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The People Who Write Our Laws Now

Updated on September 18, 2013

Happy Independence Day

The Founding Fathers Were Wise Men

I am often assaulted with words about how the US Constitution is a dead document whose time has passed. I contend that such talk is entirely rubbish as we once again celebrate the independence of this nation. The founders were wise enough to use brevity which is a word not understood by our current law makers sitting on Capitol Hill.

Lately it seems like they think we pay them by word count or pages printed without regard to the insufferable complexity that even they can't understand. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is a prime example The administration just delayed one of the major provisions of the law by a year because supposedly it was too complex for businesses to ascertain for implementation but not individuals who are still under a mandate? Seems like utter foolishness to me since the real apparent reason for pushing the date is the coming mid-term elections and Democratic party's fear of losing the Senate on top of the House of Representatives. Everything Obama dos, or doesn't do, is guided by political motivation and that alone.

Lets take a look at the documents that set the stage for the founding of this nation and got us where we are today kinda sorta since our elected representatives have now placed politics before the law of the land. The US Constitution itself was penned on parchment - 4 pages worth and contained the guiding principles of law to rule this nation. Take it a step further and add the Preamble and 27 amendments and the sum total amounts to around 20 typed pages. Bear in mind that originally there were but 10 amendments, not the twenty seven we presently use. Scratch the signature pages and amendments and the total shrinks to 11 typed pages.

Looking at amendments is a lesson in brevity our current elected geniuses should emulate. The First Amendment itself uses 45 words to cover a myriad of freedoms that we enjoy, or maybe use these days. Many of the amendments are written with one sentence and take up less than one page.

The four (4) pages of parchment contain approximately 4,500 words to govern our nation then and should be good enough to serve the same purpose now. So lets think about those 2,700 pages of Obamacare and now the recent Senate version of immigration reform which amounts to another 1,200 pages of all kinds of goodies packed in that version. Did you hear about Obamaphones? Imagine, if you will, Obamacars. It's in there. Congress for some time now has written volumes to confuse, not to govern. The people are usually perfectly capable of governing ourselves thank you very much.

I suggest that you wake up to present reality and the damage that has been done by Congress and the Judicial Branch working in concert to destroy the US Constitution rather than enforce its intent. If they can run helter skelter with just those 4 pages on parchment think about what they are capable of doing with an immigration bill and a health care law that by sheer volume will gag a ton of maggots.

I've read the US Constitution and it takes about a half an hour from start to finish. I'd be willing to bet that many of the people siting in Congress have never read the law of the land. They just want to make it up now as they go along. It should be required, monitored reading before they can take any oath of office. How many words in our Declaration of Independence? Yes, this is a quiz. It has 1,458 words with all those signatures of the founding fathers. See you learned something today. How long does it take to read the Declaration? Since it's the 4th of July weekend why not pick up a copy and time yourself?

One writer surmised that probably not one single member of Congress has actually read the Affordable Care Act and the now proposed Immigration Bill start to finish. Folks that is what we pay them to do. They need to read any law before it is voted on, not afterward. To heck with this, "We need to pass the law to find out what is in it" garbage.

We needs to now pen a new law that is simply put. Maybe an amendment would be a good idea. The people we elect to write the laws don't write them. You do know that I would hope. They never provide a list of names because theirs wouldn't be included on that list. We didn't elect these scribes to write our laws so why are they writing them? The Founding Fathers penned their own laws by which we are supposed to be guided. The same needs to apply to our present day elected bobble heads.

Here's how to make them do their job - maybe. I propose a law that all laws must be written by the individuals we elect to go to Congress to write said laws. That is why we elect them and why we pay them so much money to perform what amounts to a part time job.

Have a splendid 4th of July weekend and don't eat too much. Remember "why" we celebrate this holiday and how easily they seem to keep chipping away at your freedom and liberty while you are either not paying attention as you should be or have your partisan political blinders firmly in place blaming everyone but yourself. I remember is something about, "We, the People..."

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As Always,

The Frog Prince


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      5 years ago from upstate, NY

      I've heard our Constitution is both the shortest and oldest in the world. I don't think that's a coincidence. long and confusing laws empower politicians and strip freedom from the citizens. The purpose of the Constitution was to establish a self governing nation not one that empowers (our betters) ie. politicians and bureaucrats to tell us what to do for our own good!

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      Leslie McCowen 

      5 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      That website has expired. But I suggest you look up voting records on Veterans issues. You may be in for a rude awakening.

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      Michele Travis 

      5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Well you do not have to go to a politicians web site to find out what a politician has done. But there is a web site to find out what a politician has voted for or against

      And we do hold the power, like I said before, and will keep believing, we the people hold have the power. We just need to vote. Please vote. We hire them, and we can fire them. I really believe that.

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      The Frog Prince 

      5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      kkingcrabb - Exactly my friend.

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      Billy Joseph Ethridge 

      5 years ago from Georgetown, S.C.

      Great to see there are others out there on the same wave length as me. These laws are written this way so they can interpret them to mean whatever they choose for it to mean at any given time. They also do not want the general public to be able to read and understand what they are doing. I think it is time for a real change, but a change back to what made us the greatest country in the world. We the people hold the ultimate power to change these things but somehow along the way we have forgotten.

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      The Frog Prince 

      5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      34th BG - Include themselves in the very laws they write.

      The Frog

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      34th Bomb Group 

      5 years ago

      Well done, Your Majesty.

      May I suggest that when these bozos write their laws they be required to write them by hand, in cursive? That should thin the flock, don't you think? XXOO

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      Michele Travis 

      5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Walt Kienia I disagree on too many people voting. But, as for people not knowing what they are doing when they vote. You are 100% correct on that. If people paid attention to what politicians are doing, and they knew how to contact politicians and tell them why they are not going to vote for them, then maybe politicians would start to pay attention to us.

      Voting is more powerful then money.

      At least that is what I believe.

      You are very correct about people not knowing what the hell they are doing. But, don't people have enough intelligence to simply look up a politicians website? All you have to do is type in the name of the politician. On the website, it will tell you what the politician has voted for or against. You can call the politician, write the politician. It does not take too much time. If a lot of people did this, they will listen to us.

      Like I have said before.

      We hired them and we can fire them. I still believe that. Maybe I am an idiot, but I still believe it.

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      Michele Travis 

      5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      It would be nice if more people voted. Then we could vote them out, and vote ones who would actually work, in.

      Fire the bad ones, and hire good ones.

      Not enough people vote.

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      5 years ago

      The first time I read the Constitution, it took me more than an hour--but at least I read it. (If I recall correctly, it wasn't so much a matter of reading speed but of stopping to ponder each sentence as I went, to make sure I had a feeling for what the Founders intended.)

      You plus those who've commented before me have pretty well covered the bases, so I'll simply sign off with a Happy 5th (I didn't get here till after the 4th was history) and wish y'all a great remainder of a great weekend.

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      5 years ago

      Hi Frog,

      Sadly, as I'm sure you know, adherence to the Constitution is in shambles. All the checks and balances, like federalism (vertical separation of powers), republicanism (horizontal separation of powers), House funding power, Senate Advice and Consent, Congressional procedural rules, and citizen right to DOI revolt are either under attack or totally gutted. Further, laws like the AUMF, FISA, the Patriot Act, and the NDAA detention provisions have made a complete mockery of all ten Amendments in the Bill of Rights.

      We are now a lawless dictatorship ruled by men, rather than a Constitutional Republic ruled by law. All branches and levels of government, as you say, just "make up the law as they go along." Our federal administration in particular has scathing contempt for our Constitution, which is clearly the best set of codified national by-laws ever devised by man. The uber-progressives in Washington want to replace our Constitution with a "living Constitution," which is opaque legerdemain for letting the judiciary promulgate law from the bench in accordance with administration "guidance."

      As John Adams famously said, "...a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever." It will be very difficult, if not impossible, to ever get back what we lost. We can explain what happened to us from another Adams quote: "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." A society based on ordered liberty cannot remain that way unless our leaders are moral, and our population is well informed and politically engaged. Former Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black stated: "The Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to bare the secrets of government and inform the people." When the press is muzzled by the government, as it is now, you have a population of low information voters who can be led to any conceivable form of slaughter.

      Today, Independence Day, is a good day to pray for the nation. Once the midterm elections are out of the way, Obama will have two full years to go on a tear to further destroy our country, as he no longer has to worry about the voters. Things will get worse before there is any possibility that they will get better.


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      5 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      Its not the way it was intended to be, but governance is like football.

      Both have teams. The teams have winning above all other goals. The teams seek to bend, twist, or rewrite the rules to their own benefit. Both have fans that cheer for their team, totally forgetting that they are paying to watch while the players get rich, and will never be good enough to play in the big leagues.

      My apologies to the football.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      The laws of the land should never have been changed. They are the laws of OUR land - we, the people. Did anyone ask us if we approve?

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Jim, I agree with you fully concerning the Constitution and the way amendments are passed. I don't think they read anything either. Have a Happy 4th!

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      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      Happy 4th to you, too, Jim, just keep tellin' it like it is!

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      Old Poolman 

      5 years ago

      FP - When we hire gutless idiots by voting them into office, what more could we expect?

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      The Frog Prince 

      5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      forlanda - Unfortunately the industry that is created produces nothing but misery for the tax payers and citizens of this nation.

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      Juancho Forlanda 

      5 years ago from US of A

      Now, add on top of that the many more thousands of pages of regulations to execute these new laws. The government is able to create an entire industry around reading and interpreting new laws and regulations. Good news for consultants, I guess.

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      Old Poolman 

      5 years ago

      Froggy - Great to see you are still on the right side of the grass. I haven't seen you on here in quite some time.

      Your hub is well stated as usual. Have a great 4th and thanks for your service to our country.


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