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The Growing Power Of The Government Even With The Constitution

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The Growing Power of the Government Even with The Constitution

Our flags have been raised from half-staff to full-staff since the terrorist attacks in the New York area and most of us Americans seem to be increasingly aware of our protecting freedoms. In 1787, our founding fathers created the greatest contract or agreement for freedom ever known to mankind. My "Brief American Pageant" history book lists two fundamental principles that directed them to the establishment of our Constitution. These guidelines were that, "the only legitimate government was one based on the consent of the governed and that the powers of the government should be limited" (117). Our Constitution clearly states that the power rests first in the people, then the states, and lastly, the United States. That's why the preamble begins "We the People." But do we fully understand our rights, powers, or freedoms: furthermore, does each state know theirs? To put it quite frankly, we've slowly turned over our powers to the Federal Government and they have been deceitfully abusing the powers vested unto them without a fight on our part?
Now, let me reassure you, my readers, that America is great. It's not so because a bunch of people in Washington have told us what to do, but because people have been free to do great things on their own. However, we are now faced with a perpetuating greedy government that is extolling their power (that has been handed to them on a temporary basis) to satisfy their own carnal desires. The more power they have, the less power the people have. This is the exact same principle upon which our union was brought together by. You see, the first thirteen colonies knew that if they gave up all their power and didn't remain sovereign -- that they would be completely ruled by a one-world government. Utah's former State Secretary Joseph Stumph understood this principle and explained it quite well in his book "The Constitution Hanging by a Thread." "Once the Union was formed, many of the Founders and many of the ratifying State Conventions were still skeptical about the potential for abuse of power by The Federal Government. That's why they, therefore, shortly afterward, adopted the first ten Amendments, The Bill of Rights, to doubly insure that all parties understood the Central Government was to be very limited in the powers the states had given up for the sake of the union" (4). That's why the Tenth Amendment reads as follows, "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." But the fact still remains, our Federal Government has become way to powerful and we're at the verge of loosing the few powers that are still ours.
My fellow citizens, I'm now going to show you where, how, and why some of our systems are faltering. To start out, I'm going to use a prime example of how our Executive branch has in short, abused...

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