It’s About The Constitution, Stupid

Posted By on April 11, 2011

When the current Congress took office in January, the House of Representatives initiated a rather unique first action, to read the Constitution and all of its Amendments from the House floor. While this was a nice gesture, we now see that it was a totally symbolic act and held almost no meaning to the majority of the members. Why do I say this? Look at their subsequent actions, talking points and debates; except for that one solitary act the Constitution has remained almost as mute in the current Congress as it was in the last. I have yet to hear a single interview or debate bear mention of the Constitution. I have yet to see a single Constitutional reference mentioned in any bill passed by the House. I have yet to witness a single Congressman cite the Constitution when defending the current budget, not even in any interview or the budget presented by Congressman Paul Ryan.

Our founding fathers understood the problems associated with an overreaching government, and its impact on daily life and personal freedoms. That is why the Federalists gave us the Constitution and the Anti-Federalists gave us the Bill of Rights. The Federalists thought they had sufficiently limited government by their clear and definitive statements within the body of the Articles I through VII, BUT the Anti-Federalists were still sufficiently afraid of BIG government, and tyranny that they forced the issue during the ratification process with the result being the Bill of Rights. I know I have stated it before, but I will quote again the Preamble to the Bill of Rights:

The Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution expressed a desire in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution. (Emphases added)

The Bill of Rights was not given to grant, or guarantee individual rights, it was adopted to further RESTRICT the government from violating individual rights “endowed by their Creator.” Again, the founding generation did everything they deemed possible to RESTRICT and LIMIT the size of the federal government.

Where are the Congressional voices citing the Tenth Amendment? You remember, the one that says:

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. (Emphases added)

Have we heard any reference to the powers of the states over the power of the federal government? No. Have we heard any mention to a particular spending item should be handled by the States, and NOT the federal government? No.

Listening to the supposed conservative talking heads in the media sickens me. I hear STUPID idiotic stuff like; “This is a battle between the Tea Party and middle America,” or “The next battle will be a battle between Ryan and Obama,” or “The Republicans just want to starve our children and kill our senior citizens…” just to give a few references. Again, where is the mention of the Constitution? How about this is a battle for the heart and very soul of the American governmental experiment? We are either experiencing the final dying gasps of a once great nation, OR we are in the position to witness one of the greatest revivals in the history of man!

Being an eternal optimist I am hoping for the latter. I hope this Congress will finally get the message, the one sent loudly and clearly last November, and in the innumerable town hall meetings held across this great land in the months leading up to the election of 2010. The message sent loudly and clearly by the Tea Parties, by the 9-12 groups, by the Constitutional groups, organizations and grassroots committees in every state. What was this singular message that took so many variations? In every rally or meeting I attended the primary emphasis was;

“Hey, Stupid it’s about the Constitution!”

When we asked questions about the budget, they were always couched within the context of the Constitution. When we commented on the debt, again it was within the context of the Constitution. When we debated the positions of pork barrel spending and ear marks, it was in the overarching context of the Constitution. Any talk of spending cuts were accompanied hand-in-hand with discussion of Article I, Section 8 and the Tenth Amendment.

To the freshman class of the current Congress I remind you;

“It’s about the Constitution!”

I am tired of the endless barrage of “Contracts with America,” renewed party platforms, signed statements of meaningless promises. “We the People” have given you a contract, we have amended it various times, and it is good enough. We have given you a document to guide you in your political debates, in the drafting of your proposed bills, in your continuing resolutions, in your public statements and it is call the Constitution of the United States. We given you all the guidance necessary, and are sick and tired of you polling us for our opinions are the various topics. Our position is clearly and simply stated within the clear, well defined and concrete verbiage of the Constitution of the United States.

Use it as your guide. Use it as your lighthouse in times of darkness. Use it as your justifications for your actions. Uphold your Oath of Office and “support and defend the Constitution”, or resign and go home. The alternative, we’ll fire you and send you home the next time you are up for reelection.

Remember, and don’t forget the cry of the election of 2010:

“Hey, Stupid it’s about the Constitution!”


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