The Pryor Times

Opinion

December 8, 2013

Govern locally and protect liberty

PRYOR, OK — Rep. Lewis Moore (R-Arcadia)

It’s time to take the stick away from the central government. Created by the states to handle 17 specific jobs for the people of the 50 independent states, the central government has gotten too big for its britches.

Are we going to allow our republic to disintegrate in real time, or do we say “no more!” Look for yourself; are you feeling bullied by the federal government?

We are seeing the nationalization of the United States of America. National welfare, elder care, mortgages, automobile plants, student loans, airport security, Medicare, Medicaid and more.

National healthcare is being contested though many Oklahomans’ are afraid of it. Common Core is the nationalization of our teachers, testing and all of our schools. The federal Dodd-Frank Act nationalized our financial services, banking and even created a Federal Insurance Office, poised to take over state insurance departments.

Not much is left. James Madison, the “father of the Constitution,” once wrote: “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.” Sure doesn’t feel like the federal government believes its powers to be “few and defined” does it?

It is the states that have responsibility for education, retirement, health care, loans, insurance, safety and security, etc. – not the federal government? Are we so busy, distracted and stressed out we are willing to exchange liberty for the tranquil bonds of submission?

What can we do? We can start by taking away the stick by which they are beating liberty to death. Money greases the skidding sound of the ironclad guarantees of liberty being pulled out from under us.

The stick is the central government’s collection agency. We need to lessen the role of the Internal Revenue Service. There is no true independence, no individual liberty when the central government can take away your home and possessions.

he state you live in is your protector. Within the boundaries of your state, you have protection, safety and sovereignty. In a weak state, a state with weak leadership, you have less security.

The state should collect the taxes due to the central government for the 17 constitutional duties the federal government is given the supreme authority over. No more no less. States are perfectly able to take care of their business. Each in its own way will meet the needs of their citizens. A leaner, more limited federal government operating within its constitutional boundaries is freed to take on immigration, national security, coining money, taking care of our military needs and more, with less distraction.

How do we make it happen? It starts at home. Demand your state government protect your rights. Let your state representatives know that you want them to refuse borrowed national debt financing to the state for central government controlled programs. We can do it ourselves for less and keep our money circulating in our state.  

You’ve heard of “buy locally?”  This is “govern locally.” Learn more about it and vote for local government.

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