“We the People” not doing well at all (Whipple)

September 23, 2014
The News Journal

“We the People” not doing well at all

This year’s Constitution Day essays (Sept. 14-17) painted a generally glowing picture. In a nutshell, “We the People” are doing just what the Founders intended by supporting a big government agenda.

Many people disagree, witness polls showing that a majority of Americans think the country is headed in the wrong direction. Among their concerns are wasteful government spending, onerous taxes, burdensome regulations, slapdash foreign policies and soaring debt.

To better understand the Constitution, one should read the entire document instead of fixating on the 52-word preamble. There is no indication that a national mission “to promote the general welfare” was intended, else the Founders would not have taken such care to enumerate the powers of Congress, the president, and the judicial branch.

Although the Enumerated Powers Doctrine was put to rest during the New Deal era, the checks and balances between the three branches of government (which only 1/3 of Americans can identify according to another poll) remain viable.

We should insist on their observance instead of viewing them as a hindrance. Otherwise, it’s only a matter of time until “We the People” find ourselves under an authoritarian government.

William Whipple III
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