Article I Section. 1. All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.
For the first hundred years of the Republic, the US Congress did very little legislating. Except for a flurry of activity following the Civil War, it mainly confined itself to its duties of approving treaties or declaring war, leaving the task of legislating to the State Legislatures, where it was properly authorized by the Constitution.
Then, in 1901, a young firebrand of a President took office upon the death of his predecessor. Theodore Roosevelt saw the Congress not as a tool of the People but as a personal implement to bring to fruition his dreams of what would later be called Fascism – the manipulation of the mechanisms of government to augment government power.
His first target was Capitalism. He embarked on a "trust-busting" crusade by vigorously enforcing the Sherman Antitrust Act. He actively interfered in labor disputes, promoting the growth of the nascent labor union movement. He pushed for Congressional passage of the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act, creating for himself the first Imperial Regulatory Agency, the FDA.
Roosevelt's Successor, Woodrow Wilson carried the torch of Fascism to even greater heights, persuading a Democrat Congress to pass the Federal Reserve Act, the Clayton Antitrust Act, the Federal Trade Commission Act, the Farm Loan Act, the Espionage Act, the Seditions Act, and the 16th Amendment to the Constitution instituting an income tax to pay for his Fascism – and to give him and subsequent Presidents an IRS to use to abuse the People.
Teddy's cousin Frank Roosevelt, however, was the penultimate Fascist. He used a Democrat Congress as a tool to rewrite the Constitution, initiating such legislation as the National Industrial Recovery Act, the Securities Exchange Act, and the National Labor Relations Act ( known as the Wagner Act). The second Roosevelt's rampant – and inevitably counter-productive – use of legislation prompted Henry Ford to observe, :"As long as we look to legislation to cure poverty or to abolish special privilege, we are going to see poverty spread and special privilege grow."
Since Roosevelt, the legispoliation of America has proceeded apace, generating such atrocities as Johnson's Economic Opportunity Act, Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Social Security Act of 1964 (which instituted Medicare and Medicaid), and the Gun Control Act of 1968. And we have seen the establishment of such federal tools of suppression as Nixon's Environmental Protection Agency, Carter's Departments of Energy and Education, and finally the DHS under George W. Bush's Patriot Act, which authorized the FBI and the NSA to spy on Americans in violation of the Fourth Amendment.
Today, American Fascism has reached the level where the President of the United States, without fear of dissent, can blurt, “[W]e’re going to have to change how our body politic thinks, which means we’re going to have to change how the media reports on these issues,” In other words, we must re-educate people by controlling the press!
How much more Fascist can we get? And we got here through 100 years of Fascist legispoliation. Maybe it's time we forget Congress and go back to the Constitution.
The last words in the Constitution are:
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.