The US has had resounding success and unprecedented wealth generation, freedom, and liberty. And the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution are the reasons why. No other nation, past or present, even comes close.
The US Constitution cannot be fully understood except through the prism of the US Declaration of Independence, for it is the Declaration of Independence which is the Foundation upon which the Superstructure which is the Constitution is built.
Excerpted from the US Declaration of Independence:
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.
US Constitution, Article VI, paragraphs 2, 3:
This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
It is very clear, from reading both the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, that the US government is meant to be severely limited in scope and power and that the various States and the People are to retain the lion’s share of power and authority. Congressman Colonel Davy Crockett understood that.
“Mr. Speaker — I have as much respect for the memory of the deceased, and as much sympathy for the sufferings of the living, if suffering there be, as any man in this House, but we must not permit our respect for the dead or our sympathy for a part of the living to lead us into an act of injustice to the balance of the living. I will not go into an argument to prove that Congress has no power to appropriate this money as an act of charity. Every member upon this floor knows it. We have the right, as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right so to appropriate a dollar of the public money. Some eloquent appeals have been made to us upon the ground that it is a debt due the deceased. Mr. Speaker, the deceased lived long after the close of the war; he was in office to the day of his death, and I have never heard that the Government was in arrears to him. This Government can owe no debts but for services rendered, and at a stipulated price. If it is a debt, how much is it? Has it been audited, and the amount due ascertained? If it is a debt, this is not the place to present it for payment, or to have its merits examined. If it is a debt, we owe more than we can ever hope to pay, for we owe the widow of every soldier who fought in the war of 1812 precisely the same amount. There is a woman in my neighborhood, the widow of as gallant a man as ever shouldered a musket. He fell in battle. She is as good in every respect as this lady, and is as poor. She is earning her daily bread by her daily labor, and if I were to introduce a bill to appropriate five or ten thousand dollars for her benefit, I should be laughed at, and my bill would not get five votes in this House. There are thousands of widows in the country just such as the one I have spoken of; but we never hear of any of these large debts to them. Sir, this is no debt. The Government did not owe it to the deceased when he was alive; it could not contract it after he died. I do not wish to be rude, but I must be plain. Every man in this House knows it is not a debt. We cannot, without the grossest corruption, appropriate this money as the payment of a debt. We have not the semblance of authority to appropriate it as a charity. Mr. Speaker, I have said we have the right to give as much money of our own as we please. I am the poorest man on this floor. I cannot vote for this bill, but I will give one week’s pay to the object, and if every member of Congress will do the same, it will amount to more than the bill asks.”
The Father of our Constitution, James Madison understood that.
“With respect to the two words ‘general welfare,’ I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.”
But Leftists either don’t understand that or flat-out reject it. As I previously wrote:
None of the states can violate the people’s rights or privileges. And I have already shown where federals laws must be made. I have also shown the very strong limitations on the federal government. This places strong restraints on the state governments.
Overall, a great many laws, a great many governmental agencies and powers for those agencies have been built outside the constitution. Yet the modern-day liberals swear by those agencies and laws which are clearly outside the purview of the government.
The United States that is today would shock and alarm the very Founders and Framers of the United States and the generations which followed. The Federal usurpation of power, in direct violation of the Constitution and the Declaration, is overwhelming. Possibly beginning with Theodore Roosevelt and definitely since Woodrow Wilson (arguably the most destructive President in US history prior to Barack Obama), the powers that be have been systematically shredding the Constitution. Franklin Roosevelt accelerated Wilson’s shredding of the Constitution.
Much of the shredding was done cloak-and-dagger style while some was very clear to the people. But shredding, it was. Oh, the Liberals and so-called Progressives (who are in actuality socialists) supposedly had good intentions. “It’s for the good of the people, surely the Constitution won’t mind our systemic violations of it.” And they proceeded to draw upon themselves the tyrannical Central Power that the Founders and Framers expressly forbade, destroying the Liberty and the productivity of the people. But those self-same Liberals and so-called Progressives (who are in actuality socialists), while using all manner of methods to shred the Constitution, including Judicial Usurpation of authority, have the audacity to redefine “activism” into its exact opposite in order to accuse Judges and Justices who look to the words of the Constitution of being “activist Judges” merely because they looked to the Constitution to determine the Constitutionality of Laws.
The Welfare system is a direct violation of the Constitution. The Social Security system is a direct violation of the Constitution. The Health Care system is a direct violation of the Constitution. And they are bankrupting our nation. The myriad bureaucratic departments, with their unaccountable regulations (which are Laws) are a direct violation of the Constitution.
Then Barack Obama got elected. And, boy howdy, has he shredded much of the remnants of the Constitution. Can’t get a Law through Congress? Have a bureaucracy write the Law. Can’t get the bureaucracy to write the Law? Write it yourself via Executive Order (DREAM Act). As I have said on multiple occasions, it is because of Barack Obama that We the People have awoken and have begun to strive to return to a Constitutional government.
Well, today the Liberals and Progressives (who are in actuality socialists) are not even trying to hide the fact they are shredding the Constitution. They have gone on a full-frontal assault on the Constitution. They are not even trying to hide the radical Leftist agenda of the Mainstream Media as they, through the Mainstream Media, assault the Constitution — the very foundation of this great nation.
Richard Stengel of Time Magazine/CNN goes about the direct attack on the Constitution. (By the way, Stengel is Managing Editor of Time.)
If the Constitution was intended to limit the federal government, it sure doesn’t say so.
Umm, Richard, Tenth Amendment.
Limited government indeed…
Umm, Richard, Tenth Amendment. Heck, all the Amendments. Pay special attention to the first Ten. Also note the Father of the Constitution and his words I quoted above.
We can pat ourselves on the back about the past 223 years, but we cannot let the Constitution become an obstacle to the U.S.’s moving into the future with a sensible health care system, a globalized economy, an evolving sense of civil and political rights.
No, Richard, for Sheol’s sake, don’t let the greatest, most Liberating governing document in the history of mankind get in your way of creating your tyranny.
Aaron Worthing‘s total fisking of Richard Stengel’s excrement disguised as learned discourse should be required reading. But Stengel is not the only one calling for the decimation of the US Constitution. Fareed Zakaria, of CNN (remember Time/CNN from above), is calling for it as well.
CNN contributor Fareed Zakaria argues that the Constitution is outdated and its principles should be “debated and fixed” to conform with the modern era.
Far too many Americans know virtually nothing about classical liberalism, the ideal of limited government, and the unbridled liberty of individuals including freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and free markets.
Zakaria points to the current social, political, economic breakdown in America. He attributes it to an outmoded system of government.
In fact, the system no longer works because America is no longer a constitutionally limited republic and has allowed a secretive cabal of globalists, bankers, and one-worlders to chip our liberty away.
America is in decline precisely because we have allowed the government to replace classical liberalism with a corrupt modern liberalism. It is now widely believed that rights are parceled out, guaranteed and taken away by the state. Our problems arise from the fact we are now vassals of the state and are no longer sovereign citizens.
Where previously, the Leftists hid their destruction of the Constitution and their further desires to destroy it, now the Leftists are out in the open about it. And they must be stopped quickly, else the US goes down to oblivion, taking the rest of the Free World with it.