By Oscar Y. Harward
The United States of America was founded on certain principles; principals that our Founding Fathers felt were necessary to insure the future viability of this Country and the governing structure as they had envisioned. Their applied wisdom, embedded in our Constitution, is irrefutable.
Today (y)our Federal Government is rapidly drifting away from the intent and expressed commands of the Constitution. The all-consuming quests for power at Federal levels are far exceeding the intent of our founding fathers and the intent as they had envisioned into the Constitution.
The Founding Fathers were striving to create a system of check-and-balance insuring that our Federal Government would remain a Republic. The United States was founded by a collection of 13 States united to give a central voice in international affairs, a limited national affair, to regulate commerce, and to harmonize across-state laws. They even gave the States the right to withdraw from this Republic if they felt the Republic was not fulfilling its responsibility to the State(s).
Our Founding Fathers fought incredibly hard for our Independence from England. These men understood the value of a free people's government in protecting the peoples’ freedoms and rights. If anyone has any question on this issue, they should read the Declaration of Independence; a Document that should leave no question(s) as to our Founding Fathers intent.
Furthermore, the "Federalist Papers" will further substantiate the defined intentions as incorporated within the Constitution.
Every student in all schools should be required to read, understand, and achieve the ability to articulate the details and limitations within our Constitution and its’ full understanding. The same student requirements also apply to the Federalist Papers.
Each candidate for election seeking any and all ‘Federal’ office(s), or any appointed manager in any Federal government department, should be compelled to openly share his/her personal detailed knowledge, findings, and conclusions on our Constitution and the Federalist Papers, before their approval.
Our Founding Fathers, with their wisdom, set up three branches of government (Executive, Legislative and Judiciary); all of equal significance so neither of the three branches of government could supersede any of the others.
Article I, Section. 9 of or Constitution addresses "State's Rights" and their taxes: "No Tax or Duty shall be laid on Articles exported from any State".
In 1832, President Andrew Jackson made the first substantive attack on "State's Rights" when he sent troops to Charleston, SC in response to their refusal to submit to a tariff on goods exported to northern States. Fortunately, cooler heads convinced him to recall the troops before they reached Charleston. Vice-President Calhoun did resign in protest and wrote the "States Right's Doctoring". In 1861, President Abraham Lincoln sent troops to South Carolina in response to their threat to withdraw from the Republic.
While each of the ‘Bill of Rights’ Amendments are of significance in difference to different individuals, one as a ‘sore of dispute’ with me is where President Obama, his administration, and Capitol hill Democrats seem to ignore, attack, disobey, and prosecute (y)our Constitution in my personal life is the Tenth Amendment: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”
The Tenth Amendment is now under attack and in violation of the Constitution by President Obama and his Attorney General Eric Holder. Several States’ Amendments, as passed by the voting electorate, are under attack and prosecuted by this administration; even though these Amendments are in compliance with our US Constitution. While our Constitution was based on Christian values, President Obama and AG General Eric Holder are filing Federal lawsuits against these ‘States Rights’ Amendments.
Today, we have legislation named as ‘Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’ more often called ‘ObamaCare’ as passed in early 2010; defined by SCOTUS Chief Justice John Roberts as a tax bill. Today, President Obama is passing out ‘waivers’ to Labor Unions, his own staff, Capitol Hill legislators, and other political friends. Whenever in US History was a President able to dictate in giving ‘waivers’, other ‘differences’, or ‘exceptions’ to others on tax issues while requiring the remaining ones to pay; another unconstitutional active violation? Additionally, this legislation is not working as promised. ObamaCare is not protection and is not affordable to middle Americans. ObamaCare legislation does characterize a ‘redistribution’ of the wealth.
Throughout our history, Moderate to Liberal Presidents and ‘Liberal’ Capitol Hill legislators continue to whittled away at our Founding Fathers in expand entitlements to other Americans and others around the world; some who have fallen through the cracks and in real need, while others desire all and will take anything and everything without helping themselves. These latter ones would not work in a pie factory where all food was for free. This is contrary to the intent of our Founding Fathers who wanted to provide an opportunity for all. All of these entitlements are at (y)our taxpayers’ expense; now mostly with out-of-control deficit spending.
Why do ‘Liberal’ legislators always want to support and vote for spending more of taxpayers’ money? Why should those who are motivated to work harder and smarter, in creating a better life for themselves and their own family, be penalized?
The evolution of our Federal Government has reached the point where one or two States may champion a cause and have a National law passed along party lines. National laws supersede the laws of any individual State. Effectively, a few States or even cities, seem to believe they have the ability to impose their will on all other States.
For example, the Second Amendment protects (y)our ‘RIGHTS’ to gun ownership: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
“… the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” With that being totally clear, New York, Chicago, and others elected and appointed officials seem to believe they can supersede the Constitution. Each elected and appointed officials responsible for their derogatory irresponsibility should be imprisoned, themselves. (Y)our schools should be teaching ()our children gun safety, the use of guns in hunting for food, and to protect their self and their family from criminal activity.
The Declaration of Independence says, “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.”
Many Americans with a left-wing view are even denying ‘life’ as unalienable Rights of human life; even denying (y)our ‘Creator’ in Heaven.
Reality law appears to be from passion without reason being applied. We see a passion for power and notoriety without the reason to see, or understand, the effect it has on the American people. Laws are written by lawyers and politicians with personal and political agendas; their only constraints are usually, but not always, in the limits of the law; absent morality.
Under current Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), we have recently seen in the Senate a 225-year old law changed so that a single majority political party could gain absolute control of the Senate. This change is reducing the 225-year old law from a previous 60 votes out of 100 Senate votes to proceed with legislative action to a now 51 votes out of 100 votes to proceed.
Today the intent, and the explicitly, of our Constitution seems to have been largely forgotten by our elected officials in the White House and on Capitol Hill. We see a manipulation of the laws and we see, somewhat, absolute partisanship.
We see President Obama and the Democratic Party united with a common agenda without regard for the History of this America, without respect for the sacrifices made by our Founding Fathers, without respect for the wisdom embedded in the Constitution, and/or more than 600,000 Americans who gave their lives in wars to protect our Constitution, and our American Flag. We see President Obama and the Democrat National Committee (DNC) that may compel each elected Democrat to toe-the-line on these ‘left-wing’ issues so as each candidate to ascertain DNC monies for (re)election(s).
What we see is a rapidly evolving Democrat Party that views itself as a ruling party answerable only to itself. A ruling party that can pass laws at will, change laws by decree, and exert dominion over the people. We see President Obama and the Democratic Party as a party that uses the law but does not have an appropriate understanding of or reverence for the law. We see President Obama and the Democratic Party as having an insatiable thirst for revenue - and history has shown that thirst ultimately leads into conquest. If we continue on this course, without respect to the intent of the Constitution, we will see the evolution of a ruling party over an oppressed populace?
This is not idle speculation, read the history of the rise of the Nazi party during the 1920's and 1930's. In the USA, we have seen laws changed and people exempted from the law through decrees by our President and we are seeing the Democrat Party change procedural law in order to obtain and exert more control. We are beginning to visualize a spiraling taxation generated by a forced ObamaCare plan that seems to ignore the people's hardships and further suppresses the populace, all in the name of this same Party sponsored plan.
This is a control over the populace that is far more reaching than just providing a national health care. It is a control over the livelihood and wellbeing of the populace forcing them to be dependent on the Government - and dependence removes the option of choice.
It is well within reason to assume that ObamaCare is just an early step in increased governmental control that will evolve to the point where our Government can decree the level of healthcare we are allowed, disallowed, or to receive. This makes us further dependent on our Government and gives it much greater control of our lives. By definition, this is truly a form of conquest.
It can be visualized that the implementation of ObamaCare is an important cornerstone in the governmental evolutionary process; a process which will allow implementation of an absolute monitoring of the populace under the guise of protecting people's health welfare.
If this is the case then there is a high probability that within less than a decade we will see increased electronic tracking of the populace, including the requirement that any individual using ObamaCare must have a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) device implanted on their person under the guise of insuring accuracy of healthcare and preventing fraud. If we carry this visualization further we can envision a point where the Government can use our healthcare information to determine our acceptability in society, whether it be a chemical or mental imbalance (real or perceived), to remove undesirables from the populace for the safety of the populace.
Although the Constitution does not address political parties we do have a two party landscape today; Republican and Democrat. With both the Senate and President being from the Democrat Party and seemingly in full accord that the Government appears to have evolved into an only one controlling Democrat Party.
The Republican Party can be discounted, or considered a non-player, for several reasons; the first being that the powers of the Senate are greater than that of the House, thus giving the Republicans limited ability to effect change, the second being that, of the three branches of government, the two most singularly powerful are controlled by the Democrats and they appear to be in full collusion.
The Capitol Hill Republicans appear to be fragmented. The RINO Republicans appear to be in bed with the Democrat Party on more and more deficit spending. Many Americans are inquiring as to what is any difference between a Capitol Hill RINO Republican and a Capitol Hill Democrat.
Americans are listening and TEA Party Republicans are gaining strength across the USA among the Republicans at large. Political polls show that Americans are now seeking a more Conservative leadership in Washington, DC.
Is President Obama's signature achievement investing all in ObamaCare? Has, or is Capitol Hill Democrats too embedded in their support of ObamaCare to get out? Is it too late for Capitol Hill Democrats? Is ObamaCare just a stepping stone for President Obama and the Democratic Party; a major step for something more far reaching - maybe the evolution of a Socialist form of government?
A major problem in the USA today is that many in our schools, colleges, our universities, and even our law schools are just not teaching our children/students World and US History, the Declaration of Independence, our US Constitution, and/or our Founding Fathers’ ‘Federalist Papers’. Our children are being cheated for not be exposed and taught more about our US History.
As Judge Robert Bork once said, "Few professors spend even a week on Story [former Chief Justice Joseph Story's commentaries on the Constitution], or The Federalist Papers [the Founders' commentaries on the Constitution], or the original Constitution. I know I didn't [at the University of Chicago Law School].... Nobody in law schools is teaching the Constitution. They are teaching Supreme Court opinions."
Every voter should be required to pass a simple test on our US History, our US Constitution, and our Founding Fathers.
Every politician going to Washington should know and understand the Declaration of Independence before taking this/her oath of office. If they understood its’ meaning, each would have a much greater realization and appreciation of this great nation.
"Those who do not remember their past are condemned to repeat their mistakes." George Santayana (1863 – 1952), philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist.
‘We, the people’ must remain vigilant in both our understanding and awareness of our government and of the people we place in office if we really want to keep America a land of the free.