quotes tagged with 'congress'

If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions.

Author: James Madison, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in government jamesmadison money taxes congress generalwelfare biggovernment politicalpower 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

It took about 150 years, starting with a Bill of Rights that reserved to the states and the people all powers not explicitly delegated to the federal government, to produce a Supreme Court willing to rule that growing corn to feed to your own hogs is interstate commerce and can therefore be regulated by Congress.

Author: David Friedman, Source: The Machinery of FreedomSaved by ImaWriterIII in constitution government freedom commerce billofrights congress federalgovernment supremecourt davidfriedman 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Can any of you seriously say the Bill of Rights could get through Congress today? It wouldn't even get out of committee.

Author: F. Lee Bailey, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in billofrights congress fleebailey committee 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The moral and constitutional obligations of our representatives in Washington are to protect our liberty, not coddle the world, precipitating no-win wars, while bringing bankruptcy and economic turmoil to our people.

Author: Ron Paul, Source: 1987Saved by ImaWriterIII in constitution liberty economics congress wars representatives ronpaul bankruptcy 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.

Author: Calvin Coolidge, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in evil good legislation congress calvincoolidge 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

I have come to the conclusion that one foolish man is called a fool,
that two are called a law firm, and that three or more are called a
Congress!

Author: John Adams, Source: 1776Saved by ImaWriterIII in government congress johnadams fool lawfirm 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Cherish, therefore, the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention. Do not be too severe upon their errors, but reclaim them by enlightening them. If once they become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress, and Assemblies, Judges, and Governors, shall all become wolves.

Author: Thomas Jefferson, Source: letter to Edward Carrington, 1787Saved by ImaWriterIII in liberty government thomasjefferson education spirit congress judges 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Eminent men and able men of great experience and wisdom are blaming the people for looking more and more to the Federal Government to meet their wants and to exercise governmental control over them, and this to the destruction of local self government, the rights of the States, and the rights of the people, all which are the basic factors of our social, economic, and constitutional life.

Might I humbly question whether the people are primarily to blame for this?

Nearly two thousand years ago, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, the Master miraculously fed 5,000 people. They immediately wished to make Him king. One who could feed them without their working for it, ought to be made their sovereign. This would solve for them the all important problem of earthly existence. Perceiving their thoughts and to avoid being dragged forth as the seeming head of a rebellion, the Master dismissed them and Himself fled their presence, going "up into a mountain apart to pray." That night He crossed over to the other side of the sea , and the multitude learning of it, took ship and also crossed over, and came to Him again. They gathered about Him, deceitfully worshipping, declaring: "Of a truth thou art the Son of God." But He discerning their thought and purpose, reproved them saying: "Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves and were filled."

He then preached the great sermon on the bread of life, and the sacred record declares: "From that time many of his disciples went back and walked no more with him."

He was useless to them, except as the gratuitous provider of their bread and meat.

So do multitudes.

If our Congressmen would stop the march of the people to Washington for their government and their substance, they should cease distributing the loaves and fishes from the steps of the Treasury Building across the road from the White House. You Congressmen have the absolute power to stop it; have you the courage? If it is not done, you, not the people, must take on the censure.

There is one principle as old as human government, indeed as old as human relations: He who holds the purse strings, rules the house, the nation, the world.

If Congressmen wish to restore local self-government, and the rights of the States and of the people, let them send back to the States, to the local communities, to the Churches, and to the children of indigent parents, where it belongs, the duty of caring for their own sick and decrepit and aged, their own unfortunate and underprivileged. Then the march on Washington will cease and the countermarch back home will be a Marathon.

I am not forgetting that this may cost a good many Congressmen considerable inconvenience and more abuse, it may cost some of their them official lives. But they are planning and legislating for the conduct of a war which will cost hundreds of thousands of the actual lives of our best manhood; might they not make an infinitely less sacrifice of their own official lives for the common good and for our free institutions? And I tell you, our free institutions are far more threatened by our domestic usurpations than by the outcome of this war. If you Congressmen would save this nation and its free institutions, cease to appropriate the national funds to meet local wants and problems of welfare.

Author: J. Reuben Clark, Source: October 7, 1943, sourced in Prophets, Principles, and National Survival, p. 354-5Saved by cboyack in liberty government welfare socialism congress generalwelfare properroleofgovernment federalgovernment 10 years ago[save this] [permalink]
It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is today, can guess what it will be tomorrow. Law is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known and less fixed?
Author: James Madison, Source: Federalist Papers, Number 62, p. 381Saved by cboyack in law legislation congress 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
It is apparent from the whole context of the Constitution as well as the history of the times which gave birth to it, that it was the purpose of the Convention to establish a currency consisting of the precious metals. These, from their peculiar properties which rendered them the standard of value in all other countries, were adopted in this as well to establish its commercial standard in reference to foreign countries by a permanent rule as to exclude the use of a mutable medium of exchange, such as of certain agricultural commodities recognized by the statutes of some states as tender for debts, or the still more pernicious expedient of a paper currency. The last, from the experience of the evils of the issues of paper during the Revolution, had become so justly obnoxious as not only to suggest the clause in the Constitution forbidding the emission of bills of credit by the States, but also to produce that vote in the Convention which negatived the proposition to grant power to Congress to charter corporations.
Author: Andrew Jackson, Source: Messages and Papers of the Presidents, Vol. 3, p. 246Saved by cboyack in constitution money gold currency congress dollar silver paper metal 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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