From the U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8:
“The Congress shall have Power . . . To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.”
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Welcome to Necessary and Proper.
If you’ve landed here, you’re probably actively interested in American politics and economics. Regardless of where you sit on the political spectrum, you and I can both agree right off the bat that we stand at an important junction point in our Nation’s history…can’t we?
There is much to understand and talk about when it comes to the necessary and proper role of federal, state, and local government in the larger American society. Equally important to discuss are our responsibilities as involved American Citizens, and our relationship with the government to which we consent.
I hope you will join me in a rational discussion, as we embark on a quest for common sense .
I am not one who believes “the ends justify the means.” I do not navigate by emotionally fixating on a desired outcome, and then either blindly leaping to it or backing into a superficial rationale to justify it. Instead, I start with the principles of liberty and individual responsibility, and I follow a process of rational thinking forward from that foundation. The conclusion comes after the rationale is built. For me, the means must justify the ends.
– Jeff Rutherford