June 15, 2022
POCATELLO, ID–Wayne Hoffman, president of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, addressed an attentive crowd at Pocatello’s June Liberty Dinner last Saturday night.
Hoffman opened his remarks by announcing his intention to ask his hearers to do hard things. He set the stage for those hard things by explaining that the ten planks of the Communist Manifesto are already present in this country and in this state, and that our nation has strayed far from the state-centric vision of the Founders. “Where have we gone wrong?” he asked.
To answer his own question, Hoffman discussed social programs. In the past, churches and communities handled whatever assistance was needed; now, governments provide the assistance. While there is no federal law mandating participation in such programs, there is also no significant difference among states in the social programs offered. “What if we ended this stuff?” queried Hoffman. He explained that one of three things would happen: people would move to other states with better benefits, people would get jobs, and churches and charities would aid those truly in need–all of which are good outcomes, and require nothing from the government.
Hoffman also touched on the subject of a Convention of States. He has come to oppose this effort, because those involved wish to add federal protection for a variety of social programs. Also, the Convention of States organization in Idaho has opposed our most conservative legislators. Hoffman states that the answer is not to rewrite the Constitution, but to return to the Founders’ vision of leaving the majority of decisions to individual states and restricting the federal government to its enumerated powers.
Here, in fact, lies the solution to many of our difficulties with government: power must be restored to families and communities, and the federal government must cease to involve itself in areas not granted to it by the Constitution.
To accomplish this goal, Hoffman challenged his hearers to do the hard things he mentioned at the beginning of his speech. First, we must be engaged every day, both by building relationships with our legislators and by talking about politics to our friends and neighbors. “If you’re not part of the discussion,” stated Hoffman, “you’re losing.” Second, while taking notice of the problems in Washington D.C., we must not forget the problems in Boise. We have the potential to solve these problems, but it will require work. America’s best days are still ahead of us, and Idaho can and should lead the way.
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