Power grabs, demands are breaking the U.S.

Our Founding Fathers were ingenious individuals in drafting the documents that separated us from Great Britain. The Declaration of Independence spelled out our grievances against Great Britain. The Articles of Confederation established a governing body in the Continental Congress with most if not all power left to the individual state. Due to the inadequacies of the Articles of Confederation our Founding Fathers developed the United States Constitution that has been in effect since 1789.

Today there are many in the United States that believe that our current federal government is committing many of the same grievances that our Founding Fathers outlined in our Declaration of Independence against Great Britain. Our federal government has usurped the states’ rights in many cases. The federal government has become overbearing in taxation and with its laws and regulations.

The Articles of Confederation were inadequate because there was no executive or judicial system within its contents. When the Founding Fathers wrote the United States Constitution the intent was to correct the inadequacies of the Articles of Confederation. It is these corrections to the Articles of Confederation that are causing the most problems within the United States today. The Executive Branch has exceeded the authority granted to it in the Constitution by usurping the power of Congress and the states. The Judicial Branch has exceeded the power granted it in many of its rulings. The Judicial Branch is limited by the constitution to ruling on the constitutionality of the laws as written. Our activist judges have gone far beyond just ruling on constitutionality to rewriting the laws to make them constitutional. The congress has invade the rights of the states in so many areas that it would take pages to outline them all.

In 1961 we had an exceptional leader accept the Presidency of the United States. That leader was John Fitzgerald Kennedy. In President Kennedy’s inaugural address he asked a very simple question, “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” It is apparent that many of the citizens of the United State have turned that statement on its head. Many citizens today are more concerned about what the country can do for them than what they can do for the country. This is evident by all the demands that they have placed on the country for social programs.

Those demands are for things and items not covered by the U.S. Constitution. The demands are about to wreck and bankrupt this nation. The demands are dividing this nation.

Ray Shamlin

Rocky Mount