Tuesday, July 10, 2012


Mychal Massie asserts BHO has no authority to offer political giveaways

The constitutional role of government is not to give things away – nor is it the function of the president or Congress to use the promise of what amounts to gifts as a means of graft to have things their way, to ensure their re-election or to entrench a particular political party.

The constitutional role of the government is to establish a system of currency, defend our shores, deliver the mail and protect our individual rights. It is important to note that government is to protect our individual rights. It is not the constitutional role of government to give us rights. It is not the constitutional role of government to decide what those rights are, and it certainly is not government’s role to deny our individual rights.

Taken literally, the Constitution assumes us to have the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” – as cited in the Declaration of Independence. The Founding Fathers understood that a government with the power to grant individual rights and freedoms would have even more power to arbitrarily deny them – and they had King George as a vivid and tangible reminder of same.

They understood that our Creator is God Almighty not government, and that it is God who endows us with our rights.

Our government violated the Constitution the moment it presumed to know what rights were best for us and what rights were not.

It is not the role of government to decide what we eat, drink, wear or drive. It is not the role of government to decide the educational curriculum for our children. It certainly is not the role of government to mandate what insurance we must have.

I refuse to support any candidate whose campaign message consists of what he or she is going to give us. I will only support candidates who tell us that they will work to bring government back in line with the authority of the Constitution.

Presidents and candidates have, with great efficiency, used the promises of what they will give us to ingratiate themselves to the people, which is in direct opposition to what the Constitution says they should be focused on.

Franklin D. Roosevelt promised retirement benefits as a right. As Walter Williams wrote: “The Social Security pamphlet of 1936 read, ‘Beginning November 24, 1936, the United States Government will set up a Social Security account for you. … The checks will come to you as a right.’ … Decades after Americans were duped into thinking that the money taken from them was theirs, the Social Security Administration belatedly and quietly…[explained], ‘Entitlement to Social Security is not (a) contractual right.’”

Now fast forward to Obama telling us health care is a right. Constraints of space do not permit me to list every fallacious statement Obama has told about health care. But by now most have seen, read and/or heard of his interview with George Stephanopoulos in which he categorically stated his health-care mandate was not a tax. Yet that is exactly what the Supreme Court has ruled that it is.

Now think about this. Take a look at the mess government has made out of Social Security. Take a look at the abysmal job Obama has done pursuant to promising jobs, etc. Government under Obama has done nothing to protect our shores from illegal-alien criminals and the Postal Service is by any measurable standard a monolith of ineffectiveness. Are we going to trust his government with health care, which is one-sixth of the nation’s economy? But I digress.

The Obama government promised “to give,” i.e., “create jobs.” But as CNSNews points out: “The Obama administration distributed $9 billion in economic stimulus funds to solar and wind projects in 2009-11 that created, as the end result, 910 ‘direct’ jobs – meaning that it cost about $9.8 million to establish each of those jobs. … At the same time, those green energy projects also created, in the end, about 4,600 ‘indirect’ jobs … which means they cost about $1.9 million each.” Combine the two numbers and it means that 5,510 jobs cost, on average, $1.63 million each to produce.

My question to you (and to Obama) is: What “right” did the government have to deny us our “right” to say we refuse to contribute to such waste?

The Declaration of Independence provides us the Grantor of individual rights. It reads: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Nowhere in those rights does it say government, under fiat of Obama, shall force us to surrender those rights or we will be taxed and punished.

Government under Obama does not have the constitutional authority to force its will on the Catholic Church or any other church. Government under Obama does not have the constitutional authority to use the promise of what they will give and deny as a way to ensure re-election.

If you feel as I do, then the choice is clear. Not only must we elect only those who promise to work to restore the authority of the Constitution, but we cannot allow Obama a second term.