Editor’s Comment: If you read much of what I write, you will probably get to understand that I’m trying to give you the true meaning of what our forefathers wanted in our Constitution. I say in many ways to try and turn on each light you have. The light of understanding.
Learning the True Intent of Our Constitution, June 2013
If there is one thing I believe I learned while writing my book, “A Charter of Negative Liberties, Defining the Bill of Rights and Other Commentary,” was our Forefathers intent when they created the Constitution. There is no doubt they wanted to make sure this new nation’s form of government was to never allow the idea that a president would be considered the sole decider of our nation’s future.
The president was to be the Commander and Chief of our military and the head of the executive branch of our government. The federal government that was created by the contract between the States, our Constitution, had no input to that contract and the executive branch has no role in the process they created to amend that contract called, The Constitution of the United States.
The Constitution and Bill of Rights gives the Federal Government very limited authority and power and the Federal Government may not assume any authority or power that not is specifically mentioned in the Constitution. The Constitution also gives the States and the People complete authority and power over all matters not specifically given to the Federal Government. That’s why we’re called The United States of America and not the Federal Government of America.
Prior to The Bill of Rights, the Constitution gave the president and the Congress very limited authority and very limited power. But that original Constitution didn’t last very long before the States realized there were even more restrictions that had to be placed on the new federal government. So they wrote the Bill of Rights so that any new government would not misunderstand and abuse the perceived power and authority any future federal government may attempt to enforce.
The States told us why they added the Bill of Rights in the preamble to the Bill of Rights. The preamble makes it very clear as to why and it states:
“THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent the misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.”
“That further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added.”
Those “Restrictive clauses” placed on the federal government became the Bill of Rights so when today you hear that Congress or the Republican Congress is blocking the president’s vision for America, that is exactly why the States included the Bill of Rights. That’s how they wanted it to happen. They preferred gridlock and filibustering to prevent the rise of a lone president from determining America’s future.
They felt a “do nothing Congress” is better than a president assuming he has the power to run this country with his own vision. They wanted America’s vision to come from the People through the construction of a Republic with representatives from each of the States, in the form of Senators and The House of Representatives solely allowed to create law and fund those laws passed.
The idea that a president can “go around Congress” with “Executive Orders” is as un Constitutional as ideologically driven bureaucrats, who are appointed by the administration writing over 20,000 pages of new laws, in ObamaCare. Laws that were not read by anyone in congress, that were not read by the Supreme Court.
For over the past century both Republicans and Democrats have lost sight of what the Constitution’s intent was and allowed the federal government to usurp power and authority that was intended for the States and the People. We the people must resurrect that great document to restore our government to what it was intended.
The president was never intended to be responsible for jobs in the private sector or the economy. Those are left to the free market and the federal government must stay out of the way and not interfere with the labor/employer relationship. There should be no OSHA, no federal EPA, no federal department of education, no federal department of energy, no anything federal that any State can provide for itself.
Your congressional representatives must be asked how 20,000 pages of unwritten laws can be passed disregarding the Constitution. They must be held to the oath they all took to support, protect, and defend the Constitution instead of allowing it to be shredded on their watch.
We must start a “Campaign for the Constitution” and place America back on the road that made it the greatest country in the history of mankind.
It’s up to you America!!