A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
The dictionary tells us that a constitution is a law, or compilation of laws, determining the fundamental political principles of a government.
The people of the United States have a constitution.
Now, I know this will come as a shock to many, but we actually DO have a constitution, which was written at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787 and subsequently ratified by the original thirteen states.
As we observe the huge blob that our government has become since, one has to wonder if the constitution is relevant anymore.
I mentioned a while back that I actually saw a debate on one of the cable news channels about this very thing recently. Frankly, I was horrified that such a discussion even took place. But it did. And I watched it, slack-jawed, all the way through.
There are those among us who say the constitution is dead. In fact, at The November Coalition website you'll even find an obituary for the constitution:
Death and Funeral Notices
XXXXXDead at 221 YRS
The world and especially the people of America have lost a most courageous and loyal friend, one who has been there for the downtrodden, the hopeless and those who have always struggled for fairness. Through prodigious pain and agonizing suffering which quietly and without notice began to cripple her around 1974, she prevailed relentlessly. But a continuous onslaught of plagues in the '80s and '90s has proved to be just too much for her to bear.
The Constitution of the United StatesDead at 221 years of age. The cause of her untimely demise were constant and relentless attacks on her far and wide. In the beginning and through most of her history, friends with courage, pride and dignity protected her. Tragically, in her latter years, insolence, haughtiness and vainglory tore and ripped at her heart and even her soul. In the final period before her death, devious men went their course towards the Constitution's complete destruction with its own sworn protectors, the U.S. Criminal Justice System. Their cold acts were the most intrinsic of all her traitors.
The U.S. Constitution has now been laid to rest. This fact will never erase the distressing sadness that she was killed in cold blood by many of her own.
Submitted by Stephen C. Labacz & Steve Daniel, Prisoners of War in America
America has been replacing the freedom of the individual guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights with Marxism/socialism for many decades now. The move toward socialism in America is nothing new.
President Herbert Hoover (President of the United States 1929-1932) in an address at West Branch, Iowa on August 10, 1954 voiced his deep concern over socialism and the threat it presented for America and the world. Here is a portion of President Hoover's remarks:
"I have witnessed the legacy of war in doubting minds, brutality, crime and debased morals. Moreover, I have witnessed on the ground in 20 nations the workings of the philosophy of that anti-Christ, Karl Marx.
After these long years and from all these experiences, there rises constantly in my mind the forces which make for progress and those which may corrode away the safeguards of freedom in America. I want to say something about these forces but I shall endeavor to do so, not in the tones of Jeremiah but in the spirit of Saint Paul....
Our Founding Fathers did not invent the priceless boon of individual freedom and respect for the dignity of men. That great gift to mankind sprang from the Creator and not from governments.
The Founding Fathers, with superb genius, welded together the safeguards of these freedoms....Today the Socialist virus and poison gas generated by Karl Marx and Friedreich Engels have spread into every nation on the earth.
Their dogma is absolute materialism which defies truth and religious faith. Their poisons are of many sorts. The preservation of the safeguards of liberty makes it imperative that we give heed to their every variety....
A nation is strong or weak, it thrives or perishes upon what it believes to be true. If our youth is rightly instructed in the faith of our fathers; in the traditions of our country; in the dignity of each individual man, then our power will be stronger than any weapon of destruction that man can devise.
And now as to this whole gamut of Socialist infections, I say to you...God has blessed us with another wonderful word--heritage. The great documents of that heritage are not from Karl Marx. They are from the Bible, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. Within them alone can the safeguards of freedom survive....
These new frontiers give us other blessings. Not only do they expand our living but also they open new opportunities and new areas of adventure and enterprise. They open new vistas of beauty. They unfold the wonders of the atom and the heavens. Daily they prove the reality of an all-wise Supreme Giver of Law."
After reading these few remarks is it any wonder that President Hoover is one of the most vilified American Presidents of all time?
Our republic is dying. There can be no doubt of that. She's dying because we (The People) have turned our backs on her. We don't care anymore. We have learned to rely on government for our existence -- from the cradle to the grave -- and we no longer feel that urge for freedom and liberty. We don't really care what the government does just so long as they keep us safe and secure and keep the checks coming once a month.
A republic cannot survive such laziness -- not even America.
© J. D. Longstreet
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