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Just Whose Constitution is it?
Just Whose Constitution is it?
The first three words in the Constitution, written in giant, bold letters, are:
We The People...
That had great meaning at a time when royalty and aristocracy ruled the rest of the world. Imagine, a great, new nation of self governing people, without a king, queen, or emperor! Imagine a people who elected their own leaders, and then fired them if they failed the people. Imagine, a government bound by and limited to the authority granted to them by a Constitution of We the People, signed by the creators and ratified by We the People, who would then be both governed by its limited authority, and protected by its limitations. At the time, such a notion was unheard of, and a great adventure for We the people.
However, many of We the People were concerned that their beloved, inalienable rights, as mentioned in the Declaration of Independence, were not specifically protected in the new Constitution. In fact, many of the Founding Fathers were so concerned that radicals might eventually distort and misuse the limited authority granted by the Constitution to enslave the people, that they demanded a Bill of Rights, in the form of the First Ten Amendments, that guaranteed the inalienable rights and freedoms of The People, while further restricting the power of the new government.
All this is history, and the words and thoughts of the Founding Fathers on the intent of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are easily found by anyone interested in the concept of ‘We the People’, and limited government.
We the People, are now well on our way to ceding our beloved Constitution to the new aristocracy of the Political Class, and their corrupted, highly political, Supreme Court. What was supposed to have been a body of non-partisan, legal protectors of our Constitution and its meaning as written, has evolved into liberal justices deliberately chosen for their willingness to desert their oaths, and reach decisions based on leftist political ideology, rather than on the law, and on the obvious intent of the Founding Fathers. Only the conservative justices who stubbornly adhere to original intent, saved We the People such things as the Second Amendment, and then by only one vote!
I am brought to writing this after recently discovering an astounding piece written by a fellow Hubber, extolling the virtues of a gigantic federal government, confiscation and redistribution of wealth, and a liberal reading of a ‘living (read rubber) constitution’ that has little or no resemblance to the document of ‘We the People’. A 'liberal interpretation' is an excuse to change the Constitution without resorting to the deliberately difficult task of passing an Amendment. Circumventing the amendment process by liberal 'interpretation', is a deliberate attempt to bypass We the People. We should be outraged at this!
Furthermore, in his constitution (no capitalization is deliberate!), We the People have no say at all! In fact, even in his Hub, We the People who oppose his ideas, also have no say, because all dissenting comments are labeled ‘foolishness, idiocy, ignorant, and stupid’, and are immediately deleted.
I’m not at all concerned about this Hubber. He's not the point. But I am very concerned with the prevailing leftist notion that the Constitution no longer belongs to the people, but to the corrupting influence of politicians and liberal justices who pay scant attention to the original intent of the Constitution, and rule instead, on their own, leftist ideology. That notion is becoming widespread among the far left, and it presents a greater danger to our freedoms and our Constitution than all the world’s dictators combined! Only by the slimmest margins, are the conservative justices who decide by actually seeking out and discerning the original intent of We the People’s Constitution, able to keep us afloat. That margin now depends on the whims of one justice, because the four openly liberal justices always rule in favor of leftist ideology, rather than original intent.
That margin could disappear at any time, based on a whim, or the loss of one conservative. In fact, if it is decided by that court that the federal government can order citizens to buy medical insurance, that is tantamount to deciding that federal power is absolute, and We the People will have become subservient.
If We the People ever become convinced that the Constitution belongs to the federal government and to its corrupted liberal courts, rather than to us, and that We the People no longer have any power or say, then the great experiment created by the Founding Fathers will cease to exist.
Dusty (50 Caliber), gave me the following link, which explains the several forms of government, including what the Founding Fathers had intended, and what we have today. It is superb in its simplicity: