Sunday, November 30, 2008
Interpreting The US Constitution ... By J. D. Longstreet
The Constitution. How Hard Can It Be???
By J. D. Longstreet
You know, every now and then, every American ought to read the US Constitution from beginning to end. I’d wager that if we did, we would not be living in such a screwed-up country as we have today.
One of the things I have learned, over my better than 6 and a half decades on this earth, is that the fellows who wrote the Constitution were quite likely the smartest, most intelligent, men on the entire planet at that time… and… without a doubt… would rank at the top of the intelligentsia today!
Funny thing is that back in the 18th century, folks had a tendency to say what they meant and mean what they say. They had never heard of political correctness, so… they called “a spade a spade”. When they applied pen to paper, to write their thoughts, they didn’t hem and haw about… they wrote down those words, which illustrated, exactly, their thoughts and their intentions.
Now, here’s the thing: When a person, of even average intelligence today, takes it upon himself, or herself, to read the US Constitution… as those Founding Fathers wrote it… they understand it! It’s as clear as a bell.
Now the question: Why, then, do we find it so inconvenient today? Yes, the US Constitution is inconvenient. To the power brokers in the US, the Constitution is a roadblock. It is continually getting in the way. And that is where the US Supreme Court comes in.
When an American turns to the Constitution, to learn the duties of the Supreme Court, often he, or she, is surprised at the limits on the Court. More surprising, still, is the mantel of powers the Court has assumed which the Constitution does not grant the Court!
The national powerbrokers learned, long ago that a Supreme Court molded in their likeness, could extend THEIR powers simply by INTERPRETING the Constitution in a manner which would benefit them. To arrive at that beneficial arrangement, the powerbrokers had to see that they determined the make-up of the court… that only those nominees to the Court who favored their biases could be allowed on the court. That set off a continuing battle between the two sides of the American Political Spectrum, which is near a fever pitch today.
A fairly intelligent high school student can interpret the Constitution. It is that clearly written. Yet, today we require a court of nine persons made up of scholars of the law… even though the Constitution does not require one to be a lawyer to serve on the Supreme Court! Did you know that?
Let me give you an example of how simple the Constitution is to interpret: Article One, section 8 of the Constitution declares that the District of Columbia shall be no larger than ten square miles. Got that? Ok, then why, today, is the District of Columbia 98.25 square miles? Huh? Oh, you see the constitution was inconvenient when it came to that ten square mile law.
The point in all this rambling is… you really ought to acquaint yourself with the US Constitution. When you do, you are going to marvel at how far from the Constitution the US has strayed.
May we suggest that you set out to familiarize yourself with the Constitution while you can? Already, our government is in talks with Mexico and Canada to merge the three countries into a single entity patterned after the European Union. Once that happens, there is a better than even chance the US Constitution will become subject to whatever passes as a constitution for the North American Union.
J. D. Longstreet