Now, technically, we already have an anti-Congress. It’s called the Constitution of the United States, and it sets very specific boundaries on what the Congress is permitted to do: a list of 18 specific responsibilites given in Article I, Section 8.
Thanks to M*A*S*H, “Section 8” is more familiar to us as the provision by which soldiers are found as mentally unfit for service. It might help if we all think of Congress as falling equally under that category, because they blithely ignore this part of the Constitution in matters great and small, and it’s been getting progressively worse. From the spectacular overreach to the picayune, from the Health Insurance law they passed (largely unread and deliberately misrepresented) to reaching into our living rooms to confiscate our light bulbs, there’s pretty much nothing left they think they can’t order us to do.
Now, isn’t the Constitution a “living document” and all of that? Perhaps. It does offer a provision for its own revision, through Amendments. It’s a deliberate process. This is most unwelcome to people who are enamored of their own authority and power, even if we assume that they’re mature enough to actually go through with a long and slow process to do what is required or what they wish. But again, there are too many spoiled brats in government. They want it NOW NOW NOW. They are precocious enough to talk about all the times that quick action is required, and that the Constitution is elastic enough to handle emergencies admitting of no delay; they aren’t attentive enough to see that the Constitution again makes room for those acts in a lawful fashion, and sets strict limits on them.
Stretch any elastic too far and it will permanently deform – if it doesn’t snap outright.
The practical limit on that list of 18 responsibilities is made explicit in Amendments IX and X:
IX – The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
X – The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited to it by the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
In current English, this means that the Constitution limits THEM, not US. We don’t need written permission by law to do anything; the Federal Government is forbidden to act outside its mandate. That’s the point beyond which our Government is not supposed to stretch. Yet those boneless would-be potentates are making like Plastic Man with our rights.*
What’d they say?