As a reformed Constitutionalist, I suggest that the Constitution has been an abject failure. First, however, let me explain what I mean by “reformed” so that you can have a better understanding of where I am coming from here.
At one time, as anyone taking a conservative position naturally would in these times, I firmly believed that the Constitution held all the answers to our problems with government today. Some of my earlier posts reflect that position. However, I also attempt to cultivate the trait within myself of being open minded. That is, I will consider a contrary position to my point of view and if it makes sense after some careful consideration either reject or alter my world view and mind set accordingly.
I usually do this by looking at the evidence to support the conclusion to see if it provides the appropriate ammunition to support itself. This is what I have done with our Constitution and well….it has come up alarmingly shorter than I assumed. Follow along here and see how and why I reached these conclusions.
The First and Most Important Question
Has it Worked? Well, I think the proof is in the pudding as the old saying goes. The results of the Constitution have been nothing short of catastrophically disastrous. I mean we sing the
Star Spangled Banner with our hands on our hearts and every “good patriot” is supposed to take those words to heart and believe in them with fervor. Are they?
Home of the free and land of the brave? Really?
I mean, just how free do you actually feel these days?
The financiers who run the Federal Reserve from the shadows (since we really don’t have full disclosure of actually who owns the private banking cartel, which poses as a “Federal” agency but is nowhere to be found when you look through the blue pages of Federal agencies in the phone book) and the politicians they own through indebtedness have well…..to be honest………run our economy into the ground!
Take Manufacturing For Example
We have exported our manufacturing in massive amounts. Pretty easy to confirm. Simply go through a retail goods store. Find all of the American made goods you can. Not easy to do these days.
Even easier, take an inventory of what you wear to work or are wearing now. (Hopefully, you will be wearing something, but hey, I still do believe in the 4th amendment despite the nature of this post.) How much of what you are wearing now or wear for work is actually made in America?
Consider the computer or device you are reading this article on. Is it American made? Not very likely. Open it up and peruse the mother board, look at the RAM (random access memory), hard drive etc. Where are they manufactured? Chances are the parts are manufactured outside of the U.S. as with most electronic devices. The same applies to cars, clothing on down to even our food products these days. (Not to mention food producers located here but owned by non-American entities.)
The Constitution was supposed to ensure fair trade, not gut our manufacturing to the point of having practically nothing tangible to trade. Since these so-called “free trade agreements” have begun, it has not gotten better it has gotten even worse. All ostensibly made under the Constitutional treaty clause and approved by the Senate and President btw.
The point is, more jobs transferred away from this nation means, the employer in a shrinking job market is in the driver’s seat these days when it comes to employment. As workers we are oftentimes in the position of having to work in a less than satisfying job with less than appropriate compensation simply because a market of limited opportunities causes us to hold on to what we have. We work under, the old fear based, bird in the hand mentality.
Consequently, unfortunately too many of us are ending up as “wage slaves”. Not all of us of course, but too many of us. Wage slavery meaning we go to work for the income because otherwise we would not be able to survive. Not exactly a hallmark of freedom now is it? That is, working because you have to, not because you are passionate about what you are doing and it feeds your inner soul, so to speak.
This, of course, doesn’t even consider the significant amount of debt that college graduates begin their careers with, yet another form of wage slavery. Your career was funded by banks who you
now have to pay back with interest basically placing you in the same position as an indentured servant.
The job becomes the servitude, even worse if you work for a multi-national Corporation that has no loyalty to any nation, and the lender (the bank) becomes the slave master. (Is the Corporation then like an overseer?)
The kicker is that much of this money for college comes from the now supposedly Constitutional function of government as a college loan and grant agent using public money. For the 2014-15 school year, $99.6 billion in new federal student loans will be made to students.
The loans include Direct and Perkins Loan programs. The grants include Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG), Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants, and TEACH Grants.
The tax benefits for these loans and grants include exclusion of scholarship income; Lifetime Learning and American Opportunity tax credits; deductions for student loan interest and higher education expenses, 529 plans, parental personal exemption for students aged 19 and over, and exclusion of employer-provided educational assistance.
Was this the intent of our Constitution? That is, to make indentured slaves out of its citizens while running up the public debt?
What About the Constitution?
Well, now you may ask, “What has this got to do with the Constitution? That doesn’t have anything to do with my job does it?” You would be wrong.
You see, it was a bill passed by our Congress which allowed for the advent of the Federal Reserve. The Constitution (Article I, Section 8) grants Congress the power “To coin money”. What the Constitution left out, however, is a specific definition of the term money. A trap door left open. You see, the brevity of the Constitution was not always necessarily a good feature, although some claim it to be.
Some of course will point to Article I, Section 10 and claim that the Constitution says that money should only be gold and silver coin:
“[No State shall] make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts;”
Unfortunately, Section 10 applies to restrictions placed on the States, not the Federal government, each paragraph beginning with “No State shall….” Another trap door left open for our Federal representatives to drive through.
The “Fed” Trap Door
The Federal Reserve Act, legally passed by Congress, simply erased any hint of the necessity to observe the suggestion that money be tied in any way to gold and silver.
Once the Federal Reserve Act was passed by Congress, our “money” began a fairly rapid transformation into a debt based currency, which I previously covered.
As a manufacturer, the lower the cost to make something the better. A good way to lower costs? Outsource to cheap labor nations like China for example where there are lots of hungry people under the tyranny of a police state anxious to survive.
Who cares when profit is the name of the game? Workers are a way to profits. And well, if I can put a little coin in my pocket…..
So how did multi-nationals become multi-nationals? Cheap money was a primary tool. Low interest loans financed overseas expansion. Now guess who controls the interest rates and the issuance of currency? Hint: It ain’t Federal. It has no reserves. It is a cartel or cabal, not a system.
But Wait There’s More!
The Federal Reserve is not the only Constitution based transgression which has converted our land of the free. Take a look at the 2nd amendment.
Yes, the Bill of Rights is valid as part of the Constitution. The Preamble to the Bill of Rights states:
…that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all, or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution;
The second amendment reads:
First of all, the amendment clearly states that the right to keep and bear arms is owned by the people, not any government. It doesn’t specify what kind of arms one can keep. It also doesn’t specify where you can bear arms, i.e. carry. It also makes no mention of a standing army but rather a citizen based militia (later defined as needing to be trained by the States).
The phrase related to the Militia is an explanatory clause placing a context on the amendment not exclusively restricting arms to the militia only as some gun control advocates claim. It does not alter “the right of the people” which is a natural, God-given right of self protection from evil.
Now ask yourself, has this “right of the people” been infringed? My answer would be- You bet it has!!! And every time a gun incident occurs, the leftist oriented gun control advocates (actually better stated as people control advocates) call for still more restrictions.
More can be said on this issue and has been in previous posts, but the point is, this is yet another place where the Constitution has failed.
We can easily look at what is happening today and demonstrate where the Constitution has failed to limit government. (What Constitutionalists claim it is the cure for!) Health care? Where is the Constitutional authority for the Federal government to step in and regulate the health care marketplace?
Trade? Congress was granted the power “to regulate Commerce with foreign nations” and between States. Congress is trading away that power each time one of these so-called “free trade” agreements is signed. Read carefully, they are each assigning this Congressional power to the UN based World Trade Organization (WTO)
War? Since WWII no war has actually been officially declared by Congress. Korea was a police action governed under the UN. VietNam and the Iraq wars were based on UN resolutions. Our troops fight under UN connected NATO, not the U.S. government.
The Navy is now a “global force for good” used all over the planet for war and other non-U.S. related functions. And so it goes on and on.
What is clear here is that if the Constitution is, in fact, the solution- it has failed, flopped, collapsed utterly. Government intrudes into every aspect of our lives. Government debt is massive and growing at increasing velocity every day.
The reality is that the Constitution has been shredded into meaninglessness! It is not considered something to protect and defend by our modern day Princes but has become something to be stepped around and little more than an inconvenience.
If it is the solution to limiting the Federal government, where are the limits? They appear to be boundless.
Presidents now bypass Congress by issuing “executive orders”. (Bear in mind that all executive orders automatically become law when a state of emergency is declared. Ever wonder why we are in a perpetual state of emergency?) Therefore, Congress treats them like laws which is simply another way to bypass the clear mandate from the Constitution at the end of Article I, Section 8 “To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.”
Yet according to the Constitution, the powers of the President (Article II, Section 2 to 4), are even more limited than that of Congress!
OK, obviously there is a whole lot more that can be written here. All of this was intended to simply be an introduction to the next part. What I would like to do next is to look at why the Constitution has failed. You may not like the answers or agree with them. It will all fit together in the end.
What is clear however as we look at our over-regulated and heavily indebted nation, you cannot deny that the Constitution has failed in its reputed intent, i.e., to “bind them down with the shackles of the Constitution” as Jefferson put it.
Is it time to consider another model or a new direction?
Let’s take a look at who created it. Were they Christians and motivated by the Christian God as some aggressively claim? Were their motivations to limit government as Constitutionalists claim. If so, that part has failed for sure.
Stay open minded and simply consider the facts presented. I at least promise I will make you think about our venerated Constitution. We have placed it prominently on a pedestal to be venerated as divinely inspired. Yet, it is actually massively dismissed and circumvented leading to a government that intrudes into every aspect of out lives these days.
P.S.- Oh, and to answer my first statement, all of the above and more is why I am now no longer a devotee worshiping the Constitution as “the” solution. It quite obviously has not been. And may I add, never will be, despite claims to the contrary by current Constitutionalists. What is more, there are strong arguments that it was a problem from the get go, even from the framers themselves. Read more in Part Two.