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Friday Ramblings: Do we even deserve our constitution?

The one thing I have learned in the last few years is if you want to effect change you must stay engaged in the process and address the tough issues we face today.  Now many of you might be thinking there are so many problems that need addressing where to start?  I believe the single biggest problem we face as a nation is our elected officials’ complete disregard for our constitution.  The second biggest problem is the total lack of understanding by the citizenry of the document that protects their rights.  I told someone earlier in the week that if people in this country showed as much interest in the constitution as they do for the NFL season oh what a different nation we would be.  Let’s face it we either believe people cannot be trusted with liberty or we’re just too lazy to do anything about it and if either one is the case then maybe we have become a people that don’t deserve our constitution.

What I mean by this is in order for our constitution to work the citizenry must be knowledgeable of the provisions in it.  They must be of high moral character.  They must be willing to stand up and defend it against all those who would undermine and violate it.  If we’re unwilling to do these things do we really deserve our constitution?  I mean it’s one of the most important documents this world has ever seen and it’s ours.  We should be proud of it.  And yet we can’t even take the time to read it.  We’re more interested in the player we picked up for fantasy football.  We have taken our rights and freedom for granted and now the wolves are at the gates.   Our founders who crafted this amazing piece of work did so to protect our rights against a government whose natural course is to encroach on our liberties.  They believed so much in the principles of liberty that they pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to secure our rights and advance liberty so that we may have an opportunity to choose our own destiny.  The believed in the individual and rejected the collective.  Today we live in a society where a large segment of the people can’t even tell you what the Bill of Rights are and why they are important.  How sad is that.  After Ben Franklin emerged from the convention hall in Philadelphia he was asked by a bystander, “What have you given us?”  Mr. Franklin replied, “A republic if you can keep it.”  How’s that working out for us?

The truth is our constitution is under a continuous assault each day.  It is violated by the same people who took an oath to support and defend it and we have let them get away with it.  Our apathetic attitude has led us down this path and many don’t even realize just how dire the situation is.  We are looking in all the wrong places for solutions to our problems.  We look to tax cuts, deregulation, and cuts in spending.  These are only symptoms of the disease and treating the symptoms doesn’t necessarily cure the disease.  The disease is the continued violation of our constitution and until we address this issue all other problems will to take root and grow.  Our constitution is the law of the land.  It is the one thing we have in place that is designed to limit the size of government.   The solutions we seek to our problems start and end with the constitution.  And unless we change our mindset as a people and start demanding from our elected officials that it be enforced as it once was then America will continue to spiral out of control and we will not be able to keep the republic our founders gave us.

It’s time to learn about the document that protects each of our rights.  It time for people to engage in the process.  It’s time to cure the disease.  It’s time for us to become a people who once again deserve our constitution.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!

 

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  • Steve Dennis September 16, 2011 at 5:34 AM

    I couldn’t agree more John, great post! Too many Americans just take the constitution for granted, if they even think of it at all. They are more interested in what the government can do for them and less interested in what they can do for themselves.
    Until we change the mindset of a generation more interested in who wins American Idol than who wins the presidency we will continue down this path. So many people have given so much to defend the constitution and the nation over the years; it really is sad to see so many people apathetic to the document.
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    • John Carey September 16, 2011 at 6:20 AM

      Thanks Steve. I believe the root cause of most of our problems is the total disregard our elected officials have for our constitution. Think about this, the one thing that has held firm in a nation’s history is our constitution. Now that the progressives have convinced a large number of people that it’s a living breathing document it has lost it firmness and become more fluid. This is not a good thing. It leads to uncertainty because it turns one of our most vital documents upside down.
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  • Silverfiddle September 16, 2011 at 6:34 AM

    if people in this country showed as much interest in the constitution as they do for the NFL season oh what a different nation we would be

    Amen to that!

  • Infidel de Manahatta September 16, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Well, as Ezra Klein said the constitution is old.

    I only hope our political parties start paying attention to the Constitution again. But I’m not optimistic. Americans gave up their freedom a long time ago.
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  • Reaganite Republican September 16, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Right on… a whole lot of people in the country could sure use a civics lesson!
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  • Jim at Conservatives on Fire September 16, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    To me it seems that one of the great errors we made as a society was not to teach the principles to our constitution in our schools. The document is a mere seven pages and the key principles are that our rights are inalienable; that is, our rights were ours before the constitution. The constitution was do two things. Establish a government whose sole purpose was to protect our natural or God given rights and it was designed to prevent the majority from running rough shod over the minority. It is amazing that the sports section of any Sunday newspaper has more words than our constitution. People can quote the stats of their favorite teams or athletes but they can’t tell you a damn thing about the constitution. Learning and understanding our constitution should be no less important than learning to read, write, and do arithmetic.
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    • republicanmother September 16, 2011 at 12:07 PM

      Actually the biggest error was taking on this whole “we” talk. The progressives started all that back around 1900 talking about society as a whole. This was programming us to think our ourselves as one huge group and not individuals with responsibility for our own thoughts and actions. Remember the the coopting of schools began with the General Education Board paid for by, yes, the Rockefellers. Remember that the founding minutes of the Carnegie Corporation, also Fed. Reserve Inc. funded, record that their first priorities were to gain control of 1. public education 2. higher education (focus primarily on American history -this is where pointed headed liberals came from) 3. control of the state dept. Read Charlotte Iserbyt or John Taylor Gatto for the supporting documentation behind my claim: the mis or non-education of American children is NO mistake and is by design.

      The more you know..
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    • John Carey September 16, 2011 at 7:59 PM

      Amen Jim. We will sit down and watch a two hour movie but we wont take the time to read a seven page document. What a shame.
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  • Jeff Vincent September 16, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    Yes. Good stuff, but what does ” engage in the process ” mean? Learning the constitution or the ability to quote it doesn’t
    effect change ? The ” pen is mightier than the sword ” did not effect change. The sword DID effect change. The words only stirred up enough people to take up their swords and effect change. Tell me one time in history where governments were “changed” by words or voting officials out of office. If that worked then maybe the declaration of independence was a waste of time. It only declared our intentions. The ” sword ” enforced our intentions. No!
    We rebelled against England and by blood took our stance and enforced our intentions. I’m not advocating violence but am asking for another solution. In most recent history for example , Did the blacks win their God given rights by the constitution. No! The constitution was written long before the blacks received the right to ride in the front of the bus. Congress only recognized their inalienable right after they rebelled ( with peaceful assemblies and petitions ) LOL

    • John Carey September 17, 2011 at 8:24 PM

      Our founders were forced to rebel after countless attempts to resolve their problems under a system that was tyrannical and rigged against the colonists. They understood that the only way for them to break free was to take arms up against the crown that was oppressing them. They shed their blood so that we had the opportunity to live as liberty loving individuals. They crafted the constitution to protect our rights and so that we had an opportunity to effect change when government grew out of control without bloodshed. The government has grown beyond the scope of it constitutional parameters because we have chosen an apathetic attitude towards the expansion of power and have traded our liberties for security and the only ones we have to blame is ourselves for this condition. Ben Franklin once wrote that if we want tyranny then we will choose tyranny, if we want liberty then we will choose liberty. The choice has always been ours.
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  • Bob Mack September 17, 2011 at 1:03 AM

    Couldn’t agree more, John. Protecting the Constitution from its domestic enemies should be the number one job of a responsible citizenry. Instead, our citizens seem too often to elect them. Great post.
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  • Martin September 17, 2011 at 9:01 AM

    Amen. I guess your Constitution Day post is no cheerier than mine. Once again, evidently we’re on the same wavelength.

    Reading through the comments here, it strikes me how concerted an effort this has been on the part of the left to destroy our reverence and knowledge of the document upon which this country was based. They’ve almost succeeded, those who know or care about our country’s heritage are getting older and older. The indoctrination of society is nearly complete.
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