Congress: Just Vote the Constitution!
Posted on: August 05, 2016
Overview of Issue
- The vast majority of the programs comprising the federal budget today are unconstitutional.
- Simply conforming the activities of the federal government to the Constitution would provide tremendous economic relief to the American people and put America back on the road to unprecedented prosperity.
- The House of Representatives can stop unconstitutional spending anytime a simple majority has the will to do so. No long drawn out process to force Congress to act by amending the Constitution is needed or warranted. The Constitution is not at fault. Congress is. (But the root cause is uninformed voters — see next.)
- Congress must get its will to vote the Constitution from informed and determined voters back home. Accordingly, our campaign informs voters of constitutional issues and shows them how the leadership of both political parties supports unconstitutional spending.
- Our long-range campaign objective is to help Americans supply sufficient counter-pressure on Congress to overcome the Establishment pressures for continued unconstitutional spending. To do this, in the face of a contrary national media, experience shows that we need to organize in the neighborhood of 1,000 active members in a majority (218) of congressional districts.
- An important step in this process is to help Americans understand that the limits of the Constitution must be enforced and guide federal programs and spending. We seek to help Americans understand that merely arguing over how much we can afford will not tame the federal monster, whereas a Congress that votes to restore constitutional government will revitalize America.
- In order to hold Congress accountable, Americans need to know how their congressmen are voting on critical issues. Accordingly, an immediate objective of this campaign is to introduce our no-nonsense Congressional scorecard to local opinion molders and leaders. (The target number of contacts for a congressional district is based on FFS membership in that district.)
Recommended Campaign Actions
- Cultivate a network of personal contacts (people you know). Periodically share information and action opportunities with your network. Start by sharing a link to the lead article for this campaign.
- Regularly write your U.S. representative (and candidates) insisting that they not vote for unconstitutional spending and praising or reprimanding recorded votes as appropriate. Use FFS Action Alerts as a trigger for you own letters and to help others do the same.
- Enlist others in our campaign. Assemble a group of personal contacts for a campaign presentation. Contact FFS headquarters to schedule a speaker.
- Help build a new grassroots leadership core that America needs for constituents to regain control of Congress – join Freedom First Society.
“Congress: Just Vote the Constitution!” [Hard copies of 2-page article available]
Voter Betrayal! [Hard copies of 4-page article available]
Downloadable campaign poster (24″ x 36″)
The Great American Swindle [Downloadable 12-page article — PDF]
The Power of the Purse (online article)
Hon. Lawrence Patton McDonald, M.D. We Hold These Truths
Constitution of the United States
The Federalist Papers
(Campaign launched September 2010)
Posts providing support for this campaign:
In 2012, Freedom First Society reviewed a hot new book, Young Guns — A New Generation of Conservative Leaders, by the three founders of the Young Guns Program: GOP “rising stars” Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy, and Paul Ryan. In our review of Young Guns, we pointed out serious deficiencies...
The September 28th House “debates” over a last-minute continuing resolution to fund the federal government until December 9 (after the November election) were again misleading. They mislead Americans as to the House’s true power over the purse — IF it had the will to use it. In The Federalist,...
Many Americans wonder why our federal government keeps working against our interests and how it can be brought under control. An important step in the solution is to understand what Washington is doing — no easy task, as we shall see. The “Electrify Africa” act is a prime example...
“Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., said Congress has a duty to decide how money should be spent and can’t see how Obama would be able to say Republicans were shutting down the government when they were offering to fund all of it except for Planned Parenthood.” — Roll Call (9-10-15)...
Every time the subjects of quantitative easing, debauching currency, and gross domestic product enter a conversation, most Americans’ eyes seem to get a sleepy haze over them as they check-out of the conversation. “Don’t think about it. It’ll just get you upset.” In other words,“I’m taking an Ambien. Wake...
On April 15th, the House approved the GOP’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget resolution. Chairman of the House Budget Committee Paul Ryan extolled the plan in the Wall Street Journal (“The GOP Path to Prosperity,” 4-5-11): “Our proposal brings federal spending to below 20% of gross domestic product (GDP), consistent...
Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 H.R. 1473 Roll Call 268 Final Results. FFS: On Friday April 8th, House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and President Barak Obama worked out a compromise agreement on appropriations for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011. The last-minute...
H.J. Res. 48, Roll Call 179 In mid-March, 54 House Republicans rebuffed their party leadership and refused to support another continuing resolution (the sixth this year funding FY 2011) that included only minor spending cuts and no policy riders. Although the CR passed the House, 271 to 158 (see...
“Psst. No shutdown during a ‘government shutdown‘” — Yahoo! News, 2-24-2011
“President George W. Bush Speaks to HUD Employees on National Homeownership Month” (June 18, 2002) FFS: “We are here in Washington, D.C. to address problems,” said President Bush in July 2002. It is essential we make it easier...
“GOP likely to impede EPA efforts” — CQ staff, Congress.org, 1-3-2011 FFS: Informative article examines some precedents for the House to use its enormous leverage to block programs through appropriation bills. But the article only suggests part of the power held by the House (see, e.g., James Madison, Federalist...
“e are going to put an end to the notion that the American taxpayer exists to fund the Federal Government.” — presidential candidate Ronald Reagan, July 1980 Several decades ago, one committed constitutionalist in Congress insisted that two groups were to blame for the huge federal deficits — Republicans and...
“Freedom Works gathers GOP lawmakers to refocus on tea party goals” (washingtonpost.com, November 12, 2010) FFS: Revealing article regarding well funded Freedom Works organization, chaired by Dick Armey, and its influence within the tea party movement. Also read the forthcoming December Action Report and note the hypocrisy regarding small-government principles and...
“House Republicans Issue ‘A Pledge to America'” Press release from House Minority Leader John Boehner, September 23, 2010 (use above link, but link to actual pledge no longer functions)
“Britain unveils ‘unavoidable’ austerity budget” (CNN.com, June 22, 2010)
“Secretary Salazar’s Remarks at FY 2011 Budget Press Conference” (February 1, 2010) FFS: Salazar’s plans ignore the Constitution.
“Press Conference Call: U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan FY 2011 Budget Request” (Feb. 1, 2010) (PDF attachment) FFS: Duncan’s plans ignore the Constitution.
“Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Proposed FY2011 Budget” (February 1, 2010) FFS: Vilsack’s plans for USDA trash the Constitution.
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/usbudget/fy05/hist.html FFS: See (i.e., download) Table 1.1 – Summary of Receipts, Outlays, and Surpluses or Deficits (-): 1789–2009 Interesting historical record of growth in federal spending and deficits.
FFS: Proposals for Balanced Budget Amendments have been around for years. They blame the Constitution for the unconstitutional spending regularly approved by both houses. (A simple majority in either house could demand a balanced budget whenever it had the will to do so.) But this public relations ploy is not just...
“That rock in the health-care road? It’s called the Constitution.” (George Will, The Washington Post, 1/14/10) FFS: “Leans” toward a principled defense, but no mandate for action.
“Mandate to buy health insurance might not be constitutional” (The Seattle Times, 1/19/10) FFS: Offers a weak defense of limited Republican government, but raises provocative arguments.
“FY 2011 Budget Press Conference Opening Remarks” (February 1, 2010) FFS: Sebelius ignores the constitutional limits on government.