Gary Birch: People misinterpret the Constitution
To the Editor:There seems to be some confusion and mythology surrounding the U.S. Constitution.One person stated in his letter to the editor that the Constitution gives the federal government the right to regulate and control. Neither the government nor the constitution has rights or gives rights. People had rights long before the Constitution or the establishment of the U.S. government.The basic purpose of the Constitution is to guarantee rights, to describe the structure of the government, to describe the state and federal relationship or to describe powers of the three branches. The Constitution was formed to make the people’s liberties secure – secure not only as against foreign attack but also against oppression by their own government.Regulation and control is more described in detail in the U.S Code of Law, which also defines terms, which are used in the Constitution such as the definition of a natural born citizen, which the birthers obviously haven’t read. The government is not forcing anyone to buy insurance. You may have to pay more taxes if you don’t buy. You have the choice to buy or not to buy just as you have the choice to drive or not to drive, but if you drive you have to buy auto insurance. We are forced to buy medical care for prisoners that number around 2 million. Bailouts are controversial but what would it be like if GM and Chrysler would have gone belly up? Think of the employees and the related businesses that would have been affected.I don’t like the idea of our country being in such enormous debt to other countries but the Constitution provides for the “Congress to lay and collect taxes to provide for the general welfare” and “To borrow money on the credit of the United States” (US Constitution, Article I, Section 8, Clauses 1, excerpt & 2).Thomas Paine said, “It is better to have debt than not have a navy (paraphrased).” We went into debt to fund the revolution ($75.5 million dollars). In fact, throughout the history of the United States of America, we have rarely not been in debt. The debt started to skyrocket in the early 1980s to the present. It’s the responsibility and duty of the republic to determine how to promote the general welfare.Gary BirchKremmling
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