measures to limit our divinely given rights.
The major problem I see with a large part of the populous is that we are not educated sufficiently about what responsibilities the federal and state governments are granted by the documents written by our founders. Thus any thing that we don’t want to be responsible for we seem to think we can just let the government handle.
In a world where people are as responsible with other people’s property, health, and money as they are with their own, this ‘possibly’ could work.
Unfortunately the world of political corruption and personal greed is the one we live in.
If we choose to live by the principles set forth in the Constitution we would never even consider things like having a Social Security system, welfare system, let alone government funded health care. The helping of the poor, downtrodden, or disadvantaged has been best accomplished by church going people, specifically Christians, but all religions I know of teach the same compassion for the less fortunate. The generosity of private charities and donations also has traditionally addressed these issues.
We are given the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness by our Constitution. The amendments to ensure all Americans can do so are legitimate. Any law or statue that seeks to supplant them with a substitute will lead to a small group of people making decisions for a large group of people with whom they may not directly be accountable to. See any one of the Czar positions in our current government organization. They are not accountable to the people, or congress, yet can pass sweeping policies that directly affect our everyday lives.
For example our right to the pursuit of happiness, is not defined by the Constitution. Why does the government assume that some one unwilling to work must be provided all the same things as those of us that do work in order to be happy?
If that person feels he is pursuing happiness by not working, then let him do so. It is not our gov’s place to say he will only be happy if he is given a place to live, food to eat, and healthcare. Let him rely on relatives, friends, church organizations, and charities. When/If he decides that such a life doesn’t provide happiness, he’ll be sufficiently motivated to pursue happiness via whatever legal means available. Perhaps he’ll get a job, start a business, volunteer at a church, or charity which he received help from, etc.
If the road of giving the government our responsibilities is followed to it’s ultimate end, we will eventually have most of the people dependent upon some type of government handout, with very little motivation to work, a small powerful group of rich people, and virtually no middle class.
Here is an example of low motivation from the socialization the higher education system.
I know of a country who has a socialized college system that one of my friends from China attends. Although that country has free college, they have a very low enrollment, and even lower graduation percentage. It is sow low in fact that they give foreign students full ride scholarships to get people to attend.
This blew my mind as most 1st world and developing countries are competing heavily to get into college. China also has no free schooling so it was a huge shock to her also.
Those students who do graduate have a huge tax burden to bear once they do get decent paying job. If they even feel motivated to seek employment. Since they will be taxed at a high percentage many people will just get welfare and still work under the table to avoid disqualifying themselves for handouts.
The country has ~20% unemployment rate.
I hope this post helps at least one person to realize our government’s responsibility to us, and the limitations of it’s power. Please remind your representative of this by contacting them and telling them it is not their job to take over healthcare, automotive companies, or manipulate financial markets. We only need them to protect us from foreign and domestic enemies, and ensure our laws follow the principles laid forth in out Constitution. If they won’t do this or are taking the bribes of lobbists, interest groups and corporations, (kick) vote them out!