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Our Constitution: A wall that has been breached

As many of you know I’m a staunch supporter of our Constitution.  I believe that it is one of the most remarkable documents ever crafted.  It was born out of James Madison’s Virginia Plan; a plan designed to hold together a union of sovereign States with a strong centralized government.  A larger number of the delegates at the 1787 convention feared that Madison’s plan concentrated too much power at a federal level and significantly stripped the States of their authority.  After all they were called to Philadelphia to amend the Articles of Confederations, not scrap them.  When Madison unveiled his Virginia Plan many of the delegates balked at the notion that the solution to their problems was the creation of an all powerful government with unlimited authority over the States.  After years under the heavy hand of King George, they were all too familiar with a system of rule that disregarded the individual rights of the colonist.  They were also well aware of the natural tendency for government to drift towards tyranny; trampling the liberties and rights of the people; rights and liberties that were granted by a higher authority than government.

When Madison proposed the Virginia Plan, many of the delegates threatened to walk.  They felt that they had no authority granted from their respective States to scrap the Articles of Confederation; but this is exactly what they did and out of the heated debates in the summer of 1787 our Constitution was born.  The delegates knew it would be tough to sell written as is.  In response to the anti-federalists’ position that the Constitution would lead to tyranny by powerful central government Madison introduced 12 articles in 1789 to ease their concerns.  These 12 articles were crafted to erect a wall between the federal government and the people; a wall designed to protect the rights of the individual.  Out of the 12 articles proposed, 10 were ratified and these first 10 amendments became known as the Bill of Rights.

The Constitution was crafted to protect the individual rights of the people from an imperfect government; an imperfect government that has a natural tendency to drift towards tyranny.  It is that wall, that barrier that prevents the federal government from imposing their will upon the people.  It is concrete, solid and resolute.  It’s not a living and breathing document and those who make such a claim do not understand anything about its history.  Elected officials swear an oath to support and defend this wall and yet many of these same officials believe the Constitution grants them unlimited authority to do as they please.  Clearly they’re ignorant and lack understanding of the document.  They’re unable to comprehend the basics about our Constitution and use the court systems to amend its meaning through judicial interpretation.

What would happen in this country if we decided to follow the Constitution as written?  Are we so far gone as a republic that turning back the hands of time might actually collapses the system?  Or would we see a rebirth of America in a way which none of us could possibly imagine?  My feelings are that we succeed as a people when that wall I call the Constitution is respected and understood.  I believe that the reason we are struggling as a nation is because we have allowed the federal government to poke holes through that wall.  If government is imperfect why would we allow such a breach over the wall in the first place?  The answer is because there are forces that believe the solutions to our problems can be found in an imperfect government and have successfully sold this notion to an ignorant public and ignorance is strength for these forces.  For the last 80 years we have tried big government solutions and with each crisis we have slowly surrendered our liberties to an imperfect government.  This has led to imperfect solutions which in-turn has created more problems.  It has become an endless cycle of imperfect government, coming up with imperfect solutions leading to more problems.  And we wonder why it feels as if the system is broken.

The truth is the system is broken because many bought into the lie that government can solve our problems and in the process allowed the government to encroach on our liberties by not enforcing the Constitution in the strictest sense.  This started in the early 1900s and continues to this day.  I say the real solution to our problems rest within each of us and we do not need a nanny state to tell us what to eat, what to drive, how much salt to use, how much water to use in a toilets, and so on.  When we look to an imperfect government for answers we end up with imperfect solutions and its killing the republic.  It’s time to take the initiative back and go on the offensive.

Now more than ever we need our Constitution.  We need to reinforce the wall and we do this by educating ourselves then spreading the word.  We need to talk to friends, family, and even those who do not see eye to eye with our position.  We must be willing to stand at that wall and defend it with every fiber of our being.  And lastly we must hold our elected officials accountable and force them to respect the wall that protects our rights from their folly.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!

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  • LD Jackson January 5, 2011 at 3:03 AM

    I say the real solution to our problems rest within each of us and we do not need a nanny state to tell us what to eat, what to drive, how much salt to use, how much water to use in a toilets, and so on. When we look to an imperfect government for answer we end up with imperfect solutions and its killing the republic. It’s time to take the initiative back and go on the offensive.

    Well done, John. I think this portion says so much. It seems the average citizen of America has abdicated their freedom to make their own choices and decisions to a federal government that is increasing in power. In doing so, they have also abdicated a lot of their liberties. If those average American citizen would just realize they are capable of making those decisions and realize how important these liberties really are, we could plug the holes that have been punched in the wall of the Constitution.
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    • John Carey January 5, 2011 at 6:21 AM

      Thanks Larry. I personally believe it makes no sense to look towards our imperfect government to solves our problems. Look how it has worked out for us. Not good. Let’s get it back in our hands to fix this beast.

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  • Steve Dennis January 5, 2011 at 5:42 AM

    Great post John. Too many people–both citizens and politicians–fail to realize that the constitution is a limiting document and not a powering document. The constitution and the bill of rights was created to ensure that the government never infringed on the rights of the people but over the years the consitution has been adjudicated into being just the opposite. It is going to take many years to right this wrong–if it can be done–and the only way we can do this is by educating our children.
    Liberals like to believe that the constitution is a living document because one generation should not bind another–I believe it was Jefferson who said that (and this is probably one of the only quotes of the founders that liberals like to quote on the constitution) and the founders believed this also, which is why they included a tool to change the constitution. And that is of course the amendment process. But the problem that liberals have with this process is that it is too long and is too hard–which the founders intended–so they have managed to implement their anti-constitutional ways through the court system.
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    • John Carey January 5, 2011 at 6:26 AM

      Thanks Steve, I think that is the main problem; people do not understand the history behind the document. When 26 percent of the people in this country don’t even know the country we broke away from to attain our freedom, we’re in trouble. How can we expect them to know anything about the Constitution and this is not only a failure of our public school system, but also parents.

      • Steve Dennis January 5, 2011 at 7:44 PM

        So true John, I often harp on the school system, but there are plenty of parents out there to blame for their children’s lack of understanding of America and her constitution. I am only afraid that these parents don’t understand the basics of America’s founding either.
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        • John Carey January 5, 2011 at 8:16 PM

          This is why we need to keep spreading the the word.

  • Infidel de Manahatta January 5, 2011 at 7:37 AM

    Great post. I fear sometimes that we are too far gone to get our liberty back. Everything the Feds do now is justified as “in our best interests.”

    But I could be wrong. There could be a “rebirth” to quote Abe Lincoln.
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    • John Carey January 5, 2011 at 8:20 PM

      Always remember the government cannot take what we do not surrender.

  • Bunkerville January 5, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Thanks so much for another great post. Our early history now seems so much more relevant than previoulsy. We can appreciate the struggles, energy and commitment that was required by our founders.The result was the United States having a fine document to found our country upon. They were certainly very special people.

    • John Carey January 5, 2011 at 8:22 PM

      Indeed Bunker. We need to remember where we came from so we can chart a new direction, one that leads us back to the founding principles.

  • Maggie@MaggiesNotebook January 5, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    I will never underestimate the will of the American people, but I doubt we will ever get close to undoing all that is unconstitutional. However, I believe this is THE NEW DAY, the day we insist that everything future thing adhere to constitutional principles.

    Along the way, we can undo some past things if we keep that fire burning in our bellies.

    Excellent conversation on such an important issue, John.
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    • John Carey January 5, 2011 at 8:24 PM

      Thanks Maggie for the kind words. We create the our own reality and if we choose to undo that which has made us a slave then it will be. The choice is still ours.

  • Colin January 5, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    John Carey

    Thanks Steve, I think that is the main problem; people do not understand the history behind the document. When 26 percent of the people in this country don’t even know the country we broke away from to attain our freedom, we’re in trouble. How can we expect them to know anything about the Constitution and this is not only a failure of our public school system, but also parents.

    This is the crux of the problem, and why it can’t be fixed. It is one thing to be uninformed, it is quite another to be ignorant. Our government run schools are producing more ignorant people than any time in our history, and it is intentional. When one is ignorant, they became highly self-absorbed, caring only about their immediate needs and situation. They can not see beyond the very short horizon of the present and desire only instant gratification for any ills they may be “suffering” from. This plays in very well to the political slave-masters who will happily pass any law to get the ignorant into their flock.
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  • Jim Gourdie January 5, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    Excellent post. Amazingly the liberal big government didn’t work in the 30s nor in the 60s but they keep on believing that the next time it somehow will work. John Hayward wrote a while back “The constitution must be static so that the people can be dynamic.” He is right.
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    • John Carey January 5, 2011 at 8:27 PM

      They seek their answers from an imperfect thing. All they end up with is flawed solutions. Back to the constitution I say and let’s see how it works. Thanks for the comments.

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  • Reaganite Republican January 6, 2011 at 2:17 AM

    Good stuff John- and the new site looks super. I’ll follow/blogroll it right now.

    For all the damage, the Obammunist era at least got some people to go back and take a serious look at what the Constitution has to say about all this… myself included
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    • John Carey January 6, 2011 at 6:12 AM

      Thanks RR. I agree I think a large number of people are looking at the Constitution and reading it for themselves. That’s key reading it for themselves.
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  • Matt January 6, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    You guys really hit it when you mentioned the education system intentionally producing ignorant citizens. After all, how can you know if something has been taken from you if you never know you had it in the first place? If a parent has been dumbed down, how can they recognize that their children are being dumbed down as well.

    This is planned, and has been executed. Sadly, with great success.

  • John Carey January 6, 2011 at 11:04 PM

    You know it Matt. Thanks for the comments.