Saturday, November 21, 2009

Do we still believe in the document we call the Constitution?

The landscape we have in the United States right now is interesting to say the least. We have an entire bushel basket full of ideological names entrenched in diametrically opposed camps grinding our ability to govern through this economic mess to a halt. Take your pick of sides ….. conservative*progressive, republican*democrat, pro-life*pro-choice, pro-union*anti-union, federal government*state government, the list just continues to grow. If we take several steps back and look at the driving force behind all this divisive rhetoric, it appears the root cause points to ’social issues’.
If you examine and follow the Constitution, you find the founders of our great nation decided to leave all the ’social issues’ for the people to decide — leave the Government out of that process, in the same manor that they approached religion. The Constitution is designed to protect the people FROM government, it does not grant the government power OVER the people. There is no fine print that permits government interference or intrusion for any reason. We do not have a monarchy or dictatorship for that very reason. We need to search for a way to separate our belief that social issues have a place in the government process and stick to the basics of what our government was created for.

“Today, when a concerted effort is made to obliterate this point, it cannot be repeated too often that the Constitution is a limitation on the government, not on private individuals — it does not prescribe the conduct of private individuals, only the conduct of the government — it is not a charter FOR government power, but a charter of the citizen’s protection AGAINST the government.” — Ayn Rand

A constitution is the very definition of our government here in the United States. It defines our LEGITIMATE form of government. It set up a Senate, a House of Representatives (collectively referred to as Congress), the President, and a Court. Without this document, all that does not exist. That is why they pay ‘lip service’ to the constitution today. It also sets the rules for the conduct of these branches of government. In this case, specific duties and parameters for those occupying the offices are defined in very concise terms. This is the part our elected elitist are very unhappy about.

Remember this statement:
“When the government fears the people, you have liberty. When the people fear the government [or the IRS, for that matter], you have Tyranny.”
(Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence of the United States)
So if we leave the social issues out of the equation and stick to the basics, we may find the ability to slowly bring this runaway government back to it’s original intent in a peaceful, non-violent process.

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