It’s A Progressive LIE!

Posted By on August 4, 2010

Our peculiar security is in the possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper by construction.” Thomas Jefferson (Emphases added)

Today this statement by Mr. Jefferson seems a bit odd, but it gains a proper perspective when you consider it within the context it was spoken. In addition, this one simple two sentence quote will change the way in which we perceive, understand, interpret and depend upon the US Constitution.

I swear if I hear someone declare our Constitution is a living, breathing document one more time my head is going to explode! At least if I hear a so called “conservative” state this I will go ballistic. They are declaring their ignorance about the Constitution, and reaffirming the progressive agenda.

Our founding Fathers were confronted with a real dilemma, the English Constitution (i.e. the Constitution of Great Britain) was an unwritten constitution and therefore open to as many different interpretations as there were lawyers in England and America in that day and age. I challenge you, find me a copy of the Constitution of Great Britain from the 1700’s. If you can find it, please let me know because I have been looking for it. I have found commentaries on it, but even they don’t provide substantial quotes from an existing written document. There is an English Bill of Rights (1689); the Magna Carta (1215); the Habeas Corpus Act of 1679; but you will be hard pressed to find a copy of the text of a Constitution.

This was the problem facing that generation. Whenever they cried, “FOUL,” the parliament and the king simply “changed” the constitution. There were interpretations regarding “virtual” representation, which was counter to what the supposed constitution established for English citizens. The king could simply override any act of Parliament, if he chose to do so. Thus this constitution was arbitrary and led to Parliament and the king exercising capricious power over the citizens of the realm. There was nothing written down which would provide specifics for the petitions and grievances of the citizenry.

From the time the Pilgrims arrived at the shores of Cape Cod, this countries colonists, explorers and citizens established a practice of writing the documents which governed the various colonies, settlements and states. Shall I list a few for you? The Mayflower Compact (written), the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut (the first written constitution in the Western order), the Massachusetts Body of Liberties (written), Frame of Government of Pennsylvania (written) and these are just a sampling.  Thus when the colonists decided to declare our independence they presented a written document to eliminate all questions, AND when they decided to establish a government, whether it was the Articles of Confederation OR The United States Constitution, they chose to make them written documents.

Now the statement of Thomas Jefferson makes sense. We were given a “peculiar security” for that day, a written Constitution which clearly defines the construction, purpose and intents of the Federal Government! We were not given a “blank paper,” or an oral constitution which are subject to the particular whims of men, politicians or kings. No we were given a “written Constitution” which could be read and the meanings clearly understood by all men! To the Founding Fathers this similar to writing the laws on tablets of stone. This is why they published the documents and sent them far and wide throughout the country. There were so many copies you could not simply change one and expect the change to not be discovered.

Again, quoting Thomas Jefferson, “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.” (Emphases added) Does this sound like a “living, breathing document” subject to the various interpretations of the succeeding generations? “Chains” are rather rigid and restricting. A chain doesn’t easily give way to interpretation. A chain is cold, hard and often unforgiving. Jefferson could not have said this if he held to the modern understanding of the Constitution.

This new understanding is the result of the progressives and liberals being unable to change the Constitution using the established method found in Article V, amendments. When they could pass the necessary amendments to justify their un-Constitutional usurpations and expansions of the Federal Government, they simply changed the “rules” and started interpreting the Constitution based upon their positions, beliefs and desires for additional power.

So, next time you hear someone make this statement, stand up, raise your voice and tell them they don’t have a clue as to what they are talking about. And tell them what Thomas Jefferson said.

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2 Responses to “It’s A Progressive LIE!”

  1. CaptElaine says:

    Wow David, thanks for sharing your insight here. You have opened my eyes in more ways than one… thank you.

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