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We the People in Order to Form a More Perfect Union

Updated on October 30, 2011

The Constitution of our country is one of the most important documents we will ever create

Congress makes the laws and your Supreme Court justices interpret the laws.
Congress makes the laws and your Supreme Court justices interpret the laws. | Source

We the People should hold the correct branch of government responsible for our woes

I recently read fellow hubbers insightful opinions about the Constitution and our federal government in general and what has transpired in his opinion with our how our government works for the American population.

The constitution is a document that has been in our history for over two millennia. This document is supposedly the basis for our laws and many of the moral mandates that are followed by citizens of our great United States. Although we stepped into creating the document imagining that we were fashioning a government bound to the people, many of us now know that the government we have on our hands is for anything but the people in so many areas.

Our current president has failed because he is a True Believer. He believes that are government works the way it was intended. This means that our Supreme Court simply interprets the laws, our Congress will create and ratify the laws and our President is the Executive Branch which will be the stop gap for in the case of going where they shouldn’t go with the laws. As a people we need to brush up on how our government works and how it works for or against us.

This is how our government was intended to work and did for a number of years. However, corrupt members of society infiltrated our government and have taken something so wonderful, our Constitution, and turned it into what we have today. Our government based on the Constitution does not work according to our Constitution.

The Supreme Court has stepped beyond their powers of interpretation to dictating, creating and basically selecting which laws they will interpret and which ones they won’t. They are pressured by politics, the news media and their own selfish and personal needs. The cases that go before the Supreme Court are carefully scrutinized and personally selected for someone’s personal agenda. What is popular and politically correct has influence as well as exclusion of anything that does not meet a personal agenda that many Americans don’t see or pretend they aren’t aware of for the Justices which are elected for the rest of their life.

Congress is beyond a joke. They don’t vote nearly ¾ of the time on bills that are before them and only care if it gets them face time and sound bytes for their audience in a positive light for their campaign needs. No one wants to stand up to anyone else because it’s the right thing to do and everyone has their own personal scheme for everything they do. How much money can they make, how much influence can they have and how much power can they create. It’s a sad state of affairs that the income of nearly all congressmen put them in the millionaire status for a job that only pays $174,000 annually. Our president only earns $400,000 a year.

Congressmen were heavily invested in the banks that created the current crisis and real estate fiasco. However, they stand before you and tell you that it’s the president’s fault this happened. They are heavily invested in the wars in the Middle East through companies that are supplying our military with items they need such as guns and flak jackets. Yet, they stand before you and tell you that it’s the president’s fault that this happened and our war status continues. I thank all of the veterans for their unselfish service to our country.

They form one of the largest groups of individuals that owe student loans, but tell you that a deferment isn’t needed to help the current students or a workforce that needs to be retrained. They don’t want to continue unemployment, but haven’t put forth a plan to return millions of Americans back to work other than stop regulation. The president didn’t make any new regulation laws; he is simply asking that they are enforced. The laws were already on the books. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want a band aid in my hamburger. How many jobs could we create by simply enforcing regulations that were already on the books?

One of my biggest pet peeves for Congress is their total lack of relating to the people they represent. Whenever you see a member on TV spewing his sound byte and getting his face time complaining about another bill the president vetoed, he or she doesn’t tell you about all of the pork for their cronies and personal income that they attached to it. They will only pull out of the hat what they want you to hear and many Americans will only listen to that. Congress has strayed so far from our Constitution that they may not even remember what it looks like.

Do you know that the Supreme Court doesn’t make laws? They interpret the law. Therefore, why are people angry when a same sex marriage law is enforced? If you don’t like the law don’t get mad at the Supreme Court, get mad at Congress-they made the law.

Don’t get mad at the president for presenting a law that Congress won’t pass. The president didn’t kill the law, Congress did. Don’t get angry that a law wasn’t passed. How much pork did Congress attach to it for their own personal gain that made the president veto it? Don’t get mad at the president because there are no jobs and outsourcing occurs. Get mad at Congress for not passing a law making it harder to create 800,000 jobs overseas. Get mad at Congress for allowing prisons to be personally run instead of a state entity and prison labor to be used to undercut your job and benefits. Understand how your government works and then you can blame the correct branch of government for your woes and moving so far away from the Constitution and its intentions.

Congress tells the American people to allow business to recover by themselves without government intervention. They won’t. What incentive do they have to give you a raise or create a job? None. They get their cake and eat it too. They can keep on getting the bonuses and profits while you stay exactly where you are, blame Congress for not living up to the responsibility they have under the Constitution.

As a nation we need to evaluate where we are and what we value. Any great nation that has invested at least 75% of their resources into their military has fallen. Look at Rome; more recently look at the Soviet Union. We need to determine what is important to us and move forward with it. Don’t sit around and assume the right thing will happen because with our government, it won’t.

It would be absolutely wonderful if the three branches of our government worked the way our Constitution intended and the way they originally did. This will not occur without some intervention on the part of We the People. I cannot believe we are uneducated and naïve enough to believe the spew we are given each day concerning our government and the politics that are at work.

With all of our technology and so much more information at our fingertips we are getting more and more uneducated when it comes to how things in Washington work and unfold. We the People cannot stand by and permit things to continue on the path they have taken.

Hold everyone accountable, but find out how it works first to know who to hold to what. I don’t have an issue with making a larger government as long as it works as intended. For those nay sayers that are complaining about a larger federal government and point to the Constitution, back in the days of the Constitution that is all we had was a federal government and according to supporters it worked out okay. You cannot have it both ways.


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      Horse Feathers 6 years ago from Indiana USA

      He is talking of us. Look up his quotes. He talks about banks too. "They are a bigger enemy to the people than any standing army."

      Did you look at Move to Amend?

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      I think the courts are a huge problem as they so often make laws rather than interpret them which is their duty under the Constitution. I do blame Congress but you can't overlook the presidents end runs around Congress either. I think your hub is very good and points out some of the major flaws.

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      smcopywrite 6 years ago from all over the web

      thank you for your comment and quote horsefeathers. this is extremely strange for thomas jefferson to find these thoughts in his mind since he helped formed the government. do you think he was referring to old merry england or us?

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      Horse Feathers 6 years ago from Indiana USA

      The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first. Thomas Jefferson

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      Barbara 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Interesting! I agree that the system is broken because people tend to operate out of self-interest, unlike writers of the Constitution who actually cared about the rights of fellow Americans-- they understood that the self-made man was a myth not a right and that compromise was vital to our survival as a nation. Thanks for this thought-provoking hub.

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      Horse Feathers 6 years ago from Indiana USA

      Get Involved!

      Great Hub!

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      smcopywrite 6 years ago from all over the web

      thanks TK and the bunco squad.

      i wanted to mention the lobbyist, but knew that was a hub all by itself. thank you for bringing the subject up.

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      TKs view 6 years ago from The Middle Path

      "If you don't like the law don't get mad at the Supreme Court, get mad at Congress-they made the law".

      Actually, from what I understand, most laws are no longer written by Congress, they are written by special intrest PAC's. The member of Congress only endorses it, just like a used car salesman. I have little doubt there have been laws enacted that were being promoted by an individual that has not read, nor understood the law they were argueing for.

      Doesn't matter much to them, they're just repaying the favor to the groups that paid there way into Washington anyway. Meanwhile they can kick back and relax with their tax-payer funded salary and health care.

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      the bunco squad 6 years ago from Savannah GA

      I wish i wrote this hub, excellent.

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      smcopywrite 6 years ago from all over the web

      thanks to both of you for your comments. one thing that is extremely important for congress especially is that we vote. we need to vote each time a member of congress comes up for reelection. this is true for our primary elections also

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      Jean Bakula 6 years ago from New Jersey

      Hello smcopywrite,

      This is really an excellent piece. Everyone is screaming, "I believe in the Constitution" but they don't even know what is in it and what is not. Although I am a Dem who is not thrilled by Obama's presidency so far, I agree that much is beyond his control. Congress and the Supreme Court have been over stepping themselves for years, and the Pres doesn't even have as much power as people think. I think Congress should be fired, except we elected them. Not people like us, but people who had interests for whatever reasons. Sadly, the reasons are usually not in whatever interests of the states they represent. I wish we could overhaul the whole government. I am happy the troops are coming home, it's been too long and our own country needs to be rebuilt. And we as citizens have to keep abreast of politics, keep watching, writing letters, and just not taking any more crap. Nobody is bailing us out.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      The main problem is political arrogance. Political figures no longer heed the will of the people. When a hated socialized medicine bill is passed when the people clearly don't want it, that is political arrogance. When justices rule according to political preferences, rather than the law, that's political arrogance.