PATRIOT POST

LEFTIST THREAT TO THE CONSTITUTION Alexander’s Essay – June 30, 2011 TIME magazine on the Constitution: ‘Does It Still Matter?’ Only if Liberty still matters! “The Constitution, which at any time exists, ’till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole People, is sacredly obligatory upon all.” –George Washington, September 19, 1796 Unmitigated Ignorance In celebration of the 235th anniversary of the signing of our Declaration of Independence, Time Magazine, the “journal of record” for the Leftist Illiterati (or as they prefer to be known, “the intelligentsia”), published a cover story featuring their errant interpretation of our Constitution. On an image of the shredding of that venerable old document Time posited this question: “Does it still matter?” The short answer is, only if Liberty and the Rule of Law still matter. But Time’s managing editor, Richard Stengel, begs to differ, having discarded Rule of Law for the rule of men. In his boorish 5,000-word treatise on the issue, Stengel unwittingly exposes the Left’s patently uninformed and self-serving interpretation of our Constitution, and he aptly defines their adherence to a “living constitution.” That adulterated version of its original intent is the result of revision by decades of radical judicial diktats, rather than in the manner prescribed by our Constitution’s Article V. Stengel opined, “To me the Constitution is a guardrail. It’s for when we are going off the road and it gets us back on. It’s not a traffic cop that keeps us going down the center.” According to Stengel, then, our Constitution just exists to keep us between the ditches and entitles us to swerve all over the road without consequence. Of course, that is hardly what our Founders intended, but Stengel insists that to ask “what did the framers want is kind of a crazy question.” Exhibiting a keen sense of the obvious, Stengel observes that times have changed and that our Founders “did not know about” all the advancements of the present era. Thus he concludes our Constitution must be pliable, or, as Thomas Jefferson forewarned in 1819, “a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary which they may twist and shape into any form they please.” Stengel insists, “The Constitution works so well precisely because it is so opaque, so general, so open to various interpretations,” rather than, as “originalists contend … a clear, fixed meaning.” To assert that our Founders intended the Constitution to be “so opaque, so general, so open to various interpretations” is beyond any accurate reading of history. As noted previously, our Founders provided a method to amend our Constitution in Article V. The problem, of course, is that Stengel and his Leftist cadres know their agenda would never pass a Constitutional Convention and, thus, they circumvent Article V by discarding Rule of Law in deference to their own rules. Consequently, we now have a Constitution in exile, one that is little more than a straw man amid increasingly politicized courts that serve the special interests of political constituencies rather than interpreting the document’s plain language, as judges are bound by sacred oath to do (Article VI, Section 3). While it is highly tempting, any effort to rebut Stengel’s erroneous claims point by point would violate my own rule against swapping spit with a jackass. However, as it is the eve of Independence Day, let us, for the record, revisit Essential Liberty as “endowed by our Creator” according to our Declaration. ~Signing of the Declaration~  The natural rights of man outlined in our Declaration are enshrined in our Constitution as evident in its most comprehensive explication, The Federalist Papers, a defense of that venerable document by its author, James Madison, and Founders Alexander Hamilton and John Jay. Here is what our Founders actually did write about our Constitution and Rule of Law. George Washington: “The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their Constitutions of Government. But the Constitution, which at any time exists, ’till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole People, is sacredly obligatory upon all. … If in the opinion of the people the distribution or modification of the constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this in one instance may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed.” Thomas Jefferson: “Our peculiar security is in possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper by construction. … If it is, then we have no Constitution. … [T]o consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions … would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy. … 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.” Alexander Hamilton: “If it were to be asked, ‘What is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of our security in a Republic?’ The answer would be, ‘An inviolable respect for the Constitution and Laws — the first growing out of the last. … A sacred respect for the constitutional law is the vital principle, the sustaining energy of a free government. … [T]he present Constitution is the standard to which we are to cling. Under its banners, bona fide must we combat our political foes — rejecting all changes but through the channel itself provides for amendments.” James Madison: “I entirely concur in the propriety of resorting to the sense in which the Constitution was accepted and ratified by the nation. In that sense alone it is the legitimate Constitution. And if that be not the guide in expounding it, there can be no security for a consistent and stable, more than for a faithful exercise of its powers.” Stengel’s biggest whopper, however, is one I simply can’t let pass without rebuttal. He writes, “If the Constitution was intended to limit the federal government, it sure doesn’t say so. Article I, Section 8, the longest section of the longest article of the Constitution, is a drumroll of congressional power.” My chief witness against this ridiculous claim would be James Madison, “the Father of our Constitution.” As Madison wrote in Federalist No. 45, “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several states will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement and prosperity of the State.” That piece of trenchant prose would, of course, became the basis for the Tenth Amendment, which clearly and tightly limits the authority and scope of the federal government. Before Stengel next ventures to opine on our Constitution, which for him is clearly uncharted territory, perhaps he should read a copy of “Essential Liberty.” Shredding Rule of LawTime magazine is but one of a surfeit of liberal propaganda tools which play supporting roles in the primary assault on our Constitution. The lead actor is Barack Hussein Obama who, along with his cadre of “useful idiots,” are systematically dismantling the last vestiges of our Constitution’s Rule of Law mandate. As we prepare to observe this Independence Day anniversary, our nation is once again confronting a perilous threat to Liberty. Thomas Paine once wrote, “[A]n unwritten constitution is not a constitution at all.” I beg you take note: Our Constitution is being “unwritten” at an unprecedented pace. Obama has mounted a well-organized and well-funded effort to “fundamentally transform” our nation into a socialist state by thus deconstructing our Constitution. He has deserted his oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” in accordance with Article II, Section 1, and clearly never intended to “take care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” as specified in Section 3. As was the case at the Dawn of American Liberty, we are but a small band of American Patriots facing an empire of statists, but we are steadfast in our sacred oath to sustain our Constitution. Please help us combat the ideology and propaganda of the Left in order to restore the integrity of our Constitution. On behalf of Liberty, if you are able, please support our Independence Day Campaign. We still must raise $112,448 to meet our goal and there are just 4 days left. Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis! Mark Alexander Publisher, The Patriot Post ———————————————————————- *PUBLIUS* The Patriot Post is protected speech pursuant to the “inalienable rights” of all men, and the First (and Second) Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. In God we trust. Copyright © 2011 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved. REPRINTING, FORWARDING AND POSTING: Subscribers may reprint, forward or post original content from The Patriot Post, in whole or part, in accordance with our Terms of Use, with the following citation: “The Patriot Post (www.patriotpost.us/subscribe/”

An Enemy Within   http://patriotpost.us/commentary/2011/09/15/an-enemy-within/
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By Anton D. Rehling · Thursday, September 15, 2011

In years past the citizens of this country have stepped up to the plate when our country was threatened; many gave by paying the ultimate price to secure that freedom for the future of this country. We now find ourselves in a struggle with an enemy within whose sole purpose is to accomplish what our enemies in the past could not accomplish with brute force.

Over the last 100 years or so, those who viewed our form of government as bad for the common man have worked tirelessly to transform this nation from one that promotes individual responsibility and freedom to one that has half the population now looking to government for guidance, safety and their daily bread.

Our freedom and rights are being trampled by an administration that has turned the heat up from a simmer in previous administrations to the current Obama administration cooking our liberty away at a full boil.

Americans have always been slow to anger unless an event like Pearl Harbor Dec 7, 1941 or September 11, 2001 moved us to retribution but the anger over this administrations attempt to transform us to a Marxist government is heating up to what could boil away any reluctance to take action as there will be nothing left to loose.

The past violations of our constitutional limits in government have been ignored by many as inconsequential and as long as we were able to continue what we perceived as a free life style without tyrannical government interference; few complained, as we were all busy working toward the American dream and were secure in our feeling that our freedom could not and would not disappear.

That has all changed! Through unconstitutional government entitlement programs that created a large dependency and a deception supported by a Main Street Media propaganda machine a socialist has been elected into the highest office of our land.

FDR New Deal, LBJ Great Society, Jimmy Carters Community Reinvestment Act to name a few has dragged us to our entry into a second great depression, one that looks like it will dwarf the Great, government created, depression of the 1930’s.

This Great Depression we now find ourselves in was not created by free enterprise as the Obama administration et al wants us all to believe; it has been created by unconstitutional government programs that promote reliance on government benevolence.

The voting population in the United States of American now consist of almost half of the population dependant on government (tax payer) handouts to live from day to day. Our government now robs Peter to pay Paul and Paul votes for those who promise to continue to rob Peter to pay the Paul’s so those Paul’s in our country can continue to sit and watch Opra, Days of Our Lives on the boob tube and relax on that government created hammock while Main Stream Media fills them with socialist propaganda presented as factual news to assure them all that if not for government support they would be totally screwed by those millionaire and billionaires that wish to exploit and enslave them, thank god for benevolent government!

It is time to recognize the attack that is taking place against the liberty we have fought to create and preserve and to take action with the same boldness and bravery we displayed when we fought the tyranny of the Axis of WWII as well as all others that wished the demise of our Liberty and God granted Rights.

What most in this country are waiting for is a leader that will call what is happening to our Rights and Freedom what it is, with no sugar coating and fearlessly lead us back to the shinning city on the hill that is a beacon for freedom loving people around the world. But there are alas few in our government that can or will do that.

I believe if we all are looking for leaders that will fight to restore the Rule of Law and Constitutional limits we just need to look into the mirror and realize the person we see in that mirror is one of those leaders that needs to take action to preserve and restore our liberty; if you do nothing what you are looking at is nothing more than one in the governments herd of livestock used for the creation of government income to support an elite government population of the chosen and house its income generating peasants and I am afraid that is You.

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Tex Horn
Good commentary, Anton. And you’re right. It’s the people on the Government teat that is bringing down our country. The states are guilty, too. They bow to the Feds to get the state money. The vast majority of the American people are weak, defenseless, and cannot accept the truth. Almost everyone I know is on the government dole, and are willing to let the country and our Constitutional rights die just to get their part of the handout.
In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinborough, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior:
“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.”
While I propose that we live in a republic, I see what Alexander Tyler said coming true here in America today. We are rapidly transforming into a dictatorship: witness the abuses of power by Obama’s administration, and even the Congress. Our freedoms are rapidly disappearing as Americans gather at the teats of the Government for their handout. What a nation of weakling we are. Our men have become women, our children brainwashed. God help us.
Posted September 16, 2011 at 11:56:28 AM

Ryan
God help us! Nearly every male I speak with these days cannot: Hunt, nor gather or farm. They will not stand up for an out numbered neighbor being mauled in the street. They do not care about our current events; only man children with man boobs, drinking themselves stupid and only interested in how well ‘their’ team did this week (as if they own any part of it or as if any of the players stick around for very long). My country men have been successfully converted to non-masculine. The NWO can introduce a one world currency and Government today and these ineffectual fluffy cakes wouldn’t take up arms to defend squat! As sad as it will be, as the USA burns into oblivion, I cannot help but maintain my front row seat… As I’ve said. God help us.
Posted September 16, 2011 at 4:16:04 PM

One Response to PATRIOT POST

  1. arnash says:

    M Rick Timms. MD

    It seems that politicians have taken to selling the perks under their authority, whether through the actual marketing and sale of “appointed positions”, or simply accepting gifts in the form of contributions paid with the expectation of political favors.

    Perhaps that is simply the way of the world, but it seems that as the power and money have become greater and more centralized, especially in the federal government, the abuses of the public trust grow in magnitude as well.

    I wonder if the politicians had less of our tax money to disperse perhaps their influence, and the temptation to sell it, would be less, and they could better focus on representing the people they serve – you know kinda like the Constitution requires.

    I believe that with honorable men and women of character in positions of leadership, we would not have the expansion of power and government that we see today. It will take extraordinary leadership committed to constitutional principles to save us from collapse at the hands of the progressives. The Founders warned us, and it appears that we have proved their fears to be well founded.

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