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Morning Bell: Getting a Meddling Government Out of Our Lives
Heritage ^ | Feb 8, 2013 | Matthew Spalding, Ph.D.

Posted on 02/08/2013 9:06:25 AM PST by EXCH54FE

The next time a cashier asks “paper or plastic?” think of Abbie Schoenwetter. He spent more than six years in federal confinement for shipping lobster in plastic instead of cardboard.

There’s no American law against doing so. But thanks to a vague, overly broad, and otherwise unjust federal criminal law, the U.S. government claimed it was upholding a Honduran regulation.

Abbie Schoenwetter’s business, health, and family life (he has a wife and three kids) were wiped out because unreasonable federal prosecutors used an unjust law to target Abbie and a Honduran fisherman from whom Abbie purchased his seafood.

He’s finally free now. But he notes that “The worst thing anybody can do to you is take away your freedom.”

Indeed, the purpose of the U.S. Constitution is to secure the rights and liberties promised in the Declaration of Independence.

Today, though, the federal government has acquired a nearly unquestioned dominance over virtually every area of American life.

The scope and depth of its rules means that the national government increasingly regulates more and more of our most basic activities, from how much water is in our toilets to what kind of light bulbs we can buy. This is a government that is increasingly unlimited, undemocratic, and damaging to popular self-government.

Conservatives want to restore real limits on a government that is out of control.

This will not occur all at once or across the board. Nor will it result from one judicial decision, presidential order, or comprehensive piece of legislation. We will be strategic, defining and pursuing a realistic path that measurably reintroduces constitutional limits—by focusing government on its primary obligations, restoring its responsibility and democratic accountability, and correcting its worst excesses.

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1 posted on 02/08/2013 9:06:28 AM PST by EXCH54FE
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Congress needs to stop adopting “Legislation” and then leaving the millions details and interpretations to unelected communist who then write massive administrative rules, Policy directives, and operating procedures to regulate, punish, and eliminate the freedoms of every American in this great land!

Can we all say Obamacare!

I have drawn a line that will not be crossed, this far, and no more. I will not purchase (for a moocher) health-care insurance (will pay my own way as I need it) and I will defend the 2nd amendment rights of every free American even if it means my life in doing so.

I will live free as an American or die in defense of same.

Eight deuce on the loose!

2 posted on 02/08/2013 9:30:59 AM PST by paratrooper82 (82nd ABN Div. 1/508th BN "Fury From the Sky")
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