Last week the current occupant of the White House said the he will no longer force federal judges to enforce the existing ban on same sex marriages, stating that he believed the law to be unconstitutional. That statement pissed me off so much that I felt obligated to share my thoughts about it.
The most obvious question anyone with half a brain would have to be asking is, when has this asshole, or any of his predecessors for that matter, ever given a shit about what the Constitution says? To them it is merely a document to be quoted and referred to when it suits their agenda’s. Most of the time the limits it imposes upon them are disregarded entirely.
But for once, a sitting president actually made a statement that was true. It is unconstitutional for our government to decide who can, and cannot, get married. It may be a sin for two people of the same sex to live together, or choose to be married, but our government has no authority to declare it illegal. On the flip side, they also have no authority to require the individual states allow same sex marriages.
The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited to it by the states, are reserved respectively to the states, or to the people.”
In previous articles I have gone to great lengths to explain the powers delegated to the federal government, and actually I am quite tired of repeating myself. So if you want to know what our federal government is authorized to do, go here and read the info for yourself. http://www.usconstitution.net/xconst_A1Sec8.html
If you care to read that, you will see that deciding who can, and cannot be married is NOT one of the specifically enumerated powers granted to our government by the Constitution. So, for once, Mr. Obama was right in his interpretation.
However, there is something else about his statement that just doesn’t wash. He declared that he would no longer force federal judges to uphold the statute that banned same sex marriages.
Since when has the President held the power to tell judges what they can, and cannot rule upon? It is the job of the judges to rule upon the law, not interpret the law according to the desires of the president.
If the president is so concerned with upholding the Constitution, why doesn’t he begin by reviewing the bills he has signed since taking office? How about the government takeovers of various segments of the private sector? Or how about that massive health care bill he signed into law? I’m sure if he devoted enough time he could find all sorts of laws that are unconstitutional, and therefore worthy of not being enforced by a myriad of government agencies, or enforcement goons as I prefer to call them.
We used to be called the land of the free and the home of the brave. Our nation was founded by men who have a healthy dose of distrust for government, and a set of balls big enough that gave them the courage to fight for what they believed in.
In 1798, Thomas Jefferson wrote the Kentucky Resolutions, which in part stated, “Resolved, That the several States composing the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their General Government . . . . and that whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force. . . .”
Did you catch that, or is your grasp of the English language so limited that it slipped by you? Whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force…
But it takes courage to stand up for what you believe in, to refuse to obey laws you find to be unconstitutional. Ask Lt. Colonel Terry Lakin who is facing court martial for refusing to deploy to Afghanistan because he believes Barack Obama is constitutionally ineligible to hold the office of president.
In a statement on YouTube, Colonel Lakin stated, “I believe all servicemen and women deserve the truth about President Obama‘s Constitutional eligibility to the office of presidency and the commander in chief.” That’s all Col. Lakin wants, is the truth. Instead he is slandered and faces prison time for seeking standing up for what he believes in.
How many people do you know who would place themselves in such peril for their beliefs? Yet we call ourselves Americans, descendants of the very people who stood up for their rights against the mightiest empire on the planet?
Even myself, I talk a good game, but if the shit hit the fan, could I face imprisonment, or death, for what I believe in? I guess only time will tell. And by the looks of things I may find the answer to that question much sooner than I would prefer.
The thing that I find the most disheartening about all this is that it wouldn’t have come to this if the people of this country had held their elected officials accountable for upholding their oaths of office. All these conspiracy theories about the CFR, the Zionist Jews, and all the rest would have meant nothing if our elected officials had simply upheld their oaths of office to support and defend the Constitution.
In the movie the Outlaw Josey Wales, there is a scene were Clint Eastwood sneaks up on Chief Dan George. George’s character says, “I’m an Indian alright, but here in the Nation they call us the civilized tribe. They call us civilized because we’re easy to sneak up on. The white man have been sneaking up on us for years.”
You know, if you substitute Indian for American, and white man for government, that quote fits this country to a tee. Our government has been sneaking up on us for years. With each successive change of the political guard our rights, or liberty, and our freedom have been taken from us until they are almost nonexistent.
At the end of the scene I mentioned, Lone Waite talks about how the Indians had been praised because they had vowed to endeavor to persevere. Then he says, “…and when we had thought about it long enough, we declared war on the Union…”
For how long are we going to endeavor to persevere? George Washington once stated, “The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.”
The Declaration of Independence declares, “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new guards for their future security.”
That is what this country needs if it intends to survive as a nation of free and independent people. Peaceful protests are one thing, but a concerted effort by millions of people willing to live according to Jefferson’s belief that all laws passed in pursuance of undelegated powers are unauthoritative, void, and of no force, then things are not going to get any better.
In short, we need a nation full of men, and women, who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, if necessary, to stand up for their rights and their freedom. Until that happens, all the Tea Party protests and peaceful petitions to our government for a redress of grievances won’t amount to squat.
I kind of got off the beaten path here, but I just found Mr. Obama’s statement about the Constitutionality of the federal law banning same sex marriages, hypocritical, to say the least. But then, most people didn’t think twice about it. They heard it, and forgot about it a few seconds later. They never stopped to think about it. And until people once again start thinking, and acting upon their thoughts, this country is going to continue to go down the tubes. I just hope they can continue to endeavor to persevere when what’s left of their liberty is taken from them.