"I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground: That 'all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States or to the people.' To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of the boundless field of power, no longer susceptible of any definition."
That, alas, is precisely what has been the outcome because the left has shredded that sacred document, inserting into our private lives one government regulation after another, nowhere permitted by the Constitution. Worse, these regulations are fiscal disasters, slowly killing the United States of America.
Franklin D. Roosevelt butchered the meaning of the General Welfare Clause to justify a national Social Security program that now will require the government to borrow an additional $7.7 trillion over the next 75 years to stay afloat. Add to that $14.5 trillion in public debt and unfunded promised benefits, $2 trillion for federally guaranteed programs like student loans and deposit insurance, and $38.2 trillion for Medicare, and you end up with a very quiet government report, released this year, showing the federal government facing $61.9 trillion in unfunded liabilities. It's a figure so big as to be incomprehensible. The control freaks truly are out of control.
But as Jeffrey documents, this control extends far beyond the pocketbook issues. The left is busily at work controlling, even banning the exercise of free speech, whether through nefarious efforts like the so-called Fairness Doctrine or outrageous legislation like McCain-Feingold, which banned free speech during campaigns. Such is their disdain for the democratic process.
Which matches their disdain for the moral order. So fanatical have they become that they -- President Obama himself -- not only support the horrific practice of partial-birth abortion but also the practice banning any effort to aid a baby that has survived the attempted massacre. So much do they want to control life itself that they are now supporting the cloning of human beings as expendable laboratory fodder. And so much do they want to control our lives when they allow us to live that the courts are upholding state mandates on immorality taught to adolescents in public schools.
On and on and on it goes. "Control Freaks" screams to be read. It means to frighten, and it succeeds.