Walter Williams: Nation Must Return to Constitution

Thursday, 02 Jan 2014 03:58 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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America has made a dramatic move away from the fundamentals of the U.S. Constitution and must strive to turn itself around, according to Walter E. Williams, a syndicated columnist and economist at George Mason University.

"It's clear that we have strayed very, very far from the Constitution. That is, the founders gave us a Constitution where the federal government's role in our lives was limited," Williams tells "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"James Madison, the acknowledged father of the Constitution, said 'the powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. The powers that will be left to the state and local governments are numerous and indefinite.'

"And he said that the powers of federal government that were delegated to the federal government will be exercised principally on external objects, such as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce. Does that sound like what we have today?"

Williams said Americans have been losing more and more liberty no matter which political party is in power.

"Our big task, and I don't know whether it's possible at all … is to try to sell our fellow Americans on the moral superiority of liberty and, its main ingredient, limited government," Williams said

"And that is the challenging task, not changing politicians."

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