NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CENSORS
P.O. Box 8783
Omaha NE 68108-0813
TAKE BACK YOUR GOVERNMENT
The “Framers” of the Constitution knowingly created a system often referred to as “checks and balances”. The powers enumerated in the Constitution are separated and, in some cases shared, among the three branches of
government. The intent is to use the power of one branch to check that of another. In other words, the power of one branch could be opposed and therefore limited by the power of another branch. For example, the President is the Commander-in-Chief of the military; however, the President cannot declare war. Only Congress has the power to declare war.
During the debate about the Constitution, the anti-federalists (citizens against approval of the Constitution) feared the Constitution would create a government the people could not control. Over the years, especially since 1913, it can easily be concluded that their fears were warranted, as evidenced by the following actions by Congress:
A. Goals: Congress and State legislatures must:
5. Repeal the law that authorized automatic pay increases for Congress.
- Congress has approved a law that automatically increases their salary. This law does not apply to the Executive or the Judicial branches of government. This clearly violates the “check and balances” edict.
4. Repeal the law that place Social Security in the General funds.
- Social Security is an annuity whose funds are derived from the “employee” and the “employer”. Congress has placed these funds in the General Fund and has issued Treasury bonds to replace the money used by the Government. Social Security contributors/recipients are then given a restrictive bureaucratic system to apply for benefits.
3. Repeal Amendment 17, U.S. Constitution, "Election of Senators by Popular Vote" (1787-1913 =126 years)
- The powers enumerated in the Constitution are separated in such a way that each branch of government has an associated interest. The House of Representatives (elected by popular vote) would protect the people’s local interests; the Senators (elected by each state legislature) would protect the people’s state interests. Article I, Section 4, paragraph 1, clearly prohibits changing the place for choosing Senators. Amendment #17 to the Constitution violates this prohibition
2. Repeal Amendment 22, U.S. Constitution, "Term Limits on the President" (1787-1951=164 years)
- Amendment #22 to the Constitution limits the President to two terms (a maximum of ten years). The Congress and the Judicial branches of government are not subject to term limits. This clearly violates the “separation of powers” edict. After leaving office, President Reagan said this about this amendment…”I think this is an infringement on the rights of the people, and now that I’m out of office, so they can’t accuse me of wanting to do it for myself, I’m going to see if I can’t mobilize the people to demand repeal of that amendment.”
1. Repeal Amendment 16, U.S. Constitution, "Federal Income Tax"
- The bureaucratic process associated withcomplying with Amendment #16 clearly violates the fundamental right guaranteed by the “Bill of Rights”, Amendment #5;......”nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself,…..”
B. Consequences of Congressional Inaction: The Council of Censors will encourage the public not to reelect a single incumbent until each of these goals have been achieved.