Any civics textbook will tell you that America is a constitutional republic where laws are written by our duly elected representatives. After all, that’s what the Constitution says.

Heritage Foundation expert Postell sums up this conventional wisdom: “Since Members of Congress are elected by the people, we assume that we have therefore indirectly consented to the laws that we must follow.”

But Postell warns us, unfortunately, that “the reality is much different.”

America has become an administrative state, where many of the laws on the books are not written by our elected leaders at all:

Most federal law is created by the agencies and departments that make up the national bureaucracy, not by Congress. Congress passes laws delegating its legislative power to these agencies and departments, and they in turn develop the laws with which we must comply.

The federal bureaucracy is growing quickly and enacting more and more of these laws. This violates the principles of the Constitution, which vests the legislative power exclusively in the Congress.

Click here to read Heritage’s plan to get back to constitutional government and rein in the administrative state.

Comments (3)

Ted Bradshaw - January 30, 2013

In you article “Heritage Helps defeat Flawed Solutions for Cybersecurity” in the Winter 2013 Member News, you point to the possible use of Executive Order.
It brought up the question, “Are Executive Orders permanent?” Do those he declares expire when the President leaves office? Can a succeeding President vacate the previous president’s orders?
You can send the answer via e-mail.
Ted Bradshaw, member #30390876 since ’05

Stanley Widmer - February 1, 2013

Regarding the familys that try to live in make shift shelters which do not protect them from the elements.
They search for discarded metal for a roof but still are walking around on a mud floor. I can change all of this with a rotational molded double wall structure in sections of a ten foot width for shipping by truck.

Of course this requires tooling with molding in days. Setup is fast with standard windows and doors that fit in place to the molded structure. Square footage could be in 350 sq feet. Ads could be placed for donations for development and build of these structures. If you go to my web site you can see the military boat on the water which is of my design for reducing injuries and saving lives. The plastic hull is flexing reducing the G-factor. Covered by patents and patents pending.

Any interest in helping with this approach?

dog tshirts - July 22, 2015

It’s hard to come by experienced people in this particular topic,
however, you seem like you know what you’re talking about!

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