The results of the historic 2010 elections have given us the opportunity to change course and restore our Constitutional government. The principles of limited government that were so fiercely protected by our nation’s founders have been trampled upon by Members of Congress who have sworn to uphold the Constitution and unelected, overzealous bureaucrats who seek to regulate every aspect of our lives.
One does not need to look further than the massive nationalized health care behemoth known as Obamacare as evidence of this overregulation.
But it doesn’t stop there.
The extremely intrusive security screenings by the Transportation Security Administration, the Federal Highway Administration’s ruling requiring local communities to reformat street signs that use all capital letters and even the mandate that Americans use compact fluorescent light bulbs instead of incandescent ones by 2014 are all the proof one needs that the federal government has gone too far.
And it’s not done yet. Later this month, President Barack Obama’s Federal Communications Commission chairman, Julius Genachowski, is expected to issue burdensome new rules governing Internet access despite a recent ruling from a federal appellate court stating that Congress has not granted the organization the authority to regulate the Internet.
This is government run amok, and it’s time to stand up and say enough is enough.
Of course, Congressional actions are always justified as being what’s best for the people. We are continually told that Congress and federal regulators are acting in our best interest and are simply looking out for our health and safety.
In reality, this means ceding more of our independence to Washington, continued out-of-control spending, endless deficits and, perhaps most importantly, the loss of freedom that was so cherished by our Founding Fathers.
Congressional leaders and the continually growing number of unelected bureaucrats no longer trust us to make personal decisions about our health care or how we feed our children. For example, in an effort to combat childhood obesity, the federal government has assumed the role of super-parent and will dictate what our children eat at school.
In “The Conscience of a Conservative,” former Arizona GOP Senator and presidential candidate Barry Goldwater wrote, “My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution or that have failed in their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden.”
Unfortunately, Goldwater’s wise words have fallen on deaf ears in the halls of Congress.
Too many Members of Congress believe there is a federal solution to each and every one of life’s ills and have sent us on a long journey down the road to serfdom. Unfortunately, too many Members on both sides of the aisle fail to recognize that the federal government has caused many of the problems facing American families, small businesses and local communities. We’re drowning in a sea of red tape, unconstitutional laws and unnecessary federal regulations that would have been unimaginable to our nation’s Founding Fathers.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with his cut-out head during the Hoops for Youth 16th annual charity basketball game held at George Washington University's Smith Center, September 8, 2014. The members of Congress team beat the lobbyist team 46-40. Buy photo here.