Friday, May 13, 2016

Constitution Restoration

By Douglas V. Gibbs

As we journey through one of the most contentious election seasons in recent memory, it has become apparent that Americans are frustrated about the erosion of our freedoms and liberties, the rise in reckless spending, excessive heavy-handed tactics, politicians operating above the law, and the compromising of our laws by subordinating them to international mandates.  The reality is that none of these actions by the federal government are constitutional.  The United States Constitution was written to create a federal government to handle external issues, disputes between the States, and the other issues that protect, promote and preserve the union of States, and their sovereignty.  Those who hold an elected position in the federal government swear an oath to protect and defend the United States Constitution, yet one wonders if any of them have ever read it.  Part of the problem is that rather than recognize the original intent of the Constitution, a majority of "professional politicians" use the opinions of judges (case law) as their interpretation of the Constitution.  When it comes to standing against those who seek to fundamentally transform the foundation of the American System, it seems like the people we thought were our defenders are either ignorant, fearful, or complicit.

To ensure we restore the Constitution, and enable our system to operate as originally intended, we must educate ourselves about Constitutional principles.  We need to be willing to study the founding documents so that we may be able to articulate matters regarding constitutional authorities, individual liberty, and State sovereignty.

As a republic, the truth is, it takes more work to preserve our American System than merely voting.  In a democracy, it is possible for the majority to vote away the rights of the minority.  Secondly, democracies only require you to participate once a year.  But, since we live in a republic, maintaining our system requires more work.  What are we doing the other 364 days per year?  Are we influencing our representatives by communicating with them regularly?  Do we petition our government for a redress of grievances?  Do we even know what they are allowed to do, and what is not authorized by the U.S. Constitution?

Elizabeth Powel got to know the Founding Fathers, and befriended George Washington.  She encouraged him to remain active in the new government by serving a second term as President of the United States, and she influenced many of those in government to ensure the Constitution was properly followed.  It was she who asked Benjamin Franklin after the Constitutional Convention, "Doctor, what have you given us?  A monarchy or a republic?"

Franklin responded, "A republic, madam, if you can keep it."

He personalized his response to her as an individual.  As individuals it is our duty to do the things it takes to keep the republic?  Like those in government who swear an oath, as citizens of this country it is our duty to protect and defend the Constitution.

July 9, 2016 The Constitution Association will be holding a banquet in Wildomar with speakers who will discuss the strategies and tactics necessary to restore the republic.

Douglas V. Gibbs is an author, instructor, radio host and public speaker regarding the United States Constitution.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

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