One of the major problems with legislation is that, once enacted, it has a habit of hanging on like a fart in a phone booth. Examples abound. There’s the 1975 ban on crude oil exports from the United States, enacted on the heels of the 1973-74 embargo on mid-east oil imposed by OPEC in retaliation for President Nixon’s support of Israel in the 1973 Arab-Israeli War. The reason for the export ban evaporated 40 years ago, but the ban is still there, stifling our ability to become the world’s major exporter of crude oil and creating an oversupply that hampers the development of our ample natural resources.
Another example is federal funding of Planned Progenycide, begun in 1970 when President Nixon signed the Family Planning Services and Population Research Act. 45 years later, we are still feeding the biggest abortion mill and eugenics practitioner in the world half a billion taxpayer dollars a year, even though the overwhelming majority of American taxpayers do not support abortion and are nauseated at the thought of eugenics.
What is needed is a legislative housecleaning. Congress could take at least a year off from enacting more – often damaging and frequently redundant – legislation and go through the vast pool of previously enacted legislation with a view to repealing those acts of yesteryear that no longer have relevance today. Furthermore, it could be decreed, by legislation or by Constitutional amendment, that the same procedure be followed at least every ten years.
Alternately, each House of Congress could establish a “sunset” committee, with the express function of ferreting out obsolete legislation and recommending it for repeal by the full Congress. Nor should old legislation establishing regulatory agencies be exempt. The FCC is a dinosaur that's outlived its usefulness. The same for Teddy Roosevelt’s FDA and Frank Roosevelt’s NLRB. If the agency has outlived its original purpose (or, as in the case of Carter’s ED and Nixon’s EPA, never had a legitimate purpose in the first place), it should be done away with.
And who, pray tell, can accomplish this Herculean task? Only one person – you. You have got to let your legislators in Washington know that you are aware of this problem and that you expect them to do something about it.
Freedom is not a gift. It’s a responsibility – a responsibility to preserve what our fathers gave to us and to pass it on to our sons, along with the implicit responsibility to preserve it and pass it on to their sons. Freedom is a very costly and precious commodity. Its cost has been the blood and the lives of countless Americans who bought it for us – because it is so precious that someone is always trying to steal it from us.
And one of the responsibilities of free men is to stay engaged with our Congressmen and Senators. Not all enemies are foreign. When I joined the Marine Corps in 1950, I swore to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic ...” In fact, our most dangerous enemies are our domestic enemies, since they are often not even perceived as enemies.
And the only way you can fight the enemies domestic is to know what they are doing and to let them know you know what they are doing – and to let them know what you want them to do. That’s just part of the cost of freedom.