One Constitution, One Government

My Father wasn’t predisposed to verbal displays of affection. Which is ironic, since he was an educated man of words…I can count on one hand the number of times he said he loved me and have fingers left over. This might upset some people, but it’s OK.

In January 1983, after I was nearly killed in a motorcycle accident and lay in traction for a month, he answered my call. We spoke the night I got home. I bemoaned the fact that the cupboards were bare and the dishes were dirty (I clearly didn’t plan for this event). He told me to stop worrying and go to sleep. The next morning the telephone woke me. It was my Dad. He was at the gate of the apartment complex and needed to be “buzzed in”. He spent the next two weeks cooking meals, cleaning clothes and washing dishes. The day he returned to New Orleans, the cupboards were fully stocked.

If there’s one thing to be learned from that experience, it’s that actions speak louder than words.  This is particularly important in this day of mass media personality cults when, despite all actions to the contrary, an empty suit still gets a pass from the media simply because he tells people what they want to hear.

Tea Party folks, be wary of this trap.  Keep an eye on politicians from every Party.  Hold all of them to task.  Forget what they say; watch what they do.  Above all, place principles before personalities.

The United States has always had one Constitution and one government, characterized by stable, peaceful transfer of power from one Administration to another…one Congress to the next. America became the most prosperous nation, with the highest standard of living and the most innovative people who’ve enjoyed the greatest personal liberties in the history of the world because of this stability.

Today our Constitution isn’t being followed. If we don’t adhere to our Constitution, we’ll cease to be a great nation ruled by law, and become exactly that against which our Founding Fathers revolted. A citizenry of subjects ruled by the whims of flawed human beings.

We cannot, dare I say we must not allow this to happen. Together, we must defend our country and defend our way of life.

The U.S. Constitution begins with three simple words:

We the People.

We are the People.  We the People must question authority.  We the People must speak the truth. There’s more at stake here than offending someone’s regressive socialist sensibilities.  Our country’s future depends on scrapping political correctness and speaking without fear.  We must protect our Constitution and the government it established, including checks and balances.

The wolf has not passed by our door.  There’s a ravenous pack of wolves in Washington DC.  They call themselves progressives.  They infect both Parties.

There’s been a paradigm shift in American politics, it’s no longer about who’s an R and who’s a D.    It’s about who’s a Conservative Vs who’s a progressive.  Progressives want, cherish, crave, need and lust after unbridled power.  Do not give it to them.  The power belongs with We the People.

We are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights.  Stand up for your God given rights! Let no mortal take them from you.

In times of fear and uncertainty remember:
Evil is powerless when the good are unafraid.

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15 Responses to “One Constitution, One Government”

  1. Margaret (Peggy) Kannaday Says:

    Dear Friend,
    Thank you for your great message concerning our US Constitution. It is so true.
    The Government of our nation belongs to “we the people of The USA”. We need to come back to our heritage, our God, and our Constitution.
    There is so much propaganda now on the mass media, The Internet and it infiltrates all areas of our society. This propaganda is meant to bring control, confusion and cause the people to think the way that the powers that be want them to think.
    Yes, we need to get back to the basics that made this country great in the first place. This means we need to honor our very wonderful Constitution, which protects our lives, our liberties and our pursuit of happiness for all people.
    My prayer is that Americans will wake up, and take back this country through standing for righteousness, truth and justice, and we also need to pray for our nation to turn back to almighty God.

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  4. Pablo Neruda Says:

    We are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights
    —————————————-

    Isn’t it certain inalienable rights?

  5. mjfellright Says:

    No, it’s “unalienable”. Why don’t you try reading it?

  6. Pablo Neruda Says:

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  7. mjfellright Says:

    READ THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, NOT DERIVATIVE MATERIAL FROM WIKIPEDIA.

    http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html

    IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

    The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

    When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

    He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
    He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
    He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
    He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
    He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
    He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
    He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
    He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
    He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
    He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
    He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
    He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
    He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
    For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
    For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
    For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
    For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
    For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
    For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
    For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
    For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
    For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
    He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
    He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
    He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
    He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
    He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

    In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

    Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

    We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

    ——————————————————————————–

    The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:

    Column 1
    Georgia:
    Button Gwinnett
    Lyman Hall
    George Walton

    Column 2
    North Carolina:
    William Hooper
    Joseph Hewes
    John Penn
    South Carolina:
    Edward Rutledge
    Thomas Heyward, Jr.
    Thomas Lynch, Jr.
    Arthur Middleton

    Column 3
    Massachusetts:
    John Hancock
    Maryland:
    Samuel Chase
    William Paca
    Thomas Stone
    Charles Carroll of Carrollton
    Virginia:
    George Wythe
    Richard Henry Lee
    Thomas Jefferson
    Benjamin Harrison
    Thomas Nelson, Jr.
    Francis Lightfoot Lee
    Carter Braxton

    Column 4
    Pennsylvania:
    Robert Morris
    Benjamin Rush
    Benjamin Franklin
    John Morton
    George Clymer
    James Smith
    George Taylor
    James Wilson
    George Ross
    Delaware:
    Caesar Rodney
    George Read
    Thomas McKean

    Column 5
    New York:
    William Floyd
    Philip Livingston
    Francis Lewis
    Lewis Morris
    New Jersey:
    Richard Stockton
    John Witherspoon
    Francis Hopkinson
    John Hart
    Abraham Clark

    Column 6
    New Hampshire:
    Josiah Bartlett
    William Whipple
    Massachusetts:
    Samuel Adams
    John Adams
    Robert Treat Paine
    Elbridge Gerry
    Rhode Island:
    Stephen Hopkins
    William Ellery
    Connecticut:
    Roger Sherman
    Samuel Huntington
    William Williams
    Oliver Wolcott
    New Hampshire:
    Matthew Thornton

  8. mjfellright Says:

    That the original Constitution of the United States was ratified without the Bill of Rights is irrelevant. They’re in there now, have been since the 1700’s.

    The U.S. Constitution establishes a Republic ruled by laws, not men. It divides power between three seperate branches of government in order to maintain that the tyranny that develops when too much power resides in one place is restrained.

    When a prevailing need to change the document exists, there’s an orderly, peaceful method for doing so contained within the Constitution itself.

  9. Peggy Kannaday Says:

    Dear Friend mjfellright,

    Yes, you are so right as the constitution was specifically designed to protect against any and every tyrannical government.
    Our forefathers created a magnificent document to protect the rights and freedoms of all Americans. May these freedoms forever be preserved.
    A small ragtag army fought to eradicate the tyranny of taxation without representation, and to form a great nation with freedom and liberty for all.
    They were small, but they were courageous, and most importantly; they had almighty God on their side.
    My prayer is that The Lord will raise up a bold and courageous group of Americans who will fight the good fight of faith, prayer, and who will stand up for righteousness, truth and justice.

  10. Pablo Neruda Says:

    Thanks. I did not mean to put you to such trouble in writing out the founding documents. You are too kind.
    You were talking about “unalienable rights” in the Constitition. I was pointing out that the constitution speaks of “inalienable rights”. The Declaration of Independence speaks of unalienable rights.
    Thus I seemed to be not aware that in your article you began with a discussion of the Constitution but then shifted to the Declaration. I suppose that most Americans would have picked up on the subtlety however as I have a different nationality it zoomed right by me.

    Both documents seem magnificent and have served to keep the US free from dissolution.
    In your haste you may have glossed over the fact the the Bill of Rights have grown throughout US history. You wrote:

    “That the original Constitution of the United States was ratified without the Bill of Rights is irrelevant. They’re in there now, have been since the 1700’s”.

    Correct me again if I am wrong but I seem to think that some of the admendments occured after the civil war and some well into the 20th century.
    Not to quibble but these documents do not speak of state intervention into the economy. If the Constitution is viewed as a compact between government and its people it seems that the people could will state intervention into economic affairs. For a starter, nationalize the banking system and seperate lending from investing. nationalize the health system as a fundemental right of all citizens. Much of the world already does this now. Federalize the education system to promote a meritocracy over ones social class or ability to pay. That would be a start. In Chile we have done this since Pinochet and it seems to work towards the benefit of all.
    So am I right to assume that if the majority of citizens and politicians agreed with changing banking, health, and education as I have described that there is no Constitutional prohibition?

  11. mjfellright Says:

    What’s called the “Bill of Rights” is actually the first Ten Amendments to the Constitution. There have been others added or even repealed since the original document was signed. Once a new Amendment has been approved it becomes as much of the Constitution as any previous portion of the document.

    In the United States, the government and the economy are meant to be seperate.

    The American economy is based on the free market. It works best with a minimum of government interference. A free market economy is already based on merit. The best ideas, businesses, schools, manufacturing, television, newspapers, radio stations, restaurants…the ones that the people choose to patrionize within the free market system thrive. Those that do not measure up to competition fail. Those who fail have the free market system available to them to start over with a new, idea.

    In the United States we believe in equality of opportunity, not equalilty of results.

    America has always been the land of opportunity, where the son of a brick layer or the son of a baker could become a lawyer, a doctor, start a business or play sports or the guitar. As it says in the Declaration of Independence: Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Your system would destroy that.

    The majority in America favor our Constitional form of government and the free market economy. This is not a socialist country. I pray that it never will be.

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