We Need to Get Back to the Constitution

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“We need to get back to the Constitution.” You hear this coming out of the mouths of conservative-oriented people day-after-day. It’s as though recent governmental decisions have been made in total disregard for our Constitution. It’s this “get back to the Constitution” rhetoric that discloses the ignorance of many conservative-types whose voices are raised in opposition to government decisions that are indeed regulating our God-granted personal freedoms right-out-the-window and relegating them to the ash heap of history.

Submitted: April 17, 2010

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WE NEED TO GET BACK TO THE CONSTITUTION
 
“We need to get back to the Constitution.” You hear this coming out of the mouths of conservative-oriented people day-after-day. It’s as though recent governmental decisions have been made in total disregard for our Constitution. It’s this “get back to the Constitution” rhetoric that discloses the ignorance of many conservative-types whose voices are raised in opposition to government decisions that are indeed regulating our God-granted personal freedoms right-out-the-window and relegating them to the ash heap of history.
 
Dear conservative friends, do you think that our President and Congress are oblivious to the fact that legislation passed and signed into law is not usurping our personal freedoms? They are not oblivious! In fact, they realize with some degree of confidence that all the yelling, screaming, and tantrum-type demonstrations manifested by the political conservatives can be ignored because any threat of constitutional challenges to new laws would be found constitutional if requiring judicial review by our Supreme Court. “Constitutional,” you say? “Yes, constitutional.” I said, “Yes, constitutional.” Sad, isn’t it? Legislation passed and signed into law that knowingly usurps the personal freedoms of all Americans – constitutional? I know. You think I have lost my mind. No, it’s the historical ignorance of the masses that causes conservative opposition to be ignored because Congress and our President believe that the “General Welfare Clause” and the “Commerce Clause” of Article I, Section 8, of the United States Constitution grant them the right to usurp our personal freedom in any area of life that they deem necessary to control. Scream all you want and as loud as you want. It’s falling on Washington’s deaf ears because it believes it is operating within the boundaries of our Constitution – and with some degree of confidence that the Supreme Court will do one of two things: 1) refuse to hear any case brought against legislation that is deemed an usurpation of freedoms; or 2) render challenged legislation constitutional.
 
It’s not until the conservative masses come to their senses and realize that we don’t need to get back to the Constitution as though it were being circumvented. We need to get back to the Constitution as intended and understood by our founding fathers, rather than back to the Progressive Era that gave us Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, and today, Barack Obama. Yes, there are and were other minor players who held or hold the political philosophy of progressivism. For example, Hillary Clinton says that she is a “moderate-progressive.” There are approximately eighty members of Congress today who are members of the Progressive Caucus.
 
Until the conservative element in our country wakes-up and acknowledges our country’s historical Progressive Era and the usurpations of freedom brought on by political progressivism that uses our own Constitution to violate our personal freedoms, they are simply whistling-in-the-wind.
 
“Change Congress! Elect conservatives in 2010!” – as though that will solve the problem. That’s simply “closing-the-barn-door” after the horse has long departed. The damage has already been done. It’s the Supreme Court that is now at issue, not Congress or the Presidency. Certainly a conservative Congress could prevent additional usurpations of personal freedoms by refusing to pass legislation that would do so, but attempts to repeal past legislation would certainly be challenged by the liberal left.
 
The fate of personal freedom guaranteed by our Constitution is at the mercy of Supreme Court decisions. The question is whether the majority of the Court members view our Constitution as a “static” or “living” document – static, as intended by the founding fathers; living, as open to interpretive review based on current historical circumstances different from those faced by our founding fathers.
 
Political conservatives – and I am one – would do themselves a favor if they would go back in history and study the American Progressive Era and the political philosophy that it spawned. It would also help to learn something of the Chief Justice Hughes court and the “switch-in-time-that-saved-nine.” Historical ignorance has blinded most conservatives today so that they are screaming about symptoms rather than diagnosing the disease – American POLITICAL PROGRESSIVISM. Treating symptoms brings the certainty of death if the disease is deadly, and political progressivism is deadly. It attacks freedom until freedom is dead, all in the name of “the greater good for the greater number” -- spelled C-O-N-T-R-O-L. “Hello, Socialism; good-bye, Constitutional Republic.”


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