It Seems The Constitution IS Just a GD Piece of Paper

Posted: July 7, 2014 in Constitutional Republic, Freedom
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The late June 2014 Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby decision is in and the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, upheld the religious beliefs and rights of the owners of Hobby Lobby, Mardel and Conestoga. With the laws on the books right now, I see this as a major win for business owners who live their beliefs. As a constant pursuer of the truth, I see this as a very sad day in our history. Using The First Amendment, and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000, arguments were brought and the case ultimately decided. Yet, there is something sorely lacking…the upholding of the Constitution. Maybe Bush was right…The Constitution is just a goddamned piece of paper.

Why, you may ask, is that?

Firstly, there is the text of the dearly held religious portion of the First Amendment which states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” Get that? CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW…and yet time and again, Congress has passed laws affecting the free exercise of religion. The very fact that this case had to be brought before the Supreme Court is proof of that. The very fact that there were several major cases referenced and used in arguments is proof of that.

Secondly, what about the Articles of Power? This government, by passing the Affordable Healthcare Act (AHA), and the Supreme Court, by upholding it as a tax, have shown utter contempt for the Articles of Power given to Congress, powers clearly laid out in the Constitution. Many don’t view it this way, but the Affordable Healthcare Act, Obamacare, Congress wrote and passed and the President signed into law is one of the most egregious pieces of legislation in our history. Our government passed brazen legislation that forces the population to purchase a product or pay a penalty…oh, wait! It’s not a penalty, it’s a tax, as our Supreme Court kindly reminded us over and over during the Hobby Lobby argument!

Thirdly, I need someone to show me, in the Articles of Power, where it says government can mandate businesses to provide insurance. The given powers allow for government to regulate commerce with foreign nations, Indian tribes and between the states, but it say nothing about regulating business practices…NOTHING! And, not to get off the subject too far, but take a good look at the Articles of Power. Congress has literally given away one major power, coining money. It regularly ignores its own immigration laws. It has also allowed presidents to wage illegal wars, bypassing Congress’ power to declare them. And don’t get me started on their complete lack of common sense regarding militias.

Next, when President Obama says he is going to go around either the Supreme Court or Congress, has he forgotten there are two other branches of government set forth in our Constitution?  Yes…there are checks and balances built into our government via the Constitution.  There are three, not one, branches of government.  Sometimes they ALL forget what their job is…

So, when Bush declared the Constitution and goddamned piece of paper, maybe he was sending the US population a message. And, if we, the US population, don’t start holding our politician’s feet to the fire about their decisions, aren’t we agreeing with that very notion? In closing, we only have ourselves to blame for the political concept that our Constitution is just a g/d piece of paper: that it’s irrelevant and of no use. It seems we couldn’t care less about learning that by having a Constitutional Republic, ruled by a set of laws instead of the popular concept, we are protecting both the majority AND the minority ideals. They don’t truly teach the Constitution or it’s importance in schools anymore. They DO teach, however, the functions of government are maintaining order, providing services, resolving conflicts, and promoting values. Two of the four I can see in the Articles of Power, but the other two are just not there… Don’t believe me, read the Articles of Power yourself, Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution.

We’ve lost the meaning of our Constitution, as well as what it means to have individual freedom. We’ve given all manner of excuses for people’s behavior instead of holding them responsible for their actions. And, as we can see within the debates surrounding the recent SCOTUS decision for Hobby Lobby, Conestoga and Mardel, there are masses of people who are more than willing to let others pay for them to enjoy their freedom, but don’t want to grant the same to others. Again, this country isn’t about majority rule, it’s about a set of laws that protect your ideals and mine. I have a right to do what I want to do, as long as I don’t interfere with your freedoms and you have the right to do the same. Justice Ginsburg understands that, even though she doesn’t usually rule that way. How do I know? She cites in her dissent, “In sum, with respect to free exercise claims no less than free speech claims, ’[y]our right to swing your arms ends just where the other man’s nose begins.’”

Over the years, we have become complacent. We’ve forgotten that this country was established as a Constitutional Republic, a country governed by rule of law. In a clever grab for power, government officials, as well as the media, businessmen and women, and schools have shifted the US toward the concept of a Constitutional Democracy, a country governed by majority rule. What’s next? I think we are seeing it as our political machine shoves our country’s ideals toward socio-fascism. And all this before a true Constitutional Republic had a fighting chance!

The next time someone seems offended by Former President Bush’s assertion that the Constitution is just a goddamned piece of paper; think about why that seems so true…

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