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When did the Constitution stop mattering?
Posted By Craige McMillan On 01/25/2012 @ 6:32 pm In Commentary,Opinion | No Comments
At what point in our recent past do you think that the freedoms and liberties guaranteed to Americans by the U.S. Constitution stopped mattering to those Americans?
Was it when our series of undeclared wars began, just after World War II? It’s hard to imagine a more grave national action than war; which is why the Constitution demands that the president obtain a declaration of war from Congress prior to starting one. So why doesn’t it matter anymore?
Did it begin with our public educational system, which has been co-opted by the Hate America First revisionist-history crowd? By shifting the focus of history education from the important players to the tangental stories so beloved by feminists and minorities, this group managed to deny millions of American children their national past. All in the name of making minorities feel good about themselves. That is properly the realm of extra-credit classroom activity, not revisionist course changes.
Was it LBJ’s “Great Society” that – coupled with the sexual revolution – made illegitimacy and single-parenthood socially acceptable – even when the condition was so devastating to the children reared in such homes? Now the kids have grown up. How do they view the Constitution?
Perhaps it was our more recent history. The House of Representatives voted in 1998 to impeach President Bill Clinton for perjury and obstruction of justice. Two months later the U.S. Senate voted to acquit. It was a party-line vote. And it sent a very clear message: For the rich, the powerful and the well-connected, the law doesn’t matter. They can do as they wish.
On Monday of this week, Rand Paul, a sitting U.S. senator en route to give a speech to a right-to-life group, was denied boarding an aircraft. He refused a full-body patdown, but offered to rescan. Instead he was detained. When he called his office to report the delay, he was informed that because he “called for help” he would be subjected to a more intrusive full-body search. Big media found that story uninteresting, and after two days it has disappeared. TSA is now mobilizing for scans in bus stations and other public places.
I missed last week’s column, because I traveled to Seattle. I drove through some of the worst weather I can ever remember, to attend a conference. The local news was all about dependency, staying “safe” and calling 911. The power in our hotel flickered briefly – and two young adult women had their voices raise an octave and were on the road to hysteria when the power kicked on a few seconds later.
The mainlining news media warn us with every political story that only Mitt Romney, a clone of Obama, can beat Obama. Funny they never mention that Obama, by his own admission, is not even legally entitled to occupy the office of president (not a natural born citizen). Yet the military brass, sworn to uphold the Constitution, treat Obama as commander in chief, and go full steam ahead to the next undeclared war.
When do you estimate the pull-date for the remainder of our freedoms will roll around? Is any major candidate talking about cutting back Leviathan? Anyone beyond Ron Paul?
If you’re relying on Congress to stop the madness, they’ve funded, not cut, Leviathan. If you’re relying on the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the Constitution, remember that Chief Justice Roberts administered the Oath of Office to Obama, without so much as a single mention of a birth certificate.
See no evil. Hear no evil. Speak no evil. Go have another sip of the Kool-Aid. Don’t venture outside. Call 911. Someone will be by momentarily to help you. This way to the safety camps, Herr Citizen. The fence is to protect you, that’s all.
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