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There is no reason why the debts cannot be paid. In fact, a realistic payment plan already exists, a plan to which every congressman swears allegiance. But that plan is not a party platform or a political stump speech. It is not the "Contract With America." It is a much older document that remains timeless because it is based on immutable principles of governance that were once well understood in this country but are now largely forgotten. It is the Constitution of the United States.

The oath that every congressman takes at the beginning of each new two-year congressional term -- an oath to "support and defend" the Constitution -- is the most important promise of all. Fulfill that one promise, and there is little doubt that the budget would be balanced because the government would eventually shrink to about one-fifth of its present size.

Abide by the Constitution, and an unshackled American free enterprise system would usher in a new era of economic prosperity that government planners could never achieve.

Pay that one debt, and America would have good and honest government limited to its proper constitutional role.

James Madison explained in The Federalist, No. 45,

"The powers delegated by the ... Constitution to the federal government are few and defined." Those delegated powers "will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected." On the other hand, "The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State."

This concept of federalism provides a double barrier against encroaching tyranny; the powers of government are not only divided horizontally among three branches of the federal government, but vertically between the federal government and the states.There are no non-enumerated federal powers.

Alexander Hamilton stated in The Federalist, No. 78,

"There is no position which depends on clearer principles than that every act of a delegated authority, contrary to the tenor of the commission under which it is exercised, is void. No legislative act, therefore, contrary to the Constitution, can be valid.

To deny this would be to affirm that the deputy is greater than his principal; that the servant is above his master; that the representatives of the people are superior to the people themselves; that men acting by virtue of powers may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid."

The enumerated powers of Congress are listed principally in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution.

Yet it is not an exaggeration to state that the typical congressman violates the clear provisions of the Constitution on a routine basis since most of what the government does these days is unconstitutional.

Examples include the food stamp program, education assistance, agricultural price supports, subsidized housing, foreign aid, and (yes) even the massive Social Security and Medicare programs that now consume about one-third of the federal budget. Complete restoration of the Constitution would mean the elimination (or privatization) of all of these programs.

Of course, while some programs such as foreign aid should be eliminated immediately, others (such as Social Security) would have to be phased out gradually in recognition of the commitments that the government has made and the dependency that has developed as a consequence of those commitments.

Only by moving boldly in this direction can the budget be balanced and sound government achieved. Merely slowing down the rate of growth in government, as previous Congresses have done, will not prevent government from eventually acquiring total power, but will only delay it.

The fact that decades of encroaching socialism cannot be eradicated overnight is no excuse for not reversing direction and beginning the long trek back to freedom.

Representative John Shadegg (R-AZ) introduced this very proposal under the title Enumerated Powers Act in the previous Congress. Although the measure never came up for a vote, it gained the support of 103 co-sponsors and a belated promise from House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) that he would allow it to be voted on in the new Congress.

Congress cannot restore sound government, however, unless it reclaims its constitutionally authorized powers that have been usurped by the other two branches of government. Even though Article I, Section 1 of the Constitution specifies that Congress possesses all legislative powers, both the Executive and the Judiciary have effectively become quasi-legislative bodies through their freedom-threatening regulations, orders, and rulings. Congressmen must be encouraged to reclaim their exclusive legislative authority; the constitutional means for achieving this end can easily be implemented

An example of usurped congressional power is the President's deployment of American troops in "police actions" without the constitutionally required declaration of war and without even the solicitation of congressional approval. The Founding Fathers never intended that a single man possess the awesome authority to plunge the nation into the crucible of war, and Congress must immediately end this dangerous abuse of power.

This is the beginning of an online petition.

Our right to "redress" against the government. Please feel free to sign the petition by emailing me. This is NEW. If you don't mind my putting your name(s) on this web page I will. In hopes we can gather enough signatures to "FORCE" the politicians that are breaking their oath to "support and defend " the Constitution everytime they get RE-elected only to violate that oath at every step, OUT OF WASHINGTON!

I say enough is enough!

It is time "We The People of these united States take back what's rightfully OURS!

With your help "WE" will.

I will be updating this page with more content as time allows. One thing I've been thinking of is not only requiring the Congress to cite the "Constitutional" authority on every bill proposed but for ANY candidate wishing to run for elected office to take a test written by the PEOPLE before they are even QUALIFIED for a high paying career? at OUR expense!

Thank You for you time.