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It Is Not Crying Wolf… When You Can See The Fangs

March 31, 2011

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In today’s world there is a different legislative environment in Congress.  The assault on the Constitution grows more intense with each passing day.  Members of Congress openly refuse to live up to their oath of office.  On the contrary, Congress consistently exhibits their deep contempt for the “supreme law of the land.”

The “Framers” of our Republic took great pains to ensure that “we, the people”, would have a system where we would determine the course of the nation.  At the time they had no idea if their experiment would succeed.  The idea that a government would get its just powers from the consent of the governed was unheard of during the time of Kings, Queens, Emperors, etc.  Who could have conceived that this “experiment” would endure for over two-hundred (200) years, abolish an inhumane practice, give women the right to vote, endure a foreign invasion, and even survive a civil war.

One has to wonder if the contempt shown by Congress simply reflects the contempt shown by the citizenry.  How would we view James Madison, John Adams, or Thomas Jefferson in today’s environment?  If they were to run for President, expressing their vision of the Federal government, would we just ignore them or run them out of town on a rail?  Our ultimate concern is whether this hostility reflects Constitutional ignorance; or whether the average citizen thinks the Constitution authorizes Congress to do anything upon which Congress can get a majority vote.

Like Alexander Hamilton, author of Federalist Paper #78, we believe the Constitution is an “enduring document”; a document in which its original meaning and principles are permanently maintained.

Many times the National Council of Censors is accused of crying wolf when we cite the following four specific examples where Congress has usurped
the Constitution.  Our reply is simple……”it is not crying wolf…when you can see the fangs.”

1. Amendment #16 – Income Taxes

This Amendment should be repealed as it violates

Amendment #5; which prohibits compelling an individual to be a witness against himself.  The question:  How can an individual file a 1040 tax form without forcibly waiving their 5th Amendment rights?

2. Amendment #17 – Election of Senators

This Amendment should be repealed as it violates Article 1, Section 4, paragraph 1, U.S. Constitution, which explicitly prohibits changing the places of choosing Senators.

3. Amendment #22 – Term Limits on the President

This Amendment should be repealed as it violates the tenets of “separation of powers”.  The Legislative Branch of government placed term

limits on the Executive Branch but did not place term limits on the Legislative or Judicial branches of government.

4.  Amendment #23 – Electors for Washington D.C.
This Amendment should be repealed as it violates
Article II, Section 1, paragraph 2, U.S. Constitution; which explicitly states that states will be awarded electors based upon the number of Senators and Representatives the state may be entitled.  Washington D.C., the seat of government described in Article 1, Section 8, paragraph 17, U.S. Constitution as “ten square miles” is not entitled to a Senator or Representative.  So, how can Washington D.C. be awarded an elector?

This is to remind “we, the people”, that we are in charge and it is our divine obligation to cherish the U.S. Constitution.  In the words of Plato, 428-347 B.C:

“The punishment of wise men who refuse to take part in the affairs of government is to live under the government of unwise men.”

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