Letters to the Editor

Federal power makes sense

To make his case for a smaller government, letter writer Mark Godwin suggested the following: After the war for Independence, the Founding Fathers limited the powers of the federal government; that the Constitution doesn’t give the government the right to become involved in education and health care, and that a blind eye by Congress has eroded individual rights in allowing the federal government so much power.

My responses:

▪ Shortly after the Revolutionary War, the United States and its population was only a fractional size of what it is today; therefore, because of these vast expansions of territory and population, the central government had to expand its powers to ensure as much unity among the states as possible.

▪ The federal government has every right to oversee the conditions of its citizenry, including their education and health care. To remain a world power, we need smart and healthy people.

▪ The federal government is not eroding individual rights. As for bearing arms, the Constitution didn’t mean individuals needed an arsenal of war weapons to protect themselves.

▪ The Founding Fathers devised a system wherein individuals in each state would have senators and congressmen to represent their needs and wishes. So why would states need more power?

Godwin suggested I consult an authority on the Constitution, other than Barack Obama. Tell me, who could be a better source than our president, who graduated from the prestigious Harvard School of Law as a Constitution scholar?

Frankie Seaberry