In a previous article I laid out the groundwork for why our Constitution is not a document that is to be read and interpreted at will. We have a Judicial system that for many years has perverted the Constitution and the intent behind it to fit certain liberal philosophies.
Those of us who are Constitutional Conservatives believe that our Constitution is much like a contract that outlines terms and conditions for our government, giving clear perimeters in terms of where federal government may reach and set boundaries that are out of their jurisdiction and are to be left to the States and to the People to decide. This LEGAL DOCUMENT and the boundaries defined within it are for the purpose of government restraint. This intent is clear to anyone who honestly reads and seeks to understand the Founder’s philosophy. And, trust me, you don’t have to read far to see it reiterated time and time again.
Through the course of history, man’s desire for power and control has not changed. It’s the same today as it was more than two hundred years ago. If you think that President Obama and Nancy Pelosi are unusual in their desires to take control from the People and put it strictly within the federal government’s hands, you haven’t done much reading. Respect for Constitutional limitations has disappeared from the world of liberals, Progressives and many who define themselves as Moderates these days.
It’s far more common in the world for a country to be under a dictatorship, communistic or socialistic regime than it is to be free. America, since the birth of our nation, has been the beacon of hope and liberty for those who suffer under these oppressive conditions. Thomas Paine wrote, “The cause of America is in great measure the cause of all mankind.”
Unfortunately, history shows how quick people are to give up their rights to individual freedom and liberty for promises of “care” from their government. Free Healthcare?? Sign me up!!! Food stamps?? Let me give you my address!! Welfare check?? Where do I sign??
It’s no coincidence that these same progressives and liberals would have you believe that the Constitution is “outdated” and even obsolete. I do not hesitate to say that these are enemies from within our own country who seek to destroy the very same liberties and freedoms that they were elected to protect and it’s because of their undying thirst for power and control.
Our Constitution has served us through generation after generation and the meaning has not become irrelevant. So, I must ask… if the Constitution is not to be treated as a contract and can be amended and repealed for convenient bias from one party, who’s to say that other new legal documents cannot also be amended and repealed? That would leave me to believe that law is NOT really the law, only to the extent that one group of people believe it to be so. Why should legislation that was written only thirty years ago be enforced today if I do not believe it to be relevant to me?
If you continue to follow the line of reasoning that liberals would have you buy into regarding the relevancy of our Constitution today, then you must also eventually come to the conclusion that we could easily end in anarchy. Or, it could just as easily end in tyranny with the loudest and most forceful “re-writers” or “re-interpreters” of liberty taking control of the people under the guise of “relevancy”.
Mark Levin said it the best in Liberty & Tyranny when he wrote, “To say that the Constitution is a ‘living and breathing document’ is to give license to arbitrary and lawless activism. It is a mantra that gained purchase in the early twentieth century and is paraded around by the Statist (liberals and progressives) as if to legitimate that which is illegitimate.”
I think it’s become clear today that the liberal agenda is not to just “interpret” the Constitution but it’s to MANIPULATE the Constitution through our Judicial system, which has become the greatest threat to our liberty in modern time. Progressives have learned the easiest way to massive control is by appointing liberal judges who share their same philosophy.
Franklin D. Roosevelt has landed in my book as one of the worst thieves of individual liberty that this country has ever seen. He competes with a handful of others for this title, namely Woodrow Wilson, but I think he may take home the trophy. He used the economic devastation of his day to usher in one of the largest expansions of government that we had ever seen. And it’s strangely coincidental that he also ran his campaign on an eerily familiar theme: “Hope and Change.” Politicians learned long ago, “never let a good crisis go to waste!”
In his first Inaugural Address FDR said, “We now realize as we have never realized before our interdependence on each other; that we cannot merely take but we must give as well; that if we are to go forward, we must move as a trained and loyal army willing to sacrifice for the good of a common discipline, because without such discipline no progress is made, no leadership becomes effective. We are, I know, ready and willing to submit our lives and property to such discipline, because it makes possible a leadership which aims at a larger good.”
The mass read sweetness in the rhetoric, the wise man read in between the lines and wasn’t surprised when the “New Deal” (or raw deal, depending on your perspective) and the SECOND Bill of Rights was introduced and made for a sweeping robbery of individual rights and freedom that we still suffer from today.
Man’s innate desire for power and control have had horribly corrupting influences throughout history and America is not exempt from the same consequences that has befallen other republics. Our Constitution was put in place to protect our God-given rights to freedom, liberty and security from men who seek to destroy it through the worst in human nature. Human nature is the same yesterday as it is today and it will be tomorrow and that is why our Constitution and the principles therein are not to be messed with!
James Madison, a forward-thinking man in his own day, said “I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations…This danger ought to be wisely guarded against.”
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