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Washington's Self-Anointed Deities

For our messianic leaders, the sense of entitlement and lack of accountability that go along with omnipotence is endless. That’s why Charlie Rangel won’t step down. He believes he is above reproach and is entitled to his seat. That’s why nothing is ever Congress’ fault. That's why the White House is still blaming President Bush.

With their all-knowing divinity, they think they know what’s good for us when we don’t. No matter how much Americans protested and pleaded for our leaders to throw out the health care reform bill, they passed it anyway. Plus, they’ve decided they don’t have to answer for it -- they simply point to the commerce clause.

Thomas Jefferson said:

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

Thanks to the arrogance in Washington -- shown both by action and by statements like those made by Stark and Yarmuth -- Americans are taking to heart the meaning of that statement.

Americans are waking up to the consequences of a government that promises them everything they want. As individual Americans get back to the constitutional ideas of personal responsibility and limited government, we will likely vote out our representatives who think the federal government is infinitely powerful. Hopefully, November’s elections will help remind our power-hungry representatives that they have to answer to us.

But we have to take a hard look at how we got here, so we can stop future generations from condemning themselves to limitless government control.

“I am not sure there is anything under current interpretation of the commerce clause that the government couldn’t do” is a far cry from the Federalist Papers which state: “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined.”

The problem is that the “current interpretation” of the commerce clause is miles away from its original intent. Even if Americans succeed in changing our direction, and we start moving towards limited government, without defining the limits of the commerce clause there’s nothing to stop Congress from eventually moving us back to this point -- or further.

Perhaps it is time for a constitutional amendment to strictly define the limits of the commerce clause and reinstate its meaning. Then, the lessons we’ve learned will be a blessing to future generations who won’t be burdened with reining in “divine” and out-of-control representatives.