I often sometimes wonder if states had another bite at the apple in regards to ratification of the constitution, would they rethink ratification knowing what they know today about how the federal government has positioned itself through interpretation the justify operating beyond its 17 enumerated powers. It’s hard to say because so many people have become so dependent on the federal government and view minor infringements on their unalienable rights as a necessary evil to ensure what they perceive as a secure and safe society. I have argued in the past for the need to convene an Article V convention to correct the wrongs of 16th and 17th amendments and to clarify the commerce clause. I’m not so sure that’s the way to go in this age of dependency.
You see the only way an Article V convention works is if the citizenry has a rudimentary understanding of the constitution and sadly they don’t. We the people have failed to gain the necessary knowledge about the constitution in order to defend it. We can blame our public schools but the truth is the information about the debates and arguments that were made during the crafting of the constitution are readily available for all. It only takes a small amount of effort to find the information, but it also takes the desire to want to learn and unfortunately for many there is always something more important on their to-do list. I know this because I was one of those people about five years ago.
What started me down the path of wanting to learn more about liberty and our constitution was the Patriot Act. Even though I realized that protecting America was indeed a responsibility of the federal government the Act went too far. It created powers for the federal government that were beyond the scope of their constitutional authority and forced each of us to trade a little piece of our liberties for security. I felt in a sense that more harm was done to America with the passage of the Patriot Act and its liberty stealing provisions than any outside force could ever inflict on us. John Adams once said, “But a Constitution of Government once changed from freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost is lost forever.” The Patriot Act cracked the constitutional wall that protects its citizens from an overreaching federal government and since its passage things have only gotten worse for liberty in America.
When you examine in its totality what the Obama administration has done in just three short years you will see just how much this crack in our constitution has grown. From speech limiting provisions in the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act to creating the authority out of thin air to detain American citizens indefinitely, the threats to our liberties are very real. The Obama administration’s new guidelines for information collection on Americans citizens permits the collection and storage of information by U.S. intelligence agencies for up to 5 years even if there are no clear ties to terrorism. This revises to 2008 version of these guidelines which require the prompt destruction of information if no terrorism ties exist. Piggy backing off of that, I was reading an article the other day that was about a new data collecting center being built by the NSA in Utah; the following is an excerpt from the article.
The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013. Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.”
I guess it’s time to start paying cash for purchases. A more chilling article carried by the BLAZE about how the DHS is purchasing 450 million rounds of hollow point bullets over a five-year period really caught my attention. Why does the DHS need 450 million rounds of bullets? Does the government know something we don’t? Is there some sort of economic train wreck on the horizon that will blind side many or will our dollar finally collapse leading to civil unrest? Add in the TSA, the government’s desire to control the internet, and the proposed internet kill switch and we have a real problem on our hands.
When you step back and look at the actions taken by our federal government over the last 10 years under the pretext of fighting terrorism, their actions appear to be more directed towards the American people than the terrorists who are threatening our way of life. The government has exploited that crack in our constitution and we’re hemorrhaging our liberties away. This is exactly how tyranny gets a foothold. At what point does conspiracy cross over the threshold into reality. There’s plenty of evidence to suggest it already has and without liberties we will be helpless to stop it. The sad truth is there are simply not enough people who have a working knowledge of the constitution to know that the above acts are completely unconstitutional and that the only way the government gets there is by violating the constitution. There are not even enough people to recognize that there’s a crack in our constitution and that’s the real tragedy of it all. Perhaps the sun is finally setting on our liberties and the great experiment has run its course. When our children look back on this period in our nation’s history I wonder if they will they ask how we could let our liberties slip away when all the signs were there? My answer; it’s because we were dumb.
Liberty forever, freedom for all.