Richard Nixon once told David Frost that when the president does something that means it’s not illegal. Today, nearly an entire government has adopted Nixon’s thinking: it can’t be illegal when government does it. The establishment of both parties disregards and even holds in contempt the notion that the Constitution limits and binds them.
Just as the antidote is derived from the venom or the vaccine from the germ, the cure for what ails our country is found through the Obama presidency; he has hastened the rise of the Constitutional conservative movement.
The political establishment is unmoored despite its oath to support the Constitution. Progressive Democrats and Statist Republicans simply ignore their oath and the Constitution. They believe that if they write a law, it has the presumption of constitutionality because it went through a committee hearing-floor reading process. America was founded with a presumption of liberty that placed a burden upon the government office holders to demonstrate constitutionality before passing a law.
In Nov 2010 Rasmussen reported 44% of Americans believe government is operating outside of the Constitution, 17% aren’t sure. The balance of folks might not be reachable; ignore them. Our goal must be to inspire, inform and support that 61% causing it to elect representatives who will turn the country around.
The Founders foresaw usurpation of the Constitution and gave us a remedy for it. Madison wrote in Federalist 44: “…in the last resort a remedy must be obtained from the people who can, by the election of more faithful representatives, annul the acts of the usurpers.” The Tea Party movement is that last resort remedy in action today. To reclaim the Constitution as the law that binds the government, we must begin by changing attitudes about government on an even wider basis.
Start by studying the Constitution. If you haven't already taken the free 6 part course on the Constitution and its relation to the Declaration of Independence, sigh up for it at Hillsdale.edu There is still time to take the course, but it won't be available long. Sign up today. Each one of us must learn how to apply the Constitution and reassert it as the Supreme Law that the government must adhere too.
We must expect candidates who can describe why a constitutionally controlled government brings the greatest level of prosperity for all. We can begin by demanding that those seeking elected office address how they will curb outlaw government, as opposed to who will bring the most pork to the voters.
Replacing progressive Democrats with statist Republicans will not bring us our constitutional remedy. Splitting the Republican Party by forming a constitutional conservative third party will only help the left cement progressivism. Our statist opponents are the minority, but they are the professionals. We must train in electoral politics so that we beat them at the ballot box.
In 1976 Ronald Reagan declared “We need new leaders unfettered by old ties and old relationships.” The Tea Party supported candidates will fulfill this role as long as we continue to demand that elected officials adhere to their oath to support and defend the Constitution.
If our nation is to survive, we must reclaim the Constitution as the law that governs government. “In questions of power then, let no more be heard of confidence in man but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” Thomas Jefferson
Either Obama will be the last president of the progressive era in America, or he will be the last president of the American era in the world.