IN 1784, Thomas Jefferson penned a warning to Virginia legislators, which legislators today must read.
“Our ancient laws expressly declare that those who are but delegates themselves shall not delegate to others powers which require judgment and integrity in their exercise,” Jefferson wrote. “The same laws forbid the abandonment of that post and allowing a transfer of their powers without consulting the people.”
Ask your representative to Congress to explain her delegation of power as dictated under Article 1 of the Constitution to regulators. I have yet to get an intelligent answer.
The death of representation in Congress is manifest by the very people we elected, and this slow demise progresses as our representatives delegate more unconstitutional authority to regulatory agencies.
Regulations have the same effect as law, but they are all drafted by non-elected federal employees. They are crippling our business climate, circumventing congressional responsibility and the 10th Amendment to the Constitution.
Stifling regulations didn’t appear overnight. Apparently there was little challenge as more and more authority devoted to the environment and our lifestyle was given to existing and newly created agencies. This is progressivism in its purest form and something Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson would have endorsed.
Their view was that technical issues were best left to bureaucratic intellectuals and not elected individuals.
They believed the Constitution should be interpreted to encompass present day problems. What we now have is a massive, nearly uncontrollable governmental adjunct which is transforming our democratic republic into one of multi-despotic socialistic control.
Much rhetoric has been spewed over the years about regulatory abuse and the need to make changes, but little has been done to repeal directives and defund or disband departments and send bureaucrats packing. The EPA and the Energy and Education Departments can be better managed at the state level, or contracted to private companies as needed.
One might argue that allowing the states to regulate certain industries that can pollute can be problematic, but the Constitution allows Congress flexibility that does not warrant the need for a full-time regulatory agency.
Studies and inspections can be controlled by the private sector at considerable savings and much less bureaucracy.
It is not too late to wrest control from the regulators, but it has to be championed by knowledgeable representatives. Hopefully, this November we can send to Washington a group from New Hampshire who will follow the Founders’ guidelines.
Henry Perras is a retired electronic engineer from Amherst.