published Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Basic trust betrayed

The role of the United States government frequently is up for debate and, sadly, that government is expanding to the point of malignancy.

However, our U.S. Constitution, the "supreme law of the land," enumerates the specific powers of Congress, the Executive and Judicial branches of government. Now, however, dysfunction is the rule, not the exception, that seems to govern from the root of campaign cycles, not the "consent of the governed."

According to Article I, Section 8, Congress is given the "power of the purse," and Section 9 notes: "No money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published ... "

Further, the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 provides the legal requirement to produce an annual budget. Budgeting is an act of founding principles and legal necessity.

So, heading toward 1,100 days without a budget presented and adopted by the U.S. Congress, our nation continues the reckless, undisciplined slide into more debt. Without an accountable budget that specifies targets of spending and cuts, there is absolutely no effort to reverse our course or to operate in a manner that honors the American trust.

Translation: The U.S. Congress is failing to perform its constitutional duty. Specifically, an obstructive U.S. Senate, led by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and a majority of big-government Democrats, are breaking the law.

Many citizens find engaging in politics a burden and pointless, as elected officials sworn to uphold the Constitution arrogantly betray that oath. The basic trust of the American people has been betrayed. The core of the national discourse is further damaged by those who govern as obvious politicians in contrast to the image of public servants they construct on the campaign trail.

Congress, please do your job and operate under the authority of a budget.

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nucanuck said...

Producing a budget won't make the US governable. Budgets have become points of political attack with no fiscal relevance. Civility and common respect for others are just memories from my younger days.

Where do we go from here?

April 24, 2012 at 12:47 a.m.
conservative said...

"The basic trust of the American people has been betrayed."

Quite true for some but sadly most Americans don't see it that way. Americans for quite some time have shown nothing but contempt or ignorance of our Constitution. The plethora of unconstitutional welfare programs are evidence of this. They live as atheists with no moral compass seeking only some form of government handout. We seemed to have passed the point of no return.

April 24, 2012 at 10:06 a.m.
dao1980 said...

Well dern, conservative. I had no idea that all of our problems could be traced back to those pesky atheists.

I completely agree with you, and would much better trust the motivations of those who behave in fear of the sky-daddy.

It's pretty obvious that anyone who would treat me in the same way that they would like to be treated out of a simple understanding of causality and the genuine desire for mutual enrichment is morally misguided.

I'm glad you've got it all figured out for us conservative. Did you pray about it? What did sky-daddy tell you? Please share your divine guidance with the rest of us.

April 24, 2012 at 10:46 a.m.

Going back to the constitution is the only way to return this coutry to what it is supposed to be. The limits of the federal government are clearly defined there. The federal government we have needs to be stripped back down to what it is supposed to be.

April 24, 2012 at 11:05 a.m.
jesse said...

how about instead of calling us atheist's we use the term "realists?" the minuite some one starts beating me on the head with "the book" in a political debate is when i dismiss them as idiots! most of the tyranny and slaughter in history can be traced back to "true belivers of some ilk who were in power!" ie: christians,muslims,communists or nazi's! i happin to be right of center on fiscal issues and left of center social issues and religion plays NO part !( i'm prob.best defined as a "taoist!)

April 24, 2012 at 11:22 a.m.
nucanuck said...

FPSE,

Going back to the Constitution often means picking and choosing which interpretation of each sentence one chooses to embrace.

Would that it were that simple.

April 24, 2012 at 12:14 p.m.

It is that easy. We just take a look at what life looked like after the constitution was ratified and we can get a pretty good picture of how it was origionally meant to be interpreted. That would remove alot of the bias currently applied to it.

April 24, 2012 at 1:23 p.m.
conservative said...

nucanuck....

Are you saying one chooses to interpret the Constitution to suit himself regardless of what it actually says?

Are you ok with that?

April 24, 2012 at 2:54 p.m.
dao1980 said...

conservative, could you be missing the irony that all "literalists" do just that, with your favorite book to thump?

April 24, 2012 at 3:09 p.m.
conservative said...

dao...

How can one be a "literalist" if one choses to pick and choose a meaning suitable to himself?

April 24, 2012 at 3:20 p.m.
dao1980 said...

One is not always aware that the meanings or interpretations that they perceive, are not universal.... as they proceed in taking and acting on them literally.

Nor is your implication in the subjective term "suitable", an easily definable and unchanging constant.

April 24, 2012 at 4:38 p.m.
conservative said...

dao...."One is not always aware that the meanings or interpretations that they perceive, are not universal.... as they proceed in taking them literally."

"Nor is your implication in the subjective term "suitable", an easily definable and unchanging constant.

That "always" you brought into the discussion is an absolute which makes your statement true. However, society would be in chaos if there were not a universal acceptance on some matters. A few might refuse to accept the literal meaning of a one way street sign to his detriment but if many refused the "literal" meaning, there would be chaos. In addition, commands of yes, no, stop, go, up, and down should be be interpreted "literally." Any deviations from these commands by the fool or lawbreaker would imply an "interpretation" that was "suitable" to him. "Suitable" to him would apply to any meaning other than the intended literal one.

April 24, 2012 at 5:41 p.m.
hotdiggity said...

Thomas Jefferson wrote, "I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors."

April 25, 2012 at 12:18 a.m.
dao1980 said...

conservative, I don't think that the simple concepts of "go - stop - up - down" are the ones at the center of this exchange.

Though, I do sometimes find my self laughing at my gps insisting that I "turn here" when in fact the implied area of "turn" is a few yards up the street, and I would most definitely destroy something if were to "turn there".

A general effort towards awareness for surrounding circumstance and individual perception may not be everything, but they are required if one is to come close to understanding an appropriate direction.

I guess all I'm trying to convey is: "hey dummy, think for yourself whilst navigating your plane of existence!"

That should apply to reading and interpreting the constitution, and of course, religious articles... as well as longer than necessary posts containing painfully blatant run-on sentences.

April 25, 2012 at 6:58 a.m.
conservative said...

Same old stuff. I've heard it all many times before. Lieberals can't refute truth ( no one can ), so they use personal attacks or change the subject or just lie in their anger.

You didn't refute one thing the writer or myself wrote.

April 25, 2012 at 10:57 a.m.
dao1980 said...

If you've heard it so many times before why do you struggle to comprehend?

conservative said.. "(insert political affiliation here) can't refute truth, so they use personal attacks or change the subject or just lie in their anger."

Wow, I see this written often, and in many ways by all sides. Could it be a fall back attempt at diversion?

Take your blinders off conservative, there's a whole world out here.

April 25, 2012 at 11:05 a.m.
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