ELECTION 2004 CAMPAIGN ISSUE: NO MORE NEW LAWS
June 22, 2004
Ignorance of the law is no excuse. That's what the courts are so fond of saying, right along with members of law enforcement. If you haven't read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, you should. Rand said in her book, among other things, that the day will come when there are so many laws, no one will be able to make it through the day without violating a dozen of them.
I have long been saying that there should be no new laws passed in Congress and the state legislatures for the next five years - except emergency sessions. What needs to be done is an examination of all laws on the books. Those that are so ridiculously outdated or don't meet with strict constitutional conformity - throw them out. That means all these gun laws - gone. That means everything to do with the EPA - gone and shut down. If it isn't authorized in Art. 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution - it's gone. If it isn't in your state constitution or your state constitution forbids such and such a law - it's gone.
Think this too drastic an approach? Well, try this on for size: If ignorance of the law is no excuse, you had better get busy memorizing all these thousands of laws so you aren't charged with violating one before you even walk out your front door.
The "smaller government" Republicans took control of Congress on January 5, 1995. The federal machine hasn't gotten smaller, its exploded in size and scope, right along with the number of new bills proposed to saddle the American people with yet more and more new laws that strip us of our rights and hamstrings business and commerce.
Guess how many new bills have been introduced into the 108th Congress by both the House and Senate? 4,571 on the House side and 2,522 on the Senate side. A total of 7,093 new bills that each sponsor hopes will become a new law. Who reads all these bills - 99% of which are completely unconstitutional? Not members of Congress. Only a handful of Congress critters read the entire NAFTA treaty and only one Senator (Hank Brown) out of 100 read the entire GATT treaty. Members of Congress were given the so-called "Patriot Act" to vote on without being provided with the text until right before the vote! Yet, all these lawmakers who supposedly care about you and your rights, voted on these horrendous and unconstitutional treaties without even reading the text. It's an outrage.
I happened to catch a news clip the other day regarding Michael Moore's new movie, Fahrenheit 9/11. This clip showed toady career politician, John Conyers (38 years in the House) sitting at his desk laughingly stating that no member of Congress reads all the bills that come across their desk. It would be impossible he said and none of them do it! He made those statements like it was some kind of game. This is no game, people, it is an abomination. Congressional staffers read these bills and make recommendations, but they are not elected officials and no have right to make a determination as to whether their boss should or should not vote on a particular piece of legislation.
Congress can only legislate in the narrowly defined areas of Art. 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution. I challenge Americans to go take a look through these 7,000+ new bills plus all the new "public laws." It will shock you when you read the absolute nonsense and sell out of America going on in Congress.
Let's not forget your state legislatures. Many citizens are fortunate enough to live in states whose legislatures are only in session 90 or 120 days; Texas every two years - what a blessing! Here in the Communist State of California, this legislature is in session year around, blowing nearly $100 billion dollars annually on nothing but more and more special interest laws that strip the citizenry of their rights. About $8 billion a year goes to support illegal aliens who have crossed the border illegally.
Here's a sampling in the California State Legislature:
Bills targeting minors: to keep them from buying violent video games, tanning at indoor salons or riding motor scooters without a permit or license. Two years ago, the escapees from reality in our legislature actually passed a law that left children with virtually only one option if they want to use public streets and sidewalks without mussing their hair: walking.
The do-gooders have a bill to expand bicycle-helmet rules to apply to youngsters who use skateboards, roller skates, in-line skates or non-motorized scooters. How people my age group and older laugh at this nonsense. We grew up riding bikes and roller skates getting a few scrapes, bumps, cuts and an occasional busted arm. It was all part of being a kid.
This Marxist legislature is continuing their on going efforts to expand the nanny mentality for adults: Pending legislation would ban bodysurfing behind boats, prohibit drivers from holding a cellphone to their ear, and bar smoking on state-controlled beaches or in cars carrying a young child. For motorists like me who refuse to wear a state seat belt, the tax hungry career politicians in our legislature cracked down last year, tripling fines for first offenses from $20 to a maximum $64. Despite this upping the ante, I still refuse to wear a seat belt because I will be the master of my own destiny, not some chowder head over at the State Capitol.
These people are so far out of touch with reality and yet, the voters in this state run to the polls every election cycle and vote for the same tyrants time and time again. Why? Because they refuse to vote outside the Democratic-Republican Party. Their blind loyalty is to the one party system masquerading as two parties. It's a form of insanity.
Taxes, taxes and more taxes
As a result of all these new laws, where does the money come from to enforce them? At the federal level, it comes from borrowing. As there is no money in the U.S. Treasury and because every penny collected by the IRS goes to pay the unconstitutional "national debt" and transfer payments to the IMF and UN (also grossly unconstitutional), all the rest of the federal expenditures now exceeding $1.5 trillion a year has to come from borrowing from the central bank.
For all these thousands of new laws under unconstitutional agencies like the Federal Department of Education, Department of Labor and many more, enforcement requires manpower and that means more taxes. Because there is no money to pay for all these unnecessary and unconstitutional agencies, funds are acquired through congressional borrowing - debt that your children will carry and pass to your grand children. Is this really how much your love your children and grand babies - sticking them with massive debt before they even enter kindergarten? Think about it.
At the state level, it comes through personal state income taxes, sales taxes, property taxes, gasoline taxes and a hundred other taxes. The more laws, the more it costs to maintain and enforce them. This is no longer the land of the free, it is the land of slaves in bondage to 535 members of the U.S. Congress and roughly 7500 lawmakers in the 50 state legislatures.
Buying the favors of Congress and state legislators
Why do members of Congress and state legislators continue to introduce so many bills to make thousands and thousands of new laws every year? The answer: (1) to make themselves appear needed and (2) they do it to pay back their campaign donors and (3) to carry forth the agenda for totalitarian government. Americans must stop buying the favors of Congress and members of their state legislatures. We've heard, ad nauseum, a great deal of bombastic gas about campaign finance reform. The one way to fix the problem of big money buying the favors of Congress and your state legislators is to dry up the PAC money. Translated that means quit giving.
As an individual, you can designate that you do not want your union dues to be used to buy the favors of politicians. As an individual you can withhold your donation to any candidate who continues to conduct themselves like a common street walker. As Alan Keyes is fond of saying, "Politicians only care about which way the wind is blowing and we have to be that wind."
If Americans, whether they're union or just a very large group, i.e., the NRA would stop buying politicians, we would begin to clean up the system. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are elected to represent the interests of the people of their district, period. Those interests are ensuring that the God given rights of their constituents are not trampled on by any legislation. The U.S. Senate is a farce because all of them serve in office under a law that doesn't exist.
How do we change this?
Vote for any candidate who promises "No new laws!" Let any incumbent who represents you know that you will vote against them unless they pledge to start wiping all these useless and unconstitutional laws off the books. This applies to all incumbents, state and federal. Call their office and simply make that statement. Tell them the first priority of business in the next session must be culling the thousands of worthless laws off the books. Get rid of them, Assemblyman Smith or I will vote for the grandmother running against you. Short, but sweet.
Make "no more new laws" a major topic of discussion on talk radio, at union meetings, at the local watering hole or a meeting of any group or organization and that includes your party committee meetings and the big conventions coming up.
As always, the real power still lies with the people if they will just stop making excuses and get the job done. The fun times can wait, but you shouldn't wait until you or your business becomes a victim of a law you knew nothing about.
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Devvy Kidd authored the booklets, Why A Bankrupt America and Blind Loyalty, which sold close to 2,000,000 copies. Has been a guest more than 1600 times on radio shows, ran for Congress twice and is a highly sought after public speaker. Devvy is a contributing writer for www.NewsWithViews.com Devvy's web site is: www.devvy.com; is sponsored by El Dorado Gold; e-mail is: email@example.com