Any time you read the federal government is pushing such-and-such legislative agenda, ask yourself a single question.  Is the power they aspire to wield delegated in the Constitution or are they assuming it?  Thomas Paine wrote in The Rights of Man, “All powers exercised over a nation must have some beginning.  It must be either delegated, or assumed.  There are no other sources.  All delegated power is trust, and all assumed power is usurpation.  Time does not alter the nature or quality of either.”  He wrote further in the same chapter, “A constitution is the property of a nation, and not of those who exercise the government.  All the constitutions of America are declared to be established on the authority of the people.”  We must never allow those we elect to forget they govern by consent of the governed.  And when they forget, as is the nature of men, it is the right and duty of free men to thrust off the chains of bondage and regain their freedom.  For Paine also wrote therein, “It is not because a part of the government is elective, that makes it less a despotism, if the persons so elected possess afterwards unlimited powers.  Election, in this case, becomes separated from representation, and the candidates are candidates for despotism.”  Do not be fooled into thinking authority rests in Congress, the Senate, or the President to do as they will.  They serve at the pleasure of We The People.

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