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Business is the reason for America, not government

Editor:
How does our Constitution protect our free market? What does it do for our free market?
I stated that the purpose of America is business, not government, and that our Constitution says so.
Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution, lists the functions of government that our free and independent states lent the new Federal Government, that the states chartered, with a contract, called the Constitution of the United States. Those functions that the states listed support our free market, private sector business activity, that produces our ability to engage in the “pursuit of happiness”.
Article I, Section 8, lists the following:
1. The Congress shall have the power to lay and collect taxes, duties, and impose excises.
This power is to control goods leaving the country and coming into the country. Thus business activity.
2. To borrow money on the credit of the United States.
This power allows for raising the necessary capital (money) to ensure that business activity could grow.
3. To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and the Indian Tribes.
This power allows for trade agreements with other nations. Thus business activity.
4. To establish a uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States.
These powers control new sources of free labor and bankruptcies. Again, Business activity.
5. To coin Money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the Standards of Weights and Measures.
These powers are needed to support the standards necessary for people to have faith in our free market. Thus business activity.
I could go on, but the rest of the powers listed also are there to protect and help our free market capitalist economic system. They clearly speak to the desire of our Founding Fathers to use our government to protect the people’s right to “pursue happiness,” through working in our “private sector” free market. Section 8 is all about protecting the “purpose of America.”
That purpose is business, which provides the jobs so we can “pursue our happiness” guaranteed to every American by our Declaration of Independence. Business, not government, is the purpose of our nation. Government can help it and protect it, but it cannot provide it.
Work, a job in the private sector, is how a person “pursues their happiness” and our government was designed to protect it, not destroy it.
When will we again teach this to our children!
Tom McElwee
Brooklet

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