Monday, December 19, 2011

The Only Question(s) You Need

I have had this at the top of my sidebar for over a year:
"Which article of the Constitution gives government the authority to do that?"
If more and more people start asking this question, I think most of our worst political problems, in all branches and all levels of government would go away by themselves, almost overnight. When a reporter asked Nancy Pelosi that question about the healthcare bill, her deer-in-the-headlights response was, "Are you serious?" Well, we are serious, and politicians should be afraid to step out of their offices without a credible answer to that question. It is the only "litmus test" that we need.
It really takes so little effort, that it is at least worth a try. The beauty of it is, this really should appeal to honest people from anywhere on the political spectrum.
But in light of EPA Ponders Expanded Regulatory Power In Name of 'Sustainable Development', I think we have to add another:
Wouldn't it be preferable to protect our natural resources without forfeiting our natural rights?
Of course, if we answered the first question, we certainly wouldn't need the second one, but as I am very fond of quoting,
The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground. ~ Thomas Jefferson
Resisting the "natural progress of things" is getting to be like pushing a gigantic oppressive sustainable boulder uphill. If we stop to rest, it will roll right over us.

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