Recently, my 12-year-old grandson asked me why I didn’t like President Barack Obama. I attempted, in vain, to explain in terms a 12-year-old could understand my objection to the liberal-progressive left.
This is an effort to explain it in context of Little League Baseball. Once upon a time, there was a league for young baseball players. It was called the American Little League Baseball Association. ALLBA had an organizing charter which creates a board of directors elected by all those who are eligible participants in the league. The charter gives the board authority to set certain rules for the league. It can specify the size of the field, the number of innings, the number of players per team, the number of outs per inning, the number of strikes to cause an out and the number of balls to cause a walk. All other rules concerning the participants are determined by the individual teams.
Gradually, as time passes, the ALLBA board of directors began to make rulings that are outside its authority under the charter. Many of the rules are meant for the benefit or safety of the participants and permissible as suggestions. However, when implemented and mandated by the board, they are clearly outside of its authority and infringe on the rights of the individual teams and of all the participants.
As an example, the board might require that each player have a physical examination before playing. While this may be desirable and a good suggestion, it falls outside the board’s authority. Each team retains the right and authority to make that decision.
This is a very simplistic way to describe the establishment of the central government of the United States. Our government established under the founding charter, the U.S. Constitution, should operate under that charter. That document and its amendments clearly identify the limited authority of the governing body (see the Bill of Rights).
Our national government has passed the Affordable Care Act. It is desirable that each family have health insurance, but there is nothing in the Constitution that gives our government the authority to mandate health care.
Returning to Little League, the BOD may set rules on gender, age, race, playing time, mascots, color of uniforms and eventually the style of shoelace. Each of these may be perceived as a general good; none of these are permissible under the charter, and all of them take away the freedom of choice.
Our government has written rules (laws) which are outside of its Constitutional authority. Each of these laws limits or infringes on our freedoms. Our founders intended to create a land of opportunity, not a social safety net. Ours is a land where a 12-year-old baseball player may, with hard work and talent, become a major league player or a doctor, lawyer or brick mason, but most importantly, a person with the freedom to choose for him or herself his path in the pursuit of happiness.