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The Coming Age of Constitutional Enlightenment

Most of us are all concerned that the United States is heading down a dark path that leads to a loss of liberty, a progressive utopia, and severe economic challenges in the near future.  I mean very few people can argue with the fact that the actions of the current administration and congress have given just cause for concern.  We see the negative side of human nature when it comes to political discourse because the deeper the issues the more entrenched we all become on each side.  Facts and debate has given way to name calling and finger pointing.

Now granted the majority of this has come from the progressives/leftist side of the argument, but I have also heard some of it emanate from the right to include myself.  I’m not ashamed of my position or my actions, because I refuse to be an ideological door mat for the left.  I have always stood up for liberty and the principles of the free market system and pushed back when I felt it was appropriate.  I get frustrated debating with individuals who do not have any historical or Constitutional foundation to build off of, so sometimes I slam the debate door shut in their face and move on.  People have actually called me out on this and told me that if I want to sell the conservative ideology, I shouldn’t just shut down the discussion.  I usually fire back with, I don’t need to sell conservatism, it stands on its own merits.  My belief is that when someone wins a debate with facts, and it’s still not enough, there comes a time to cut your losses and move on.  The best you can hope for is some of it sticks and as life rolls on, the person you debated with will begin to see through life’s experience that conservatism works.

So the other day I ran into a friend at work and he looked at me and said, “What’s up for discussion today?”  I replied, “I have too much to do to discuss politics.”  He then asked me a question that caught me completely off guard, “do you think we’re headed for an age of enlightenment in America?”  I snapped my head towards him and said “What?”  The first thoughts that raced through my mind were has this guy had his head in the sandI mean look around, we’re fighting for the very survival of our Republic and he thinks we’re on the cusp of an age of enlightenment.  This was just crazy talk.  I looked at him and asked, “What makes you think we’re heading for an age of enlightenment?”  He replied, “Well look at how many people are trying to learn about the Constitution and what’s in it.”

That’s when it hit me.  I have been so caught up in the negative aspects of this Congress and administration I overlooked the positives that have surfaced because of them.  He was right.  More and more people are digging into the Constitution.  I went to my local book store a few weeks ago and recalled the conversation I had with an employee that worked there.  She told me how books on the Founding Fathers and the Constitution were some of their hottest sellers.  I simply passed over her remarks and purchased my book A Patriot’s History of the United States.  That night I gave my friend’s comments some deeper thought and began to understand what he was trying to say.

You see, America has been asleep and for the first time in awhile Americans having been reintroducing themselves to the Constitution.  I see this in the Tea Party movement, book stores, and the blogosphere.  People are getting excited again. They have a thirst for our history, our Constitution, and stories about our Founders.  The more they reacquaint themselves with this material the easier it’s becoming to see through the lies of the progressive movement.  We are starting to recapture our sense of purpose while at the same time embracing the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  More and more Americans are starting to see the folly of big government and demanding a return to free market principles, fiscal responsibility, and less government interference in individual matters.  Individualism is being elevated above collectivism as states are beginning to exercise their own Constitutional authority by pushing back against an overreaching federal government.  A fresh look at the meaning of federalism is now being examined by the people and states.  There is talk of term limits, an Article V convention, a reexamination of the commerce clause, and the repeal of Obamacare.  People are standing up and challenging their elected representatives at townhall meetings.  They are holding their feet to the fire in regards to the 17 enumerated powers granted to Congress by the Constitution and asking where they get their authority to pass certain bills.

Things are indeed changing before our eyes.  I very much doubt it was the change that President Obama was talking about, but none the less it is change. The more I think about my friend’s comments, the more I realize that he is seeing something that I completely overlooked; an age of Constitutional enlightenment might indeed be on its way.  I think all of us are starting to see the beginnings of it.  The question is will each of us play a role and be part of it.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!


Filed under: Conservatism, Debate, Enlightenment, President Obama, Progressive, Tea Party Movement, US Constitution

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  • Opus #6 April 21, 2010 at 11:14 PM

    Yes. Please, God, let it come true. Let me see the Age of Constitutional Enlightenment before I die.

    I will tweet this post. Exceptional content.

  • LD Jackson April 22, 2010 at 4:49 AM

    There is hope, John. We just need to wake up and realize that we are our government.

  • John Carey April 22, 2010 at 5:28 AM

    Thanks for the comments Opus. I think we are seeing the beginnings of it. I mean when is the last time you have seen such an interest in the Constitution? I hear it referred to in news and on TV much more often today than during the Bush administration. I think there is hope.

  • John Carey April 22, 2010 at 5:29 AM

    Thanks for dropping by Larry. You are so correct when you say we are the government. And as we wake up from our long sleep, I believe the government wakes up.

  • Anonymous April 23, 2010 at 8:48 PM

    And the pendulum continues to sway.. you have a progressive shift, and things start to push conservative. You have a conservative shift, and things go progressive.

    Maybe we should find a middle path so our cultural zeitgeist can simmer down a bit..

  • John Carey April 23, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    The pendulum does continue to way. We do need to find some sort of balance, but we have swung so left, that the center feels extreme right. I don't want to settle center left and call that the center.