“Not Yours to Give”

This is fairly typical, a little mainstream video blurb inspired by a comment made by outgoing Senator George Voinovich on how to best 'fix the Senate' … he suggested, "blow it up".

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In typical fashion, the clue-less host proceeds to spin on the given that what is wrong with the Senate is that nothing gets done, and brings in other opinions on 'how to fix that'.

Gee, I'd say that the fact that the Senate doesn't get things done is NOT what's wrong with the Senate … same goes for the House.  The problem with our country, forgive me for speculating, is that we are swamped by laws and regulations that repress liberty and competition while giving advantage to the largest corporate campaign contributors.  The last thing this country needs is more laws … it's time to start repealing them.

That's of course just my opinion, and who knows what Senator Voinovich was thinking about when he made his offbeat remark, but check out  what it says in Article 1 Section 4 of the US Constitution –

The Congress shall assemble at least once in every Year, and such Meeting shall be on the first Monday in December, unless they shall by Law appoint a different Day.

The people who debated on and wrote Article 1 Section 4 ovbiously envisioned Congress getting together to deal with the matters of the country at least ONE DAY OUT OF THE YEAR (!).  They figured that would be enough.

I doubt that the founders, as they continue to roll in their graves, are thinking that the Senate and the House aren't 'getting enough stuff done'.   LoL.

Edward Sylvester Ellis published an essay titled "Davy Crockett’s Electioneering Tour" in Harpers in 1867, a piece which has been republished far and wide under the title  "Not Yours to Give".   The original article took a few liberties, but the message is clear and reflects a wariness going back nearly 150 years that congress was exceeding its money spending authority.   Well worth a read … oh how far we've strayed.



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