Today, September 17, is Constitution Day, the day that commemorates the signing of the United States Constitution in 1787. This author reveres the Constitution as a God-inspired document that has protected the nation’s citizens, abolished slavery and freed the slaves (although it took quite a few decades to get Democrats to understand just how terrible slavery really was), allowed for freedom of thought and belief, and provided a path for every single citizen to pursue life, liberty and happiness.
Sadly, not everyone believes this.
In a recent article published in the New York Times, “The Constitution is Broken and Should Not Be Reclaimed,” two ivy league law professors argue that the U.S. Constitution should be overthrown through court packing, legislation and just plain ignoring the founding document of our nation. If you are interested in their drivel, read the article here.
Ryan D. Doerfler of Harvard Law and Samuel Moyn of Yale Law stated that:
“When liberals lose in the Supreme Court — as they increasingly have over the past half-century — they usually say that the justices got the Constitution wrong. But struggling over the Constitution has proved a dead end. The real need is not to reclaim the Constitution, as many would have it, but instead to reclaim America from constitutionalism.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/19/opinion/liberals-constitution.html, August 19, 2022
Reclaim America from constitutionalism? The Constitution has preserved and protected our nation for 235 years and was written to protect America from any other form of government. What’s to reclaim, if you truly have the best interests of the United States and its citizens at heart.
These authors are law professors, charged by what are considered the pinnacle of higher education institutions, with educating and preparing their students to go forth and protect the Constitution and the Rule of Law. (Even though many, if not most, of the law professors in the nation believe the same progressive poppycock, I’d recommend anyone considering law school to find somewhere other than Harvard or Yale to attend!)
Another gem from their article:
“It’s difficult to find a constitutional basis for abortion or labor unions in a document written by largely affluent men more than two centuries ago. It would be far better if liberal legislators could simply make a case for abortion and labor rights on their own merits without having to bother with the Constitution.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/19/opinion/liberals-constitution.html, August 19, 2022
Back to the Constitution.
The Constitution was not only the founding, organizing document of the fledgling United States of America, but was intended to endure as the supreme law of the land, limiting forever the power and authority of a federal government.
Far too many citizens believe the Constitution to be ancient, outdated, and unnecessary. They could not be more mistaken, whether intentionally and deceitfully like the authors of the article referenced above or ignorantly like so many others who just do not understand the realities of the value and importance of the Constitution.
Many of our nation’s leaders, media commentators, reporters, and even teachers speak of the United States as a democracy, claiming “our democracy” must be protected at all costs. In reality, the framers of the Constitution very intentionally and carefully drafted a document that created anything but a democracy.
The Constitution formed a republic, a constitutional, democratic republic. A union of states who needed a federal government for a limited and delineated purpose. Those who call this nation a democracy seek a strong, overpowering, controlling national government with weak states, and seek the destruction of both the Constitution and the United States of America as we have known it all our lives.
On the final day of the Constitutional Convention, it is said that a woman asked Benjamin Franklin (who presided over the convention) whether they had created a republic or a monarchy. Mr. Franklin replied that they had created “a republic, if you can keep it.”
Beware when a wolf in sheep’s clothing tries to tell you otherwise.
In the coming weeks, we will discuss the United States Constitution in depth on this page and hopefully help clarify and remind everyone that adherence to its principles is just as necessary today as it was on September 17, 1787.
As you read and ponder the importance of the Constitution, which you can do here, thank God that He allowed such a document to be written and enacted for the founding and preservation of the freest nation on earth. Reeducate yourself on its core provisions, on the powers of the federal government and on the guarantees and protections set forth in the Bill of Rights, which you can read here.
Let’s begin a national discussion and reclaim our Constitution from those seeking to destroy it.
With the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision a few days behind us, lets talk about some very apparent truths.
The Supreme Court did not abolish or ban abortion.
Anyone who says otherwise is mistaken or lying – do not believe them. The SCOTUS decision was about constitutional law, not abortion, health care, or women’s rights. Neither was it about some long-held constitutional right to abortion that SCOTUS decided to take away from women. It was about the Constitution, plain and simple. Nothing more; nothing less. Yes, the subject matter that brought about the case was a Mississippi law related to abortion, but the case did not address the overall legality of abortion. The Court held that the Constitution says nothing about abortion, privacy or anything else conjured up by the previous court in Roe v. Wade. The Roe Court was just plain wrong; they made it up. The Court further said it takes no position on the legality or illegality of abortion as regulated by the individual states.
SCOTUS did say this:
“Roe, however, was remarkably loose in its treatment of the constitutional text. It held that the abortion right, which is not mentioned in the Constitution, is part of a right to privacy, which is also not mentioned. And that privacy right, Roe observed, had been found to spring from no fewer than five different constitutional provisions—the First, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, and Fourteenth Amendments.”
Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, 9
“Roe was also egregiously wrong and deeply damaging. For reasons already explained, Roe’s constitutional analysis was far outside the bounds of any reasonable interpretation of the various constitutional provisions to which it vaguely pointed. Roe was on a collision course with the Constitution from the day it was decided, Casey perpetuated its errors, and those errors do not concern some arcane corner of the law of little importance to the American people. Rather, wielding nothing but “raw judicial power,” the Court usurped the power to address a question of profound moral and social importance that the Constitution unequivocally leaves for the people. Casey described itself as calling both sides of the national controversy to resolve their debate, but in doing so, Casey necessarily declared a winning side. Those on the losing side—those who sought to advance the State’s interest in fetal life—could no longer seek to persuade their elected representatives to adopt policies consistent with their views. The Court short-circuited the democratic process by closing it to the large number of Americans who dissented in any respect from Roe. “Roe fanned into life an issue that has inflamed our national politics in general, and has obscured with its smoke the selection of Justices to this Court in particular, ever since.” Together, Roe and Casey represent an error that cannot be allowed to stand.”
Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, 44
As such, SCOTUS overturned both Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey purely and simply on the fact that the previous courts had no constitutional grounds to mandate the legality of abortion throughout individual states.
Read the Dobbs ruling here. It just makes sense. Both the Roe and the Casey were not just wrong, but made up with no basis in constitutional law.
Dobbs was not about abortion.
The result of this decision is that the subject of abortion reverts to the states, where it rightfully and constitutionally stood until the Roe decision in 1973.
Isn’t it interesting that liberals and progressives who go so far as to wrongfully call the United States a democracy now do not trust that same democratic process, or the scales of justice when they do not tilt their way? Their trust and reliance go only so far as “democracy” supports their ideals.
This time they lost. They lost because there should be no place in constitutional law for issues not included or addressed in the Constitution. The progressive courts have been wrong for far too long. True trust in the democratic process should motivate supporters of any cause to advocate with their state legislatures for passage of laws allowing, protecting, or preventing what they seek.
Did you see a meme over the weekend that looked something like this?
There is no merit to this statement. Any rational thinker cannot possibly believe “guns have more rights than women in America.”
The Dobbs decision found absolutely nothing in the Constitution that would allow require abortion on a national level and thus said the issue belongs to the states, as required by the 10th Amendment (“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”)
Really, it is a very clear holding. If you did not click above, you can read it here.
The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association case, found here, decided just a few days prior to Dobbs, appears to contrast very distinctly, but really is rooted in the same principal. SCOTUS held that states cannot withhold concealed carry permits from individuals who otherwise qualify under the law, using some unnamed exceptional need standard. The 2nd Amendment protects citizens’ rights of self-defense, holding that individuals possess rights to protect themselves and others in places other than just their homes. This holding does not grant a gun any protection, but the individual. This right is specifically set forth in the Constitution.
Thus, comparing these two decisions, they are very similar in that they support the specific and original intent of the Constitution – one because the specific right is set forth in the 2nd Amendment (“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”) and the other because nowhere in the Constitution is there an explicit or even implicit right to an abortion.
Both are constitutional decisions and do not conflict with each other at all.
This is why you must beware of most memes you see, both for or against your position, because quite often they are created by individuals who have no idea what they are saying, or who are intentionally seeking to deceive.
In sum, the Dobbs case is rooted in constitutional issues, not issues related whatsoever to abortion. You cannot believe otherwise if you truly revere and honor the Constitution. An honest constitutionalist (whether pro-choice or pro-life) would accept the ruling as a true, strict interpretation of the Constitution and head directly to her or his state representative and advocate for whatever relief they seek.
Let’s stop the bickering about the Supreme Court. They did their job and they did it well.
Last weekend the United States commemorated the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, written to form an unbreakable union and a common bond between new states seeking to come together in the aftermath of the Revolutionary War and the weak Articles of Confederation. Its unique purpose promised to “form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty.”
Most intelligent and knowing people recognize the Constitution has fulfilled its promised and predicted purposes for more than two centuries.
Unsurprisingly, many detractors, including President Joe Biden, consider the Constitution to be antiquated and outdated. In order to further this misconception (and perhaps, lie) President Biden and his administration labor tirelessly to dismantle and destroy the Constitution. Using pretenses such as vaccines, masks, infrastructure, climate change, terrorism, immigration, race relations, and taxation, Biden, et al seek to undercut our nation’s founding document and stir discord between the states and citizens that created it.
Please remember the Constitution was written to govern and restrain the federal government and protect the God-given and natural rights and freedoms of states and citizens forever, not the reverse.
In his recent COVID-19 address to the nation, President Biden outlined various steps his administration intends to take to “fight” COVID-19 through sweeping mandates and measures directed solely at forcing obedience and acquiescence to the all-powerful executive branch of the federal government. Employing various federal agencies like OSHA, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Education, and even the Department of Defense, Biden made clear he seeks to be the nation’s premier ruler (completely bypassing Congress) and enforce his edicts through legal channels and fines.
Joe Biden believes he knows best what you and I need. Does he really, though?
In his speech, the president made statements so outrageous and preposterous, one would think he was narrating a dystopian novel about complete government control of society.
Setting aside the pretenses for his speech, consider the following statements and whether any president, or anyone from any branch of government should make such demands and threats. Imagine the national outrage had President Trump uttered the same words.
Not about freedom or personal choice? Everything in this nation is about freedom and personal choice. Or at least it used to be.
Benjamin Franklin famously declared, “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
These words apply directly to our situation today and President Biden recklessly throws them to the wind, promising neither safety nor liberty but, rather, forced compliance with unproven methods and treatments.
Who is Biden to claim that state governments are undermining anything when Washington has no idea what is up and how to control the current viral spread, the fragile economic conditions and even the tenuous state of our nation in general?
The Constitution (remember, the document and governing law Biden refuses to respect) states very firmly that the powers not delegated to the federal government remain with the states and the people. Nothing therein, anywhere found, grants the federal government power to assume control of anything just because it thinks “father knows best.”
The 10th Amendment, in its complete and full protective entirety:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Who does Biden think he is, demanding more power than allowed? His actions are truly and completely unconstitutional, although even Congress and the judiciary refuse to acknowledge this unprecedented and illegal assumption of control.
Governors are allowed to run their own states without interference by outside influences and influencers. Who is to say that governors who are not marching lock step with the president are not trying to beat the pandemic in their own, educated way?
A full and complete destruction of the Constitution is what Biden and his cronies seek, supported by the Democrats and many Republicans in Congress as well as some on even the Supreme Court.
The creature has become greater than the creator.
Oh, and as an aside, since when has the Department of Education become an enforcer of medical mandates? It has absolutely no foundational purpose related to enforcing health measures whatsoever, especially unproven health measures.
We have reached that point friends. The government needs to step aside and let us alone and stop offering help. We (with the exception of most progressives and liberals) are most capable of making informed, proper decisions. We do not need the government to help.
This “help” is destroying the Constitution and our nation.
When my children were young, I often read them the classic Dr. Seuss book, Oh, the THINKS you can Think! They loved the poetic beauty found in many of the good doctor’s books. They loved thinking about and opining on what it would be like to have a pet guff or what beautiful schlopp really tasted like.
They would even imagine what it would be like to have a swimming pool floating above our house and looked for bloogs blowing by on windy days.
A favorite passage from the book reads:
And Left! Think of Left!
And think about Beft.
Why is it that Beft always go to the left?
And why is it so many things go to the right?
You can think about THAT until Saturday night.
Think left and think right and think low and think high.
Oh, the THINKS you can think up if only you try.
True to what Dr. Seuss sought from his readers, I’ve often pondered, sometimes even through Saturday night, why those Beft always head left.
Was it just prose, or could I learn something about life by studying Dr. Seuss’s Beft?
I noticed the Beft who always walk to the left have nothing. They appear to carry no belongings at all, wearing just the clothes on their back. Frankly, they look like zombies marching forward to who knows where. Perhaps they gave away their belongings; perhaps they were taken.
Regardless which, it is apparent those who go left have relinquished or lost their rights to life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness.
Those non-Beft creatures who are going to the right look happy, healthy and even excited. Everyone is moving – some are walking; others are running; many are driving; a few are even expressing themselves through music.
While it may not have been the intent of Dr. Seuss, I have concluded that the Befts’ leftward march, and perhaps any leftward march, is the result of loss and/or brings about loss. Loss of rights, loss of property, loss of hope, loss of everything they hold precious. Nothing remains but to follow some unknown leaders as they subversively take everything you hold precious.
Is that not what is happening today if you look left? The left seeks daily to take – to take from us our ability and right to speak openly, to live our religion, to own and use firearms, to live securely without unwarranted intrusion, to earn, save and spend our own income, and even to have enough money left to donate to charities of our own choosing.
Whatever it may be, the left takes, takes, takes.
Our rights are not granted by our government, but rather, are guaranteed protection in the Bill of Rights. It seems they are not so protected these days. From prosecution, and persecution, of bakers, photographers and other religious believers in Colorado, Arizona and throughout the United States, to the threat of forceful taking of legal firearms in Virginia, to unlawful surveillance of U.S. citizens, our rights are being trampled, infringed and violated – left and right.
One major contributor to our loss of rights is often we believe everything needs to be taken care of from the top down.
“If I am elected President, I will do this and this and this for you and your family.”
“If you elect me to Congress, I will take care of you, your income, your families and even your dog!”
Such thinking is not only misguided, but is completely erroneous. Either through negligence, complacency, or even wanton disregard for freedom, we have allowed it and now expect it. And it has led to infringement of our rights, allowing the top down approach to control all aspects of our lives.
Our lives should be governed by the smallest, most basic, but most important, unit of government that exists –
Once we have done all we can do in our families, we should move upward to our neighborhood associations and our cities, our counties, our states, and ultimately the federal government. Each organization has its own unique role and the highest, most distant, should exercise the most limited role.
But such is not the case. We have given the highest, most distant government the most power and control over our lives. And we are suffering a loss of freedoms and liberties for it.
Let’s reverse this way of thinking.
Start at your dinner tables. Set your phones down, turn off the television and just talk. Open a discussion on any topic and then encourage everyone to share what the think. Then, teach truth. Teach what is real. Talk about your beliefs. Talk about your rights. Talk about what you can do to secure and protect your rights.
Then turn around and march away from the left and toward your rights!
Our rights! Our rights!
Where have they gone?
Why is it the Left always takes away rights?
And why is it so many walk to the left?
They follow like sheep, just like the Beft.
The left wants your rights, but it’s time now to stand.
Oh, the RIGHTS you’ll take back soon, and you’ll feel just grand.
Today, our collective hearts are heavy, sad and angry.
Heavy and sad because of the senseless and tragic loss of life last night in Dallas, preceded earlier in the week by the news and videos of police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana. You’ll find plenty of news reports and videos out there, so we will not rehash them today. If you’ve been on vacation or asleep for the past week, you can read an account of the Dallas massacre here, of the Philando Castile shooting here and of the Alton Sterling altercation here. All have resulted in tremendous heartache and our prayers are for everyone suffering because of these terrible acts.
And, we are angry. Angry that cops kill private citizens; angry that private citizens kill cops; angry that private citizens kill private citizens, angry that some kill anyone they can in the name of terror. And angry that our so-called leaders in Washington attribute most of the violence and hurt to racism and honest gun owners. Today, we are not discussing gun ownership and the Second Amendment.
The United States of America is not a racist nation. Let me say that again – The United States of America is not a racist nation. Sure, there exist many individuals who most certainly are racist, but as a nation – no way, no how.
You wouldn’t know that, however, by listening to the divisive words and statements spoken over and over by the likes of President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and countless others we look to as the “leaders” of our nation.
Washington has been conducting “wars” against poverty, racism, drugs and terrorism for decades, to no avail. The federal government has spent billions, likely trillions, of dollars to end all of these “social ills” and each is worse that it ever has been. It seems all these “wars” succeed in accomplishing is the creation of contention between various groups of otherwise good people – rich and poor, black and white, police and civilian, immigrant and natural-born citizen, gay and straight, religious and non-religious, white-collar workers and blue-collar workers, gun owners and gun fearers. We could go on and on.
When Washington involves itself in local issues, problems abound. It ever has been and it ever will be.
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced in a very brief press conference this afternoon (where she refused to answer any press questions, so was it really a press conference???) that numerous federal agencies have been dispatched to Dallas to assist in investigations and to “help heal a community.”
History has taught us that Washington does not heal communities. Not with words; not with money. AG Lynch, we do not want your assistance healing the community. Your involvement will just create more contention, division and divisiveness.
Let us allow our families, our local communities and our churches to lead the effort to heal Dallas, Falcon Heights, Baton Rouge, Orlando, San Bernardino, Aurora, Sandy Hook and the countless other cities and communities hurt by destructive Washington policies.
Let us remove Washington from our lives and our business and invite God back into our lives and our affairs.
May we stand united as a nation, as brothers and sisters bound together by a common commitment to civility and love one for another. The headwaters of such commitment begin flowing from home and grow as they spread outward. Nothing pure flows from Washington down into our communities.
LET US STAND TOGETHER AS ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, SEEKING LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US. AND MAY THE STARS AND STRIPES OF OUR NATIONAL STANDARD BE A REMINDER TO ALL THAT WE ARE ONE.
Please pray today for those others who were shot last night and may still be fighting for life and limb, for the families of the dead police officers, for the families of those shot by police officers earlier this week, for law enforcement officers and private citizens throughout this nation, and for peace.