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Since the presidency of Abraham Lincoln, the States have allowed the Federal Government to assume powers reserved to the states by the Constitution of the United States. President Lincoln by an act of war seized powers prohibited by the Constitution. The state legislatures have routinely allowed the federal government to take over responsibilities clearly reserved for the states such as the public education of children.

Both the Democrat and Republican Parties have delegated more legislative powers to the President and to the courts. We now have courts making law and overriding laws voted on by the people and passed by their elected lawmakers. For the past seven years, President Obama has created laws by Executive Order and has selectively enforced those Congressionally passed laws and refused to enforce those laws that do not enhance his agenda. With one year to go in his second and final term, Obama is threatening to take drastic actions in defiance of Congress and the American people.

The President has refused to control our borders, has given legal status to millions of illegal aliens, refuses to deal effectively with Islamic Terrorists, and intends to close the offshore Gitmo prison over the opposition of Congress and the majority of American people.

Both houses of Congress are controlled by Republicans who give lip service to blocking the illegal activities by President Obama in order to be elected, but have not taken action that is within their constitutional authority to take. Specifically, Obama cannot spend a single dollar that is not appropriated by Congress. They could ground Air Force One and save millions of dollars while getting his attention on other matters, however, they are apparently afraid to confront him.

The powers of the Federal Government and the President are few and specified by the Constitution. The Tenth Amendment amplifies the limitation of national government powers.

Amendment X: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

Views of the Founders:

“I am committed against every thing which in my judgment, may weaken, endanger, or destroy the Constitution… and especially against all extension of Executive power; and I am committed against any attempts to rule the free people of this country by the power and the patronage of the Government itself.”

~ Daniel Webster

“It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages that mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.”

~ Daniel Webster

“To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt … I am for a government rigorously frugal and simple.”

~ Thomas Jefferson

“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”

~ Benjamin Franklin

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

~ John Adams

“The Constitution approaches nearer to perfection than any government hitherto instituted among men.”

~ George Washington

“The good sense of the people will always be found to be the best army. They may be led astray for a moment, but will soon correct themselves.”

~ Thomas Jefferson

“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”

~ Thomas Jefferson

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