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Do You Really Know The Constitution?

September 17, 2010 by  

Do You Really Know The Constitution?

Today is Constitution Day — a day specifically designated by an Act of Congress when Americans are supposed to honor the remarkable document that created our system of government. The date was chosen because the Constitution was approved at the original Constitutional Convention on Sept. 17, 1787.

The act that created Constitution Day mandates that all publicly-funded educational institutions provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on that day. Let’s see how well the schools have done their job.

Ask a recent high school or college graduate to take the following brief quiz. I’ll be interested to hear how many of the 20 questions he or she answers correctly.

And be sure to take the quiz yourself. Even if you score 100 percent, it’s good to be reminded of some of the fundamental principles upon which our country was founded. The quiz was compiled by an old friend, John McManus, who is president of the John Birch Society. Thanks, John, for permission to share this with my readers today.

  1. Has the Constitution always guided our country?
  2. What are the three branches of government named in the Constitution?
  3. Does the Constitution allow the Supreme Court to make law?
  4. Does the Constitution empower the President to make law?
  5. Does the Constitution give the Federal government any power in the field of education?
  6. Where in the Constitution is there authorization to dispense foreign aid?
  7. Did the Constitution give the Federal government power to create a bank?
  8. Can the provisions of a treaty supersede the Constitution?
  9. Does the Constitution allow a President to take the nation into war?
  10. Can you name any of the four crimes mentioned in the Constitution?
  11. Should the Bill of Rights be considered part of the original Constitution?
  12. According to the Constitution, how can a President and other national officers be removed from office?
  13. How many amendments have been added to the Constitution?
  14. How is an amendment added to the Constitution?
  15. Does the Constitution say anything about illegal immigration?
  16. Is the term of a President limited by the Constitution?
  17. Which part of the Federal government holds “the power of the purse”?
  18. Does the Constitution provide a method for expelling a member of Congress?
  19. How many times is the word “democracy” mentioned in the Constitution?
  20. Does the Bill of Rights grant the people free speech, freedom of the press, the right to possess a weapon, etc?

It wasn’t as easy as you thought it would be, was it? Here are the answers, also as provided by McManus.

  1. No. Originally the nation functioned under the Continental Congress and the Articles of Confederation. Eleven years after the Declaration of Independence the Constitution was written, agreed to and sent to the states for ratification. When ratified by nine states (as the document itself prescribed), the Constitution was declared to be the new governmental system. That occurred on Sept. 13, 1788. The new government was ordered to be convened on March 4, 1789.
  2. Legislative, Executive and Judicial.
  3. No. The very first sentence in the Constitution states: "All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States….” Any Supreme Court decision is the law of the case that binds only the plaintiff and the defendant. The meaning of the word “all” has not been changed.
  4. No. Executive Orders issued by the President that bind the entire nation are illicit because, as noted above, “All legislative powers” are possessed by Congress. An Executive Order that binds only the employees of the Federal government (such as granting a holiday) is proper because the President should be considered to be the holder of power much like that possessed by the CEO of a company. But the entire nation is not in the employ of the President.

    The President does have a role in lawmaking with his possession of a veto. He can veto a measure approved by Congress (which can be overturned by a two-thirds vote in each house of Congress), or simply allow it to become law by doing nothing within 10 days, “Sundays excepted.”

  5. No. The Constitution contains no mention of any power “herein granted” in the field of education.
  6. No such authorization appears in the Constitution.
  7. No. Congress was granted power to “coin money,” meaning it was to have the right to create a mint where precious metal could be stamped into coinage of fixed size, weight and purity. There is no Constitutional authority for the Federal government to have created the Federal Reserve.
  8. Absolutely not. Thomas Jefferson responded to those who consider treaty-making power to be “boundless” by stating, “If it is, then we have no Constitution.”
  9. It does not. The sole power to declare the nation at war is possessed by Congress. Congress last used this power at the beginning of World War II, when war was declared on Japan after the attack on Pearl Harbor. (Germany declared war on the U.S. the next day.) A congressional vote to authorize the President to enforce United Nations Security Council resolutions should never be considered a substitute for a formal declaration of war.
  10. The four crimes mentioned are: Treason, bribery, piracy and counterfeiting.
  11. Many do hold that view because if the promise to add a Bill of Rights had not been made during the ratification process, some states would not have ratified the Constitution.
  12. The President and other high officers of the Federal government can be impeached by a majority in the House and tried by the Senate. Impeachment does not constitute removal; it should be considered the equivalent of an indictment that must be followed by a trial. Two-thirds of the Senators “present” must approve removal at the subsequent trial to effect removal.
  13. There are 27. The first 10 (the Bill of Rights) can be considered part of the original Constitution. Amendment 18 was repealed by Amendment 21. This means that, in 223 years, only 15 other amendments have been added. The process was deliberately made difficult to keep anything dangerous or silly from being added to the Constitution in the heat of passion.
  14. Congress can propose an amendment when two-thirds of both Houses of Congress vote to do so. Any proposed amendment must then by ratified by the legislature or a convention in three-quarters of the States. Amendments can also be proposed by a Federal Constitutional convention called by two-thirds of the States. Any amendment arising from a Constitutional convention must also be ratified by the legislature or a convention in three-quarters of the states.
  15. Not directly. But Article IV, Section 4 assigns to the Federal government the duty “to protect each of them [the States] from invasion.” It does not specify that the invasion must be military. When 12 million people enter our nation illegally, it is an invasion that should be repelled by the Federal government.
  16. Yes. In 1951, Amendment 22 was added to the Constitution to limit any President to two terms. The only President who served longer than two terms was Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who held office during a fourth four-year term. He died in April 1945 shortly after beginning his 13th year in office.
  17. The House of Representatives. Article I, Section 7 states: “All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives….” If a majority in the House (218 of its 435 members) refuses to originate a bill to raise revenue for something, then no funds can be spent on that activity.
  18. Two-thirds of each House has the authority to expel any of its members for cause even though the member has been elected by voters.
  19. The word “democracy” does not appear in the Constitution. Our nation is a Constitutional Republic, not a Democracy. The Founders feared Democracy (unrestricted rule by majority) and favored a Republic (rule of law where the law limits the government). James Madison wrote: “…. Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.”
  20. No. The Declaration of Independence, which provides the philosophical base of our nation, states very clearly that our rights are granted to us by our Creator. The various rights noted in the Bill of Rights were not granted by government. The purpose of the Bill of Rights is to prevent the Federal government from suspending any of those God-given rights, including the right to possess a weapon. Those who claim “Second Amendment rights,” for instance, make a big mistake with such a statement. If the right is granted by the Second Amendment, meaning by government, it can be taken away by government. If the right is granted by God, only He can take it away.

While every politician pays lip service to the Constitution (the President, Vice President, and every member of Congress take an oath to “preserve and protect” it), the sad truth is that vast majority of actions taken by the Federal government are not authorized by the Constitution.

I have heard it said that, if the Constitution were fully and honestly enforced today, the Federal government would be 20 percent of its present size and would cost 20 percent of its present budget. I think those numbers are an exaggeration; I suspect the truth would be closer to 10 percent.

Just imagine: No foreign aid, no Departments of Education, Housing, Health, Agriculture or Homeland Security. No commissions, bureaucratic monstrosities or other meddlesome agencies that “harass our people and eat out their substance.” (That’s an actual indictment of King George from the Declaration of Independence.)

What would this country be like if the Constitution were fully and honestly enforced? I hope some day we’ll find out.

Until next time, keep some powder dry.

— Chip Wood

Chip Wood

is the geopolitical editor of PersonalLiberty.com. He is the founder of Soundview Publications, in Atlanta, where he was also the host of an award-winning radio talk show for many years. He was the publisher of several bestselling books, including Crisis Investing by Doug Casey, None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham and The War on Gold by Anthony Sutton. Chip is well known on the investment conference circuit where he has served as Master of Ceremonies for FreedomFest, The New Orleans Investment Conference, Sovereign Society, and The Atlanta Investment Conference.

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  • DaveH

    It would be like Heaven on Earth (or as close as we humans can get to it).

    • a progressive nightmare

      agreed! Best document ever conceived by the human mind, and of course, directed by GOD.

      • third party

        I DON’T KNOW ABOUT GOD WRITING ANY OF THOSE,BUT A FEW INTELLIGENT MEN,WHOM WERE FAMILIAR WITH TYRANNY,AND CROOKEDNESS OF MEN IN ABSOLUTE POWER.

    • Richard Pawley

      Well said! Of course the poet said, “A man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a Heaven for?” In addition to keeping our powder dry as Chip says, one should also have a few months supply of non-perishable food, the kind that doesn’t go bad in 20 or 30 years if stored in a cool dry place. Inflation alone will pay for it and you won’t have to wait that long, you can be sure. Some think food will triple in less than three years. Freeze dried packed in nitrogen, that sort of thing. You can purchase complete meals or individual cans or large buckets of meats and grains, and powdered eggs and all kinds of fruits and berries and vegetables. It’s probably not organic and may just be typical food with pesticide residue and GMO but if you are willing to pay more you can find a few things that are organic and not genetically modified. Someone could get rich by packaging such foods that are heirloom quality and no weird laboratory concoctions. If you store sugar, make it cane sugar or raw honey, not ordiary sugar as that is beet sugar and is now genetically modified. Avoid soybeans and soybean oil, canola oil (also invented in a lab). Stay as close to nature as you can. Peanut oil isn’t bad, coconut oil is better. If you are blessed to live in the country increase the size of your garden. Gold is still going up but you can’t eat it. A six weeks food supply is a minimum, six months will be a blessing, and 6 years if you are rich. I know a professor who sold all his gold and bought a five year food supply. Don’t go crazy, and don’t overpay. There is time enough to learn but lean years are coming, even if we throw all the bums out we can in six plus weeks. They have squandered to much money for there not to be inflation in food and imported goods. We have a little time left to learn but not a great deal. May God bless you, and even if you don’t believe in Him, He believes in you.

      • Richard Pawley

        Sorry, I got a little carried away there and off the topic but so many people are not prepared and many are not even interested in learning. One of the reasons we must change Congress is the kind of bills that they are trying ram through, SB 510 that would regulate your garden, among other things, and if you traded the eggs you raise for potatoes your neighbor raises, and SB 1689 that could have been crafted by the UN. It effectively nudges communities to push people towards the cities and out of the country and suburbs. “Sustainable Housing” is the reason the UN and the elitists in Washington are for this. Clearly UN-Constitutional. Since we can’t get them to obey the Constitution we can un-elect them and send them home. I like the freedoms that God gave us and the Constitution espouses. If we want to keep them we must vote these power hungry and greedy career politicians out of office and finish the job in two years and replace them with regular people the way the founding fathers intended. May God bless us all. We are really going to need His input to keep our country together. Many are praying and miracles are happening. The old line Democrats and Republicans will not go down easily but our bankrupt nation demands it. We can never pay all we owe and who is going to loan us the money to keep operating. If I had money I would surely not buy a U.S. Bond for Congress to just squander the money. They are going to go hungry too (some of them) because some of them are are too ignorant to realize how they are destroying the country. They can be replaced as Massachusetts and Delaware and Kentucky and Alaska has shown us. We can elect new people. YES, WE CAN! VOTE and convince your neighbor to vote too!

        • http://personalliberty beth

          Very informative and completely true, thank you for the advice on food rations, and I agree that the founders wanted the average American to take part in Government, they never intended for pols to serve 20 to 50 yrs. in office, they get greedy and continue to thrive for more and more power at the expense of us all by losing touch with the average joe. We need term limits for all politians, no life time pensions and insurance coverage, when they leave office they should live the way we all do. We need more George Washingtons and other great founders again. Let’s all pray, God will hear us.

  • dan az

    Maybe we should send congress the constitution so they can remember what they signed on to!Seems to me that they have broken just about every thing that it stands for.Looks like the great experiment is over and a shot has yet been fired.

    • pgm oh

      If it was like any other “Bill”, They wouldn’t read it…..

      • old white guy

        hell, they can’t read.

        • a progressive nightmare

          or write!

          • Googy

            You are all correct.So what we were once told the Pen is Mighter then the Sword.We are now feeling the egde of the blade.Because of their ignorance and incompedence the education to understand what the constitution represents to our great country.For give spelling.We all mostly know it was created to protect us that live in the USA that are leagal mind you.So we can have Freedom that some of us served and died for.I am a War Vetran and served for you and my family and our country to give back what those of you before me gave to me.I wanted to be apart of you.So I did what I had to do.I love you America.I do not want to lose you.I need you.Like I need my wife and family.I am more scared now than I was during Kuwait.What do we do now????God Speed to all of you.

          • Angel Wannabe

            Googy, Thanks so much for your service for us, I’m from a military family too!__Don’t despair, pray, The good Lords hand is on us!

        • http://guy@reogiant.com guyb

          Oh yes they can read, They can read there offshore bank accounts that hold all there bribe money from george soros and other special interest groups our elected officals do favors for. Find a tall tree and get the rope for all our anti American elected officals.

          • http://www.youarestupidif.com Nate Tanguay

            With all due respect to you and everyone else who has a problem with this word usage: there – their.
            Ex.: I hope they get there (a place) on time to retrieve their (denotes ownership) possessions.
            Break – brake. Even teachers don’t know which one to use. I had the displeasure of reading a teachers report once. I’ll never do that again.
            You can break a brake, but you can’t brake a break.
            Do you step on the (break or brake) petal to try to stop the car?
            Do you take a lunch (break or brake) at noon?
            If you want to take my comment as an insult instead of a learning experience, you can.

    • Christin

      dan az,

      Great idea, but would they READ it??
      They’re not too good at reading the bills!

      And you’re right they have desecrated the Constitution of the United States of America for years… and it is a shame as it is the best blue print plan of limited government and rights for its people than any ever created and tried.

      We don’t need an earthly king ruling over us… we already have the King of Kings guiding us. (well, some of us.)

      • Pathfinder

        As our founders often said, “No king but king Jesus.”

      • CJ

        There is a far cry difference between “reading” and “comprehending”. By the recent acts of our elected officials, I would say they have intentionally mis-interpreted it as an excuse to get their way.

        • Mike In MI

          CJ -
          Elected and appointed officials and, it seems, illegally appointed and employed cartels of power brokers set up with the intent to “eat out our substance”.
          Let’s just say it like it is: subjugate us and compel us to do what they want us to do.
          Thanks very much, Chip. That really cleared my head and galvanized my thoughts about wht it means to “lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty” – I Timothy 2:2. The Word exhorts us to obey the laws and leaders. But, when the leaders and laws are in opposition to the primary law of the land they have no standing…even if they were elected by the people. The rights come from God according to our form of legeality.

          If you don’t or won’t reconize God or have no concept of what He explains about Himself you have no standing.

          • sylviam

            Believe in God or NOT thaT IS YOUR CHOICE but the rest of it is GOSPEL. Give me the CONSTITUTION any time over the Koran for instance for I will not bow to a mere human or false gods. I agree with both *BILL OF RIGHTS & THE CONSTITUTION. And will until I drop DEAD or otherwise. GOD BLESS AMERICA

          • old white guy

            the two greatest documents in the history of man. the Bible and the U.S.Constitution.

          • Angel Wannabe

            AMEN, Old White Guy!!

          • a progressive nightmare

            Old white guy, I agree with you, the constitution is the best document ever conceived by the human mind, from our founders with direction from GOD, and the BIBLE, IS, the word of GOD.

          • http://guy@reogiant.com guyb

            amen…

      • LocalYokel

        Any compilation of legalese confusion such as bills passed recently without due reduction to layman’s terminology and succinct composition always leaves cracks for judicial erosion. You can get nearly as many interpretations of any clause in the the monumental IRS code books as the number of questions you may care to initiate.
        The purposes of any such compilations are twofold:
        (1)A minimum of two qualified parasites indoctrinated in similar institutions are required to argue any discrepancies invoked by grammatical misconstruction therein before an enrobed soulless parasite that will, without fail, support the hidden intent of the parasites that concocted the evil cauldron.
        (2)All such massively worded documents provide maximum facility conducive to fiscal waste and delay in any abuse that may arise from the stench of rancid pork within. Legislated monopoly investments with intended suppliers are always secured before passage of pork.

        • old white guy

          jeez, you would almost think you were in government.

          • Gerry

            Old White Guy -

            I like what you wrote. May I recommend that you look into the Constitution Party this November. As you can probably tell by their name, they stand 100% behind the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Would love to have you on board helping us. Please go to constitutionparty.com

            Thanks

        • dan az

          If there where more local yokels that could write like this why do we need congress?well put bud!

        • Average Joe Patriot

          Great. They couldn’t have said it better themselves. No wait, let me think…I actually understood what you said. Better sharpen your quill, LocalYokel, and resubmit using the proper forms, eschewing anything under and including two syllable words.

          Keep your fulminate dry.

        • Carol

          Love it. Although I found what you wrote a lot easier to understand than my IRS forms. Or some lawyerese I’ve tried to interpret. As for you jopa, GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE SAND. You are part of the problem if you ignore what is happening in the rest of the country.

      • Kate8

        Heck, Why should they bother to read them. They are also supposed to write them (they are, after all, LEGISLATORS), and it would appear that appointed czars are doing that job now, and according to the dictates of a European cabal, at that!

        Congress has been rendered irrelevant. The same thing happened with the Canadian Parliament.

        • Gerry

          Kate8

          There is a viable alternative to the Democrats and Republicans. Please go to contitutionparty.com and I am sure you will see that we do have an alternative to our current 2 party system. The republicans were a “third party” when Abraham Lincoln was elected

          • Kate8

            Gerry, Thanks. I am familiar with the Constitution Party. and I like them very much.

            I’m not sure what that has to do with my comment about the irrelevance of Congress. Their power has been abrogated.

            Our entire system of government has been superimposed by a phoney overlay, maritime system. If large numbers of Americans would learn about this, and learn how we cannot be held under the jurisdiction of this false system unless we (albeit unknowingly) submit to it, we’d have a huge movement to erase it and stand for our Consitutional Republic once again.

            This is a hugely kept secret. If we all became aware, the only way they’d be able to enforce it would be by force, at the barrel of a gun.

    • Libertas1787

      I think most of the congressmen, the President, Fed judges, know exactly what they are doing! Clinton could give a synopsis of each of the Federalist Papers! They know exactly what they are doing to the dumbed down citizens of the US.

      • Pathfinder

        Yes. I agree that this is no accident. The things that are happening are being done deliberately.

      • Flagwaver2010

        Exactly! Why do you think they wanted to control and now want to expand control of education? Simply, to continue to “dumb down” the populace by rewriting history, as well as textbooks. This has been a long time in coming and I personally indict the teacher colleges/universities because they perpetuate the theme. The professor wields the “red” pen and if you dare disagree with the professor – your grade suffers, one is ridiculed in front of other classmates, and one could be FORCED to take “sensitivity training” or be expelled, depending on the subject matter. Government is out of control and demanding to control our lives completely. That is all the new legislation is about – controlling our lives. Even the Healthy Food movement is control of our lives. On the surface, innocuous enough; however, delve deeper. It is nothing more than control within our homes. VOTE NOV. 2 – take out the trash!

        • Angel Wannabe

          flagwaver2010__I think it’s about time we start pulling our kids outta the public education system and/or refusuing to pay taxes!_-Watch they’re damn progressive heads turn then!!!!

          • Christin

            Angle Wannabe,

            You have the right idea!

            I already pulled my children out of public education three weeks after school started for my oldest son when he was five and going into kindergarten… incompetence, and Rude, Mean, uncaring principals and teachers. I felt like I was dealing with an ignorant, slow govermental beaurocracy… and I was! With the exception of those three weeks my two sons have attended private Christian school since they were two and now I am the At Home Teacher helping with homework, studying for tests, completing numberous projects, and getting them to music instrument lessons and church.

            I agree with you about the SCHOOL TAXES attached to our property ownership. It makes me sick to pay the public school taxes then we go to a private school and have to pay all over again. I think it would be grand to STOP paying the school taxes OR give SCHOOL VOUCHERS so that parents can choose a school to which their school would taxes go… be it a charter school, private school, parochial / Christian school, or public. I’ll tell you what, Competition is a GREAT thing… if parents could pick their school, the schools would shape up and try to please the folks so they would attract families to attend theirs sothey could make money.

            But what say we take the GOV OFF the payroll and fire them (and NEA & Education Department) and take back our schools.

            flagwaver2010,

            There are a lot of bad people out there Teaching. I have had several bad teachers and professors myself and I have taught along side many teachers who lacked knowledge in their field, were lazy, lectured too much and had low participation, wrong on the facts, or wasted class time.
            I think a lot of the blame also lies with the “text books.” Some content in the textbooks was okay and they hadn’t really worn out physically yet and didn’t need replacing, BUT the TEXTBOOK COMPANIES started to learn how to make MONEY by redoing the texts every couple of years often watering down the content or using incorrect facts when reprinting. They didn’t make sure the facts were right or maybe they made sure they weren’t so the students would be indoctrinated to a left leaning agenda unbeknowst to many teachers.

            Teachers are given curriculum guidelines and texts with which to teach it. I made up a lot of my own units to go along with the guidelines and the textbooks. It was a LOT OF WORK, but it was a LOT OF FUN and the students were engaged. It wasn’t until about 13 – 15 years ago that I noticed “wrong” and “PC” information in the textbook curriculum, though I’m sure much stuff got passed me. One instance was with the social studies text in sixth grade (I was teaching Reading & English at the time) where I got into a verbal debate with a social studies teacher on my team about “the Separation of Church and State” and about teaching “Christmas, Hanukkah, Rhamadan, and Kwanza”. I could not believe Teachers were so misinformed about the Church and state issue and that they were required to teach theses “other” celebrations.

            Some teachers don’t know, some don’t care, and some care a great deal about the students that parents bestow on them for the school year.

            All the best to you.

          • Angel Wannabe

            Christin, I had a run in when our kids when to school,__ back in the mid 80′s, I was professional artist. We traveled the East Coast and the Mid-West selling my work at National Shows. Our kids went with us, we never left them home._ One year I had two shows back to back, one in Wisconsin and one in Cincinnati. I filled out papers for both kids to be out of town with us on specific days. Three days after our return, I received in the mail a certified letter from the Superintendent, stating THAT I TOOK MY CHILDREN OUT OF SCHOOL UNLAWFULLY ON SAID DATE!!!!__NOW, Either I neglected to add ONE date or they read it wrong!__They were going to fine me and/or have me put in jail for 10 days!___I sent a letter back to the school with the attached letter, and in it, I stated, “MR SUPERINTENDENT, UNTIL YOU PAY MY TAXES, UNTIL YOU PAY TO RAISE MY CHILDREN, AND UNTIL YOU STOP GETTING DUI’S DURING SCHOOL HOURS, YOU DON’T HAVE THE RIGHT TO TELL ME, WHAT THE HELL I CAN AND CANNOT DO WITH “MY” CHILDREN!__IF YOU CONTINUE WITH THIS, MY LAYWER WILL BE CONTACTED, AND THIS SCHOOL WILL SEE THE BIGGEST LAW SUIT YOU”VE EVER SEEN”, AND I SIGNED MY NAME!–LATER, I received in the mail, the school telling ME the discrepancy has been settled!__We cannot pussy foot around!!!__All of us gotta stand up for what’s right!!!

          • Christin

            Angel Wannabe,
            Thanks for sharing your story with me.
            Life can really be rough sometimes…
            and I doubt it will get any easier until…
            Jesus takes us Home to our Kingdom…
            And eternal life will be very good.

          • Kate8

            Angel, Christin, My daughter decided to sent my grandson to Christian school, even though it creates a financial hardship. She was able to get a reduced tuition by participating in school functions. (He just started kindergarten).

            Right after school started, a judge ruled that once our children enter public school, they become the property of the state! And that parents have no voice in what they are taught, nor do they even have the right to KNOW what they are being taught.

            God worked a miracle to get him into a really good school. It is worth every bit of sacrifice.

          • http://?? Joe H.

            Angel wannabe,
            A friends wife had a similar problem here. Her son got involved with the wrong crowd and one day after dropping her son off at school and watching him walk into the building, he turned around and left playing hooky. Well the cops showed up with him in tow and wrote her a ticket for enabling truancy and threatened to fine her 250 dollars. Well the next day, she parked, went in with her son and accompanied him to his first class. when the teacher asked her to leave she refused. the principle came in and when he asked her to leave she explained she was making sure he didn’t play hooky! He then informed her that that was the schools job not hers. She then told the principle then the school was slacking on their job as she had dropped him off watched him walk in and he was still able to be truant. She had gotten a ticket and it was her job to insure he didn’t leave school. this was the only way she could do i, to stay with him the whole school day! The principal told her that if she didn’t leave he would call the cops. She turned, looked at him and said” Then you better do your job from now on cause I will make sure he walks into the school and if I get another visit from the police, I will sue YOU personally as it is your responsibility to see he stays!! The kid never left school again!!! The ticket she did get was dismissed!!

          • Angel Wannabe

            JoeH, It’s the only way to get anything done today, you’ve got to stand on your beliefs, sometimes ya gotta get nasty!_-I never took any guff Joe, I never had the time, and was never the type to pussy-foot around_I’m a realist, either the dog shyt on the rug or he didn’t!__We’ve got to tell it like it is!!

          • Angel Wannabe

            kate8, The good Lord does work miracles, if we believe, and let him take care of us, his way._ Our kids are 28 and 30. Grandkids are almost 7 and 15 months. Our daughter who has the children, thankfully has her Mothers spirit of staying on top of things. I was never one to stand around and be walked on, specially when it came to the kids. Our Daughter is the same with her kids.
            Anyone 45 and above remembers what it was like to truly be free.__My God I remember as a kid, picking my Dad up on Fridays at 4:00 at the industrial plant he worked for 35 years. 1700 men and women would pile out of the plant all at the same time, now the plant lies silenced_ wasting away. As do the other 17 industrial plants in the area. We used to ride in the back of the pick ups for fun, run the tractors back and forth to Granny’s farm. Good Grief, we didn’t have much, but we were’nt aware it, til someone teased us in school about being poor. It was a whole different world, a different time, a different people and mindset.__ I’ve made up my mind, that no matter how they try to sell this political correct crap, I’d always tell the truth of my heart. To say anything else but the truth, is buying into the agenda the progressives are pushing–CONTROL!__I’m not having it!
            Enjoy the day!

          • Angel Wannabe

            Christin, life is tough bud, but we can’t crumble under its weight. God Says, ENDURE, endure I have and will continue as long as there is breath in me!__as so should the rest of us, we’ve got to rebuk the oppessors!__God’s Speed my friend!

          • Kate8

            Angel W – I remember, too, as a child, being poor, and not realizing it. We kids used to roam the neighborhood freely, not ever worried about being unsafe. We walked quite some distance to school, and I came home to an empty house (my mom worked). Neve thought a thing about it.

            We didn’t have much, but were happy then. Dad grew fruit, veggies, chickens and rabbits. We had plenty of the things that matter.

            Nowdays we have to watch our kids at every moment, plan ‘playdates’ instead of letting them visit friends at will, and monitor the schools at every turn. We have to live on guard, and try to keep a step ahead.

            I long for the simpler life we had then. Things are just too complicated and restricted now.

          • http://?? Joe H.

            kate8,
            We have to plan play dates now because the bleeding heart liberals don’t want to punish the guilty anymore!!! We put a man in jail for 20 years for molesting children, and he’s out in less than ten! Leave the son of a b…h where he belongs!!! Or FRY him!!! I am so tired of the crooks having more rights than their victims!!! If a man is accused of molesting children, why in the hell should he get out on bail??? No bail till he is judged innocent or not guilty!!!

          • Christin

            Angel & Kate8,
            Yes, I remember those times when I was young. We left our house and car doors unlocked. We had a big garden, a LOT of creative play to entertain ourselves, and we all had to share my brother’s scooter. My two each have their own…so spoiled! It was simpler life then.

            One day during the first few days (of the three weeks) of my son’s public school kindergarten experience he forgot his lunch box. So I got my three year old out of his car seat and the three of us went back into the school in the kindergarten wing to retrieve it as we only had one lunchbox and he was going to need it the next day. WE found it with in minutes and walked out to go to our car. A Teacher saw us and authoritatively asked what we were doing in the school. I guess you are only supposed to go through car pool and never enter the building. I though shoot, and quickly tried to get to my car as I told her we JUST WENT IN TO GET A KINDERGARTENER’S LUNCH BOX. And she followed me down the steps and started lecturing me about not entering the school. So much for PUBLIC school (guise for gov school.) The Principal there was a mean dictator and I guess Teachers who work for that kind of leader are also prone to acting like little dictators as they are told to do.

            Another day the Principal came out to check car pool and knocked on my window and asked me questions. She said her parents were having accidents on the campus. I told her I’ve not been in any. She continued and said her parents were swearing at each other. And I said I’m not saying anything bad. And after more conversation, I said, “I guess I’ll have to call on God’s Mighty Angels to protect me when I am on this campus.” And she said….. (wait for it…) “I’m going to call the police on you!” I left and cried all the way home with my five and three year old little children.

            So back to Private school we went… and yes, it is expensive, but worth it to not have to deal with that bull cr@p. We have sacraficed to keep them out of the gov buildings where God in NOT welcome.

            Thank you for your notes ladies… God’s Speed.

        • Sara

          I had one of those left wing teachers at LA Trade Tech. He taught community planning and organizing. He had us watch kook nut Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine, and we had to write an analysis paper on this piece of crap movie.

          Well, he didn’t like my paper! He only had us write the papers so
          He could see where we stood politically and to see who he could indoctrinate. When he found out that I held a Master’s degree, which he also had his thinking became a little bit more rational. It took him months to grade my project on gang intervention programs . He only gave me a grade after complaining about not getting a grade, but I would sue his ass if he gave me anything less than an A in the class. Students turned their projects in on yellow legal tablet, it was hand written. I spent over a month compiling research and putting together the project. These students are the ones who are getting a free ride to UCLA and USC. They have no right to be there if they can not do the work in a collegiate way!

          I

          • Angel Wannabe

            Sara, and they say teachers don’t play favorites__and the ,M. Moore Movie (the Idiot) keep standing up for your rights kid, you’ll be ok!!!

          • sylviam

            I never failed a grade or a class until the 9th grade——the COACH of the FOOTBALL TEAM was our MATH teacher. all he did was sit & watch football games so HE could find away to beat that team. ALL oif us in that class *failed* now needless to say our parents ALL came to school & raised HOLY HELL with all the school officials they re-gave us tests and ALL PASSED with FLYING COLORS, so WE all have had a bad teacher or school due to LIBERALS or just lack of policy whatever it was it STINKS. I agree with all above & should just stand up and SAY LOUD & CLEAR NO MORE. GOD BLESS AMERICA

        • Gerry

          I agree with you Flash – that is why I would like you to go to constitutionparty.com and research how the US Constitution Party stands behind the US Constitution 100%

          Check it out!

        • Carole Howell

          Flagwaver

          It will take more than just voting different people in, the system is corrupted.

          We need publicly financed elections to take out the money, power and influence of Big Business, special and foreign interests. Until we finally do that, nothing will change no matter what party is in control.

      • CJ

        Our education system, under the direction of federal rules, is EXACTLY what they want. Most rely on our government because that is what they have been taught. We indirectly pay for the K-12 system through taxes, giving us a “minimal” education. Students do not respect the school, because they do not see a direct expense. It appears “free”, thus they don’t respect it. Bring in a co-pay to the families, which will give them some ownership, and you will see respect return to the classroom, and the education level improve.

        • Mike In MI

          CJ – What damned DIFFERENCE does it make if respect returns – by whatever means?

          Maybe our kids have a good deal more sense than we do in rejecting or protesting what the devilish bastards want to shove down their throats.
          Have you enjoyed having stuff shoved down your throat for the last two years? -not me!!!

          • Gerry

            Mike

            I am just as incensed as you are about the shenanigans being forced on us over the last several years by the people in Washington. I have found a very viable alternative to our current 2 party system. A third party known as the Constitution Party. They back the US Constitution 100%. Go to constitutionparty.com, and find out there is a viable alternative to our current 2 party system.
            Remember, the Republican party was a “third party” when Abraham Lincoln was elected to office.
            You want a strong national defense? NO AMNESTY for Illegal aliens? 2ne Amendment protection? Limited government interference?

            Check it out!
            God Bless America

        • http://zzzz Preston

          9/17/10, Co-pay the cost of public school? No way. that would only throw more money down that bottomless pit. In that case, you may as well send your kids to parochial school. ~~~ Preston Weiters, Jr.

        • DaveH

          CJ,
          If I had my way, the government would get completely out of education. That includes funding it with our tax money. Public Schooling is such an obvious road to propaganda. I have no doubt that our Founders would have not allowed it.
          However, as I am vastly outnumbered I am hoping at least that the people will demand school choice.

          • Christin

            I am with you DaveH.

            Read my post above.
            I want school vouchers and privatization of schools.
            Limit the gov… take back our Republic. AMEN.

          • Angel Wannabe

            DavH & Christin, vouchers and privitization of the public schools, would definately increase competition,and would pratically force each & every school and each and every teacher to be at the top of their game!__Well said!

          • LocalYokel

            NEVER EVER worry about being a single entity when you know that you are right. I’ve voted “none of the above” almost consistently for 50 years hoping for the takeover pace to become obvious to a majority while waiting for a party to agree with me, not vise versa. Guess what has happened in spite of media white wash?

          • a progressive nightmare

            Daveh, Absolutely! we should embark on a campaign to TOTALLY dismantle the department of education. Then we can control what our children are beign taught, and then hold those WE HIRE to teach, accoutable.

            Maybe then we could get back to teaching our children about THE GREATNESS fo AMERICA, the constitution, reading and writing skills, science, math, etc etc etc. Instead of johnny has two mommies or two daddies or teaching young children about sex.

          • Angel Wannabe

            Progressive nightmare, I agree, to take ahold of our childrens education,__ but first there has to be someone to make the sacrifice to actially stay at home and teach the children. I did, I worked from home, when I wasn’t home, the kids went with us!

          • Kate8

            Christin, The reason democrats are so vehemently opposed to school vouchers is because they want to control the indoctrination of our children. The last thing they want is our kids being taught to love God and country, and receive a high-quality education that trains them to THINK.

            Education is a huge part of their agenda. They want them dumbed down and fixed in the socialist mindset. Like some of the posters here who are products of government education.

          • Gerry

            DaveH

            Check it out! The Constitution Party believes the De[t of Education is absolutely and completely UN-necessary.
            Find out allo the other things that the Constitution Party stands for at constitutionparty.com .

          • DaveH

            Gerry,
            I have found no other political party that comes close to the principles of freedom that the Libertarians advocate.

          • Christin

            Kate8,
            I know gov doesn’t want us to have school vouchers and school choice.
            I know they want ALL the school TAX money for their leftist leaning agenda schools. Some how Jeb Bush got vouchers in FL as some poor schools were not too good… and DC has/had them too or did BO get rid of them after he put his daughters in private school. I kind of feel sorry for grandparents who don’t even have children in the public school anymore, BUT still have to PAY school taxes to “them.”
            We believe the gov’s intention is to dry up our paychecks so we will not be able to afford private school. And then they will STOP Homeschooling and all will be forced into the Godless indoctrination campuses or be punished.
            Loss of freedoms wreak of evil.

        • Andy Howey

          CJ: I’m sorry, but you’re barking up the wrong tree here. Putting an extra expense on the families isn’t going to make the kids respect school any more. In fact, it might well make them resent it more, because the money that the parents have to put out for this “co-pay” is money that the family won’t have, and in some cases, it would be an undue financial burden. Kids don’t respect school because they don’t respect the teachers. They don’t respect the teachers, because the teachers, in general, are jaded and don’t care. I agree with whomever said to get rid of the NEA, but don’t stop there — get rid of all the teachers’ unions. The teachers don’t care because they are protected and they do as little as possible. I’ve been observing this for the past seven years. We need to take control of how OUR money is spent and tell, not just the schools, but government as a whole, what we want them to do and how to spend our money. If they don’t do what we want, fire them!

          • DaveH

            Andy,
            I must confess that my college years were paid by others (including grandma) and I didn’t work. But even back then before I even dreamed of being political, I observed that the people, who had to work to pay their way, took college a lot more seriously than the others. I took it pretty serious even though I didn’t have to work, but then most of the people on this board can attest that I am not the normal guy, lol.

    • Harold Olsen

      They’d probably just throw it into the trash since they consider the US Constitution to be an illegal document. The left has felt that way for decades and I’m beginning to believe that many longtime Republican members have begun to feel that way as well. Those idiots get elected and choose to forget that they work for us and decide they can do whatever the hell they choose and the people be damned. THROW THE BUMS OUT!!!

      • DaveH

        Ditto, Harold.

      • http://zzzz Preston

        9/17/10, It’s all about power & corruption. These hacks, prez included, won’t give up anything without a fight. Look at NY; Rangel get’s swept right back into Congress. ~~~ Preston Weiters, Jr.

        • DaveH

          I hadn’t heard that, Preston, but it doesn’t surprise me.
          I agree with this guy:
          http://mises.org/daily/4125

        • Christin

          Preston,
          You are right about the fight that has and will continue to ensue everytime we stand up for our rights and try to take our country back.
          They got in this “game” to win and never let go.

          Can’t believe Rangel is STILL in the running. The people in his district must be dummies to vote for a criminal. I thought I saw a younger nice black guy running against him. Wonder what became of him? Hey, NY get it together.

      • Paul

        I said it before and I’ll say it again, the only way to get these bozos out of office is to do what the constitution says and that’s to IMPEACH them all and remove them in the one way they don’t like and that being with the use of the LAW. Since they don’t respect the law then we have to make the law work for us and against them. After all it is us against them and we have something they don’t have and that is the law. We have the Law of GOD and we have the constitution that is working in our favor so lets use the darn laws and IMPEACH and remove them under the law and with the law. In that way they have no defense and that is the way it should be with them(congress) having no defense. The biggest problem is getting everybody together on this the more people you have the better it is. So lets use the constitution to help our selves and put these bozos and jerks where they belong and that being in prison.

      • Gerry

        Harold -

        I agree with you. There is a viable alternative to the current bunch of bums we have in office. The Constitution Party backs the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights 100%.

        Go to constitutionparty.com to find out the platform of the Constitution Party.

        Check it out!

    • slickporsche

      They only use it when suits their purpose. Other wise I have heard it called” oh that rag”,or “that outdated fairytail” etc.

      • ts01

        i totally agree.

    • Big Ugly

      We have sent it to them ….. they still ignore it.

      Any ‘elected official’ that refuses to obey the LAW OF THE LAND, must be removed from office, by force if necessary.

      • Gerry

        Big Ugly

        We have an excellent oppoirtunity in November to get rid of all the unwanted bums in Washington. Check out the Constitution Party. Go to constitutionparty.com to discover the best alternative to our current 2 party (corrupt) system of government. The Republican Party was a “third” party when Abraham Lincoln was elected.

        Check it out!

    • Ric

      If an actual copy of the Constitution was ever given to an elected official the document would just be handed over to their favorite activist judge to be nullified.

  • s c

    When it comes to insuring that the nation’s children and teens have a working knowledge of the Constitution, Uncle Scam has failed miserably. Public education is an indoctrination process, and the Constitution is portrayed as a document that is the private playground of career politicians.
    Sputnik [look it up] gave Uncle Scam reasons to creep into public education. Politicians twisted and perverted that entry, and America has in its midst millions of ‘citizens’ who mock the
    Constitution and the Founding Fathers. Because I’ve been on both sides of the teacher’s desk, I know part of the cure is to eliminate The Department of Education, close all public schools, and hunt down and imprison politicians.
    Solve the problem. Knock Uncle Scam on his treasonous arse, and homeschool everyone who needs it. It can be done, and it must be done.

    • slickporsche

      I partly agree with you, but not everyone has the ability to home school.I don’t think! I do think there is some benefit to a unified education system, IF it was run correctly.

      • DaveH

        John Stossel has a very good show on education this week. Watch him on the Fox Business Channel.

      • Big Ugly

        But you do have the right, and responsibility, to “oversee” what is being taught your children.
        DO YOUR JOB before you expect others to do theirs.
        Learn what the LAW (Constitution) really says and, then, hold their feet to the fire ….. or introduce them to Tar & Feathers – our Founding Fathers would have (and did) done so.

        You cannot counter UNLAWFUL force by the federal government by groveling, licking their boots, and crying “please – please”. The Second Amendment GUARANTEES that the ‘government’ will preserve and defend your GOD GIVEN RIGHT to provide for your own, and those around you, protection. This is not only a RIGHT, but it is a RESPONSIBILITY. If you expect the Constitution to be upheld – YOU MUST DO IT, by force if necessary. I pray God that it never comes to that, but, if it does, how will you do so if you have not prepared ahead.
        It’s like a friend of mine who carries his motorcycle helmet on the back of his motorcycle “just in case he needs it”. He does not seem to understand when I point out that if he ‘needs it’ he won’t have to to put it on, so why bother carrying it. Oh, Well.

        • fred

          Right on Big Ugly–it is Then People’s
          responsibility to preserve the Constitution.
          The best way this can happen is to elect only
          good, honest and competent people to represent
          us AND THAT IS WHERE WE HAVE GONE WRONG.

          Fred

          • CJ

            Fred, good idea. So why are so few of those kinds of people running for election? You can’t “fix” a broken government when you only have “bad” parts to use.

          • Mike In MI

            OK, Mr.Fred -

            So, What guide would you personally use and how do you define:
            1. GOOD -

            2. COMPETENT -

            3. HONEST -

            Are those the only qualities and who teaches them…to whom?

          • Gerry

            Fred -

            You are right, we have done wrong. Apathy is a national disease. However, we do have an opportunity to turn it around. Please check out the Constitution Party at constitutionparty.com. These are a bunch of hard working citizens like you and I who have decided that enough is enough. We can make a difference in November. The Constitution Party is a “third” party, just like the republican party was – when Abraham Lincoln was elected. The Democrats and Republicans are no longer working for “we, the People” but I can assure you, the Constitution Party candidates will.

            Check it out, I think you will be pleasantly surprised. I was. Read up on our platform, then come join us.

            God Bless America!

      • s c

        Please give up on the idea of functional public schools, slickporsche. That battle was lost many years ago. ANYBODY can homeschool kids. The idea that a “teacher” has to have a license and has to get a degree to be a “teacher” is progressive pig sludge.
        By the way, ‘flush’ is far worse than a liberal. He’s a Nazi. Hitler would be so proud of people like him. Hitler wouldn’t want anything to do with Herr Obummer, though, but that’s another topic in itself.

      • Sara

        These nutwings who control the schools also control what must be taught in home schooling!

        • BSHARING

          I home school in South Carolina & the rules for home schooling a child are very general. They do not tell you what books you must use nor what method of teaching. In general it says you must teach reading, writing, science (doesn’t matter if it is Creationism or Evolution) and math and have 180 school days. High School is a little different in that there are certain types of classes you must teach (Government, Economics, 4 years of English, 3-4 years of math [depending on if they are college bound or not], 3 lab science w/lab, etc. There is a 3d party over-site group (not governmental) to ensure that the parent is covering those general areas to make sure that every child is getting the best education they can. The people in this 3d party group are not paid and are only interested in the education of the children. Not every state does it the same and I have heard that some of them actually require the home school to use the same books, attend class on-line with state teachers and/or have other restrictions that do nothing more than put more burden on the parents than necessary. I have heard of “problem children” being kicked out of the school system & then parents are told to home school them the best way they can – or face jail. These kids usually fall through the cracks and end up giving the home school system a bad rep. Problem children are often that way because of their home situation anyway (one parent-or grandparent, no discipline, drugs, alcohol, abuse, etc) so what is the answer? I don’t know, BUT not all problems are fixable for all people. In my opinion there are not enough people taking responsibility for themselves, their family or their own lives and success. I love the US but I detest what the politicians have done to this country and believe that the government should be at least 70% less the size it is now.

          • Keath

            I agree 100%,to many parents don’t give a dam’d and the children are not supervised and of course we have tghe government telling oparents they cant whip thier children,what happened to our Bible:Spare the rod spoil the child. Now you know where all these spoiled cghildren come from.Trust in God not man.

    • bbstacker

      hmm…you’re onto something. Something REVOLUTIONARY! ;)

    • http://zzzz Preston

      9/17/10, “We the People” have a tough row to hoe with the gov’t school colossus. I don’t see the mindset within this young generation to take it on. They’re either too busy worrying about student debt and the jobs they might not get; or they’re just plain deadbeats anyhow.
      ~~ p.weiters@yahoo.com ~~

      • Mom in America

        That’s a pretty awful thing to say, as well as a massive overgeneralization. Young people these days work their tails off through college and often end up with massive debt as a result. An entire generation of students (multiple generations) have had it drilled into their head that college is a must and a post-college career practically a given. Millions of jobs have disappeared over the last couple of years, and I’m sure more are going to disappear. Your statement is crass and untrue. I finished my B.A. a couple years ago, and I’m one of the only students in my program that got a full-time professional job with actual prospects that pays more than $12 an hour. Most everyone I know either went to grad school because the job market is a desert, or they muck along working two or three part-time jobs while they continue to look for something better.
        You are a jerk.

        • Angel Wannabe

          Mom in America__College good or bad?___On one hand, my sister in law has a degree in teaching, with a major in History, English & German minor. She substituded twice in 40 years at a local school. Works her ass off at snack Food Company for the last 37 years.__ Another family member, same family, began a job at a local industril plant as a lowly porter, 25 years later, he was Superintendent and part-owner of the company, this man had only an 8th grade education & no college. College vs no college = Success?__it’s a coin toss, no guaratees!

      • http://google blee

        Don’t forget the video games, not so much for TV but thevideo games.

  • http://libertymind.wordpress.com Patriot1776

    Let’s not forget that the founders also made it clear that the power was still held at the State level and only those powers specifically given to the general government were relinquished by the States. All else was to remain in the hands of the States or the people, hence the tenth amendment: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

    • Libertas1787

      Limited to those specified in Article 1, Section 8. Very limited powers!

      • DaveH

        The problem is that they put in the clause “The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States”.
        The Founders fell down on the job with that one, as the Liberals are construing that to mean the Federal Government can do anything they want as long as they say it is for our own good. Obviously the Framers did not mean that or the other powers would have been redundant and a waste of time to enumerate.
        We the people are just going to have to ride herd on Congress and put out of office every one of them who uses that as justification for more power.

        • Andy Howey

          If you read that more carefully, the Congress only has the authority to collect the money, not to determine how it will be spent.

        • Anthony

          DaveH -
          It’s the GENERAL WELFARE CLAUSE that’s been the bane of our Political Freedoms. And, what’s more, according to some… that Clause was left in the original writing due to compromise between the Jefferson side and the Hamiltonians.

          Hamilton wanted more Dictatorial/Federal Power, so the masses would be subject to Central Authority which would never have to suffer being questioned.

          It was the Jefferson side that wrote “inalienable rights” of all men are what entitles them to freedom, and the “pursuit” of happiness. Those words never came out of Hamilton’s mouth … no matter what, others may say.

          Hamilton knew they must first be in a position to wrestle power away from others… before they could achieve anything. Hence the reason you see some very Jeffersonian writings by ALexander Hamilton in The Federalist Papers.

          At first, he even had James Madison fooled. It is opinioned that even the 1st Justice / John Jay / was more of a Hamilton follower than he was for the inalienable rights defence.

          Chief Justice John Marshall was 100x worse, as we was most definitely a Hamilton Disciple – thru & thru. Marbury vs Madison was one of the first real blows to the new Constitution and it fooled a lot of Congress. Marshall is who set it in motion that Justices should be appointed for Life. That was never put into the Constitution as the Jefferson side knew how that would allow corruption.

          Later on, it was impossible to reverse the inevitable results….
          Slowly, inch by inch, these Hamiltonian followers have whittled away anything slightly resembling the Jeffersonian creed…

          The Silent Revolution of 1913 all but killed that side of America. We now have a very Hamilton-like Country. The one thing that never gets mentioned, is how Hamilton was actually working for the European Central Bank all along – even if it was still in its infancy. The East India Trading Company was owned by the Rothschilds Bank. You can learn more by going to larouchepac.com and viewing a video called:

          The Two Massachusetts

          All in all … to me, it’s required that one understand how this nonsense got legs … if you understand the original tactics, you can build on that when trying to fight back. As they say: One must know thy enemy if you are to beat them.

          Wallbuilders.com is another good website for learning about the Constitution and its real meaning and interpretations.

          Spread the word .. and definitely share this with your children, if you truly care about the world you are leaving them.

          • Angel Wannabe

            massachusetts__David barton a wonderful, knowledgable truth historian!

    • Christin

      Patriot1776
      Good point… States’ Sovereignty and States’ Rights in the Constitutional Amendment have given them much authority and power, but now taken away from them by the corrupt federal government. States’ Rights should have been in the article to point out their powers and our strength to limit the possiblity of a tyranical government.

    • THIRD PARTY

      CORRECT,very limited powers to be exact.The states grant powers onto the government.

      • slickporsche

        So, we essentially have no constitution,only a decorating document in a pretty frame.

        • Pathfinder

          Unfortunately, that is what it has become. And it is our own fault for allowing it to happen. My God forgive us for our negligence.

      • hflashman

        Where does the Constitution say the States grant powers to the Fed? Try again. Last i heard, the States are granted those powers not given to the Fed. And the Fed is given powers by the people.

        Y’all like to gripe today…where were you when the unPatriotic Act was passed and signed? Where were you when Gitmo was established and torture became an instrument of state excercise? Where were you when they decided one can be jailed without charge, interrogated without an atty, and basically held, tortured, and interrogated for as long as they want before even thinking of charges?

        Let em guess…you were cheering it on as our Nation and people were attacked by the corrupt and graft ridden inept Bush admin. and GOP cabal

        • JeffH

          flash, always the spoilsport. I even have to question your citizenship at this point in time.

          blah, blah, blah!

        • alpha-lemming

          I may be inclined to give your rantings some credence IF…

          Instead of “We the People of the the United States of America” it was “We the People of the World”….but it doesn’t so I don’t care if enemy combatants (they don’t even have the guts/decency/honor to wear a military uniform… which by Geneva Convention standards makes battlefield executions perfectly legitimate) sit in Gitmo for 20 years. They’re alive and in my book… that puts ‘em ahead in the game. The one good test case I recall was…. remember Jose Padilla? He WAS a citizen (scummy one), never went to Gitmo, got his day in court, was convicted and currently a resident of a Super-max. Doesn’t sound like due process was denied (although admittedly may have been delayed). If you want to grant Constitutional rights to the world, start a petition to have it done. Then…. mail it to me…. so I can use it to start my wood stove.

        • Angel Wannabe

          hflashman, nanny nanny foo foo_ ya sound like a child!__Let me guess, “oh torturing terrorists it’s so terrible! I think I’d be glad if were a terrorist, that I’d be damned glad didn’t drown during the interogation!!!__Hey flashman, Did ya hear the 3000 screams of the people that died on 9/11 from the terrorists you pity??__Does an aborted baby scream as it dies, aren’t you from the Liberal slaughter house, that thinks this perticular procedure is_ OK?___You ain’t thinkin flashman, go take some meds and a friggin nap!, It’s Jack ass’s like you that make me SICK, and I’ve really toned down what I was going to say!!!!!

          • http://?? Joe H.

            angel wannabe,
            Well said and GO GET IM’!!!!!!!!

    • Pathfinder

      And let us not forget the ninth amendment. That is one of which we should all be more cognizant.

  • hflashman

    Good questions…answers were tainted by bias and error and in opposition to established history and recognition.

    • Angel Wannabe

      hflashman, you must mean the answers are slanted in the Liberal direction!?

    • http://libertymind.wordpress.com Patriot1776

      You mean revisionist history! Study it for yourself. I did. I just looked up the SOURCE material and actually read it. Not an interpretation. You might learn something if you did the same! You might be pissed about being taught wrong in college too!

      • slickporsche

        Our colleges and universities have turned into huge propaganda factories, and not much else. What a great way to control the populace. Brain wash them to your way of thinking.

        • Pathfinder

          May I recommend a DVD titled :Indoctrinate U” an excellent documentary.

          • Average Joe

            Thanks Path, I am downloading it as I type.

          • Average Joe

            Path,
            I just finished watching it…wow, what an eye opener. Thanks!

    • Craig

      Thanks for proving you know nothing of the US constitution, nor did you even read the answers to the above questions.

      • Pathfinder

        Craig : It would be helpful if you made clear which side of the fence you are accusing of ignorance. As for myself I am still guessing your meaning.

    • Libertas1787

      You must have been taugh history in the public schools. Read the Federalist Papers and the writings of the founders and you will find that this analysis is spot on! Get educated!

      • hflashman

        Whatever. Bottom line…some people read stuff into the Constitution that is challenged by someone else. The final arbiter is the SCOTUS (see eg Marbury v. Madison). You can say the Constitution requires us to be a “chrstian nation” based upon theology (whatever that means) … I can say I disagree. Guess who decides? And that is what the Constitution means and provides for…what the SCOTUS says it means and provides for … whether you like it or not.

        • slickporsche

          You are a very scary liberal

          • DaveH

            Only in a Court Jester sort of way.

        • EltonJ

          Hflashman, just because the SCOTUS interprets the Constitution one way doesn’t mean that a tight interpretation isn’t possible. Jefferson wanted a strict interpretation and Hamilton wanted a loose interpretation. Jefferson believed in Christ’s message although he didn’t believe that the miracles should be taught.

          Jefferson’s model of interpreting our Constitution hasn’t been tried yet. So I invite you to try it. You might be surprised at the results, and you might even actually like it.

        • Pathfinder

          Wrong again flashman. SCOTUS is NOT the final arbiter of anything SBOTEU (Supreme Being Of The Entire Universe) is. Also, “We The People” are, ourselves, a higher authority over all three branches of government. They are supposed to be oue “public servants” NOT our “ruling masters”.

          • hflashman

            Guess that depends on whether you believe there is a “supreme being’ doesn’t it?

          • Brad

            Flash,

            Over 85% of US citizens believe in God!!!

        • Pathfinder

          Spoken like a true statist slave. Whatever big brother commands; we must do.

          Yes massah. Please don’t beat me too hard.

        • Jana

          hflashman,
          Which shows exactly why you are on here. To argue. You want to disagree with anything to do with truth or common sense.

        • patrick H.T. paine

          Interesting and WRONG! While Marbury is infamous for the notion of
          “judicial review” and the subsequent evolution of the delusion that
          the “constitution” requires interpretation, no such power exists or
          is required. The Supreme Court has the power to “apply” the “constitution” to various disputes detailed in Article 3.

          What Marbury SHOULD be cited for is the clear statement of what
          is “unconstitutional”, and that such law is VOID and therefor has
          “no authority” despite the fact that government may attempt to
          enforce it…..and FINALLY that this state of “unconstitutionality”
          does NOT require such a determination to be made by the courts,
          supreme or otherwise………even if they eventually catch on.

          Since this is a rather important point, one way to keep it straight
          is to remember that VAGUE = VOID, and that if the “constitution”
          required “interpretation”, it would be “vague”, making the Constitution, unconstitutional, which by definition it can NOT BE!

          Grasping this is actually useful for the point you are attempting to
          make regarding “freedom of religion”, and would allow you to point out
          that such a freedom would entail “freedom from religion”…….

          No religion trumps the constitution regardless of what “claims” are
          made……..moral or otherwise, and it would be useful if people
          were educated to a point that the rights cited in the “declaration”
          are far better understood in the context of “natural law”, and are
          “a priori” in an intellectual/ philosophical sense.

          Confucious did not require a “creator” to derive the GOLDEN RULE.

          Nature does not require a knowledge of any metaphysical force to
          proceed, nor does it prevent co-operation among species, with many
          examples that are counter intuitive…….

          Religions all seem to be claiming that they are “good or moral” while
          simultaneously declaring that they are the “one true path” to
          “salvation” ( which is more properly understood as continuation of
          self after physical death ) and this claim seems to produce a number
          of contradictions, which precludes any possibility of “tolerance”
          between “faiths”, or even the subsets of similar faiths, especially
          if that “faith” requires as a prerequisite that “non believers” be
          converted by force. ( or threat of death )

          The right to resist such attempts ( self defense/ survival ) is clearly understood in “natural law” and it would seem some what
          strange that a “creator” responsible for “nature”, would make
          such a contradiction, conditional for salvation…….

          Nieztche stated: When gods cease to be powerful, they necessarily
          become good.

          We have a ways to go yet, but understanding why seperation of church
          and state is required and clear in the Constitution is not difficult
          when expressed correctly.

          • Average Joe

            While I agree with most of you post, I must take exception with the last line:

            “We have a ways to go yet, but understanding why seperation of church
            and state is required and clear in the Constitution is not difficult
            when expressed correctly.”

            There is no separation of church and state mentioned in the Constitution other than the First Amendment telling the congrees that they can make no law concerning religious freedom:
            “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
            The basis for this misconception can be found in Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists, which can be found here:

            http://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/9806/danpre.html

            Other than that, I have no problem with your post.

        • http://libertymind.wordpress.com Patriot1776

          Like I said Flash look up the SOURCE material and read it for yourself. It doesn’t matter what you say here, the facts are there, and Federal judges were not meant to be the be all end all on the constitution! too bad your opinion is just that. A little time ivested in self education does a world of wonders! Original intent is easily discernable if we just take the time to look up the SOURCE material oh look here is some now!http://www.constitution.org/elliot.htm
          But I am sure this is too long to take the time to read for you like it is our Federal judges! :)

    • Pathfinder

      To the contrary, it is your own post which is tainted by prejudice and error.

      • Pathfinder

        Somehow my response to hflashman ended up here, far removed from the comment I was responding to. The two items should read.

        “Good questions…answers were tainted by bias and error and in opposition to established history and recognition.”

        To the contrary, it is your own post which is tainted by prejudice and error.

        • Angel Wannabe

          pf, Posting errors are rampamt the last couple of days.

          • Average Joe

            Angel Wannabe says:
            September 17, 2010 at 12:49 pm
            pf, Posting errors are rampamt the last couple of days.

            This happens when there is a problem with the server…usually the server redirects it to the “host”, who in turn has to redirect it back to the site…I found this out when this happened earlier by calling the Host about the issue.

          • Angel Wannabe

            Average Joe, thanks for the info!_:)

  • Angel Wannabe

    Good article & Great post sc!, I must admit, I didn’t know everything about the Constitution off the top of my head. I should do what our Son does and carry a pocket sized Constitution in his pocket at all times.
    As far as education goes, A lot of folks in our area home school they’re kids! I applaud them! Home schooling wasn’t around, when our kids went to school!__But with the grace of God, Thankfully our kids didn’t turn out like a bunch of wifty zombies, who don’t know how to critically think. Also pertaining to schools, I’m sad to say our school was one of the first schools, where an atheists child and it’s parents called in the ACLU, and had prayer banned at Graduation services.__I absolutely believe when they threw Prayer & Meditaion out of the schools, they moved in the medal detectors & the police. When ever the Feds get involved, everything goes to hell in a hand basket!

    • slickporsche

      One only has to look at the present condition of our nation to see that. We cannot survive till the end of Obama’s term. It will be all over, but the crying by then.

      • Angel Wannabe

        sp, if we can clean out the House and Senate in Nov, we may have a chance, Obama’s a figure head with veto power only__Senate, Congress and the puppet masters are the ones who call the shots__The difference is, that this time, the puppet masters didnt expect the American people to stand up against they’re Tyranny!!! More and more people are opening up they’re eyes, Ya gotta have faith sp, violence or weilding a gun isn’t the answer!_-That’s what Washington’s trying to do with these CRAZY F___in, bills, tax & additonal regulation, they’re tryin’ to incite riots, to pull marshall law, nothing doin!__We gotta stand down and speak!

        • Pathfinder

          If guns are not the answer; how do you feel about the war for independance and 19 April 1775 AD ??

          • Angel Wannabe

            Pathfinder_ are you willing to take a risk like that before the elections?__and besides storming the White will be suicide!

          • Angel Wannabe

            PF, and besides, weapondry is waaaay more highly teched than it was in 1700′s!

        • Gerry

          Angel Wannabe -

          “…if we can clean out the House and Senate in November…”
          Wel, we do have that opportunity. Please check out the Constitution Party at constitutionparty.com . This is probably the best alternative to our current 2-party (corrupt) system of government ever!! Remember, the Republican Party was a “Third Party” when Abraham Lincoln was elected. Pllease lookk at our platform and then we would greatly appreciate any assistance you can give us.

          • Angel Wannabe

            Gerry, I think we are screwed from the get-go!__Both parties are on the take._I don’t know if a third party is the answer. The Repubs gotta get they’re crap together and stop trying to promise the world, like the Liberals, and get back to Conservative principle.

      • marvin

        slickporsche never i say never give up, when you give in or up, we all lose, better to die poor and broke and free, then live a servent to the godless goverment that can only take your wealth and life,if you allow it to,

        you control your soul,when we the people have had enuff ,and stand to up for are rights, we will take back are country,there are more of us that belive the constitution saz what it saz not what obama and pelosie and reid and all the liberals like the flashless think

        • Gerry

          Marvin -

          Well said! Please consider checking out the Constitution Party. Go to constitutionparty.com to find out what the Constitution Party stands for. Are you for sanctity of life?
          Are you for a strong national defense?
          Are you for closing our borders? (over which not only drug runners cross, but also terrorists)?
          Are you for limited governmental interference?

          Check it out Marvin, then come join us, as we can use all the help we can get.

    • DaveH

      That is one of those cases, as Chip noted, where the Supreme Court has passed a law. There is nothing in the Constitution about Separation of Church and State. It simply says that Congress shall pass no laws respecting an establishment of religion. No such laws have been passed by Congress. The Supreme Court is in contempt of the citizens and of the Constitution in that instance.
      In fact, the Federal Government is not even supposed to be involved in education. That is a State power. It’s time for the religious people to band together and stop the nonsense (that coming from an atheist who is tired of seeing peoples’ Freedom get trampled).

      • Angel Wannabe

        DaveH, So true and ya beat to it-__Lol__This is where these damned revisionists twist the language_-It simply means the Government cannot have a state church as does England. Nor can they tell us, who and what to worship.

        • Angel Wannabe

          DaveH, sorry I meant , ya beat me to it!

        • marvin

          Angel Wannabe bad thing is if your christan you can not show it but if your a hindu or a islam that ok you can go to the white house for ramadan but people like billy grahams son get blackballed a cross is illegal on federal land if you pray as a christan in school you are expelled you can not read the bible but the whorerand is ok you can pray 5 times a day don,t have to touch pork if you work in a grocery store can sleep with 12 year old you can burn the bible but not the koran, it ok to say god is a joke or not real, but say that about mohammed and the uneducated people that belive in mohammed will cut off your hands and head the seperation people speak of is all one sided the word seperation is not in our constitution any where, as is not citizen ship for children of illegals ,big differance in a child of a slave and child of an illegal,don,t you think read the 13th 14th and 15th amendments

          • Angel Wannabe

            marvin___ maybe alot of people, but not me or my husband!__I DJ as a hobby 8 hours a week, my shows always end with thank you fer hangin out with us & God Bless!__At Christmas_ I say Merry Christmas! samw with easter__I won’t stand for the politically correct!!__We’ve got to stop playing into the PC hands!

      • Pathfinder

        Dave H : Thanks. In return I agree to not make church attendance mandatory. I wonder why so few of our fellow citizens (both religious and non-religious) grasp the idea of “voluntary and optional”. It seems that all too often we want to ban something or make it mandatory. It is such an obsession, with banning and mandating, that is at the heart of tyrany.

  • Dennis

    I would be willing to bet that the majority of the students in school know very littekl about the Constitution, as well as few of the teachers. I would also bet very few members of Congress could answer the list of questions. The education of our children is lacking in most respects.
    The students as well as memebrs of Copngress need to know the powers allowed by the Federal Government, and the powers of the states. Congress needs to be reminded of the powers allowed under the Constitution, this also applys to the federal jusges all the way up. America has become a country that is governed by the supposed elite, not by the Constitution that plainly states our government is “of the people, by the people, for the people”. We as citizens need to remind Congress of this in Novemebr. Vote.

    • Angel Wannabe

      dennis, your right the kids don’t know much about the Constsitution & prayer. My half sister retired at 38 years, as a Math teacher. She Went along with the notion, that prayer & religion doesn’t belong in school. The fact is, that the Constitution was created for a moral religous people, and is most likey the reason they only teach a portion of the REVISED VERSION, because we were founded on Christian principles.__ As John Adams states clearly_
      “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

    • Christin

      Dennis,
      A good place to start would be to require that College students studying LAW learn “Constitutional Law” again instead of “Case Law” which is the cases that have gone before the judges and won or lost. Cases before a court of law should be decided on by the laws stated in the Constitution (and the Ten Commandmants), NOT by some smooth talking Lawyer or activist Judge.

      And like sc, I, too, have been on both sides of the desk (taught first grade through college freshman, currently on the parent side) and I would have a curriculum developed to introduce and teach the basics of the Founding Father’s, the Constitution of the USA with the Amendments, and the Bill of Rights in Elementary school. Then require Middle School/Junior High and High School students to study Free-Market Capitalism (and others systems to see ours is proven better), these original documents and original sources about the Founding Fathers whose struggle was great to bring us this superior way of governace, and maybe touch of the Federalist Papers with High Schoolers.

      I firmly believe our country would change direction if the youth understood our country better and grew a sense of healthy pride.

      When I taught sixth grade social studies (among other subjects) I made up a “Free Enterprise” Unit to teach the students capitalism and the Free Markets and how it works not only in USA, but how it worked producing, buying and selling goods to other countries. They chose a stock on the “Americn Stock Market Exchange” in the newspaper and followed it for a few weeks and plotted a chart to see if theirs made profit or loss.

      Of course, WE would have a great deal to over come to repair America from the level we have sunk to. Fixing our country is a bit like moving to a new house… where you have to clean out all the “stuff and garbage” you have aquired from your old house and pack it up, donate it, or throw it out. It is a lot of hard work, but the end result is a brand new clean house to start a new life in.

      Anybody up to the task?

      • slickporsche

        When do we start????? Its damn near too late. How to get rid of the garbage? I like the firing squad,fullauto weapons are the rule. Nice to see them jumping around.

        • Christin

          Yesterday, slickporche! (smile)

          LET’S RECLAIM OUR REPUBLIC!!!

      • Big Ugly

        NO – ABSOLUTELY NOT.

        The place to start is requiring that the Constitution, and Bill of Rights, be taught in the First Grade. Many examples of inter-personal relationships amoung 5 and 6 year olds could be used to teach the principles of our Constitution.

        • Pathfinder

          Big Ugly : THAT is a very interesting idea. Start in the first grade. A very interesting idea.

        • Christin

          Big Ug,
          I did mention that EDUCATION was a “good first place” to start!!!!!!!

          I discussed College, Elementary School, Middle School/Junior High and High School. In addition saying the “Pledge of Allegience” (to one nation under God) AND singing the patriotic songs: “The Star Bangled Banner”, “God Bless America”, “America the Beautiful”, “This Land is Your Land”, “God Bless the USA” could be taught to five year old Kindergarteners and up to love America again!

          Voting out or throwing out Anti-American, Anti-Capitalist, Anti- Constitutionalists in our entire government should probably go on at simultaneously.

          • DaveH

            Christin,
            I have a problem with that whole Pledge of Allegiance thing. When they have kids chanting that Pledge, most of them don’t even know what they’re pledging to. Allegiance to what? A Flag? An inanimate object? I thought Christians were taught not to worship idols?
            We are a nation that was established to promote individual freedom. It clashes with that individual freedom to coerce students to make such a pledge, especially when most don’t even know what they are pledging to do. And it can put the intelligent and moral kids into quite a bind. They have pledged their allegiance, but now there are people leading this country which many of us don’t want to be allied with. Have we broken our pledge promises?
            I think the time spent coercing the kids to engage in a mindless chant would be much better spent learning about our Founders and the Constitution and why our individual freedom is so important and works so well when implemented.

  • think4yourself

    I believe that the REAL education about these wonderful documents should be taught at home. IF we allow ourselves to believe that they will be taught fairly in school, we will have what we have today…

    • THIRD PARTY

      GOOD,point,the public school teachers hate talking about,and or teaching about the subject,they really know there jobs are forced payment to crooks,and union thugs.

  • Likely_Suspect

    If you really wanted to see the sea change in politics, the 1st Adm.’s “political” free speech should only extend to living breathing people. The legal fiction that allows corporations (& associations) to be considered “persons” [a view adopted so that corporations could enter into contracts] should not make them “persons” for the purpose of funding political parties, candidates or positions. So, no PACs, dot orgs, unions, corporations, or other entities could funnel money to candidates. To those who think this view is not in keeping with the Constitution, ask yourself this: “Should corporations and other associations be permitted to keep and bear arms as any other citizen?” If they’re “people” under the 1st Adm., why not the 2nd Adm? A well armed Microsoft, Haliburton and Bank of America isn’t what was in the Framers’ intent you say? Why should these same entities be controlling D.C. through massive political donations, then? If contributions were limited to $500 per person per candidate, and then only to those candidates who appear on the ballot of the contributor’s residency – you would see your Representative & Senator in their home district weekly listening to you!

    • Soldier

      Trying to say that a corporation is an individual is impoosible. A corporation, like any other group is made up of many people who can choose to work for the corporation or not. Who can choose to follow the orders of the CEOs or not. Now, if all the people of a corporation were mind controlled robots, then I suppose a corp could be considered a single entity.

      Make no mistake. If you are a buck private behind a 50 caliber machine gun, and you are ordered to mow down a group of tea party protesters in the near-nightmare future, if you pull the trigger, you will have to answer to God. He will make you wish that you had lived through a 1000 lifetimes as a starving African by the time He is done with you in Hell.

      • Likely_Suspect

        In the eyes of the law, all forms of entities are considered “persons” for purposes of “political speech” – which includes the “right” to donate money, fund ads, etc. My distilled point is simply this: If you’re not a “person” for purposes of voting, then you shouldn’t be considered a “person” for “political speech” including contributions. Under my interpretation, rich people would be limited to the same $500 contribution to their own campaign(s), not funding a run for a six figure job with seven figure contributions from their own bankroll.

        • Dr. Mabuse

          Excellent idea…
          Dirty money has contaminated the political system and all the candidates are on somebody’s jock. (‘specially them repubs).
          and while we’re at it, (I know there’s gonna be weeping,the gnashing of teeth in the outer darkness,and screams to have me beheaded, LOL)
          We need to keep God out the fray (just for a while, ’till we tighten up on a few things). Half the people in this country,(especially those so-called Christians) wouldn’t recognize God if he walked up behind them and kicked them off in the fat part of their self righteous azzes. How can a godless country invoke God and expect any consideration? Hint: Humble yourselves and ask for mercy. Maybe then you’ll be able to figure out how to get the snakes out of the house.

          • Pathfinder

            Dr. Mabuse : You have obviously not read the reports showing that it is the democrat party which gets two to four times as much campaign cash from wealthy contributors as do the republicans. At least you let us all know your prejudices in the post with your comments about repubs being worse.

            As for myself, I am convinced that BOTH parties are corrupt and it is only a matter of whose pocket either one of them are in. That is why I will not support republicans nor democrats. I have become a Libertarian.

            Lastly, if you want to get “DIRTY MONEY” out of politics; strip the politicians of their unconstitutional powers. No one will waste money trying to bribe someone who doees not have the power to harm their competitors nor to aid their own quest supremacy.

          • Dr. Mabuse

            Pathfinder, take it easy turbo…
            In point of fact, Presidential campaign contributions (2008)
            lean just slightly in favor of the repubs.

            Note: http://www.fec.gov/press/presssummary.pdf

            As far as the congresional races are concerned, here’s the skinny:

            Party Contributions in Congressional Elections

            Political parties have a variety of tools to use in elections. They provide money, expertise, and polling information; they can tap a network of national, state, and local party organizations; and they may encourage party leaders to visit a candidate’s district. All of this activity is brought to bear during congressional elections with the goal of obtaining a loyal majority in the House.

            Unfortunately, it is difficult to define a unit of measure for many of these services. For example, how much is it worth to a congressional candidate when the vice president visits his or her district and generates some favorable news coverage? While many important party activities are unmeasurable, the amount of money contributed to a campaign by the party acts as a suitable proxy for this broad-based party support.

            Given the scarce resources available to parties, they are expected to target close races because these campaigns are most likely to gain (or lose) seats. Such activity reflects a preoccupation with a winning strategy. In addition, parties may provide greater assistance to candidates who are more likely to support the party position once elected. This second possibility arises from the need to obtain a legislative majority after the election.

            Following this philosophy, campaign contributions made by political parties, (called PARTY$), should be determined by tight race measures (the party’s desire to win seats in congress), party unity, and some descriptive candidate characteristics.

            To wrap it up:

            Political parties appear to be pursuing a two-pronged strategy in their efforts to enhance their power. One target is to increase (or at least maintain) the number of seats they control in Congress. This objective leads them to channel funds into closely contested elections and open seat races. Aggregate party contributions and the party specific models suggest money flows to these volatile races. A second consideration seems to be party loyalty. Again, all three models suggest candidates with stronger pro-party voting records receive significantly greater party support.

            Oh and by the way, I will continue to be “prejudiced” as you so left handedly commented upon in the future.

        • DaveH

          Don’t kid yourselves. Campaign Finance laws serve one purpose – Incumbent Entrenchment. Everything else the Politicians say is just another of their sweet sounding lies. It takes a lot of money to get a challenger the exposure they need to unseat an incumbent. By restricting contributions you hobble the challengers.
          Also, the more we restrict political advertising, the more power we give to the Lame Stream Media to control the elections. Remember, they have the Freedom of the Press. Do you guys really want that?
          No amount of money can make us vote any way we don’t want to vote. And quite frankly, anybody who gets their voting information from sound bites (without doing careful checking on their own) shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

          • Dr. Mabuse

            You know Dave, thats a very interesting point.
            I especially like the sound bite quip. (LOL)
            The intent is not to hobble the challenger, but level the playing field. An enigma wrapped in a mystery, huh?
            Between off book Pac money, unscrupled lobbyists, and outright bribes how do we effectively clean house?
            I’m a gonna think on this some more.

        • BSHARING

          Likely Suspect, I totally agree with you, unions, corporations, etc should not be considered “persons” and allowed to “stuff the ballot box” by “buying votes” through outrageous contributions.

          • Christin

            BSHARING,
            Agreed.

          • DaveH

            But they are people (as abhorrent as some might be). They are groups of people. Since when has freedom of speech been applied only to individuals and denied if those individuals associate with others?
            It is up to us to get off our lazy rumps and counter that speech, not try to stifle it. If we stifle theirs, then ours will also be stifled. Do you really want that?
            I have seen lots of Union Representatives, for example, offer their talking points and they fail miserably against those of anybody who isn’t feeding at the Union trough. I want them to have their free speech so the rest of us can see what self-absorbed controlling individuals they are.
            Inhibiting the free speech of people (whether individuals or groups of individuals) will only lead to further entrenchment of current leaders who thrive when there is a dearth of information available to the public.

          • Christin

            Dave H,

            Either you or I misundestood BSHARING.

            The comment was made to stop Big Arrogant Unions and Corporations as a group from Buying Votes with their Contributions, NOT stiffle Free Speech.

            The individual from these places could still contribute $$$ from their own pay check, just not from a million / billion dollar Company or Union. I believe this was the point so that it would truly be a process by the people, for the people, of the people.

            Just a thought.

    • Only in America

      Perhaps they will listen or only the rich will run.

      Non individual voters should not be allowed direct access to the election of representatives of the voters.

      • Randy G.

        I think the house of reps should be ran with the Draft system(from the military- not by it) Then And Only Then will they be truly Representative.

    • alpha-lemming

      In a perfect world you’re correct. The reason for PACs, dotorgs, unions etc…… ALL of them is to 1) Pay money to put out Governmental “hits” (tax, regulation etc.) on people you don’t like or 2) Pay “protection” (tax, regulation, subsidy etc.) money to Government mafia. Just that simple. Crime subsidizing crime.

      • alpha-lemming

        In addition…. I’m not crazy about it but, in the current climate, denying corporations their free-speech rights is akin to instituting a zero-tolerance 100% gun ban in Israel.

      • Pathfinder

        Good point, lemming. Crime funding crime.

    • Carolina Mom

      You make a valid point, and I agree wholeheartedly that only individuals should be allowed to contribute money toward a candidate ot ballot initiative. Having said that, we cannot make that illegal unless and until we are willing to make ALL lobbying illegal. I do hope, however, that you are not referring to the recent SCOTUS decision that Obama and the Dems keep lying about. That decision was NOT about letting “corporations” like GE or GM make political contributions, it was about the ability of ordinary people to band together in order to fight the GM’s and GE’s and have their side of the story told. As long as ACORN can funnel money to candidates, I had better be able to donate to the NRA in support of their agenda and have my side of the argument allowed the same exposure.

    • Patriot

      You cut off the money supply to these lifers only then we will take our country back! We need to limit the donations to ONLY the voters in that district, end of story! This may solve most of the problems that enable our elected officials to become corrupt!

      • DaveH

        As long as we have people like Harry Reid who is controlling the fate of the whole country, we better damn sure have the right to contribute to his opponent (in this case, Sharron Angle).
        I know all you guys are well meaning, but you are all a good example of why we are in the mess we’re in. The incumbents have had years of public exposure at our expense. And, unfortunately, it is a fact of life that many voters make their choice based on recognition (the evil they know). It takes a lot of money and campaign ads for the challenger to get known. Unless they can get exposure from the Lame Stream Media, and I think you all know how that goes.
        Already, Incumbents are very difficult to unseat. As an example, look at John McCain, my state senator and RINO supreme. We can’t get rid of that guy. So, let’s not give them any firmer locks on their position, PLEASE.

        • Christin

          DaveH,

          I think McCains’ challenger was gaining speed with the Tea Party and Conservative movement, but when Sarah Palin “campaigned and endorsed” McCain on TV, he started slipping in the polls and McCain rose. I saw McCain turn due right when Sarah came on board and talk about Borders and such.

          Evidentially, the Conservatives in CO did not check McCain’s record or use their own judgment as to who was more conservative really and constitutionally sound, but followed Palin’s lead. I wonder if she felt obligated to show support and campaign for him as she was on his presidential ticket that lost.

          You guys in CO missed the opportunity this time and are going to have to do the hard work and get a new constitutional conservative candidate if there is a next time and throw your support behind him/her with phone calls, flyers, money and office campaign help to get out the vote.

          The people of Nevada have done the hard work and they have a chance to unseat a multi-millionaire, American killing, evil, progressive, way-too-long-standing Demo-cr@p.

          Best to you and your state.

          • DaveH

            That’s AZ, Christin. I think you’re right about the obligation part for Sarah. But the Tea Partiers should have gotten on her about that one. I only vote Libertarian, but if I was a Republican, that move would have definitely cost her my respect.

          • Christin

            DaveH,
            Yes AZ, not CO…sorry.

            Trying to do too many things at the same time today.
            Kitten has been puking all night and day.
            Packing to go to our farm this weekend.
            Reading and typing… and got to go get kids in 1 1/2 hours.

            Thanks for the correction.

      • Angel Wannabe

        Patriot__Term limits!!!

        • http://?? Joe H.

          Angel Wannabe,
          while I usually agree with you, we part company on termlimits. If we did get a good constitutional conservative in I wouldn’t want to get rid of him so quick till they are the norm. Also, if they know they aren’t gonna get re-elected, then what is there to make them do our bidding? We already have term limits, in the vote!!! If they don’t do what we want, then vote them out!!! By what we want, I mean follow the constitution. I add that so normie, duhh, or flashless won’t jump on it and say i have an unconstitutional agenda!!!

          • Angel Wannabe

            JoeH, Problem is joe, I believe our elected officials look as if they’re elected, but I think our votes are partly rigged. I have no proof, just a lousy feeling that they are. As I said we’re damned if we do, and damned if we don’t!

          • http://?? Joe H.

            Angel Wannabe,
            We will see this November!! Try it one more time before you give up!!! We have to give this all our support both by voting and praying!! I still believe we can do it!! nothing was more clear to me when we made Bush and the progressives change their mind on AMNESTY!!!

    • slickporsche

      Yes I totally agree with that. The removal of money from the political scene,including candidates running for office would be cleaned up considerably. Corperations, and other special interest groups should not control our government.

      • Christin

        I heard one of the congressmen say that they would go to a meeting or two then spend the rest of the day trying to raise money on the phone to stay in office!
        Somethin’s wrong there folks.

    • Gerry

      Likely Suspect -

      I like your way of thinking. Please check out the Constitution Party. You may not have heard much of us because the liberal media does not want to acknowledge our existence. We do not accept funding from big corporations becase it is not in our following the US Constitution 100% Please go to constitutionparty.com to find out more about our platform. We have many candidates running for office in local, state, and national elections
      If you see anything you like, we could use your help. Thanks

  • Pat

    I actually did quite good on the test. But, I attended Catholic schools from the 1950′s through the 1960′s. During my high school years we actually had a class provided called “Communism” where we learned the real results of this failed political power grabbing idea.Also during the 1960′s we had an English teacher who asked the question:Which would you rather be red, or dead? Of course the majority of us answered dead. He went on to advise us that life under Communism would be better than no life at all! One of my classmates and a dear friend told him “to boil in his own @#&**ing brandy” At which point he was taken by the teacher to the principal’s office.The teacher having explained what had happened was fired on the spot! Of course those were “different” times, but why can we not go back ?

    • Libertas1787

      Amen!

      • Soldier

        The funny thing is, if you choose “red” you will likely end up dying a more slow and painful death though starvation. If you stand up for freedom, and die a quick and violent death by a M-16, you go straight to Heaven and all your virgins. Supposedely… Whatever is in the afterlife, it beats starving to death which always happens under communism. Afterall, how come there are no fat Haitians, Ethiopians, North Koreans, and Cubans?

        • http://?? Joe H.

          Soldier,
          there are fat ones. They’re the leaders, the followers are the starving masses!!!

    • mac m

      Pat Today the English teacher would want (job) back and 100G.

    • slickporsche

      Too many liberals=too little intelligence

    • DaveH

      I also attended Catholic school in the 50s and 60s, Pat. I think it was in eighth grade (about 1962) that we studied the evils of Communism.

      • Pat

        Dave you are correct! The class on Communism was provided in 1962. I was a Sophmore in High School at the time. I guess it should be noted that our Principal, a Catholic priest was a stauch Kennedy Democrat. However, Democrats were quite different back then. They still believed in America !

        • DaveH

          I think, Pat, that there are many Democrats who just don’t like the Republican War-Mongering and their meddling with peoples’ choices about their own bodies (victimless crimes). Not all Democrats are thieves.

    • Barbara

      I, too, did well on the test. 100%. But then I went to public schools in the 40′s and 50′s. The schools were set up as K-8, elementary, and 9-12, high. In order to be promoted to high school, it was necessary to pass an examination on the constitution. I’m 70 yrs old and I never forgot what I learned. In high school, I took and elective course in Economics. It explained the difference between the economics systems, one of which was communism. Unfortunately, the word communism was coopted to label a political system that was horrifying, causing a great deal of confusion among those who didn’t understand the difference.

      Our current situation could be corrected by returning to the ORIGINAL constitution and bill of rights. For example, the original provided for a senate who’s senators were appointed by the respective state governments. The 17th amendment changed that sensible arrangement to make the senators directly elected by the people, the same way the representatives are. The original made the senators directly responsible to the state governments, who could easily replace them if they didn’t perform as the states expected them to. The current senate isn’t answerable to anyone. The representatives have to go back to the people every 2 years. The senators only every 6 years. Think about it. All that time completely free of oversight.

      There are, of course, a few other amendments that should also be repealed. Any of them dealing with federal powers not specifically named in the original document should also be repealed.

      • Average Joe

        Barbara,
        You are absolutely correct. Most people don’t understand the way things were done before the 17 th Amendment was (ratified?) I used the question mark because I don’t believe that from the 14th Amendment on…that any of the Amendment’s to the Constitution were properly ratified. As proof, I offer this site, which will show how everything we think we know about our nation’s history since Lincoln’s usurpation of executive power is not as it seems.
        While the entire site has a wealth of information, I suggest reading “Historical Outline” as a primer…you will be amazed! The owners of the site (lawyers etc,) invite all to prove them wrong…I have tried myself…I can find no flaws in their “facts”.
        Good luck in your search for truth and happy reading to all.

        http://teamlaw.org/

        You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don’t ever count on having both at once.
        Robert A. Heinlein

  • skiparoo

    just imagine if the crooked politicians would read their own bills and the constitution. all could be well.

    • slickporsche

      No it would not be ok, and you said it,they are crooked. That is why we need a regime change and average everyday citizens running for office. NOT career Politicians,and lawyers, who are taken care of for life.

      • Gerry

        slickporsche -

        Check oput the Constitution Party at constitutionparty.com. The candidates that are running for office all over our great country are just plain ordinary citizens like you and (Like our opriginal Founding Fathers were also). They are sick and tired of seeing how the current 2-party (corrupt) system is ruining our great country.
        The Constitution Party stands for:
        Limited Government interference
        Closed Borders
        NO AMNESTY
        Strong National Defense
        Sanctity of Life

        And a whole list of what our platform stands for.
        Please conosider doing some research into the Constitution Party and if by chance you see something you like, come join us and help us out We have a “long way to go and a short time to get there” but we can make a difference in November.

  • Libertas1787

    Go Chip! I will keep the powder dry! it will be a beautiful day the day we are really following the Constitution!

    • Bob

      Libertas You had better keep your powder habdy.Next week the Senate is voting on the Dream Act to give citizenship to illegals. They are going to attach it to a Defense spending bill. If it passes the borders will be overrun by more illegals. Go to NumbersaUsa.com and you can get the phone numbers of the Senators to call to stop this bill.

  • http://www.michellebirdsong.com michelle birdsong

    Thank you for this article on the Constitution. I plan to discuss this on my blogtalkradio show Tuesday from 6 to 7 pm. e.s.t.

    Keep up the good work.

    Michelle Birdsong

  • THIRD PARTY

    I knew every questioned asked,except one,# 13,I THOUGHT IT WAS 23.BUT I went to a private school.I bet that most of the congress,and the senate would get only half correct,these retards don’t read,that’s the problem,dump the school system,private only should exist.

    • DaveH

      John Stossel has a very good show on School Choice this week. Catch him on Fox Business Channel.

    • Christin

      Third Party,

      Way to go!

      I knew #13 was 27 Amendments, because I have been getting e-mails that are asking for a 28th Amendment to make all laws passed by congress to also include them! EVERYONE EQUAL UNDER THE LAW… (not some above!)

  • Joyce from Loris

    Great article. I do carry a pocket size copy of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and am studying it intensively. These questions and answers helped me understand some what better. I think that when WE THE PEOPLE take back our country, we need to make sure that all the illegal laws that have been made by Congress should immediately be repealed. My favorite will be the Civil Rights Act. There should not be a group of laws for a selected group of people. All laws should be for all people, period. That is pure discrimination.

    • slickporsche

      Finally a smart person. I have watched as our country has been torn apart by the civil rights law and the movement. It was like throwing a cement block to a drowning person.

    • DaveH

      And the Hate Crime Laws too. I don’t really give a rat’s butt if the person that murders me loves me or not.

  • Steve Dolyniuk

    Even though we were shown & had to read the Constitution when I was in Grade school, many years ago, I didn’t do too well on this test. What a shame. I guess they should require refresher courses. For sure ,it should be a requirement for any member of Congress & the President. It seems that the more educated man has become, (BOOK SMART) the less common sense he has. For sure most of the people in Congress (MOSTLY LAWYERS) have lost all reasoning. More of us need to join the TEA PARTY & really shake up the powers that be. This Administration,mainly Obama, Pelosi,& Reid just continue disregarding what the majority of people want.Hopefully many of the members in congress will be replaced come November 2nd. I say hopefully, because this administration (DEMOCRATS) along with the Media,Acorn, Black Panthers, Illegals, & people who don’t want to work are going to pull out all stops, so they don’t lose control of Congress. We the People can’t let them do so, nor can we sit on our cans after this election. It will take several to clean out Washington DC.

    • slickporsche

      [offensive post removed]

      • JeffH

        slickporsche, while I appreciate your “patriotism”, I find your racist remarks very disgusting. I’d be thankful if you’d try taking them somewhere else.

    • DaveH

      They haven’t lost reasoning or common sense. They just want to take advantage of the rest of us. We need to stop them from doing that.

    • Gerry

      Steve D.

      Your sentiments are my sentiments exactly! For that purpose I ask that you check out constitutionparty.com the national website of the Constitution Party. We have numerous candidates running for office in local, state, and national elections this fall. They are NOT career politicians, just normal people like you and me.
      They back the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights 100%
      Please check this out, and should you see anything that you like, reply back to me here. We do not accept any large corporate funding, and unfortunately, do not get much attention from the liberal media.

      Check it out!

      • http://?? Joe H.

        Gerry,
        I don’t disagree with you but I’m wishing we could just get behind ONE party!!! I’m worried that this thing of backing three or four parties is going to let Nobama repeat!!! Let’s get rid of him people and the the rest of the rats on his sinking ship!!!!

  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Charles

    As a two year college Instructor I have been tasked to teach an Ethics class each term. When I received the textbook I was perplexed that nowhere in it could be found any mention of political ethics of any kind. I did find two small paragraphs on media ethics, which is a joke.
    After some brief research I found out why I couldn’t find any mention of political ethics. They go hand in hand. There couldn’t be anything further from the truth. In our founding father’s days I am sure that applied, but nowadays that is absurd.
    I now have every student write a mid-term paper on “Politicians of Today” and a research paper at the end of every term on any one of the 27 Amendments to the Constitution. Both papers of course with an ethical theme to them. I’ll also be giving them this little quiz. It should be quite interesting!

    • slickporsche

      Careful, you will get fired, and be another looking for employment.

  • FREEDOMWATCHER

    WHY, is this not a federal holiday,The constitution is our only real trail to being american.Without it,we are nothing.

    • Joyce from Loris

      I agree. I say let’s replace MLK’s day with Constitutional Day. Now that MLK’s records have been unsealed after 20 years, we find he was a communist, a drug loving sexually preverted whore. Unfortunately, in the 20 years that his records were sealed, we changed the name of a street in every city in America to his name. Shameful. Yes, I think we need a national holiday named the CONSTITUTIONAL DAY.

  • Pete

    The Quiz was fun. Years ago I taught constitution to jr. high students. I would be very upset if they could not score atleast 80% on your quiz. By the way powder is not only dry but in good supply.

  • Harold

    According to “Obozo and Friends”, it is better to teach our students of today about Islam, rather than teaching them about the Constitution. After all, he knows about Islam, but he doesn’t know about the Constitution. Since he wants all U.S. students to be “just like him”, why would he even waste our education dollars on something that he thinks is so outdated, and something that he doesn’t believe in. What a Guy, What a Guy! So much for the nonsense. As a former teacher, as time went on, we were expected to demand less from our students, so they could pass more easily and fell good about themselves (you go self-esteem, let’s all be winners-what a joke), rather than challenging them to be the best that they could be, like when I was a student, a few years ago (I am 62, you do the math). When our school systems fell prey to the liberal wackos, like the ACLU, one of the most responsible organizations for the ruining of the American educational system, among many other things, is when our American educational system started to go to “hell in a hand-basket”! Michael Savage continues to be the winner of the most correct saying of all times-”Liberalism is a mental disease”! Now, there is quite a guy…..Michael Savage…..What a Guy, What a Guy!

    • Harold Olsen

      Obama also said several weeks ago that having TOO MUCH knowledge is dangerous. Dangerous to whom? Us or him? It’s dangerous to him and his Nazi regime. He doesn’t want the American people to be knowledgeable so they won’t know just how much he is deliberately destroying this country and violating the law in doing so.

      • s c

        Harold, you brought up a most interesting point. Herr Obummer is slowing telling us who and what he is. Now that he’s infested the Ho House for a year and a half, it’s nice to know what he thinks about knowledge.
        Obviously, when Herr Obummer went to Washington, he went with a ‘blank slate’ (tabula rasa). During all that time, he didn’t get any smarter. Ergo, it’s safe to say that no one in his or her right mind could accuse The Anointed One of having “too much knowledge.”
        He’s been brainwashed ‘just about right.’ His handlers and programmers can feel proud that their experiment is such a ‘success.’ If you look at the feedback of those who support Herr Obummer, it’s readily apparent that they have the same “breadth and depth” of knowledge.
        Maybe Herr Obummer and his disciples can start a prostitute union. They can ‘stimulate’ each other, and try to convince us that they’ve created new jobs. I’m sure America’s media whores will treat the story like it’s Pulitzer material.
        I don’t pretend to understand how an elected mental eunuch can be looked at as a role model, but that’s for philosophers and theologians to discern – not me.
        Up the rebels!

        • slickporsche

          Remember,we cannot afford to under estimate these who are trying to cause our undoing.Keep your eyes and ears open, they are smarter and more EVIL than you think.

      • tg7357

        What Obama is telling is pure Marxist doctrine. If you look very closely, both parties now have an elitist think tank that wants to tell you how to think, when to think, and what you can and can’t do.
        That includes the Conservatives. Listen closely to both sides, and you’ll soon hear them saying the same thing, albeit in different wording.

      • DaveH

        Along those same lines, Harold, I’ve heard Liberals complaining about the bewildering number of choices we would have in a Free Market system. They think some wise soul should limit those choices for us. I kid you not.

  • alpha-lemming

    What an absolutely WONDERFUL document!! Think about it…compared to societies in Europe, the Middle and Far East, which have been around for THOUSANDS of years, the USA became a pre-eminent world super-power in 200 years??!!?? Such is what can be accomplished when the unfettered potential of the individual is unleashed to “become THE VERY BEST he can be”. Progressive translation….. greed!! Only government should and ought to be greedy… kinda like those millenia old stagnant monarchies, socialist ruling class vs. the subjegated caste systems. Like what they’ve got in mind for ya?

    Let’s not forget, the USA is not a monolith nation but more like 50 INDIVIDUALS (in addition to INDIVIDUAL citizens) in a room deciding policy. Some guys are bigger than others (THE BIGGEST of which are progressive meccas going bankrupt at the moment that want us to subsidize them) but it’s still 50 INDIVIDUALS. Noticing a pattern here?? EXACTLY….. the power of the INDIVIDUAL!! Goes a LONG WAY to illustrating why progressive/collective/Marxist/class-warfare/hyphenated American etcetcetc. mindset is in such stark opposition to the spirit of the Constitution. The INDIVIDUAL is expendable and “We the People” is abandoned in favor of “gimme, gimme, gimme YOU greedy bastard”!! I’ll go so far as to say it goes beyond un-Constitutional and is demonstrably ANTI-Constitutional!!

    FYI… I’ve got a little boning up to do…. scored ~88% on my quiz.

  • Tallcharlie

    If a State, any State, was to declare a Federal law null and void because it directly contradicted the Constitution – and there are plenty of laws that fit this description – that State would find itself looking down the barrels of Federal rifles in a very short time.

    Will the United States ever become a Constitutional Republic? Dream on.

    • tg7357

      The states and the Feds have alreay had the argument about nullifying mandates and laws passed by the federal government without approval of the individual states. They called it ‘Nullification’ back in the early 1800′s, and it was a precursor to the Civil War.

      • Tallcharlie

        Thanks for the support. Most people don’t realize that.

        • tg7357

          If I remember my history right, it was the southern states that were mainly involved in the Nullification issues back then. A lot of it had to do with trade and taxes the North was imposing on Southern agriculture and of course, the slave issue. Since the South didn’t have the manufacuturing that the North did, it was really cutting into the economy and growth of the south.

          • P L

            7357; I would change the last part to be more accurate, The South was expanding into manufacturing due to recent discoveries in ore, etc. It would have cut into the growth and economy of the North immensely. As stated by DaveH, The North had to paint it as a slavery issue to go to war, backed by GASP Abraham Lincoln.

      • DaveH

        There was a big difference with the Civil War, tg7357. The North had to paint it as a Slavery Issue to get the citizens to agree to the battle. What will they do now to enlist the support of the Citizens? Will they claim a God-Given right to steal our money and ram Unconstitutional Laws down our throats?
        And if they did push it to violence, I’m okay with that.

    • slickporsche

      Certainly not with your attitude!!!!!!!! If all the states did what you are saying the federal government would not exist.It would short circuit. In addition, the feds would be looking down our rifle barrels and people like you would be running for the nearest cave.

    • bbstacker

      Would you expect those “feral” rifles to be the steady held sights of Sovereign Citizens? Would you stretch your mind to think that oboingo-boy is keeping the military offshore so that there can’t be “Defense of the Constitution”? There is that whole “blades of grass” issue that hasn’t simply ceased to exist. When was the Revolutionary War actaully won?

  • Roberto

    Following the constitution 100% with only beneficial consequences requires several presuppositions, none of which are true.
    1) That people will always do the right thing
    2) That people will always act in their own best long-term interest
    3) That there is absolutely no separation between public and private behavior, or 100% separation.

    It has been said, and I believe, that 10% of people will always do the right thing, and 10% will always do the wrong thing, with the remaining 80% somewhere in the middle, depending on the particular issue, their moral character, and the opportunity/temptation presented.

    Leaving people entirely to their own devices and decisions will ultimately lead to an uneducated, poverty stricken mob controlled by a wealthy elite. What we have to come to terms with is that there will ever be a tension between public and private freedoms, a secular way of looking at the separation of church and state. Every “Thou shalt not” or “Thou must” requires the resources of the government through stolen funds (ie taxation) to enforce it. The best way to use government is to lead, urge, and I would say to a LIMITED extent, reward (not coerce) people to make individual choices that collectively add up to a stable society with minimal, manageable unrest, that allows people the freedom to totally screw up their lives if they choose, but does not make it the path of least resistance.

    Do away with grade levels in school, replace them with competency exams. If you can demonstrate mastery of the subject at a particular level, you can move the the next. Classes are based not on age, but on the level of competency in a particular subject being sought.

    Do way with Social Security (once the commitment to anyone over the age of say, 35, has been met.) For people who save 20% of their income for their future, that money is 100% tax exempt, unless they take it out of the investment prematurely, than they are whacked big time. Those who reach retirement with nothing, well, I don’t think most people could watch them starve, but they should get a bunk in a barracks, and work cleaning public buildings and parks. If people were taught the outcome of not saving and planning for the end of their working lives, they would choose to prepare. Harsh? I think having 40% of my income taken (adding up federal, state, local income taxes, medicare, unemployment, sales tax) and limiting my ability to save for myself is harsh. Remember, if we don’t lead, urge and reward the masses into doing what will benefit them and the larger society long term, we are sowing the seeds for social unrest down the pike, or else for socialism. Laziness and indecision are flaws of the masses, and to ignore that fundamental truth is dangerous. Government needs to be as limited and unobtrusive as possible, and it can only be so by recognizing and utilizing the the laziness and indecision of the masses to curtail itself as much as possible, leaving direct intervention by the courts and the government to a bare minimum.

    Just my thoughts

    • slickporsche

      First I would like to punch you in the face really hard, after which we can talk if you are still able.

      • bbstacker

        damn, that’s funny!

      • Average Joe

        slickporsche,
        Do we need to buy you a “Does not play well with others” T-shirt?

        Save the violence for your government officials…they are more deseving….just a thought.

    • Joyce from Loris

      Roberto, you have some good points, but I still think you underestimate the human race. Before the government decided to create welfare, food stamps, etc… ALL people worked. Very few people did not work, those who didn’t, well they just were too lazy to have anything. That is fine, if a person wants nothing in life, they should be allowed to have just that. Nothing. But when you have no one to turn to for a hand out, human nature kicks in and you FIGURE IT OUT FOR YOURSELF! It’s like feeding animals. If you feed them everyday, they forget their natural instincts to hunt. They will starve to death. So, I am all for allowing people to take care of themselves, and yes, it states in the Bible that if a man does not work, he does not eat. That simple. The community churches have always taken care of the people in the communities that were “down on their luck” or dealing with a set back. Charity is temporary. Welfare is NOT charity.

      • Joseph C Moore, USN Ret

        Amen!

      • Angel Wannabe

        Great post Joyce!

      • Christin

        Joyce,
        Agreed!
        Point well made.

  • tg7357

    As far as the current regime is concerned, the Constituiton is just another framed decoration on the walls of Cngress and a nuisance when it comes to their agenda.

  • john

    What I want to know is what are we going to do about whats been happening to our country.Spouting off online gets us nowhere.Both political parties are not representing the people.They’re only interested in their power and stuffing their pockets.Our sovreignty is being slowly stripped away.We need to clean out the schools and universities of all the limp wristed leftist liberals and aetheists who have been poisoning our children for decades now.We need to withdraw from the UN and kick them out of our country.We need to set term limits on all political offices,,local and big branches.We need to upset the apple cart and vote out almost all incumbents in both parties.We need to unite because they’re happy the nation is so divided.We need to shut off the tv’s and video games and start focusing on our families..the family unit needs to be strong to counter the Muslim and gay threats.

    • tg7357

      And this is where its time for the rise of a legitimate, strong 3rd party to hold the other two parties in check. If the Idnependents were smart and better organized, this could be their open door to becoming a real power in government right now.

      • slickporsche

        I agree with a new and in power party, but only one party. The other two need to vaporize.

    • Tallcharlie

      The French would suggest the guillotine. In the US, traditionally such problems are resolved on the gibbet. One mile of rope and 545 lampposts on Constitutin Avenue would go a long way towards sending the proper message to the Federal government.

      Just joking, of course.

      • tg7357

        Don’t even have to do that: 19 states and the District of Columbia have state constituional amendments that allow the recall of elected representatives to the federal congress and senate for cause, and outside of election years. Most states require a petition process to the governor of the state. Oklahoma, Kansas, California, Michigan, Maine, Missouri are just some of the states that allows this. This is where state Tea Parties should have gotten candidates they wanted out of office (Nanci Pelosi for example) instead of fooling around waiting for this year’s elections.

    • Angel Wannabe

      John, spouting off does get you somewhere!!!__Look here, listen to Fox news, limbaugh , hannity, Beck AND ON AND ON__these people report what they’ hear on these blogs, how do you think they get a LOT of they’re info, besides they’re hired researchers?__C’mon now, Just because you don’t see alot progressives posting on here (one is too many for my book) doesn’t mean they are not BROWSING THE COMMENTS?!__Believe you me the progressives know the masses are p*ssed!

    • DaveH

      John,
      Why do you attack me, just because I don’t believe in an entity that I can neither see, smell, touch, taste, or hear? Please leave the non-believers out of your tirades. I don’t interfere with your beliefs. Don’t interfere with mine.

    • Gerry

      John -

      I agree with you completely. Please go to constitutionparty.com, the national web site of the Constitution Party. Among the things we stand for include:
      NO AMNESTY
      Strong national defense
      Sanctity of Life
      Close the borders
      Protection of our 2nd amendment rights
      Limited government interference
      and so on.

      Please check it out. Should you see anything you like we need all the help we can get.]
      God Bless America!

  • Nikita63

    When it is said by Conservatives and others that we need to return to the strict interpetation of the Constitution as it was written, that really is the crux of the matter and the reality facing us all today. I got 17 of the questions right but, I would think kids today probably couldn’t even name the three branches because I don”t think such is much taught in the liberally oriented, Politically correct curriculums of this era’s so-called schools. We have been dumbed down deliberately to create the entitlement and docile mindset conducive to the deveopment of socialist governmnmet or worse. We are a waning power in the world because of it and, if we do not implement a massive change, limit terms, Enforce our laws and secure our borders; address our debt, be pragmatic in regard to the influx of illegals and the burgeoning Muslim population so inimical to Western Civilization at large and we in the U.S. in particular, as the “Great Satan,” we are placing ourselves at a huge risk of annihilation. I believe that this return to sanity in government is possible but, I think it is going to take an insurrection to do do, so corrupt and criminally evil has the federal government become. Obama is anathema to me and the majoritry of Americans, especially elderly and veterans
    but, he in himself is the denoument, not the origin of the increase in Federal usurpation of authority to govern. Thne question now, this instant, is what we, the people can do to correct the situation. The
    answer to that question lies in YOUR actions at the polls in a bit over a month. Remember in November and vote WISELY, for a change. Every vote IS important. Your futures will be decided by the result.
    Vote intelligenly for a change WE can live with, without oppression from the Feds.

  • FreedomFighter

    We are at war with Progressive Liberal Communist/Marxist’s.

    This is a war Americans cannot afford to lose, our freedom, liberty and way of life is now being destroyed by the evil and corruption that infests our goverment, school systems and courts.

    We Americans are in an epic struggle against pure evil, half measures will not work, only a full rejection of these Marxist’s communist enemies within will suffice.

    Our constitution, our freedoms, our liberty and the future we give to our children and childrens children are hanging in the balance. Literally the fate of mankind is being decide, if America fails the light of freedom goes out of the world.

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

    • slickporsche

      I feel we will need to pick up our weapons to save this republic. I do not believe the elections in November will do it. I will go through the motions, but will not expect much change. I simply do not trust any of them. They lie, cheat, steal,take bribes, and God only knows what else.

  • Tallcharlie

    The power of the Supreme Court to exercise judicial review needs to be abolished. Congress has the power to do so.

    “… the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make.”

    At the most, the Supreme Court should only have the power to suggest that a law is unConstitutional and recommend that it be returned to Congress for reconsideration. Laws that are unConstitutinal should simply be nullified by the States.

    • tg7357

      But in under our current Marxist regime, and even dating back years into the 1970′s, the left has slowly but surely been influencing the judical branch of the Gov. None of the current Supreme Court Jesters is not from either Harvard or Yale, and therefore the middle US and west coast are not really representated in the highest court of the land. We are going to get the east coast view of everything they hand down until someone from somewhere else gets a seat there.

  • john

    What I want to know is what are we going to do about whats been happening to our country.Spouting off online gets us nowhere.Both political parties are not representing the people.They’re only interested in their power and stuffing their pockets.Our sovreignty is being slowly stripped away.We need to clean out the schools and universities of all the limp wristed leftist liberals and aetheists who have been poisoning our children for decades now.We need to withdraw from the UN and kick them out of our country.We need to set term limits on all political offices,,local and big branches.We need to upset the apple cart and vote out almost all incumbents in both parties.We need to unite because they’re happy the nation is so divided.We need to shut off the tv’s and video games and start focusing on our families..the family unit needs to be strong to counter the Muslim and gay threats.Keep on top of what your children are learning.I am a coservative republican..but I’m thinking about voting tea party to shake things up and send a message get rid of all incumbants and start fresh.Nepotism politics needs to go..people are going to vote for no more Cuomos,Clintons,Kennedys etc. We need to become a nation under God again.Pray

  • mac m

    Chip, In 1949 God was taken out of Schools, How can schools teach rights granted by God and only taken away by God.

    • Angel Wannabe

      mac c, I beg to differ, In the 60′s while i was in grade school, we still said the pledge of Alligience, had silent meditation & prayer.

      • http://GOGGLE vaksal

        TO:Angel Wannabe,i remember that also just before class started in the morning,”one nation under (GOD) with liberty and justice for all.” its been so long,I look at everything now and feel sad for the new generations,being cheated out of their(GOD) given rights to liberty and the freedoms that were written into THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION AND THE BILL OF RIGHTS,AND ENTRUSTED TO THE federal government to protect.and those rights are everyones,even those that mock,the very laws we believe in,and enjoy those freedoms every day,on the same hand dont understand,that this set of laws was,payed for in blood by every person in this nation many times over,and is the very reason we must throw out every incumbant this election year,for they have used this,our laws as toilet paper,i say enough is enough.and those who trample on those laws are our mortal enemies and should never recieve our votes.

        • Angel Wannabe

          vaksal__I’m hearing that vaksal, there was a time when a hand shake sealed a deal between two people and it was better the a written contracts, people break today._There was also a time when men took oaths to up the Constitution, we could believe them. Even if we do vote new BLOOD in there in the coming elections, there is no guarantees, they’l up hold they’re end of the bargain or/and not be swayed by the sirens of corruption of Washington!_-My Dad was a vet in WWII as were his three brothers__I said numerous times on here, I’m almost glad they’ve all gone home (died) because what they fought for is_no more__it’s just sad.
          God Bless my friend!

          • Claire

            Angel Wannabe—Thank you for your comment. You are correct in what you have said. God bless you for speaking the truth. The “old” ways may be old, but they were the “good” ways.

          • http://?? Joe H.

            Angel Wannabe,
            My father and his brothers were there as well. My father, too is dead now and I’m glad he didn’t see what Nobama and crew are trying to do. My father in law is still alive and it tears him up to see what is happening to what he and his buddies risked their lives for and saw their buddies die for!!! If we don’t get Nobama and crew out, we are totally screwed!!!

          • Angel Wannabe

            Clair and JoeH, I totally agree, we will be screwed, if we don’t stop this madness. Honestly I think Washington’s drunk with power from the Hierarchy. We NEED a Miracle, we gotta keep praying!!! God Bless ya both!

          • http://GOGGLE vaksal

            TO:ANGEL Wannabe,this is a late postSEPT.21st 2010,my dad joined up in 1940 and served in the u.s. army,first in north africa under general george patton and then in sicily and fought until the war ended.came back home,but he payed the price,his health started to fail him quick,but i must say this,the american government took care of him well and he recovered after he was treated for his disablities.i dont remember his rank,but that doesnt matter,for he was a firm believer in GOD and THIS NATION,AND TAUGHT ALL OF his family to love the freedoms,that lots of good men and women died for,so we could enjoy freedom here.MAY THEY NEVER BE FORGOTTEN EVER.

    • hflashman

      Who’s god you talking about? Just because you have to explain that…shows why it should not be allowed.

      • Angel Wannabe

        Oh shove it_Hflashman!

      • Average Joe

        OK hflashman, we get it…you don’t believe in God or any other diety that may or may not control the universe….That is your right and whether you care to aknowlege it or not, the Constitution protects that right. However, you are not scoring any points nor are you going to convert anyone here by continually informing us of “your” beliefs. Nobody here really gives a “rats arse” whether you choose to believe or not. If you choose not to believe, then just ignore the posts where others’ beliefs are expressed…and stop being the toad you are.
        You seem to be trolling for a fight over the issue…as if you are all knowing and all seeing (you are not). As for your beliefs, you will know for sure when you drop dead…and not one moment before…just like the rest of us.

        There is no way that writers can be tamed and rendered civilized or even cured. The only solution known to science is to provide the patient with an isolation room, where he can endure the acute stages in private and where food can be poked in to him with a stick.
        Robert A. Heinlein

      • http://GOGGLE vaksal

        FROM VAKSAL,question ?hflashman do believe in (GOD),something greater than your mortal self? i really would like to know honestly.

        • http://GOGGLE vaksal

          made mistake,should read do you believe in god?hflashman.

  • Deborah

    Hey Chip! You truly are an inspiration AND a GREAT teacher.

    Believe it or not, the questions above are taught to the 5th graders in public school.
    I home school my son (starting his 5th grade). He could not read. He could not write, not even print. He could not pass TAKS.
    You wouldn’t have believed it if had you met him. He is bright and a good speaker. When he speaks on things he is competent in, he can hold your attention with AWE.
    I said, “kiss my arse”, to another human (inhumane) person teaching my son and took him on myself. His kinder teacher told me he was a future car thief. This conversation was over a gram cracker and the way I taught him to share. The deal was not complete because she stepped in to soon (seconds away from seeing something sweet).

    The Constitution does not guarantee individuals an education. B. Franklin started the first school, many of our Founding Fathers strongly believed in education, and they all believed in our future with an education society leading the country. Many were self taught.

    This is a free country where people of all backgrounds have found a home. We target one group over another to make ourselves feel better about the behaviors we see as superior. Our morals are, at best, lacking. I mean, we kill our unborn, teach 5th graders about sex in school by people with agendas that leads to corruption of our children social morals, government enslaving us and laws demeaning and break equality up into ones for me and ones for you.
    Before anyone yells at me, let me ask you this…do you ever wonder why so many children get raped on buses, school yards and/or events by other students, at the tender ages of 11-12? Little boys gang raping a little girl on the bus? You’ve seen it on the news, read it in the paper, so you know what I’m talking about.
    They are taught by the schools, after they’ve been given/shown/talked about condoms, how the body works, sex, that they should go out and EXPERIMENT to see if they are gay, bi or straight. They have been doing this AT LEAST since the 90′s.
    While I believe adults can do ANYTHING they want to as long as it does not impede upon my GOD GIVEN RIGHTS or those of another….just do it.
    Teaching our children is an honor bestowed upon the school system. They look at is as the parents do not deserve consideration. It’s a sewer of tolerance toward some and intolerance to others system they teach our children and the parents are often represented as the problem that should not be tolerated.
    Be tolerant of gays. Don’t be tolerant of straights that don’t want to hear about it or our children to be taught to “INVESTIGATE” when it comes to sexuality.
    Laws are being passed, CIARS imposing communistic/Shariah Law on to us that both condones and condemns, at the same time, what is taught in school. These people will stone your kids to death, without a fair trial, and the teachers will point their fingers straight at the parents who will be publicity whipped or worse.
    I defend the Constitution and America as we were before the Obama era.
    Keep your powder dry and our flag at your side! Bring America off her knees, what were they thinking?!!

    • Angel Wannabe

      Amen Debra__You go girl!

    • Joyce from Loris

      Deborah, I agree so much with what you say! I also admire your home schooling your child. I encourage all people to get their children out of government run schools. Our daughter in law is a teacher. Fortunately, we live in a very small town and do not have the pressure of liberals breathing down our necks all the time. Still, she monitors what other teachers teach her children! I have 7 grandchildren, three are girls. I do worry about the future of all my grandchildren if we do not fight the muslims and their shariah laws NOW.

      Good piece!

      • slickporsche

        Not only will we need to fight the Muslims, we will need to do battle with our own government. GO to the range and practice, practice.

  • Joseph C Moore, USN Ret

    Excellent! How fitting for a day not recognized by so many in our Republic.

  • http://personallibertydigest Robert S. Bingaman

    I remember enlisting in the millitary over 30 years ago where I sworn to defend the constitution. During the oath I agreed to follow the lawful orders of superiors. I wonder how did we let ourselves get so far away from the bedrock or foundation of what truly made our country so great. I will answer my own ? Individually we allowed ourselves to doubt or hold firm to a firm reliance that our creator will ultimately take care of us.

    • D J Lynch

      Yes Bob, and although you swor to protect the Constitution, you don’t come under it while in the service..you come under the Uniform code Of Military Justice.

      • JeffH

        D J Lynch, the Uniform code Of Military Justice does not trump the Constitution. The Uniform Code of Military Justice is the foundation of military law in the United States. UCMJ is a code of laws and regulations for the maintenance of discipline and good order.

        IF the UCMJ were to have, “let’s call it precedence”, over the Constitution then we would have anarchy and the military would be running this country.

  • D J Lynch

    I got them all right but you left out felony and misdemeanors which congress can be removed for High crimes(felony) and Misdemeanors.

  • D J Lynch

    A lot of people think that Supreme court justices are appointed for life, but they are not. Artcle 3 section 1 states they hold office in good behaviour. Wow!! this means that all of them can be ousted!!

  • ONTIME

    Maybe the qualifier for a candidate running for elected office should be given the same test on American history as that given to those applying for citizenship. It is as comprehensive as a high school American History class and is what I was taught in school.

    Listening to some of these idiots called legislators is a joke and how and why they got elected speaks volumes about how ignorant and lethargic people are about their freedoms. There are no free rides, you have to earn a ticket.

  • http://none draper b. gregory

    God bless you, Chip Wood for that meaningful contribution. Perhaps the Tea Party movement will have an effective affect upon the way our government should be run. In the meantime, keep united my fellow citizens, and refrain from sniping commentary among yourselves, It’s counter productive. All the best, your friend,

    Draper Gregory

  • http://a.t&t. james wright

    the constition sometimes puts us in a corner we do not like but it is the best gov. policy in the world those guys that wrote it were very smart but i do not think they intended to let our enemies use the bill of rights against us but that is what is happening the templars fought muslims for a century and they lost and then wiped out masons were the decendants of the templars and most of the authors were masons i am sure they did not intend for their enemies to use the bill of rights to take over this country but that is their intentions they are like a thief in the dark but they lie and deny it so someone had better a whole lot more snooping

  • Average Joe

    I posted this yesterday on another of Bob’s discussions. I thought that it might relate here as well. BTW, I started school in 1961 (before the feds got involved) I was able to answer all of the questions correctly with the exception of the four crimes mentioned in the Constitution…I could only remember three of them…dangit!
    Here was my post from yesterday:

    The public has finally awakened and figured out exactly what the people in Washington really do and that is why they’re being fired.
    The people in D.C. (both party’s) spend millions of dollars to get elected to offices… that pay thousands of dollars. Why?… for the power, inside connections and back room deals with special interests. Once in office, they spend 1/3 of their time “appearing” to be doing the people’s work and 2/3 of their time campaigning for the next election (so that they can keep that power).

    They didn’t stop listening to the people, they never listened in the first place (they simply told us what they thought we wanted to hear).
    They have talked down and lectured to us.
    They have for far too long told us how they know better than we do, how to live and cunduct our lives.
    They have told us in all of their infinite wisdom how dumb we are for disagreeing with them….
    Yes , the people have finally awakened and that disturbs and scares all of the Washington establishment leaches and those of their ilk.

    They have forgotten that they work for the people and that they govern at the consent of the people, not the other way around.

    They have not left their mark on America, rather they have left their stain on her. This is why they are being fired and rightfully so…
    THROW ALL OF THE BUMS OUT!

    There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.”
    – Daniel Webster

  • george

    Question 8: “Can the provisions of a treaty supersede the Constitution?” Has recently seemed to me to be unclear. Article VI section 2 states: “This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof, and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land;” It reads as if the constitution and treaties made are on the same level with the same authority. What do you think?

    • Average Joe

      Each “treaty” must be looked at on a case by case basis. Any treaty that would attempt to subvert the Constitution, would in fact be unlawful, since the Constitution supercedes any treaties made. If the treaty in question does not attempt to subvert (in other words, Construed in harmony with the Constitution) the Constitution would be lawful.
      Bear in mind that the Constitution is the “Common Law”in the following UCC rule and that a treaty would qualify as a “statute” under the law.

      Uniform Commercial Code at 1-103.6, which says: The Code is complimentary to the Common Law, which remains in force, except where displaced by the code. A statute should be construed in harmony with the Common Law, unless there is a clear legislative intent to abrogate the Common Law.

    • JeffH

      george,
      The U.S. Supreme Court has made it very clear that
      1) Treaties do not override the U.S. Constitution.
      2) Treaties cannot amend the Constitution. And last,
      3) A treaty can be nullified by a statute passed by the U.S. Congress (or by a sovereign State or States if Congress refuses to do so), when the State deems a treaty the performance of a treaty is self-destructive. The law of self-preservation overrules the law of obligation in others.

      “This [Supreme] Court has regularly and uniformly recognized the supremacy of the Constitution over a treaty.” – Reid v. Covert, October 1956, 354 U.S. 1, at pg 17.

      http://www.sweetliberty.org/issues/staterights/treaties.htm

  • DavidL

    Overall a good article. But here are some inaccuracies:

    No. 19: “The word “democracy” does not appear in the Constitution. Our nation is a Constitutional Republic, not a Democracy. The Founders feared Democracy (unrestricted rule by majority) and favored a Republic (rule of law where the law limits the government.”

    • Average Joe

      OK, I’ll bite, where is the inaccuracy? Although they did guarantee a democratic form of electing our representatives..(through popular vote), there is no mention of the word “democracy” mentioned in the document, only a democratic form of election and nothing else.

    • P L

      DavidL; Our Constitutional Republic has been Democracized longer than I can remember and now we are at the door to Socialism! Let’s PLEASE Keep It Shut.

  • BrotherPatriot

    Now this is the kind of educational article that needs to be promoted. Good job, Mr. Wood and the editors of the site. I would ask for further works to be produced to help bring the truth about the kind of Government we are SUPPOSED to have. Also, some trips down History lane would be well recieved also…such as how the 3 Primary documents that we have, Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and the Constitution came to being…the people who made them, the trials they overcame, who supported & didn’t support…etc.

    History forgotten is doomed to be repeated and it’s imperative that our young know the truth. They certainly aren’t getting it in Public schools.

    A good example is Columbus. I certainly don’t celebrate the mass murderer that he was…I know in that time some callous people thought the people they enslaved were but cattle…but anyone with moral fiber knows when they are committing an affront to God and being evil. You feel it within your soul.

    Speak and know the truth, my brothers & sisters. The truth and love of God is all that can save us now with Moral thinking in tow.

  • DavidL

    Wrong definition in the article. A Republic is a form of government where there is no king, and those holding political office do so, not by birth, but by being elected to office.

    We are a democratic republic. The fact that the word democracy isn’t mentioned in the Constitution is not relevant. Privacy isn’t mentions explicitly either, but it certainly exists. Our entire system is set up to be democratic.

    The Bill of Rights, first and foremost, is a restraint against government. Congress shall not do this; Congress shall not do that; etc.

    • Centerist

      If it wasn’t for the constitution the fanatical tea party would have us in bread lines today.

      • LocalYokel

        If you consider the Tea Party fanatical just how would you classify the majority party’s actions in the house , senate, and oval office as anything other than criminally subversive?

        • Centerist

          Absolutely not. Health care, Financial reform, Social security, Infrastructure money……….. Absolutely not.

          • BrotherPatriot

            Socialism & Marxism.

            Our Founding fathers were Very aware of what Democracy was/is.

            ‘Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security, or the rights of property; and have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.’
            - James Madison 1

            Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
            - John Adams 2

            The experience of all former ages had shown that of all human governments, democracy was the most unstable, fluctuating and short-lived.
            - John Quincy Adams 3

            Democracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy; such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man’s life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure, and every one of these will soon mould itself into a system of subordination of all the moral virtues and intellectual abilities, all the powers of wealth, beauty, wit, and science, to the wanton pleasures, the capricious will, and the execrable [abominable] cruelty of one or a very few.
            -John Adams 4

            We HAVE to return to our Constitutional Republic and God or else this wonderful Experiment that is the United States of America will indeed, come to an End.

            Patriots can stop this, my Brothers & Sisters. God Bless you all.

          • BrotherPatriot

            I just found this.

            http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=204521

            Only through God.

          • DaveH

            First of all, why do you call yourself Centerist (I’m assuming you are meaning Centrist, but just can’t spell) when you are so obviously Liberal? You surely don’t think we’re as ignorant as Liberals and thus fooled by your chosen ID?
            So, you call forcing us to add a middleman to our medical expenses and allowing that middle man to interfere with our doctor/patient relationships Health Care? I think not.
            Financial reform? You mean Obama is going to save us from those evil financiers by bailing out those who didn’t do the right things with our tax money? Thanks Obama, you’re my hero.
            What have the Democrats done to improve Social Security? You surely don’t mean their spending of our money as fast as they get it?
            And infrastructure money? You’re kidding, right? You can’t be talking about those vote-buying projects that throw good taxpayer money away to the organizations that suck up to the Dems, are you?

          • jimboisatool

            DUDE,YOUR A MORON,first off the word privacy is mentioned 17 times in the constitution,and bill of rights,democracy not mentioned once.

        • BrotherPatriot

          Here Here!!!

      • jimboisatool

        SORT of like the obama administration? 43 million on food stamps,highest fore closer rate in history,20.5 % real unemployment,tripled the debt since bush was in office,( he was a tool also).CAP AND SCAM,thankfully being found out as a fraud.

  • Average Joe

    Please recite the pledge of allegiance and tell me if it says “Republic”, “Democracy” or Democratic/Republic.

    “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”

    “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

    Benjamin Franklin

    Please read my post just above.

  • DaveH

    For the Republican gun owners on this site:
    http://gunowners.org/a091710.htm

    You need to give your RINO Party Leaders a swift boot.

    • Christin

      DaveH,
      It is said the gov is making people report gun ownership on their 2010 Income Tax Returns so they can be TAXed and later taken away.
      I heard the military had to do this last year.
      What say you?

      • DaveH

        Here is what Snopes has to say about that:
        http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/taxreturns.asp

      • DaveH

        I have no doubt that if the Healthcare Bill passes it could lead to all kinds of Government intrusion on our Freedom.
        How many times, for instance, have you heard people say in defense of seat belt laws or helmet laws “I don’t want to pay for them if they get in an accident”? I answer that “I didn’t ask you to”. Beware of Greeks bearing Gifts.

      • JeffH

        Christin , that’s an urban myth that has been floating through emails for years now. I think it was called SB-2099 – a Senate Bill Requiring Federal Tax on Guns.

        Gun owners beware!
        Back Door Bill (SB-2099)
        Senate Bill SB-2099 will require us to put on our 2000 1040 federal tax Form all guns that you have or own. It may require fingerprints and a tax of $50 per gun. This bill was introduced on Feb. 24. This bill will become public knowledge 30 days after it is voted into law. This is an amendment to the Internal Revenue Act of 1986. This means that the Finance Committee can pass this without the Senate voting on it at all.
        The full text of the proposed amendment is on the U.S. Senate homepage: http://www.senate.gov/. You can find the bill by doing a search by the bill number. (SB-2099) You know who to call; I strongly suggest you do. Please send a copy of this e-mail to every gun owner you know to help STOP this bill!!

        This is an old rumor dating back to September 2000
        http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/weekly/aa091900a.htm

      • JeffH

        Christin , that’s an urban myth that has been floating through emails for years now. I think it was called SB-2099 – a Senate Bill Requiring Federal Tax on Guns

      • Christin

        DaveH and JeffH,

        Thank you for the GOOD NEWS gentlemen!

        PS Why do people create false e-mails and circulate stupid lies? …too much time on their hands? …they like to create havoc?

  • Eddie

    I disagree with your statement “If the right is granted by the Second Amendment, meaning by government, it can be taken away by government.”
    The Second Amendment is granted by the Bill of Rights which did not come from the government…

    • ChuckL

      Sorry Eddie, but the right is not granted by the Second Amendment. The right, granted by God, is affirmed by the Second Amendment as are all other rights mentioned in the Constitution.

      • Eddie

        Hey there ChuckL, I agree with you… I did not agree with the statement that the 2nd was from the government and could be taken away by the government…

  • XQsME

    Without a revolution

    Americans are history!

    Invitations will not be sent.

  • ChuckL

    Christin,
    Were you able to explain to these “Social Studies” teachers that the proper interpretation of the First Amendment’s first clause is that if religion is the subject, the Federal Government is prohibited from acting. There is no other logical way to include both “…shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,” and “…or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;”

    • Christin

      No, ChuckL, I was not able to get through to her about anything. She thought I was wrong and had blinders on. If I had pushed it any farther a broken relationship would have ensued and our teaching team would have suffered. I left that school after that year as I moved. It is a shame as she and others like her are probably still teaching the lies to the children.
      But I see it as the fault of their and our education from 1st grade through College… they were probably lied to as most of us were and the Constitution is NOT taught anymore.

      Wished I had had a copy of the Constitution at that time… hind sight!

  • http://www.facebook.com Magee,Robert H.O.

    I agree that parents have a responsibility as to what their kids should be get in terms of education. But education is well funded when government serves it unlike private effort that may be frustrated during bad times and abandon the poor from getting an education.

    Education is important for it provide supplies needed information about the economy and society in general. Information is power, for it promotes wisdom and it is up to the individual to know how to use that information wisely.

    The problem comes when too many educated and the elite act as stambling blocks to kids getting a fine education just because they do not buy into certain school of thought.
    What perhaps has spoiled education is the fact that government uses it as a brainwashing effort to reduce society to system friendly.

    That is okay but those who refuse brainwashing do not deserve retaliation but rather professors need to know that they cannot always succeed in brainwashing every child. Some are intelligent and smart to buy government pressure.
    Parents should reject politicization of education and attaching the department to tax issues is in effect sidetracking from its mission to educate the Youth.
    Homeschooling may appear aas an alternative but you must also understand that it’s myopic approach to issue can cause to much division in society. Together we can make a difference by discussing what organizing is right for our schools.

    School is a training ground of citizens and to reduce its meaning to brainwashing is wrong. We need more freedom as to what one wants to study. Not to be forced to issues and lesson subjects because someone has decided already that they are elective subjects that are required even though the subjects have no common sense or bearing with what a student wants to accomplish in school.
    Allow the flexibility of study in general. Do not fail students because they are focal on certain issues. Fail them because they have not mastered the subject matter of study.
    The department of education need to concern itself with studies and education in general not seek or pursue tax issues. Let IRS do its job. Schools need to budget and government.provide spending period from taxes.

    Attaching property taxes to education is simply complicating the role of education. Government is overplaying its role on knowledge collection and it has too much negatives going on in the learning process.

    Education has been turned into money makig venture for Banks to profit from such that corrupt issues uncoverred on bad loans are swept under the rug.

  • Stephen Russell

    Must for Every kid in school from Middle School to maybe some Grad School alone IF warranted. Esp Basic US History alone.

  • http://PersonalLibertyAlerts John Despard

    It seems that again Mr. Wood seems to be using semantics to support his views on the Constitution. While it is true that the Bill of Rights is not saying that the government is giving us particular rights it is simply affirming that we have them. To amend means to change in some way so an amendment would be changing something. What exactly did the Bill of Rights change in the Constitution? Either I am missing something in the definition of amendment or the Bill of Rights is wrongfully called amendments. Also, what is the basis of Executive Orders? If it was something passed by the legislature and signed by the president does not that make it the law of the land? Was the power to create executive orders simply assumed by some president and followed by every one since? Lastly, I have not been a subscriber to this newsletter very long so I don’t know what the writers had to say during the Bush administration. I have been following progressives since the 90′s and many of them are far from happy with Obama. But he is far more progressive than Bush or any republican that I know of. I keep hearing about the 3% or so who have most of the wealth in this country. This amounts to between six and nine million people depending on the results of the census. I don’t know where the dividing line is that separates the 3% from the rest of us. But I do feel that anyone in the lower 97% is voting against their interests if they vote republican.

  • P L

    RE ? #4,This will come as a shock to most:
    The President (AKA Obama now) can only purpose a bill. All debt is created in Congress, to be precise, in the House of Representatives (AKA Pelosi now). All Spending Bills must originate in the House of Representatives (see? #17). The Senate (AKA Reid now) may concur, but the House is responsible for all spending and the Debts that occur. All those Debts they create are their gifts to you and your children. When the President (Obama), the House (Pelosi) and the Senate (Reid) concur and having a super majority with RHINOs look what you get. BUT, the Constitution makes the House ultimately responsible for the debt by giving them two year terms so the voters (YOU, I hope) can fire them and can Demand the new Representatives to repeal those measures and if they don’t can fire them also
    until they get it right!
    So Vote like your life depends on it – IT DOES – and your childrens too. Not just this time but All the time.

  • http://guy@reogiant.com guyb

    Its this easy….. Our elected officals say the constitution reads as followed, The the American people whatever you feel they need to hear so you can be re-elected!!!!!!! Then,you can do as you like with trillions of dollars since the tax dollars are never accounted for anyway and you can get your offshore account stuffed as large as you like….. Remember,just say yes to george soros and he will reward you with all the money you want…. Forget about the American people,all they did for you was elect you to represtent them,they will never know you sold them out. If the American people ever thought you sold them out then remember this, Just blame Bush!!!!!!!

  • http://gmail i41

    Government controlled education is an easy way to implant bildge in kids minds, using the left crap by the buddy system. I have 4 grandchildren in 1st grade to 7th grade. When Omoron was running, there were a few teachers telling kids that this was history being made with a “black” president. When kids asked about him they were able to expand the BS, the MLK crap of there would be peace and schools would be better. When my grandson was rambling about Omoron, I asked why he like him or what he had done. It was just oh he is so cool, why, he just is, his parents explained what Omoron voted for and what he beleived in total government control. The light came on as my grandson spent time in the library reading about what he stood for. Now his friends parents are out of work and money has families tightening up on fun and moving to find any work. After talking to a 3rd grade granddaughter a couple of days ago, one of her first question was if I liked McDonald’s? When her and I went there durning the summer, she always ate french fries with me and had a hamburger. When I asked her why she didn’t like them, she said the heard Michele Obama say fast food was not good and people should eat vegtables. Now when did the same day Big Mamee have direct linkage to all schools? So now the marxist big broad is making policy for the food police, my daughter and son-in-law raise beef and it is important for parents to listen what their children are getting rammed down their throats. I started a country school and remember listening to JFK’ swearing in on a little 16″ black and white. Several classmates moms were there, all were dems and the akking and oowing was nonstop. When I got home my parents were asking what I had seenand what was going on. My Mom and Dad said it was just more control of citizens in ranching and farming to what I would be able to do in a job when I was my Granddad’s age. They sure weren’t wrong. But the crap being spread in schools by the teachers unions and socialist democrats. Heads up parents!

  • NormP

    May I PLEASE have a copy of this article for educational purposes?

    I am just a teacher/classroom aide in “special ed” but copies of this along with the ACTUAL teaching of the constitution and what IT means MUST be done to counter the false teachings of the progressives which have been purported upon us for the last 100 years!!!

    • JeffH

      NormP, I’m pretty sure that Mr. Livingston welcomes his articles to be re-printed.

      • libertytrain

        I’m guessing there wouldn’t be a “print” button and all the other buttons right after the article if it wasn’t ok —–

  • JOHN LARGE

    Man, what a bunch of arrogant whiners some of you are. But for the grace of God we were all lucky to have been born in this country. We’re no more special than any of the other 6 billion people on this planet, only by chance, luck, providence or whatever you want to call it, we struck a global lottery and were born in this great country.

    All this anger and vitriol “I had to take my kid out of school” blah blah blah… We act like life is so tough for us… come on, for the love of God. We have it MAAADE in this country. Great highways, good standard of living, low crime rate, low malnutrition, low poverty, freedom of speech, religion, and a great living document like the constitution to guide us… compared to almost any other country in the world. Just thank God you weren’t born some poor, malnourished, child in a godforsaken part of this world with no future, options or security.

    Man… I can’t believe how ungrateful we’ve become as a nation… liberals and conservatives alike. Act like “my rights” my this, my that… stop the whining, for godsakes and thank the Lord for what bounty and fortune we have.

    -JL

    • Keath

      i DON’T BELIEVE THEY’RE WHINING,THEY AND i JUST WANT OUR CONSTITION PRESERVED,PROTECTED AND FOLLOWED TO THE T AND NOT ABUSED AS IT IS TODAY BY OUR OWN President,Congress and House. If you sware an oath to uphold the Constition and do not you should be expeled from office,so lets do what we can to get it done.

    • DaveH

      Stop your whining, John. If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen.
      We weren’t blessed or lucky, and it had nothing to do with providence. We have what we have now, because our founders established freedom for individuals to live their lives the best they could with volutary contracts and free markets. Yes, religion had a part in the sense that religious people generally get moral guidance which helps them respect and get along with their fellow man.
      It is a fact that, now, people in leadership positions are trying to take that away. And ignorant people like yourself want to bury their heads in the sand and hope it will not be a problem while the next Hitler plies his trade.
      If you want to live in a country where the elites help themselves to your property and make your life choices for your, fine, go to Cuba, or China, or Russia. Have a ball. Just butt out of my life.

  • Marlene

    For a man who claims to have been a Professor of the Constitution, these facts show he’s absolutely clueless on all points. There’s no way, shape or form he’s upholding this valuable document.

    • DaveH

      Oh? And you have the facts, Marlene? Please share them with us so we can become more enlightened. I will be anxiously waiting for your Liberal wisdom. I won’t hold my breath though.

  • Gerry

    If you want the constitutional privileges granted to us by our Creator, PLEASE vote for Constitutional Party Candidates in November!

    The Constitution Party stands behind the Constitution 100%.
    NO AMNESTY
    Protect 2nd Amendment rights
    Close the Borders
    Sanctity of Life
    Limited Government
    NO United Nations
    NO Federal Reserve

    Please go to constitutionparty.com to find out mo0re abo0ut the US Constitution Party

    There truly is a viable alternative to the Democrats and the Republicans. Vote Constitution Party.

  • Will

    I agree with almost all statements above, one more I would like to add, we used to have basic education, we were taught to obey our teachers and respect them, in turn, they respected us, when I was in school, you opened the door for your teacher, she or he would always thank you and we felt proud to do so, I must say I had some very good teachers when i was in school, but that was over 48 years ago, things have certinly changed, I agree that the Government should not be in education, most of the elected officials can’t even read or think clearly, its time to put God back in America, then all these problems will resolve themselves, our forfathers new this and that is why they included it in all the constitution articles. its time to start a internet news letter, get all the people together and demand that the Government stick to the principals of the constitution, leave all the other trash alone, all these people work for us, let them know what we expect, this is America, we speak english, we do not need press one for english, God Bless America

  • Claire

    The youth of today should be taught the true history of America. They should learn about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and before they leave the eighth grade, and graduate from high school, they have to pass a test on these items. I know I had to or I would have flunked. Another thing, teachers do not have the right to teach the kids which party is the “best” because in reality neither party is the “best.” The children should make that decision themselves as they grow up and become adults. School is not the place for politics. Kids need to learn history, economics, and the three R’s. I sure as heck wouldn’t send my kids to a school that promoted a political party.

  • DaveH

    I ran across this web site today that you Christians, who are tired of your religious freedom being trampled, might enjoy:
    http://aclj.org/

    • Angel Wannabe

      Thanks for the link, DaveH!

    • Claire

      DaveH–I read through your link. Thank you, a lot of good information that should be read by everyone.

  • jopa

    JOHN LARGE; You have it exactly right.I just came back on a road trip down the east coast over to Nashville, back through West Virginias Blue Ridge Mtns. and back.We are truly blessed and there is a lot of whining going on for nothing.This country is awesome and getting better all the time.You want to see the real America stay away from the airport and get off the interstates.

  • chuck b

    at least some of the media has it right. this is on the lines of protecting our constitution:

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jul/22/the-case-for-impeachment-142967590/

    • DaveH

      Powerful article, Chuck. I will be sending link to friends and relatives. Thank you.

    • JeffH

      chuck b, very nice read. Thanks!

  • Jimbo

    I agree with 18 of your 20 answers. I will not go into significant detail, as I’ve already opened that can of worms in previous posts. You obviously have a good handle on most of the constitution, but you yourself are obviously interpreting the two I mention to suit your beliefs. I do have a problem with that, but more than the “interpretation for convenience” is the effect of such interpretations. The first one I refer to would increase the size of government, not reduce it (you can’t have it both ways). The second is a bit of wishful thinking, regardless of meaning. Whether the Bill of Rights gives us rights or whether this rights are merely stated as God-given, and that only God can take them away is rhetoric. There are obvious instances where Gov. is restricting our rights at their convenience.

    As far as “illegal” immigration is concerned, I’ve written extensively on it as previous comments to previous articles, so I won’t repeat them here. I would like to point out, however, that “No foreign aid, no Departments of Education, Housing, Health, Agriculture or Homeland Security. No commissions, bureaucratic monstrosities or other meddlesome agencies that “harass our people and eat out their substance.”” would take care of a vast majority of the problems that people complaint about concerning immigration. Fix those two problems, and you will have an excellent piece.

    PS Prosecution of immigrants in-land violates the rights of those question, detained, and arrested that are here legally. “He who is willing to give up rights in exchange for security deserves neither”.

    PSS 10% is unrealistic if we keep such a large military.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      jimbo,
      so your answer is that we just keep paying out billions and trillions each year to support them??? That’s worse than no answer at all!!!
      also, if the citizens you say are having their rights violated know about the illegals here and don’t report them as illegal it is the same as if they know a bank is going to be robbed tomorrow and don’t report it! THEY THEMSELVES ARE GUILTY OF A CRIME THE SAME AS IF THEY COMMITED THE CRIME!!!!

    • third party

      JIMBO,you don’t think by adding the term god given rights is exactly the plan at the time,these were mostly lawyers,and brilliant men of the time,that was the plan,god given rights,cant be dis proven,or proven except for the constitution in writing,they knew that term could never be debunked.

    • jimboisatool

      YOUR A JOKE,bigger government,you never read history,that’s AMERICAN HISTORY.46 of the founders have mentioned smaller government in over 50 % of all their speeches.

  • http://gmail i41

    jimbo, do you classify your self as a progressive socialist democrat or just a hard core marxist. Of all those bloayted simple wonk run agencies, not one of do anything possitive but waste money.Department odf Education takes taxpayers money and wastes it on sports and feel good crap. If Juan, Eddy, or Mustafa cann’t read the idea taxpayers must provide lanuage teachers is bull. The fastest way to teach something is stay on one courser of learning English, when I taught heavy equipment operators some who never even operated a car,the fastest way, was to put them on a simple machine and practice, not draw pictures,read poetry, and sing. No, it was get your rear in a drivers seat and start learning, same goes for speaking and learning English. Oh yes I actually had more trouble with inner city persons who didn’t get an education of common sense and even speeking English. The school systems are too much artsy fatsy, that every dink passes another grade on and the real dork causing trouble were left in the classes, or if mentally challenged, they need not to be mainlined but sent to something they can actually understand. Dept of Ag, what in the hell are we idling productive ground and paying out severral hundred billions to create more welfare slugs on society both in cities and ag land owners. Those little gang bangers would disappear if free food and housing was not given to the worthless pukes, same goes for all the welfare sluts cranking out kids and the sires never being held responsible. Every damn program and agencies are nothing but a giant gaming systems for crooks, which usually are socialist lazy reared democrats. I can take you down to any reservation, which is as productive as any damn slums are, drugs being sold, lazy assed generational people. Food sent to the dumps along with brand new clothes never worn,child abuse of all sorts, why because when people don’t have to take care of themselves and government wonks do everything for everyone to be wards of the government. The persons who are wards of government go to hell in a hand cart. Since the 40′s on this country has been going niggarardly at a pretty rapid rate. Now the last 4 years with the socialist democrats and last almost 2 with the marxist muslim moron mule in the WH who doesn’t have a damn clue of what made the USA great. The National Socialist Democrat Union Party should be shipped out or tried for treason then shipped to some flaky 3rd world country. There is not a damn democrat that can say they aren’t socialist communist leaning and don’t want total government control of everything. If you know one, point them out, demcrats fit in better in Sodom and Gamoria, than the USA.

  • Centerist

    i41, PLEASE, your ramblings are stupid enough, at least take a moment to spell check them. You’re only lowering the bar for the bombastic.

  • Meteorlady

    Thank you – who is John Gault?

    • Centerist

      Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

  • third party

    HE IS A profound socialist in the UK,he ” loves” socializing.”

  • Myrna

    I did pretty good on the quiz, only totally missed 2 and got 1/2 right on 2 and 1/4 on 1. One other ? could have been, “who can become president if both the president and vice-president die or are removed?” (Unlike common belief, there is no automatic succession–Congress is to choose a successor to serve until a president is elected.)

  • Eric Bischoff

    Obviously most of you here are a product of this lousy system. Get off your high horses. You have no idea how to fix this and you are too mean and ignorant to come up with good ideas or even recognize good ones when they are staring you in the face.

    So let me stir up the pot a little more. Cuba that little island neighbor you are all so afraid of has figured out how to get 98% literacy on a shoestring budget and they export doctors all over the World. Maybe we should get humility and ask for their help and guidance on how to fix this.

    We should always model excellence wherever it exists instead of wasting our time trying to reinvent the wheel when obviously we don’t have a clue. Yes things keep getting worse no matter how much money we throw at the problems. Maybe it’s because our only skill is war and killing.

    Let’s get real this country cannot afford home schooling when it now takes 2 + workers to work maintain a household. But hey keep voting against organized labor and better pay and benefits.

    And let’s be honest most of you are not qualified to be teachers anymore than the teachers you continuously bash. I don’t think that children should only be subjected to their close minded, bigot, racist, sexist parents. That is a recipe for disaster.

    The reason the textbooks suck is not because the government is trying to control the content, it is because the corporate publishers have figured out that Texas is the largest market and they let them decide first what should be in the books for the whole country. And the puritanical, bigot, racist, sexist minds of a few moral majority types decide for all. That’s why this year they decided to stop teaching about Jefferson. Keep dumbing it down.

    And finally on the subject of the constitution, where was your outrage when the Patriot act finally shredded what was left of our precious document? I say what was left because our rights have all been taken away a little at a time and none of you noticed or objected. It reminds me of At first they came for the ….. and I didn’t say anything because I wasn’t …. Then they came for…. and I didn’t say anything because I wasn’t ….

    The first major betrayal of our Constitution as far as I am concerned was the Spanish American War. That’s when the Constitution became irrelevant and not worth whatever paper it was printed on.

  • Jimbo

    Let me start by saying that just because the constitution has been ignored, and treated as “irrelevant and not worth whatever paper it was printed on”, it does not mean that it should continue to be that way.

    With that said, let me add to those that responded to my post earlier, that you should read and understand before responding. The article that we are commenting on is about the constitution. My point of view was that the author, on two occasions, used self serving interpretations on his answers.

    There is a reason that the zone between the border and the nearest checkpoint is called the “unconstitutional zone”: Constitutional rights are violated in the name of security. The more inland you bring this checkpoints, including extending them to the location of every law enforcement official, it should be obvious to any “scholar” of the constitution that this action necessarily violates rights (God given, as pointed out by the author).

    Some of you disagreed with my comments, with no counter-argument or a basis for such disagreement, as you decided to resort to name-calling, including false accusations of position, obviously with the intent to insult me.

    I am a strong advocate of small (very small) government. I am of high moral character, and believe that we should help those in need, but not by the government, as they do things very inefficiently. This help should not come from social programs or organized labor, or any other government driven, influenced, or controlled. With these social programs out of government hands, and into foundations (where funds are voluntary, not forced, I still contend that a majority of immigrant associated “problems” would be non-existent. Think this through before you bash me again.

    I respect people, even when I don’t know them. I respect people’s opinions, even when they appear to be self-contradictory. I shall close again with: “He who gives up liberty for [perceived] security deserves neither”.

  • http://None R.C,

    A new revised Constitution that will make Americans the freest people on the face of the earth and the envy of the world.

    REAL TRUE FREEDOM

    It really amazes me how blind and brain dead We The People really are and still believe that we are a free people under our Constitutional system of government. We are educated to believe that “We The People” are the Sovereigns and our elected officials are our “public servants,” so we are told. The question arises in my mind “HOW CAN A SERVANT HAVE THE POWER TO ENACT LAWS, RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT WE SOVEREIGNS MUST OBEY??? It appears to me that if the “servant” has that kind of power then he/she must be the Sovereign and “we the people” the servants = (slaves). If there was ever an oxy-moron this is it. A “servant”never tells his/her master what he/she can or cannot do, yet our Constitution endorses this type system of government. The truth is our present system of government is nothing more then an ILLUSION of freedom and boy have we been deceived! “Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.” (Charlie Reese). It is time for a change and I would like to offer the following concept of what a really free system of government should be. Two (2) things need to be done.
    The Remedy:
    (1) Recognize who is the enemy of our so-called “freedoms.” The enemy is the U.S. Congress, State Legislatures, County Boards and City Councils and govt. agencies at all levels of govt., all “law-making” bodies that are constantly churning out all kinds of restrictions (laws) on our enumerated “freedoms” that in actuality really doesn’t exist anymore. Furthurmore these “public servants” then turn around and beg We The People to “finance” their campaign so they can get elected and vote themselves “benefits” that are much better then what they give We Sovereigns. Are you starting to have doubts about who the “real” Sovereigns are? If not you should be.
    Every time a law is enacted at any level of govt., this constitutes a restriction on our “alleged” freedoms and an invasion of our collective wealth!
    We need to make a couple of changes in our Constitution by calling for a Constitutional Convention to abolish Congress, State Legislatures, County Boards, and City Councils and institute the following short sentence in their place; “DO NO MAN OR WOMAN HARM IN THEIR PERSON OR THEIR PROPERTY.” Please take note that this one short sentence entails “personal responsibility” for all one says and does in his/her interactions with others, a long lost quality that we Americans once had and lost due to “laws” enacted by our “public servants” at all levels of govt. This is the only principle we need to resolve any and all issues that may arise be they criminal or civil. It constitutes Sovereigns dealing with Sovereigns and NOT Sovereigns being subject to the whims of “public servants.” We as a united people have become slaves to “public servants” and “political correctness” where freedom of speech and thought is subtly controlled and We The People have bought into it lock, stock and barrel. Shame on us!
    (2) Abolish the American Legal System and in its place institute Common-Law where randomly picked citizens sit as a jury to hear civil complaints and criminal cases. The jury is the sole power. This kind of jury would have the power to question the litigants directly and when satisified they have enough info to render a decision they retire to render that decision in a civil case and a verdict in a criminal case. No biased judges; No costly lawyers, done away with entirely. The jury has no more power after they render a decision in the case before them and are thanked and dismissed. All the present enumerated crimes would remain intact as a crime is still a crime. A Grand Jury would be called upon to hear appeals, They also would be randomly picked for just one appeal.
    Remember, “We The People” retain the right to change our form of govt. I sincerely believe that if We The People adopted this form of government we would be the envy of the whole world. Americans wouldn’t be burdened down with tons of dos and don’ts and we would truly be self-governed by being personally responsible to each other in all our associations and dealings without being “regulated” to death by an all powerful government. of “servants.” The phrase GOD BLESS AMERICA would once again have sincere meaning in our hearts and minds and “WE THE PEOPLE” would really be self governed.
    I am not suggesting we abolish our beloved Constitution, but rather through a constitutional convention amend the Constitution as enumerated above and the only law, i.e. principle is taking “personal responsibility” for everything you say and do. This type
    system of govt. would be the epitome of what governments should be.Thats it. Very simple. Could anyone ask for more.

    Thank you for your time.
    R.C.
    dingusmcgeesr1@aol.com
    Houston, TX

  • Joseph K. DeLaney

    If you will read histories of the Constitution you will find true heroes who PLEDGED THEIR LIVES, THEIR FORTUNES AND THEIR SACRED HONOR to give us INDEPENDANCE from tyranny. These men gave us the ability to change the Congress at will. Let’s use this WILL this November and take back our FREEDOM!!!!!

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