“I do solemnly swear that I will…preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
From the US Presidential Oath of Office
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic….”
From the oath taken by all US federal employees, other than the President — that of course includes all members of Congress, Supreme Court Justices, military officers and enlisted, et al.
“Every Congressman should take his oath of office seriously, that’s all you need. They stand up there and promise to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America — if they really mean that, that’s enough for me.”
Daniel Hannan at CPAC 2012
“In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
In the vein of Bubba Clinton’s famous “it’s the economy, stupid” meme, “we the people” need to focus on one exceedingly important topic — the US Constitution. It is crucial that we do so, now.
Recently one of our Supreme Court Justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, opined that the US Constitution is an outdated and retardataire document. She feels that Egypt would be better served by looking beyond the US Constitution when drafting their own. A most peculiar, if not treasonous, comment coming from someone charged with defending the US Constitution.
The Progressives — both Democrat and Republican — are fond of talking about a “living” Constitution, by which they mean a dead Constitution, or so near to it as to make no difference. A “living” Constitution is one that is plastic, pliable, and amenable to being twisted and shaped into whatever form the elitists wish.
Although the United States is still technically a constitutional republic, it is in reality a de facto oligarchy where the Constitution is given lip service and not much else. The list of unconstitutional laws passed by all three branches of the federal government is much too long to enumerate here — I will simply note in passing that the Constitution has been misinterpreted, bypassed, and ignored for quite some time and in a variety of ways.
The power that the elites have gathered to themselves came from somewhere — it came from “we the people,” and unless we take it back, and take it back now, we will lose it forever. It is a truism that as government grows; power comes to rest in the hands of fewer and fewer people. Crony-capitalism, special interests, and monopolies are killing free-enterprise, diversity, and the United States as a free republic.
It is a given that Progressives and others in favor of big government are by their nature opposed to the US Constitution, which they correctly see as limiting the role of the federal government. What is not so obvious is that there are a large number of “conservatives” who favor big government as well.
A nutshell definition of a conservative might be someone who believes in less government and fewer laws. That may be what it used to mean, but no longer — there are plenty of “conservatives” these days who are big fans of big government, or more to the point, plenty of Republicans who are fans of big government. For simplicity’s sake I will use the term “neo-con” to describe such people.
Roughly speaking, “conservatives” come in three types anymore: RINO, neo-con, and constitutional-conservatives. Of the three only the constitutional-conservatives adhere to the traditional dictionary definition of a conservative. RINOs are really liberals (“wolves in elephant’s clothing” as Dr. Kate puts it), and neo-cons are Big Intrusive Government Republicans (BIGRs). (There are, of course, a number of other conservative designations available: libertarian, social, fiscal, etc. I am trying to keep things simple).
My point here is that you can be a big government Republican, but you cannot be a big government constitutional-conservative — there is no such animal. If you will not or cannot be honest about it yourself, then permit me to be honest for you: if you like big government then you are against the US Constitution. You simply cannot support both, as they are diametrically opposed.
I might also add that if you believe in a secular (atheist) society then you are opposed to the Declaration of Independence and its revolutionary proclamation of unalienable (God-given) rights.
The latest, and perhaps most egregious assault on the Constitution came with the recent attack on the Catholic Church and the First Amendment. It is blatant hypocrisy of the vilest sort to attack Christianity under the guise of “separation of church and state,” while at the same time having that same “state” tell Christians what they can and cannot practice.
If you are a Christian then for crying out loud start acting like one. We are heirs — heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ…Live as children of light! Christian or not, we are blessed in America to have a founding document that assures us that we are endowed by our Creator with “certain unalienable rights” — God given, not man given.
This article is concerned with the Constitution, not the Declaration, so let me quickly return to the main focus. The US Constitution stands in the way of one-world-government and globalism. Not to put too fine a point on it, if you are a globalist then you are a traitor to the United States. But as Ovid noted long ago, no one calls it treason when treason is de rigueur — and treason is not only prospering; it is paying handsomely these days.
With Keynesian economics now discredited (at least among economists without ideological blinders on); the swinging door quid pro quo arrangement between Wall Street and the US government exposed for all to see, and the suicidal insanity of an ever-increasing government debt (and concomitant debt ceiling) glaringly obvious, you would think that someone like Ron Paul would be a shoe-in as the conservative’s choice at the upcoming Republican convention in Tampa.
Indeed, Ron Paul is the conservative’s choice — but he is not the neo-cons choice, and he most certainly is not the man-of-the-hour with the RINOs. In short, he is not the choice of the elites, although he may be the last, best hope for “we the people.” Ron Paul is the only candidate truly standing up for the US Constitution.
It is humorous, in a maddening way, to watch how the MSM does their best to ignore Dr. Paul, and shunt him off to the sidelines whenever possible. It is only to be expected, as the media is largely controlled by globalist players who want nothing to do with anyone serious about following the US Constitution. The US media is basically run by elites, for elites (General Electric, Walt Disney, News Corp, Time Warner, Viacom, and CBS).
Perhaps nothing is more indicative of the disrespect currently shown to the US Constitution then the ongoing attempts to downplay and bypass Article II, Section I of the Constitution — the Natural Born clause. I find it more than peculiar that Obama, McCain, Romney, and Santorum all had or have questions regarding their eligibility in this regard. Some coincidence, huh? And one mustn’t forget Marco Rubio — neither of his parents were American citizens when he was born, and yet his name is bandied about as a potential VP running mate as if the Constitution has no say in the matter.
Publius Huldah nailed it in a recent article on Rubio: “We the people don’t hold our politicians accountable for their violations of our Constitution. We keep re-electing them! Why? Because we too have abandoned the standard by which to judge their acts: Have you read our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution? Do you understand the concepts of ‘enumerated powers,’ ‘federalism’ and ‘rule of law?'”
“We the people” used to know the Constitution and the Declaration, we used to know them and take pride in them — before we were purposefully dumbed down by the elites and robbed of our national heritage and birthright.
Nowadays a sitting judge on the Supreme Court calls the US Constitution lame, and it hardly causes a ripple. The Pentagon ignores their oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies — foreign and domestic — and the most such quisling behavior warrants is a shrug. Congress treats the Constitution as a convenient prop, or a joke, depending on how the political winds blow, and nobody seems to notice.
Well, perhaps the young folks are noticing — they are Ron Paul’s most ardent supporters. They see the writing on the wall, and are not warming to the prospect of spending their lives as indentured servants to the state, paying off astronomical debts run up by a political elite aristocracy. Their parents and grand-parents may not care, but those being left to foot the bill care.
Ron Paul is serious about reducing US debt — which of the other Republican candidates has a plan to reduce our debt by one trillion dollars during their first year in office, and balance the budget in three? What other candidate has anything remotely like Paul’s plan to salvage the US economy?
I do not know whether to be angry or amused when I hear people say “I like Ron Paul’s domestic agenda, but I do not like his international isolationism.” First of all, it is non-interventionism, not isolationism, and secondly if we do not take care of business at home and protect and defend the US Constitution, then what is it exactly that we are supposed to be gifting the world with? Our porno industry? Our corrupt Congress? Our splintered political system? What?
The late Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci spent her life fighting fascism, yet it was not until near the end of her life that she realized that communism and fascism were joined at the hip.
She compared them to two soccer teams that everyone thinks are competing against each other, but behind the scenes the fix is in and they are both on the same side (i.e. big government). She observed in her last book, published in the US the year she died that: “There are moments that I curse myself for not having understood it earlier: for having let myself be fooled by the two soccer-teams for so long. Dammit.”
Add Islam to the mix and we actually have three “soccer teams” playing against the United States. Ron Paul faces not only those forces, but the Democrat and GOP elites, the military/industrial complex, the banksters, and the inclination for government to grow exponentially simply because that is its nature.
What Ron Paul has on his side is “we the people” — at least those of us who still honor the US Constitution. The question is, will it be enough?