Teabagging in America and the Role of Your Federal Government

  • Comments: 14
  • Written on: April 15th, 2009

I think it is safe to say that we are all living in a pivotal time in American history for a number of reasons. Right now we are experiencing the biggest changes in the behavior of the US Government since the birth of the progressive movement in the early 20th century brought us a new social contract (i.e. Social Security, the New Deal, etc..)

Today there are hundreds of Tea Parties taking place all over the country to protest government taxation and how the federal government spends the funds it takes in (or lately borrows from China).

I initially was planning on writing a post today about the Tea Parties and why they are going to be a significant event that our children will read about in their high school text books – not because they will be pivotal in their own right, but because they are marking the beginning of a grassroots reversal against the progressive movement that has brought us to this point.

When Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated no one really realized that that single spark was all that was needed to ignite the powder keg that was World War I. I have no doubt that these Tea Parties are a spark in the consciousness of the American people. The question is will that spark ignite anything?

What was the Original Role of the Federal Government?

All of the power that the Federal Government holds sprouts from the US Constitution.  Without that document, the United States would not exist.  Here are some quick facts about your US Constitution that you may or may not know:

  • The purpose of the Constitution is to LIMIT what the Government can do – not outline what citizens are allowed to do
  • Anything that is not explicitly covered in the Constitution falls to the States’ Governments to legislate
  • Judges have interpreted the Constitution over time to cover various situations – For example, the “right to privacy” is not in the Constitution.  It was created by a judicial interpretation of what the founders “intended”.
  • Generations of judges have used previous interpretations to justify new interpretations –   For example, abortion is legal today in the United States in part because of the “right to privacy”.
  • Test your knowledge of the US Constitution in a quick quiz

Children are taught in school that the Constitution is a “living document” that evolves with circumstances that surround it.  They are taught that the brilliance of the Constitution is that it was generic enough that it could be stretched and pulled to cover a variety of scenarios that were unimaginable to our founding fathers.

I believe that our schools are teaching a lie.

The brilliance of the Constitution has nothing to do with interpretation.  Its brilliance has everything to do with the fact that it LIMITS what the government can do. These limits prevent the government from weaving itself into the lives of its citizens to the point where a person’s ability to succeed, thrive, and enjoy happiness guarantees freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness through LIMITING how the Federal Government can interact with the citizenry.

What Does the Federal Government Do Now that it Shouldn’t Do?

The Constitution outlines that the role of the Federal Government is to provide for the common defense of the states, and protect the life, liberty, and the right of its citizens to persue happiness.  Here is a quick list of things that the Federal Government does now that have no direct root in the Constitution whatsoever:

  • Mortgage Loans
  • Student Loans
  • Corporate Bailouts
  • Social Security
  • Prescription Drug Programs
  • Heath Insurance
  • Judicial Review
  • The Federal Reserve Bank
  • Social Engineering With the Tax Code (Wealth Redistribution)

In this small list alone, the Federal Government manages to intervene in the lives of just about every American at some point.  I am not saying that these programs were created with ill intentions.  I am simply stating tha there is no basis in the Constitution for these programs whatsoever.  They are purely “government creep” into our lives that in many cases needs to be reversed before it gets worse.

What Can You Do?

The next time a crisis hits, you have a problem in your personal life, or you look to a program don’t look to the Federal Government for a solution.  Know that when you do look to the Federal Government there are always strings attached.

Some of the nations largest banks were “surprised” when the Obama administration announced that if a bank takes bailout money, the government has the right to run certain aspects of that bank.  So the banks are now rushing to pay back the money, but the Government won’t take it back because it says they are still “too sick”.

Once you go Fed its VERY tough to go back.  Call your congressman and Senators when you see the Federal government creeping deeper into your life and tell them to stop.  Vote for candidates who promise to reduce the size, scope, and power of the federal government – not just reduce taxes.

Last, but not least, take care of your families and do what you need to do to secure a future for your children.  America is great because each of its citizens works to make a better life for themselves and their children.  When we all do that, America thrives.  Happy Tax freedom day and be sure to check out Fox News’ coverage of the tea parties across the nation!

  1. Tim
    Tim said on April 15th, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Great post. If anyone thinks that “Change – yes we can” is inspiring then read the following articles:

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/just_53_say_capitalism_better_than_socialism

    http://www.epi.org/economic_snapshots/entry/snapshots_20090401/

    If this trend continues a “Free” and “Thriving” America will almost certainly be found in history books as a snapshot of what our country use to be.

  2. Steve French
    Steve French said on April 16th, 2009 at 10:32 am

    98% of Americans are receiving a tax cut under the Obama administration, and the top 2 percent , those who can afford to take time off of work for misguided protests with teabags on their glasses and blogs like you,  are calling this return to the Clinton tax rates a slide into socialism and a destruction of rights…seriously? 98% OF AMERICANS ARE RECEIVING A TAX CUT UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

    The Constitution cannot be interpreted strictly based on its content because it was left purposefully vague in certain areas. It is thought that if ideas are continuously reinterpreted based on the society’s ideals, the inherent ideas in the Constitution can become meaningless if the society does not feel that those laws should be in place. It has been shown that, because of the culture and the times, it has been necessary to re-define the central ideals in the Constitution.

    For example, Amendments were necessary guaranteeing women and certain groups of people the right to vote because other groups said that wasn’t inherent in the statements set forth in the Constitution, even though the wording is vague enough that it should. Amendments can also be taken away – for example, the idiocy that was Prohibition. Because the society said it was so, the Constitution was re-interpreted to suit the peoples’ wishes. And when the same people (or a new generation) realized that the interpretation was a bad one, or that their wishes weren’t what they thought they would be, the Constitution was re-interpreted and amended yet again to reflect those wishes.

    Thor, you are so full of transparent bullshit, pompous self-righteousness, and programmed doublespeak it’s offensive.

    P.S. “The right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”, was written by Thomas Jefferson, adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, in the Declaration of Independence. The phrase is based on the writings of English writer John Locke. It’s not in the Constitution, you need to fact check your mewlings.

    P.P.S. Tim, the Economic Policy site you quote is bonkers, totally a joke. To quote: “Any government spending beyond that threshold(the 23% “socialist” number, which Reagan went over) indicates a bleak future filled with universal health care, energy independence, and, in the worst-case scenarios, high-speed commuter rail.” That sounds like HELL.

  3. Thor said on April 18th, 2009 at 7:32 am

    Steve you are correct about the Declaration. Thank you for the correction.

    As for the tax cut for 90% of Americans that is a political talking point that is factually not true. Cutting the payroll taxes of all Americans by $8 a week is a welcome arrival, however I believe that in a year 90% of all Americans will be paying more for energy (Cap and Trade), manufactured goods (Card Check) and dollars will not go as far due to the inflation that is inevitably coming from the massive uptick in borrowing and spending.

    I do believe that Americans will be able to grow the economy large enough to eventually overcome the Obama bubble, but just like in the 1970s, the government is going to cause a lot of unnecessary pain.

    My fundamental belief that Government does not have a place providing health care, retirement planning services, loans, and socially enghineering America through the tax code remains unchallenged in your response.

    Your example of prohibition above is telling. Prohibition was a PROGRESSIVE notion that was attempting to engineer the behavior of Americans against the wishes and desires of a free economy. That is why it failed. As a result the government CAUSED the mob wars and the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians.

    Taking your example one step further, there was a recent event where “progressive” Americans decided to make a decision based on a flawed interpretation of a man’s political beliefs. As a result, Obama was elected. And just like with prohibition, in a few years he will probably be repealed, but the suffering caused by the government in the meantime will be heavy and painful.

    It takes a Carter to make a Reagan.

  4. Nerdyjen said on April 20th, 2009 at 12:58 am

    I am completely amazed at how confident in their ignorance, some of you right wing people can be. I viewed your anti-geek squad commercial and the first thing that hit me was your racism. Yes racism. The japanese gentleman may not have spoken english, but that does not exclude him from being proficient in computers. I know it was just a commercial, but did you consider that the racist undertones might offend some? Or are you that far gone that you don’t care?

  5. Thor said on April 20th, 2009 at 6:39 am

    Wow, that’s a bit of a reach Nerdyjen. First off, he was Chinese, and secondly his presence in that commercial underscores one of Schrock’s major competitive advantages.

    When customers do business with Schrock they have a local person to come to with questions and problems. The people that provide the support are just down the block – not on another continent.

    His race is irrelevant. The distance is what is important.

  6. Steve French
    Steve French said on April 20th, 2009 at 10:42 am

    The tone of the far right wing is racist, homophobic, misogynistic, xenophobic, and at the moment, very, very childish. The current Republican governor of Texas won’t dismiss calls for secession, an issue that was settled on the fields of Gettysburg. The sad truth is that many Republican leaders and followers remain in a massive state of denial about the party’s four-decade-long addiction to race-baiting. The constant stream of noxious venom that emanates from right wing personalities and mouthpieces is nothing short of revolting. It will take countless generations to deal with the violence, injustice, hunger, greed, inequality, oppression and the myriad causes of human misery that the last 8 years of “Grand olde Party” rule has bestowed upon our world, and our children.

    To quote Drew Westen’s book, The Political Brain:

    “Since the mid-1960’s, the party of Lincoln has desecrated his memory. Republicans have opposed every effort to extend equal rights to anyone who isn’t white(and straight). They have played the race card in every presidential election they have won since 1968. As long as Democrats don’t turn racism into a character issue, Republicans will continue to use it as an instrument of political persuasion.”

    Since you like Reagan: One of Reagan’s first acts as president was to try to defy Federal Law by securing tax exempt status for Bob Jones University despite the fact it practiced open racial discrimination (forbidding interracial dating). This reflected a deliberate, conscious decision by the President of the United States to support one groups rights more than another…and the Supreme Court was not forgiving, ultimately pimp-slapping Reagan in a brutal 8-1 decision.

    No political group or ideology has a monopoly(monopolies were what the original Boston Tea Party was over, not taxation, for you playing at home) on liberty, justice, equality, opportunity, and democracy. The Republicans of Lincoln stood in opposition to the expansion of slavery and the protection of individual rights, and also put forward a progressive vision of modernizing the United States — emphasizing higher education, banking, railroads, industry and cities. How far you have come…

  7. Dennis
    Dennis said on April 29th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    “98% of Americans are receiving a tax cut under the Obama administration”

    Hmmmmmm – seeing how more than a third of Tax FILERS them don’t end up paying anything, that’s quite a deal for them, huh?

  8. nerdyjen said on May 18th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Yes his race was irrelevant, but apparently not in your commercial. What competitive advantage could he underscore? That you are a tubby middle aged white American man like 98% of all republicans? If his race was irrelevant why include him in the commercial at all? The fact is the way your commercial portrayed him was racist. You may not realize it because you have been indoctrinated into a culture of fear and hate for so long, but yes your commercial is racist.

  9. Ieftin said on December 15th, 2010 at 1:44 am

    @Dennis, what you think about “98% of Americans are receiving a tax cut under the Obama administration” – is true. However, I think this phrase explain very well what is happen in this moment with Obama administration.

  10. Obama Healthcare said on April 8th, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    “a grassroots reversal against the progressive movement that has brought us to this point.”

    Given some of the comments, content on handheld signs, overwhelming ethnicity of the protestors and the amount of funding coming from Koch Industries, it could also be said:

    “a movement of angry and often-racist individuals with little understanding of economics being funded by powerful interests who prefer to live in a society where their taxes are lower and and a smaller government will allow them to control even more power.”

  11. Thor said on April 12th, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    @nerdyjen What are you even talking about?

  12. Thor said on April 12th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    @Obama Healthcare

    I love how you say given some of the signs and comments, yet you have absolutely nothing to back up what you are saying. As for the Koch brothers, if they are paying bloggers to post things about the Tea Party, I missed my application for funds.

    Media Matters, why is it so hard for you to understand that the Tea Party is not an interest group you can attack and discredit. The Tea Party IS America.

    I am sure there are some undesirable seeds in the lot, just like there are Marxists, Communists, Black Panthers, Revolutionaries, and other troublemakers in your ranks.

    The difference between you and the Tea Party is that undesirable people are the exception in Tea Party ranks. They are the rule in yours.

  13. Tea Party Guru said on September 29th, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Out of curiosity, if the Constitution wasn’t mean to be a living/breathing document, why is it flexible enough to be amended?

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