The United States Constitution

constitutionThe Constitution is the official specification for the United States government. The Constitution is the binding contract between the US Government and We the People. Therefore, any regime that distorts or disregards the Constitution is untrustworthy and dangerous. Their oath of office is a lie.

There have been many attempts to subvert or distort the Constitution. For example, “progressives” like to use the “general welfare” clause as a blank check for every government entitlement program imaginable. This must have started very early in our history, because James Madison had this to say about it:

With respect to the words general welfare, I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.

The Constitution was intended to make it difficult for government to infringe on individual liberty, while providing enough strength and efficiency to protect the citizens from internal or external threats to their life, liberty and property. Madison believed that granting to the government only enumerated powers, would be sufficient to prevent government from trampling our liberty.

However the states thought differently, and they would not ratify the Constitution without the “Bill of Rights”. Madison was concerned that people would then focus on the Bill of Rights (which only list a few rights that shall not be infringed) while ignoring the infinite remainder of rights that the Constitution already protects.

Madison’s concerns were well founded, because that is in fact the situation in which we find ourselves today. Even the ninth and tenth amendments, which specifically state that all rights not granted to the federal government by the Constitution are reserved for the states, and the people — are frequently ignored. Today, we find infringements on many of the specifically protected rights in the Bill of Rights, not to mention the ones that were supposed to be implicitly reserved for us by the Constitution.

The Constitution is not a long document (approximately 17 pages); you can read it in one evening. It isn’t difficult to understand, particularly if you refer to the Federalist Papers when questions arise. The health care bill is 100 times larger by comparison.