The objective of ELECT A NEW CONGRESS, and its website are to provide all 162,000,000 registered American voters the means to elect a new congress dedicated to restoring liberty.
The powers of Congress are their duties necessary to running a country, or in effect, the actual machinery of the nations business required to keep the doors open so citizens can go about their business. These are all things that effect peoples daily lives, and so naturally, we not only have a greater ability to understand, but to develop a knowledge provided we are shown transparency in our government.
It we do not see it, we do not know. This strikes at the heart of liberty, for liberty is wholly contingent upon the transparency in government, so that we may know.
In our Constitution, the key to this transparency is in the Congress’s constitutionally prescribed power, which becomes a fiduciary duty, when Congress performs their function on behalf of the American people.
Herein lies the rub, because Congress has foresworn and abandoned their following power/duty (s).
Provide for Defense and General Welfare (actually, this is first on the list of the powers of Congress); Coin Money and Regulate its Value and that of Foreign coinDeclare War, Finance, and Regulate the Armed Forces.
Outsourced: Coin Money etal to the private Federal Reserve Bank, of which they have shared nothing with America for nigh on 100 years; War Powers have been virtually abandoned to the President and arguably the United Nations. The nations defense, its borders, internal threats like Patriot Act I/II, and even the general welfare of the nation are arguably at risk.
Borrow Money; Reg. Commerce (foreign & domestic).
Outsourced: Congress only raises the pole to borrow; Commerce has been given to the Commerce Dept (Executive Branch) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Naturalization; Uniform Laws on Bankruptcy; Patents & Copyrights – Promote Science & Arts; Appoint Lower Federal Court Judges; Post Office and Post Roads; Define and Punish Piracy & Felony Against Laws of Nations.
Outsourced: President Obama has apparently usurped naturalization, Science and Arts has been stretched to include the Dept of Education (Executive Branch); and Piracy & Felony has been proposed by the White House, to be transferred to an international tribunal.
Ever since McColluch v Maryland (1819), the Supreme Court ruled Congress may do what it thinks Necessary to carry out its powers, but never addressed how it may be Properly addressed, pretending that Necessary and Proper are one and the same. The argument against this thinking is that what may be Necessary must also be Proper, and within the context of maintaining Liberty, Proper must be defined by the maintenance of the powers of Congress being executed within the Public Forum.
All of the above outsourced powers of Congress are not performed and executed in the Public Forum, and therefore fall into the control and operation in the hands of “cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men”, and thereby constitute “the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed.”
These usurpations of the powers of Congress then, are the mechanisms by which liberty and tyranny are measured, and it is quite obvious how America measures up, or in our current state, down. It also makes clear what America must do to return the transparency required to restore Liberty again in America, and the freedom and economic bounty inherent to Liberty.
When these powers are thus usurped, government rules over the people. Conversely, when Congress performs its powers exclusively in the Public Forum, the people rule. Because it is only through this action that the transparency is creates that enables the people render their “Consent of the Governed”. And it is only when the government operates with the “Consent of the Governed”, can it be justified as a government of liberty.
Simply put, if we are to expect an economy and civilization blessed with peace and wealth for all members of society, we must all have rule over our government, instead of being ruled by the few. This is the definition of, and the necessity for, Liberty to exist.
And if we prefer to live being ruled by the few, as bad as things are, they will most certainly get much, much, worse. For slavery carries a heavy price, and while no American is willing to pay it, most of America sits like a deer in the headlights.
The fact is, there are only these two choices, and doing nothing is a vote for the current tyrannical fix America is in, which is the very problem that we are all looking for a way to get out of, and back to the way America is suppose to be.