Time To Tame the Federal Beast
Andrew P. Napolitano
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When the federal
government was created, those who risked their lives and their fortunes
and their sacred honors to secede from England were animated by
recent events. The government did not come into existence in a vacuum.
Rather, those who led the Revolutionary War joined those who fought
and financed it to create a central government that would be constitutionally
incapable of doing to Americans what King George III and Parliament
did to the colonists.
The king abridged
many personal freedoms, but among them, religion and the right to
keep income were at the top of the list, along with the freedom
of speech and the right to be left alone. The reason that religious
rights and property rights so animated the Founders is simple: They
had been aggressively assaulted by the British government, and most
of it had to do with money.
The king and
Parliament imposed a tax on the colonists to support the king's
church in England. And the king and Parliament imposed an obligation
on the colonists to purchase the king's stamps and to affix them
to all papers in their possession in America. The Stamp Act led
to the invasion of the colonists' homes by British soldiers without
warrants, ostensibly looking for the stamps. Both of these taxes
led to the Revolution, and the bitter aftertaste they left behind,
in turn, led to a firm determination on the part of those who wrote
the Constitution to craft a document that would assure that the
new government would be constitutionally incapable of similar behavior.
How well have
the Framers' hopes and plans and constitutional craftsmanship worked
out? Not very well. I have written six books about the violations
of the Constitution that the government has gotten away with. The
feds take your taxes and give it to folks who will vote for them.
They even fine churches that fail to violate their core teachings
on contraception. These are not light or fleeting issues.
who rely on government entitlements receive an average of $32,700
worth of benefits every year. The average American's annual income
after taxes – Americans who work, not those who receive benefits
– is $32,400. This is the first time in history that we have seen
this inversion. I realize that this is just an average, but the
numbers show, by a tiny amount, that the average recipient of entitlements
has more disposable wealth than the average wage earner.
cost the taxpayers about $2.5 trillion per year. The federal government
collects only $2.5 trillion a year in revenue. So, the rest of the
government – defense, justice, the goons in the TSA, national parks,
even the Post Office – is paid for by borrowing. And most of the
borrowing is paid for by the Federal Reserve printing cash. And
that causes inflation, which decreases the purchasing power of your
On top of all
of this is Obamacare. That is the president's signature piece of
legislation. It is the instrument by which the president is threatening
to fine religious institutions – mostly Catholic – that dare not
to pay for contraception health care coverage for their employees.
That would be the same Obamacare that is forcing every person in
America to buy health insurance. This brings us back to where we
started historically: The last time the central government in America
tried to force all Americans to buy something against their will,
it was the king of England and his Stamp Act. And that fomented
You can see
how far we have come from the freedom the Framers intended – and
how far we need to travel to return. The federal government refuses
to leave us alone. It taxes too much, borrows too much, regulates
too much, gives away too much money and is in our faces over something
as intimate as contraception.
We need a game
changer in the White House, now more than ever.
with the author's permission.
February 16, 2012
Andrew P. Napolitano
[send him mail],
a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, is the senior
judicial analyst at the Fox News Channel, and the host of “FreedomWatch”
on the Fox Business Network. His latest book is It
is Dangerous to be Right When the Government is Wrong: The Case for
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