In a previous blog post, I offered Troy City Council candidates the opportunity for free campaign space by responding to survey questions. This 2014 election, I’ll offer the same to all political candidates, posting their replies on the Patch and on the USA Melting Pot website.
Some of the club principles can be found in the description of our logo. Recent activities of this club, founded in 2011, are detailed in our update to the Troy City Council:
State Senate Race – 13th District
Five Republicans and two Democrats are running for the 13th District State Senate Seat, which includes Rochester and Rochester Hills, Troy, Clawson, Royal Oak, Berkley, Birmingham, and Bloomfield Hills.
Survey Response from Chuck Moss, Republican Candidate for State Senate
Questions in italics, answers from candidate in bold:
1. The Troy Transit Center is a government project with federal funds allocated by the state, approved by a 4-3 majority on the Troy Council. All three levels of government were involved: federal, state and local. It has not yet opened because of an ownership dispute over the land. What lessons can be learned from this? (See more background in this article.)
The Troy Transit Center is a matter for the citizens of Troy, and their elected city government. Separation of powers is supposed to work vertically as well as horizontally, so Lansing should stay out of Troy decisions. As a candidate for state office, I don’t believe it’s proper for me to comment on a local Troy issue.
2. Have you read The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic, by former Reagan Justice Department attorney and conservative talk show host Mark Levin?
3. What do you think of the eleven specific amendments? You can read a summary of them in this National Review article. Should each of them be adopted, modified or discarded? Please explain.
Mr. Levin puts a lot of thought into his books, but I don’t accept his proposed solution. First off, his Amendments would radically change the Constitution and the Constitution was deliberately designed to resist such wholesale alteration. A Constitutional Convention is fraught with so much danger that I would oppose such a thing.
As for his specific Amendments, the only one I would consider is the clarification to the Commerce Clause, which was stretched out of all shape in the New Deal era to justify any Federal action whatsoever.
The two biggest Constitutional problems today are a) Judicial Usurpation of legislative power, and sometimes even executive power, and b) the Administrative state, in which so-called ‘delegation’ of legislative power to the executive bureaucracy has created a lawless system above and outside the legal Constitutional framework.
a) There is no real remedy for judicial overreach in our current Constitution. The Founders believed that any check on the Judiciary would come from its inability to enforce its decisions without cooperation from the Executive, and it’s limitation to ruling on legislative action. Today judges can simply decree the Executive put its power at the Court’s command, and clever judges can construct any meaning they want out of a case (for Commerce Clause example: see Schecter Poultry v. US.)
If you can propose a fix to Judicial Usurpation that isn’t worse than the problem, I’m all ears—but so far nobody has done so—and I don’t accept Mr. Levin’s as realistic.
b) You can limit the Administrative state by recognizing that the Legislative Branch cannot Constitutionally give away its powers to anyone…certainly not to the Executive. I would support an Amendment to make that ironclad, should our Courts not so rule.
4. What other statements would you like to make on behalf of your campaign?
I believe I have the best combination of qualifications, experience, and record of achievement to serve as State Senator for the citizens of the 13th District. As Chairman of Appropriation in the Michigan House, I worked to balance our budget early by June 1st, erase a structural deficit, and pay down our retiree debt.
As State Senator I have the qualifications and experience to find a real solution to funding our roads and infrastructure, as well as bring more of Oakland County’s money back home for our pressing needs. This is a job application to the people, and I ask you to please consider hiring me as your State Senator.
More information can be found on Chuck Moss’campaign website.
Liberty Amendments Summary
I’ve read Levin’s book and am interested to know what candidates for public office think of it. More description is in a previous blog post, including links to a National Review article summarizing the book. Below is a brief summary:
Term Limits for Congress, Supreme Court and More Control for State Governments
The first amendment limits members to a total of 12 years in Congress! Supreme Court justices would also be limited to 12 year terms. Other provisions would return more decisions to the states and promote economic growth through the “laboratories of democracy.” (the states)
The closer government is to the people it represents, the more responsive and less wasteful it will be.
Fiscal Tipping Point
President Franklin Roosevelt said, “Any Government, like any family, can for a year spend a little more than it earns. But you and I know that a continuation of that habit means the poorhouse.”
America has reached the tipping point, where its debts will soon be unmanageable if it doesn’t act soon. The growth of the Federal Government must be restrained. Levin’s Liberty Amendments may need some modification. But they are a good start, in my opinion.
Offer to All Political Candidates
I hope candidates choose to read this important book. Since my blog is the most widely read on the Troy Patch, I’ll offer all candidates the exposure to answer the above four questions and give them free publicity for their campaigns.
As with the Troy Council election, I’ll print their responses in the order received.
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Conservative columnist Dale Murrish writes on history, travel, technology, religion and politics for the USA Melting Pot club and the Troy Patch. You can read his articles on other topics by clicking on the links.