The month we
Can we ignore parts of the concept upon which our country was founded and still regard that concept as whole? No, because to ignore part shows a fundamental mind-set of disrespect for constitutional law and inevitably leads to a disregard of the whole, eventually rendering the entire Constitution irrelevant. If there’s no respect for or strict enforcement of all its principles, nor a price to be paid for its violation, the entire concept will ultimately become meaningless.
I’m no formally trained Constitutional authority and some lawyers and many politicians will certainly disagree but so what. Below is the simple view of a simple soldier exemplifying what I consider to be a growing and arrogant disregard of our basic principles of freedom.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or
the prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech…”
Where is the separation
of church and state that government has forcefully imposed on us barring God
from public life? Who is the
restricted party here? It says, “Congress
shall make no law…” thus it’s Congress that’s the restricted element
not the citizens. Yet government has severely restricted the citizenry where the
free exercise thereof is concerned. Just
as incredibly, Congress, President Bush and the Supreme Court unashamedly
abridged freedom of speech when they passed, signed and upheld the Campaign
Finance Reform Bill. Politics over
sacred oath, honor, principle and law is the norm these days and for this, I
will never forgive the President, Congress or the Court…nor will I
forget. The First has been ignored.
“…the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be
infringed.” This amendment has been violated thousands of times as we
all know. Laws prohibiting selected
weapons, magazine capacities, rates of fire, barrel lengths, registration,
permits and regulations that restrict or prohibit our ability to buy, keep and
bear arms are infringements—plain and simple. The Second has been ignored.
“…nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just
compensation.” Consider the bastardization of eminent domain, the
power of the Environmental Protection Agency or the Endangered Species Act. Have
a section of your property declared a wetland or find some “Endangered
Species” on it and see how private your property really is and then ask the
recent victims of the modern application of “eminent domain” about public
use and just compensation. The Fifth has been ignored.
“The powers not delegated to the
IV Section 4. “The
United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of
Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application
of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be
convened) against domestic Violence.” Is there anyone outside
The day we
politicos regularly violate Constitutional principles with pure arrogance. Those
examples cited above are but a very few of the very many.
are driven by a “whatever you can get away with” philosophy of wielding
power. The only time you’ll hear
them refer to the Constitution as a restrictive document is when they need it as
personal cover or as an excuse for inaction or twisting its meaning to convey
that which it strictly and obviously forbids—ergo freedom “from” religion
instead of freedom “of” religion.
fact, many modern day Americans expect such stepping over the constitutional
line or they accuse Congress of being a “do nothing” body. Considering the aftermath of the alternative, I much prefer “do
this slide is the natural progression of government as I’ve written about
before and as
How does this natural progression begin? With “common sense” regulation of this or that and then having gained a toehold, it incrementally erodes freedom with the passage of each new bit of “common sense” legislation.
Our founders knew this and were, I’m convinced, divinely inspired to create a Constitution based on the pre-eminence of individual freedom and states rights—states that were served by a small, federal government limited by enumerated powers; not dominated by an unconstrained behemoth.
slid a long way into the pit of freedoms lost since our original Constitution
was ratified. Sadly, far too many
Americans these days don’t care about how far we’ve slid or even the pit
simple truth is that an increasing number of Americans don’t care who has the
power and authority, just so they don’t have the responsibility real freedom
requires—a responsibility that would likely scare the wits out of their
I ask you, can a credible argument be made that the Constitution has sadly
become pretty much irrelevant when the government it was designed to rein in
routinely ignores its principles with arrogant impunity and pays lip service to
following its precepts while an increasing number of the governed, whose rights
it was designed to protect, don’t realize it or care?
That’d certainly be the view from my saddle…
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