Lawlessness

Lawlessness

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This page could become a website all to itself, because there is so much lawlessness in our government that documenting it would be a massive effort!  This page, therefore, must remain a simple summary. 

There are two basic ways that governments typically violate the rule of law.  They are:

  1. Overstepping their legal authority.
  2. Neglecting to fulfill their responsibilities.

It is very important to realize that the second is the biggest cause for the success of the first, for the “separation of powers” and the “checks and balances” that were built into our governments from the beginning were supposed to keep government from overstepping its authority.

Here is a list of Federal inventions that exceed the powers granted to the Federal Government by the US Constitution.  Note that some of these listed items may raise questions of constitutional interpretation, which fact itself is just cause to question whether they were intended by the Framers.  So even if something appears here that should rightfully not appear on these lists, please don’t miss the point of how the Federal Government has cast off the Constitution in increasing measure.

Unconstitutional Federal Departments

  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Interior
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Veteran’s Affairs
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Transportation

Unconstitutional Federal Agencies

  • Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP)
  • Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC)
  • AmeriCorps
  • Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)
  • U.S. Arctic Research Commission (USARC)
  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • US Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR)
  • Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE)
  • Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
  • Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)
  • Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA)
  • Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC)
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • Export-Import Bank of the United States (ExIm)
  • Farm Credit Administration (FCA)
  • Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
  • Federal Election Commission (FEC)
  • Federal Maritime Commission
  • Federal Mine Safety & Health Review Commission (FMSHRC)
  • Federal Reserve System (The Fed)
  • Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board
  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
  • Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the United States (FCSC)
  • General Services Administration (GSA)
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
  • Inter-American Foundation (IAF)
  • International Trade Commission (ITC)
  • Learn and Serve America (LSA)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
  • National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC)
  • National Credit Union Administration (NCUA)
  • National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
  • National Ice Center (NIC)
  • National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
  • National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) (NRPC)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • National Transportation Research Center (NTRC)
  • National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
  • Office of Government Ethics (OGE)
  • Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
  • Peace Corps
  • Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC)
  • United States Postal Service (USPS)
    • United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS)
    • Office of the Inspector General (USPS-OIG)
  • Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC)
  • Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • Selective Service System (SSS)
  • Senior Corps
  • Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Social Security Administration (SSA)
  • Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC)
  • Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
  • United States Trade and Development Agency (TDA)

A Few Unconstitutional Acts of Congress

  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010
  • Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008
  • Troubled Assets Relief Program (“TARP 1” of 2008)
  • War Powers Act of 1973
  • USA Patriot Act of 2001
  • USA Patriot Act of 2005
  • Real ID Act of 2005
  • Social Security Act of 1935 (As well as the current version)
  • Federal Reserve Act of 1913
  • Medicare (Social Security Act of 1965)
  • Medicaid (Social Security Act of 1965)
  • Welfare (Various acts/programs include the following:
    • Aid to Families with Dependent Children
    • Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Services Block Grant
    • Child and Adult Care Food Program
    • Community Development Block Grant
    • Conservation Reserve Program
    • Federal Pell Grant
    • Food Stamp Program
    • Head Start
    • Local Law Enforcement Block Grant
    • Nutrition Assistance for Puerto Rico
    • Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher
    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

Undeclared Wars Fought by the US

According to Wikipedia, there have been 125 instances of US Presidents committing US troops to military action without the prior consent of Congress (As of 2009).  In other cases, the US military has been committed to major military actions without any declaration of war by the US Congress. A list of the major conflicts follows below.  The Constitution gives Congress alone the power to declare war, and in so doing, it may be reasonably construed to require that if there is war, it ought to be declared as such.  The Constitution does not give Congress the power to pawn off its responsibilities to anyone else for any purpose.

  • Korean War
  • Lebanon War of 1958
  • Vietnam War
  • Persian Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm)
  • Afghanistan War (Operation Enduring Freedom)
  • Iraq War (Operation Iraqi Freedom)

Unauthorized Military Presence Throughout the World

Can anyone cite any powers given to the Federal Government by the US Constitution, allowing us to maintain hundreds of military installations across the planet?  According to Wikipedia (in 2009), the US has “more than 820 installations in at least 39 countries“.  Have we declared war on these 39 nations?  Of course not!  So what are we doing and why is it so important that we haven’t amended the Constitution to allow for it legally?

Federal Government Violations of the 10th Amendment to the US Constitution

This list alone would take many volumes to complete.  The 10th Amendment is one of the easiest-to-understand and most important passages in the entire Constitution.  It simply says: 

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. “

Congress, however, has usurped many powers not granted them by the Constitution, stealing powers that were specifically left to the States or to the people.  We’ll just list these laws by category.  Remember, the problem is that these are Federal laws; states are allowed to pass such things, but not the Congress.

  • Drug or alcohol prohibition and enforcement
  • Marriage laws
  • Parenting laws
  • Education laws
  • Abortion laws
  • Laws on moral issues
  • Laws on organized crime
  • Food laws
  • Pharmaceutical Laws
  • Laws governing the practice of medicine (except as general “commerce” laws)
  • Environmental laws

Unconstitutional Federal Government Grants

According to www.grants.gov, there are 26 Federal entities that give grants.  Since most of these entities are themselves unconstitutional, it follows that these grants would also be unconstitutional.  Yet this is taxpayer money that is being given away.  Here are the grant-giving agencies:

  • Agency for International Development
  • Corporation for National and Community Service [EXIT Disclaimer]
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Defense [EXIT Disclaimer]
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Department of the Interior
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of State
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of the Treasury
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Archives and Records Administration
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • National Science Foundation
  • Small Business Administration
  • Social Security Administration
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