The Constitution of the United States was written with the intent of limiting the power of the federal government, and in so doing, retain most powers in the states, or the people. Our government has overreached the enumerated powers spelled out in the Constitution in order to provide, oversee and regulate virtually everything. The monumental increases in federal agencies and the bureaucrats that fill them hang like an albatross around the necks of Americans who strive to create better lives for themselves and their families. The federal government lost its effectiveness when its main purpose was no longer to protect and defend the citizens so that they could create the life of their own choosing. Instead, this government wishes to mandate the life of its choosing upon us. Some Americans now believe that the purpose of government is to provide for their every need.
Last week we saw Governor Bobby Jindal (R – LA) extremely frustrated that sixteen barges sent out to suck up the oil nearing the shore were forced by the US Coast Guard to return to the docks. Why? The Coast Guard wanted to inspect them for proper fire extinguishers and life vests. Each one of these barges was capturing 4,000 gallons of oil per hour. Those barges, ordered by the state to protect Louisiana’s marshes and fisheries were sidelined due to federal government red tape and bureaucratic meddling. More than a month ago, Governor Jindal attempted to follow federal requirements by asking permission for his state to build sand berms offshore to prevent oil from entering the marshes. Jindal never received those authorizations and finally said he could wait no longer for the government to act. Apparently, the delay was due to waiting for the results of an environmental impact study on how the sand berms would affect the marshes. The EPA had to be certain that the sand berms, not the millions of gallons of oil, would not create a harmful situation to the marshes and wildlife.
I have first-hand experience with burdensome big government programs after Hurricane Katrina. I had to re-file the same documents with FEMA five separate times because the requirements would change or pages were lost. Regulations and requirements for rebuilding changed so many times that we finally gave up and made our exile to Texas permanent. Now, almost five years after Katrina, I still receive document requests from FE MA for my home in New Orleans that I sold four years ago. Countless millions of dollars are still being wasted in the cleanup efforts after Katrina. The government paid to repave the roads damaged by the dump trucks hauling away debris from thousands of homes around New Orleans that were demolished as part of the cleanup efforts. Now those same trucks are back to pick up the concrete slabs left from the houses, and the roads are again destroyed. Welcome to the folly of big government.
The federal bunglings are not the fault of any one administration. It is the fault of an all- knowing, all-seeing big government that demands oversight over every aspect of our lives. We used to have a federal government that was limited to the enumerated powers in the Constitution. Now, state governors are prevented from protecting their shores by federal bureaucrats in the EPA and the Coast Guard. Bureaucracy that stymies progress at every turn exposes the worst lie ever perpetrated on the American people – which the government knows best and will take care of you. We, as a nation, must reject the continued growth of the federal government. Only through self-reliance can we both rebound from a crisis and protect our freedom to choose the life we want to live. Whether it’s a natural disaster, an oil spill, or a financial crisis, the American people are the ones that will rebuild and rejuvenate, not a bureaucratic federal agency.
We have the system already in place to right these wrongs and turn the ship of state back towards prosperity. All that is required is that you become involved. Talk to your friends and neighbors about conservative values, compare candidate’s records with your own conservative beliefs and, come this November, let your voice echo through every state house and through Congress. We will not stand for these big government lies anymore. Let Freedom Ring.
About the Author: Allen Murrell moved from New Orleans to Texas due to Hurricane Katrina. The government foul ups after Katrina and the current administration’s agenda led him to rediscover his love of history and become involved in the liberty movement. He co-founded One If By Land Society to raise awareness about the erosion of our individual liberties and teach people about the founding fathers’ original intent. To get info about upcoming events visit www.oneifbylandsociety.org.