Imagine, if you will, the outrage of an author who writes a book of great importance, then later discovers his words have been misconstrued, or misinterpreted, and put to use for the pursuance of evil. Do you not think that he would do all that was within his power to set people straight as to what was his true intent writing his book?
Do you not think that those who spent four months, sweltering in the heat of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, arguing the finer points of what would become our nation’s Constitution would feel any different?
Do you not think that they would be any less outraged if they were to find that their words had been misconstrued, misinterpreted and abused by individuals, chosen by the people, to represent them in this republican system of government…and no it is not a democracy!
Imagine their disappointment, and, quite possibly their utter disgust for the citizens of this country who cared so little for their rights, and their liberty, that they would remain silent while this tragedy took place.
Unlike my fictional author, these men are not hear to cry out concerning the misinterpretation of their document. However, fortunately for us, we have extensive amounts of their writings to read to gain wisdom from…if only we would take advantage of them.
The Constitution is a document, a charter, which grants our government certain specific, defined powers. It is a house which was built upon the foundation laid out in the Declaration of Independence. That foundation being that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
If a draftsmen draws up a blueprint for a perfect home, but the various contractors who were hired to build the house do not follow his drawings, who is to blame for the disaster that may end up being the completed home?
Such is the situation with our nation today. Our founding fathers drew up the perfect plan for a nation to operate upon, all the while ensuring that the rights and liberty of the people were paramount.
Those men and women for whom we cast our votes are the contractors who refuse to follow the blueprint, and we are the building inspectors who have failed to ensure that they followed it to the letter.
Wherein lies the fault then? Is it with the draftsmen who drew up the plans? Is it with the contractors who cut corners or built additions that were not called for in those plans? Or is it with the building inspectors, we the people, who refused to study those plans, and ensure that they were strictly adhered to? I think by now that you know upon whose heads I place the blame.
Although I may be one who gets extremely frustrated, I am not one to give up. Therefore I will continue hammering away at people, trying to get them to see that their government has overstepped its authority, and in so doing is screwing us out of our rights, our liberty, and even our chance for prosperity.
As I mentioned earlier, our founders left us a wealth of writings to pour over in an attempt to glean inspiration from, and understand the intent of our Constitution. There are those who feel that these men are dead, and therefore their words have no meaning in today‘s world.
If that be the case, the Constitution is the ONLY document that grants our government any power whatsoever over we the people, and it ALSO is irrelevant. Therefore we the people are NO LONGER required to obey a single law that this de-facto government imposes upon us.
You can’t have it both ways people. Either the Constitution exists as it was intended, or it no longer exists and we have no legitimate government. Since the majority of people have not taken the time to discover the intent of that document, and that our elected officials are merely human beings, susceptible to greed and lust for power, they have taken it upon themselves to interpret it.
Their abuses of power can only go on as the people of this country remain ignorant, and silent. Once a person learns the extent to which their government has screwed them, I do not believe that they will remain silent. Therefore it is only a matter of informing them of how badly they have been screwed.
With that thought in mind, I will conclude my ramblings. However I would like to leave you with a series of quotes by Thomas Jefferson, just to get you thinking. Read through them at your leisure, but try to think about what this man said, and how it differs from the government we have today. So, without further ado, I give you Thomas Jefferson…
“Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding and should, therefore, be construed by the ordinary rules of common sense. Their meaning is not to be sought for in metaphysical subtleties which may make anything mean everything or nothing at pleasure.” –Thomas Jefferson to William Johnson, 1823. ME 15:450
“On every question of construction carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.” –Thomas Jefferson to William Johnson, 1823. ME 15:449
“In giving to the President and Senate a power to make treaties, the Constitution meant only to authorize them to carry into effect, by way of treaty, any powers they might constitutionally exercise.” –Thomas Jefferson: The Anas, 1793. ME 1:408
“Surely the President and Senate cannot do by treaty what the whole government is interdicted from doing in any way.” –Thomas Jefferson: Parliamentary Manual, 1800. ME 2:442
“We conceive the constitutional doctrine to be, that though the President and Senate have the general power of making treaties, yet wherever they include in a treaty matters confided by the Constitution to the three branches of Legislature, an act of legislation will be requisite to confirm these articles, and that the House of Representatives, as one branch of the Legislature, are perfectly free to pass the act or to refuse it, governing themselves by their own judgment whether it is for the good of their constituents to let the treaty go into effect or not.” –Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe, 1796. ME 9:329
“I say… to the opinion of those who consider the grant of the treaty-making power as boundless: If it is, then we have no Constitution. If it has bounds, they can be no others than the definitions of the powers which that instrument gives.” –Thomas Jefferson to Wilson Nicholas, 1803. ME 10:419
“Aided by a little sophistry on the words “general welfare,” [the federal branch claim] a right to do not only the acts to effect that which are specifically enumerated and permitted, but whatsoever they shall think or pretend will be for the general welfare.” –Thomas Jefferson to William Branch Giles, 1825. ME 16:147
“Our tenet ever was… that Congress had not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but were restrained to those specifically enumerated, and that, as it was never meant that they should provide for that welfare but by the exercise of the enumerated powers, so it could not have been meant they should raise money for purposes which the enumeration did not place under their action; consequently, that the specification of powers is a limitation of the purposes for which they may raise money.” –Thomas Jefferson to Albert Gallatin, 1817. ME 15:133
“This phrase,… by a mere grammatical quibble, has countenanced the General Government in a claim of universal power. For in the phrase, ‘to lay taxes, to pay the debts and provide for the general welfare,’ it is a mere question of syntax, whether the two last infinitives are governed by the first or are distinct and coordinate powers; a question unequivocally decided by the exact definition of powers immediately following.” –Thomas Jefferson to Albert Gallatin, 1817. ME 15:133
“I suppose an amendment to the Constitution, by consent of the States, necessary [for certain objects of public improvement], because the objects now recommended are not among those enumerated in the Constitution, and to which it permits the public moneys to be applied.” –Thomas Jefferson: 6th Annual Message, 1806. ME 3:424
“The government created by this compact was not made the exclusive or final judge of the extent of the powers delegated to itself, since that would have made its discretion and not the Constitution the measure of its powers; but… as in all other cases of compact among powers having no common judge, each party has an equal right to judge for itself, as well of infractions as of the mode and measure of redress.” –Thomas Jefferson: Draft Kentucky Resolutions, 1798. ME 17:380
“On every unauthoritative exercise of power by the legislature must the people rise in rebellion or their silence be construed into a surrender of that power to them? If so, how many rebellions should we have had already?” –Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia Q.XIII, 1782. ME 2:171
“The Constitution of the United States is a compact of independent nations subject to the rules acknowledged in similar cases, as well that of amendment provided within itself, as, in case of abuse, the justly dreaded but unavoidable ultimo ratio gentium [the final argument of nations, i.e., war].” –Thomas Jefferson to Edward Everett, 1826. ME 16:163