Watching the Watchers

Got these links from a friend of mine. I haven't read it all. I'm not making any sort of value judgment. I just thought you might be interested. Want to make a comment? Send me something at


Here are some links for you to check out.

Enforcing the Law on Law Enforcement

Supreme Court Precedent about Congress’s authority. See Syllabus 1, 2
and 4 in particular

Some opinion on the Census

Regarding the census, I will tell them the number of people (because
that is what is authorized in the Constitution), plus due to
experiences I have had doing genealogy, I will include the names and
ages of my family members at home with me. Other than that, I will
not comply with their unconstitutional questions.

And one final link. This one makes my blood boil thinking about it.

A few months ago, the same thing was reported for the IRS. Now, the
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION is also arming themselves with short barreled
shotguns (which would be illegal for you or I to own) "based on
compatibility with ED existing shotgun inventory, certified armor and
combat training and protocol". So apparently, the Education
Department has an armory of weapons, combat trained officers, etc.
Why? To what end? Their stinking department isn't even authorized by
the Constitution, therefore it is unConstitutional!

I am going to email and to ask
what use the Department of Education could possibly have for SWAT
style shotguns. I urge you to do the same.


Comment #1

How are the other questions (which deal with ownership and race and have been on the census for the last 30-40 years!) unconstitutional? Especially when it says that Congress can decide through law what goes into the Census: Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as , they shall by Law direct"

The additional question are there because other federal laws (re: education, social services, equal rights protection) require that information and the most effective and economical way of collecting it is through the census.

Furthermore not filling out the census will in the end only hurt yourself and your community as Census data is used (most importantly) to determine how many seats a state has in Congress, but is also used to determine funding for various federal programs in your community.


Thank you for your comment. It is not my intent as follows to oppose your viewpoint, but only to shed more light and at different angles.

The groundswell you're feeling is based on the enumerated powers clause of the Constitution. (refer to this previous post for an explanation). The Federal Government is allowed to do a certain limited list of things, and everything else is by default prohibited. So, how is it that the Federal Government is into virtually everything? The general welfare clause. Where do you draw the line? To you readers I ask, where would you draw the line on the powers of the Federal Government? The founders drew it pretty tight.

There's a growing sense that the Feds are getting too much power. There should be no federal funding (or at least not nearly as much). A State, County, City, or even Neighborhood can look after these things much better. That's really the heart of the matter: force. Do you favor a large, central government calling the shots deciding who gets what? Seriously, is this better? Maybe it is. But if you think that, are you willing to plow over the objecting minority? It's quite a Gordian knot to untie.

As for seats in Congress, I couldn't agree more. And there you are in agreement with M. who plans on giving the number of people in his household as that count is an enumerated power.




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