Time to Act on the Intolerable Acts

The purpose of limited government is to permit people to live our lives without government interference. That includes the intrusion of requiring all citizens to be heavily involved in politics. The purpose of the lower house, the House of Representatives, is to have a steady turnover of citizen politicians influencing our government. This body of citizen statesmen is the only arm of the government empowered to introduce new legislation to raise revenues.

The Constitution was so designed that all laws are to originate with the people, not the government.

Neither the executive branch nor the judicial branch is empowered to introduce new legislation, only Congress. And no legislation can be adoped without the approval of the lower House. And that lower house was to be composed, not of politicians, but of citizens, citizen statesmen.

When the Constitution was written, it stated that there was to be not more than one Representative for every 30,000 citizens, with every state to have a minimum of one Representative. With today’s population of over 300,000,000, that would equate to over 10,000 members in the House of Representatives. Would that be too unwieldy? Perhaps.

In 1911, House membership was capped at 435. Since that time, per capita representation has been steadily decreasing, until today when we have less than 1 legislator for every half million people. Is it possible for one Representative to actually be in communication with and able to honestly represent that many people? Apparently not.

Recently, a number of Intolerable Acts, including the Stimulus Package, Omnibus Spending Bill and Budget, have been introduced and passed by a Congress, upon the demand of the Executive Branch, which is prohibited from introducing legislation for very good reason. Our government no longer represents the wisdom and common sense of the citizens of the United States of America.

It is upon the limitation of government, and the ability of the citizens to focus the vast majority of their time and attention on living their lives, rearing children, building careers, pursuing the arts and sciences, glee clubs and football, that the great engine of the American economy rests. At this moment, more citizens are focused heavily on government for the very reason that it is betraying them and abusing its responsibilities.

Americans that should be engaging in entrepreneurial enterprises, investing in everything from fashion to invention, from entertainment to home improvements to literature and travel are instead sitting on their funds, watching government, writing letters to Congress, the President and the Judiciary. They are organizing and holding tea parties. And while their attention is diverted, the economic engine that drives the world economy is stalled.

We are alarmed that our government is no longer predictable, is no longer functioning rationally and requires our interference.

The economy cannot and will not recover without the vigorous re-engagement of these people with the society, the economy and their lives. It will continue to stagnate as long as we the people are pre-occupied with government.

The only way to restore the economy is to restore the balance of government, to allow the people to disengage from the government and return to their very productive lives. This requires repealing the Intolerable Acts.

The members of the ruling elite, no longer governing, no longer public servants, but ruling elite, do not want to obey the will of the people. It is incumbent upon the people of the United States of America to compel the government to bend to their will.

The best way to influence the government is by the very source of our strength and value, our wallets.

We must embark on a series of tests of the underground conservative network with 48-hour spending freezes.

The problem with the government is that it has spent far and beyond its ability to pay. All of that spending must be rescinded. We must demonstrate for Congress what “not spending” is, until they learn from observation and whatever other pressures ensue.

Starting with the 48 hours following the July 4 Tea Party, July 5 and 6, all Americans are requested to impose a 100% spending freeze. This 2-day spending freeze will be repeated once per month until enough people are participating to have a negative impact on the economy that the government notices. At that time, we will proceed to phase 2, a long-term freeze on all discretionary spending. Any spending not necessary to survive, work, and feed one’s family will be restrained.

This spending freeze will continue until the government gets the message that we mean business, and rescinds the Intolerable Acts.

Publius

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2 responses to “Time to Act on the Intolerable Acts

  1. Super-Duper site! I’m loving it!! Will come back again – taking you feeds also, Thanks.

  2. jcb

    “This American government–what is it but a tradition, though a recent one, endeavoring to transmit itself unimpaired to posterity, but each instant losing some of its integrity? It has not the vitality and force of a single living man; for a single man can bend it to his will. It is a sort of wooden gun to the people themselves. But it is not the less necessary for this; for the people must have some complicated machinery or other, and hear its din, to satisfy that idea of government which they have. Governments show thus how successfully men can be imposed upon, even impose on themselves, for their own advantage. It is excellent, we must all allow. Yet this government never of itself furthered any enterprise, but by the alacrity with which it got out of its way. It does not keep the country free. It does not settle the West. It does not educate. The character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished; and it would have done somewhat more, if the government had not sometimes got in its way. For government is an expedient, by which men would fain succeed in letting one another alone; and, as has been said, when it is most expedient, the governed are most let alone by it. Trade and commerce, if they were not made of india-rubber, would never manage to bounce over obstacles which legislators are continually putting in their way; and if one were to judge these men wholly by the effects of their actions and not partly by their intentions, they would deserve to be classed and punished with those mischievious persons who put obstructions on the railroads.”

    “But, to speak practically and as a citizen, unlike those who call themselves no-government men, I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government. Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and that will be one step toward obtaining it.”

    Henry David Thoreau – Civil Disobedience

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