Crapo Refuses to Provide Constitutional Support

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The framework of the Constitution was created to insure that all government stays as close to the people as possible. Therefore, my little town cannot provide for the national defense, so that is the job of the Federal Government. But, we can manage our own drinking water and provide our own law enforcement so those things must be left in our capable hands.

There are reasons for this. First, government will always be more effective when local issues are handled locally. Second, the cost of a program will be better controlled when it is managed at the local level. Third, and of most importance, when too much power is concentrated in the central government, it is a perfect breeding environment for tyranny.

Senator Mike Crapo
Senator Mike Crapo

Today, I attended a town hall with U.S. Senator Mike Crapo. He spoke of limited government, enumerated powers and irresponsible spending. The trouble is, his record and his words do not align.For example, in a recent Idaho State Journal column he wrote, “That is why I have long been a proponent of requiring the federal government to step up to the plate and assist local communities with meeting their water treatment needs”.

Communities must self-fund in a free nation. One of the problems is that we have many illegally created agencies that write policies that essentially become laws. These laws come with the burden of compliance and fines that cripple communities. The rational solution is to eliminate the strangle hold that the EPA and others have on communities and then let the community make their own way. After all, that is the American way. The Crapo solution is to print or borrow more money which will be given to communities so that they can pay extortion to unconstitutional agencies. Absurd.

While a Senator, Joe Biden sponsored a Violence Against Women Act. This bill provided a variety of resources for women who were victims of violence. When this bill expired, Crapo and Senator Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont, sponsored the rebirth of this bill. These Congressmen took an already unconstitutional bill and made it worse. They expanded protections to all illegal aliens, regardless of sex, to all Native American woman, to all Gays, Lesbians and Trans-genders. The question is not if some of these services are necessary. Instead, it is whether the federal government has or has not abused power.

I asked Crapo about this bill and he denied that there was any expansion of benefits, but the Leahy web site states, “The Leahy-Crapo VAWA bill seeks to protect all victims including those victims who are students, racial minorities, tribal members, immigrants and members of the LGBT community… It will allow services to get to those in the LGBT community who have had trouble accessing services in the past.”.

I asked Crapo if he would be willing to provide evidence of constitutional authority. He danced and circled expertly. Time, and time again, he stated that portions of the bill had been examined and found to be constitutional by the supreme court. Crapo’s defense rests on that same court that took prayer from school, removed the ten commandments from the court house, removed the nativity scene from the town square and demands that we participate in same sex marriages or lose everything. These lords in black robes have become nothing more than presidential appointees who reflect the will of their political master.

Crapo referenced the General Welfare Clause to support his bill. This clause is nothing more than a condition upon which the Congress can exercise the powers enumerated in the Constitution. In other words, congress can use those enumerated powers only when their  actions protect the general welfare of all the people equally and never for only special groups or classes of people… like illegal aliens for example. Crapo stated that his bill protects all people equally but I would ask this: If he is being truthful, why would there be a necessity to name special classes of people in his bill, and eliminate others?

Finally, I tried to hand my pocket Constitution to the Senator and asked if he would please point out the clause that grants constitutional authority. He stoically refused to even touch it. I think it is imperative to point out that the Constitution is the Supreme Law and it is the one thing that Crapo will not address in defense of his actions.

Who was the big winner in this and was it a political game? Did Crapo win the Hispanic vote with this bill? Did he win the Native American vote? Did he win the homosexual and trans-gender vote? Did he win the female vote?. I would suggest that he won the uninformed vote as well because everyone likes a man who stands for the weaker sex, provided that they are unaware of the principles of liberty that were trampled along the way.

In closing, please allow me to introduce James Madison, the author of the Constitution. Read his words regarding the Crapo interpretation and ask, is he speaking to us? “If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their Own hands (they took prayer from school, the ten commandments from the court house, nativity scenes from the town square, compelled abortion and same sex marriage);… they may take into their own hands the education of children, establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union (Common Core, Race to the Top, No Child Left Behind); they may assume the provision for the poor (Over 40% of Americans on public assistance);… in short, every thing, from the highest object of state legislation down to the most minute object of policy, would be thrown under the power of Congress; for every object I have mentioned would admit of the application of money, and might be called, if Congress pleased, provisions for the general welfare”.

May God bless and keep you Mister Madison.

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