People, It is Independence Day, not In Dependence Day

In 1776 a group of influential men got together to announce to the world that our colonies here in America had endured enough oppression and that we were announcing our independence from our “mother” country Great Britain. In this announcement we listed our principles for doing so, the offenses against us that drove us to this action, and a general plan for making it happen. These men put their their “Lives, Fortunes, and Sacred Honor” on the line so a people could fight to be free of their oppressors. These were great men and the result of their commitment and their supporters actions is nothing less than a miracle- The United States of America. The land of the free and the home of the brave. Time to dust off that legacy and make it true once again. Time to understand the importance of the Declaration of Independence and why it is as relevant today as when it was written.

All Men Are Created Equal The principles our ancestors fought for ran counter to the powers that governed at the time. In an era of monarchs and tyrants, our Founders represented the thought that “all men were created equal” which means no person is born to rule over another. It means that an equality of opportunity not outcome was a right to be protected. It did not mean that men and women were all equally talented nor did it imply that equal outcomes are desirable. Freedom is not free, free men are not equal and equal men are not free.

They are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights Another important concept was that our rights come from our creator, not from other people or from the government. Our rights are inalienable. They are a part of us and can never be removed. They can be trampled or ignored, or rightfully abridged by a jury, but that does not mean that we do not possess those rights. Specifically mentioned in the Declaration of Independence is the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”.This simple list is unfortunately overlooked too often or not truly understood.

Life Life is the most important right a person possesses. If that right is taken away no others rights really matter. What does free speech mean to a dead person? The right to peaceably assemble? How about a jury trial for a corpse? All ludicrous. This idea of life is where the 2nd Amendment originates. Your life is your responsibility and protecting that life is also your responsibility. According to our beliefs you should be able to protect that life anyway you see fit, as long as it doesn’t infringe on another’s rights.This leads naturally to the concept of liberty. No one else controls your life or can tell you what to do with that life.

Liberty Unlike freedom, liberty has the component of restricting action when it comes to violating another person’s rights. Your body and the actions you take with that body are for you and you alone to control, as long as those actions do not infringe on another’s rights. No entity has the authority to tell you how to live your life in any way. Any restrictions from government that are put into place that impeded the free actions of a person who is hurting no one else is wrong and not supported by our founding principles. Anyone can voluntarily enter into agreements to make whatever deals they want to place restrictions on how they interact with others. But these restrictions must be voluntary and agreed to by all parties. Otherwise any contract between two consenting adults is perfectly fine and not subject to government interference.

And the pursuit of Happiness Putting life and liberty together creates a person’s pursuit of happiness. You utilize your body, take actions and interact in the world to do what you want to pursue happiness. This pursuit often leads to the creation or aquisition of property. Property used to be known as physical as well as intellectual property. The freedom of speech, of assembly, of the press all stem from this idea of intellectual property. The 4th Amendment is a protection of these rights. The 5th, 6th and 7th Amendments with their due process ideology also support this right to your pursuit of happiness and protection from arbitrary interference. It was a founding principle that your property was your own and no one including government had a right to take it without due process. Property taxes and income taxes were not condoned. Private property ownership and keeping the fruits of your labor were understood by all.and acknowledged to be an integral part of a free nation.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men Realize that we create our own government. The reason we create this government is to secure our rights. Having rights is not enough. This is why we move away from the state of nature and anarchy. We want a structured society where the rights to life, liberty and property are recognized and defended. We the people can pursue our life secure in the knowledge that our rights are being protected from all that would infringe on them. This is the only reason we have government.

Deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed Probably one of the least understood of our founding principles. The consent of the governed means more than having proper representation by elected officials. That is important but not the full extent of the meaning. It means that the power of the created government cannot never exceed the power of the individuals. If a person or a group of people do not possess a power over another person or item, then how can they bequeath a power they do not possess themselves? In the proper pursuits of government, we see the actions that individuals could take but instead delegate to a central authority. The local police and fire departments are examples of this concept. The Court system and dispensing of justice. Protection of our borders. Standardizing currency, weights and measures, and bankruptcy laws are some examples of proper government. These are activities and ideas that the people can and would rightfully do on their own if there were no government. The central determination of these standards is needed when sovereign entities interact.

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it The rest of the initial statement of the Declaration of Independence speaks of the right of the people to identify bad government and to change it however they see fit. it supports the idea that government is a mechanism, a construct that we the people create to secure our liberty and prosperity. When government deviates from that course, we the people can and should fix it. It is our duty.

In the finishing of the ideological introduction, the Declaration speaks to human nature and our tolerance for abuse. I will not comment. I will simply share it.

“ Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security”

This is a cursory look into the minds of early Americans about the kind of country we wanted to create. I realize that perfect societies do not exist nor is liberty ever fully realized. Both are concepts we constantly strive for but fall short of because of our nature. It is in that strife where liberty and prosperity can exist. More frequently nowadays there is no fight but capitulation by the populace. That is not liberty and will not lead to prosperity.

When did we lose our way? Why are we the people pursuing being In Dependence to the government instead of independent from them? Many people talk a strong game but when adversity hits or problems in society arise they are some of the first to ask “what is government going to do about it?”. Crime, pollution, infrastructure, food and medical regulations are some of the areas people demand government take an active role in. They have the erroneous belief that government is the solution. Government is the problem. Many of the difficulties and challenges we face as Americans today are results of government interference or malfeasance. Mostly are unconstitutional actions to boot. Yet all we get is more laws, new regulations and new agencies to combat (i.e. perpetuate) the outcomes of previous government interference. Why do we have 10’s of millions on food stamps if more government is the answer? And to add salt to the wound and identify one of the true problems of our current government- most of these activities are not paid for by taxpayers, we are borrowing from future generations to sustain our current one. That topic gets the cursory “balanced budget” treatment and then quickly ignored. But I digress. Let’s look at today’s society from the perspective of the Declaration.

All Men Are Created Equal- Except those that are or have been oppressed. Or those who have challenges in life. Or are part of a protected class. All people need to be looked out for and it is the duty of government to make that happen. Taking money from some to support the lifestyle of others is now a responsibility that government has taken on. You are greedy or don’t care about the poor or if you oppose government redistribution of wealth. Everyone deserves a living wage.

They are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights- Rights now include things such as food, clothing, shelter, “reproductive” rights, education and healthcare to name a few. Government defines our rights and they are the ones who tell us how much of a right is good. Peculiarly, most of the new “rights” cost a lot of money to make a reality.

Life- As long as you realize that you are a custodian of the state and they ultimately control your life and body. Your children must comply. You must comply. We will tell you to what extent you may protect your own life. We will tell how you must raise your child. Common Core. Vaccinations. We will tell you what food and what medicine is acceptable for you to use. We are from the government and are here to help you. Resistance is futile.

Liberty- Just remember that the state has strict rules above and beyond what infringes on another’s rights. Where you can fish and hunt. Most private transactions between consenting adults- food sales, medical care, real estate, financial help, personal care, electrical work, pool work, veterinarian services, automobile repair to name but a few. Why do I need to pay the state for permission to buy a slurpee from 7-11? Regulations limiting choice such as licenses regulating a plethora of industries that inhibit competition and new start ups, personal permits to build or modify a house, the need of personal licensing and sanction of the state to perform most services nowadays. You can’t cut hair without a license. You cannot clean fish without a license. You cannot wait tables without getting the proper credentials. God forbid you sell medicinal products or lemonaid to your neighbors. This is not counting any of the “professional” services that require much more interaction with the state and the bureaucracy. Almost all interactions between consenting adults is now scrutinized by government.

And the pursuit of Happiness- Your “happiness” is highly taxed and regulated. Property taxes are one of the biggest offenders. Who owns your house when you “pay it off”? Don’t pay property tax for a few years and you will know the real answer to that question. Who owns the fruit of your labors? Depends really on what tax bracket you are in and the tax structure of the state you live in. A confiscatory tax structure is the norm and it is NOT the price for civilization. It is theft and corruption for the most part just like paying for the privilege of living in the United States and its use of of a death tax- i.e. the inheritance tax. Why should the government have any claim to the after tax fruits of your labor? And the money we use. The fiat currency that has lost over 80% of its value since we were taken off the gold standard in 1971 by Nixon has made it much harder for people to pursue their happiness. It used to be the norm that many families had one worker in the family and without a college diploma make enough money to buy a house, raise kids and retire in the future. The American Dream is a pipe dream for more and more people. Government is the problem, not the solution.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men- Governments are now mommy and daddy. They tell us in specific terms how we are to live our lives and have penalties for those of us who dare disobey. Rights are what the government tells you they are. Even the most basic rights are subject to interpretation. Bake the cake. 1st Amendment zones. Gun free zones. Marriage. NSA spying..

Deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed- Nowadays government makes it up as they go along and most people applaud it. The Constitution is ignored most of the time. People demand that legislative bodies that “do nothing” are bad and the measure of success for them is passing laws. The abuses of government abound. Put it in this perspective- picture your neighbor doing the job that government has taken on. Can you neighbor tell you that you must pay him or her to install a pool? Can your neighbor can tell you what food you are allowed to buy? Can they dictate what drugs you put into your body? How about the size of your toilet or type of lightbulb you can use? Can they demand that you pay them a little money every time you buy something? If we the people do not have that power, then why can “government” have that power?

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it- Let’s remember the lessons of the Civil War. A president went against this very concept and more Americans died in the ensuing war than any other time in our history. States rights is a bad term to many people even though it is the basis of our republic. “Government is what it is and politicians are going to lie to us. So what?”. That attitude and expectation must be changed for us to survive as a nation.

Our founding principles detailed in the Declaration of Independence were revolutionary at the time and were paid for with blood and lives. Over the decades we have allowed our government to grow beyond it purpose. Dangerously so. We are a nation of laws and as we move away from that concept and accept the opinions of our fellow man as law we ignore the lessons of history and allow tyranny to gain a foothold.

Even with all of the challenged we face, our life as Americans is superior to most and definitely better than our ancestors experienced. Our perceived prosperity masks our trajectory as a nation and its unsustainable course. It is very important we realize in which direction this country is moving in. It is not in the direction of liberty nor prosperity.

We the people of the United States cannot continue to ignore the lawlessness of our federal government. The Constitution is just not a good idea, it is the law! Our founding and the nation it produced was a miracle. We have it within our power to peaceably turn this around and make the changes needed to maintain our sovereignty as a nation. Ignorance is an enemy. Apathy is another. The constant program of demoralization we face as a people needs to be attacked head on. We DO have the power to make the necessary changes. We the people DO have the power to right America and return her to the proper path.

Visit me at Constitutional Cappuccino on Facebook or my Website. Check out my new book Patriot Ammo: The Words Behind Our Flag which is a civics lesson for those who want the truth. It is strong enough for adults but written for high school students.

“What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

                                                                                                Patrick Henry

Advertisements

The Constitution IS America

THE reason that we have had the most prosperous and free country to ever grace the face of the earth is because of our Constitution. It was a revolutionary document which allowed the people to rule themselves by creating a federal government of specific enumerated powers. It formalized a way for government to be replaced regularly without the use of violence. Many others living outside of America when the Constitution was ratified had running bets as to how long the republic would last. We beat the odds and became the beacon of freedom for the world. The Constitution created America.

When we turn our backs on the Constitution we turn our backs on our country. If we allow the Constitution to be attacked we allow America to be degraded. We have a wildly out of control federal government that ignores the laws with impunity and tells us everything is all right. We the people have become complacent and through ignorance have allowed our creation to be our ruler. Government is a force. It needs to be constrained. It is much like fire. It can do many good things but left unattended it can harm and kill. Washington DC is out of control and unless we shackle the beast we will witness the dissolution of our country. Yes, it can happen here. We are not immune from the ravages of historical fact.

The ignorance about the “Law of the Land” is agonizing to witness. The Constitution is a relatively short document and can easily be read in under an hour. Most have not done so. It becomes apparent when interacting with them. Understand this: The Constitution is indeed the law of the land. NO local ordinance, federal regulation, executive order, treaty, state law, federal law, opinion or any other utterance by elected officials has superiority to what is written in the Constitution. If anything coming out of any government is in defiance of the clear and precise language of the Constitution of the United States it is by definition unconstitutional and void of relevance. That includes any branch of the federal government including the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court does not make law. They issue opinions. They also are humans and make mistakes and have human failings which make them fallible. They were created by the Constitution and to think they are the final arbiters of what is constitutional is another fallacy that needs to be dispelled if we are to remain a free nation. If you think that the Supreme Court is the final arbiter of what is constitutional then you give the federal government unlimited power to do what it wants which is exactly what we have been witnessing. It must end.

Realize that there are enemies to our country who live among us. They are working toward a socialist form of government which is diametrically opposed to freedom and what this country was founded upon. They continually push for bigger and more intrusive government in out lives. They dismiss the Constitution as an outdated document that needs to be rewritten, replaced or just ignored. What is unfortunate is that through patriot’s inaction we have allowed a whole generation of Americans to be taught of the faults of this country and none of the grandeur we have accomplished. Our country had been reduced to slavery and oppression in the eyes of many. We have to date lost the battle of education. That must also change for us to survive as a free nation.

George Washington said it best :

A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country? ”

No truer words have been spoken and the enemies of our country HAVE learned this lesson. We need to support the truth and educate our children in this truth. We cannot rely on the schools to do this. We need to take this task to heart and act accordingly.

It is up to YOU to do something. No one else is going to do your job for you. I realize the teachings of history. The majority is not who makes changes. Changes come when a minority of the people with a majority of the will demands and makes the change. The rest of the people just follow along. It is unfortunate but it is the truth. I am talking to a small minority of people, probably in the 5% range. We must make the changes needed for our country to survive. Make no mistake, I am talking about our survival here. We are moving toward a precipice that will engulf us in tyranny and end our nation as we know it.

So what can you do? First get educated. Do not rely on others to tell you what is in the Constitution. Read and study it yourself. There are many resources to get this knowledge. Reject the idea that the Constitution is a “living” document or it is irrelevant in our modern times. Those two arguments are easily dispelled by the educated person.

The Constitution is a compact between sovereign states to create a federal government. Compact means contract. This “contract” is still in force and is still as relevant as when it was written. It has a specific meaning and its interpretation is not subject to modern day ideals.”

Use as much original documentation as you can find for this education. The Federalist Papers, historical writings between our founders and the actual document are all you need to be way ahead of most people when it comes to understanding the meaning and relevance of the Constitution. Read about the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Madison, Jefferson, Hamilton, Jay. Martin, Henry, Adams, Washington, and others of the era depict exactly what our Constitution is all about. I say use original documents because there is plenty out there which is written on the subject and is not accurate of the true meaning of the Constitution. Most Americans have been lied to about what is contained in our founding document. Education is the cornerstone of liberty.

When you do get educated spread the truth far and wide. Liberty lives in the hearts of man and can be rekindled by support of the idea. Speak boldly. Speak the truth. Inspire others to do the same. As things get worse in our country more people start questioning the status quo and want answers. Be able to give them the correct answers. This will lead to a better understanding of the principles this country was founded upon and lead to better results in all things. With a proper education we can identify the true problems in this country and take effective action to combat those problems. Candidates who understand the Constitution will gain more support and we can start to populate our local and state governments with patriots and statesmen once again. The conversation of the day will once more turn to politics and through this dialogue we will find liberty.

Understand what is at stake. We have been left the precious present of liberty that was  gained by the blood and suffering of many before us and are obligated to pass that down to future generations. Our country was a true miracle in its birth. So many things were against us yet we pushed through them and became a nation. Miracles do not happen with regularity. That is why they are a miracle. Do not forsake that miracle because you depended on someone else to do the work. YOU are part of the solution. Not anyone else. Do not doom our children and countless millions of others to follow to have to fight and die once again for something that we let slip away.

I will leave you with this thought from Thomas Jefferson:

“In matters of style swim with the current. In matters of principle stand like a rock.”

Join me at Constitutional Cappuccino to get plugged into a website that is all about the education Americans need to move our country back to its proper trajectory. My new book “Patriot Ammo: The Words Behind Our Flag” is also available and teaches of our founding documents and principles. The book would make a great present for anybody 16 and up.

It’s All About Liberty- Time for Americans to Act Like Americans Again

The only reason that we have been such a prosperous and free nation as we have experienced is because of the Constitution of the United States of America. As we move away from those ideals we see the results. Prosperity has been replaced with poverty. Freedom with dependence.

The solution is an easy one. Getting people to listen is the hard part. Too many snake oil salesmen over the years have burned too many. Pledges from both political parties have been broken too many times for them to be believed. It is time that the American people wake up and realize that it is they who will turn this country around- not politicians. If you think that the presidential election is going to change anything then you are lying to yourself. Washington needs to abide by the Constitution. It will never do that on its own.

Understand that our federal government is way out of control. Thanks to a many years of prosperity and people disengaging from the political process the incremental takeover of our government is nearing completion.

Woodrow Wilson really started the push for what we see today with the 16th Amendment (taxation), the 17th Amendment (direct election of Senators) and the creation of the federal reserve. The idea that administration needed to be separated from politics began under Wilson and is what we see today in Washington DC- A multitude of agencies that are ever increasingly controlling the day to day lives of all American. That is NOT the purpose of our government. No regulation without representation.

There are many ideals that this country was founded upon. Three ideas stand at the top. They are the reasons for the success of this country. They were revolutionary to many when introduced, eventually became the benchmark for liberty, and are currently under attack.

Our rights come from our Creator. We do not get rights from other men. We do not get rights from government. Our rights are inherent. Our rights are inalienable. They come from our creator. Government doesn’t give them to us nor can they take them away.

To secure our rights we form governments. That is the ONLY reason we tolerate government. Governments are historically THE biggest violators of human rights but they are also needed to form societies that can protect their people’s interests. The federal government we formed was one of specific enumerated powers. These can be found in Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution. REALLY simple to understand. Once read you can see for yourself how far off of the constitutional path we have veered.

Government derive their just power from the consent of the governed. No one is born to be king. No one is ordained to be a leader of the people. The people decide who their leaders are going to be. Kings and monarchs do not lead toward liberty. Every form of government can be plagued by bad leadership and a republic is no different.  The difference is in our republic those choices come from the people. We are responsible for our future.

And when I say Constitution, I mean in no small part the Bill of Rights. The first 10 Amendments to the Constitution. The sentinel of our liberty. Those 10 amendments  which were not part of the original Constitution but were ratified 2 years after the fact. Those 10 little things which DO absolutely nothing but let us know when government is intruding into unwanted areas.  No rights are given by the Bill of Rights. The rights which were are enumerated are already ours. Remember from where our rights come.

If you are serious about doing something then take the time to get educated. At a bare minimum reread the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Those are the blueprint and proposal for what our country is all about. Neither will take more than an hour to read. They are the basis from where all arguments originate.

When the Declaration of Independence was written, a couple million people read it. When the Constitution was being ratified,most every American had read it so they could be relevant in the overwhelming conversation of the day. Both of these documents were written for the layman and have a clear and easily discernible meaning. No need to get lawyers involved.

It is time to reinvigorate these documents and unabashedly support and defend them once again. It is time people realize that the solutions to most problems we see today are contained in those two short documents. Stop being dependent on others to tell you what is right and proper. That is the reason we are at the precipice we are. Learn once again what it is to be an American. Freedom is not free. Liberty must be fought for.

Join me at Constitutional Cappuccino to get plugged into a website that is all about the education Americans need to move our country back to its proper trajectory. My new book “Patriot Ammo: The Words Behind Our Flag” is also available and teaches of our founding documents and principles. The book would make a great present for anybody 16 and up.

Constitutional Cappuccino Podcast: The Supreme Court

This podcast deals with the Supreme Court. A look at what the Constitution says, the importance of juries and a general idea where the Supreme Court fits in our republic. All in under 10 Minutes 🙂

Constitutional Cappuccino Podcast- The Conservative Vision

This is podcast 5 from Constitutional Cappuccino. Take a look at past mistakes, add some common sense reform, mix n some SCOTUS wisdom and you have the essence of this podcast. It starts off a bit slow but when it hits its stride some great information and thoughts are given. Enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZQF2RwZPHw

Constitutional Cappuccino Podcast 4- The Reading of the Declaration of Independence

This is the 4th podcast from Constitutional Cappuccino and is a reading of the Declaration of Independence and the Lee Resolution in honor of the upcoming July 4th celebrations. I hope you enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3rpiAvtAL4

Join me at Constitutional Cappuccino to get plugged into a website that is all about the education Americans need to move our country back to its proper trajectory. My new book “Patriot Ammo: The Words Behind Our Flag” is also available and teaches of our founding documents and principles. The book would make a great present for anybody 16 and up.

Constitutional Cappucccino- The Constitution Podcast 3

Here is my 3rd podcast of Constitutional Cappuccino. It deals with the Constitution and specifically its origins meaning and purpose. I hope you enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7TAQVpqlog

It Is Up To YOU!

No one else is going to fix the problems we see in America. The ever increasing debt. The ever decreasing liberty we are experiencing. The attack on our rights. Bigger government and the continual additions of regulations is making it harder for Americans to be financially independent. Increased taxes, new taxes and fees hurting working Americans. Invasion by illegals continuing on and being supported by our government. What can YOU do?

You can only do the work of one person. Get educated. Speak the truth. Support those people and organizations that are doing good things in your community or state. Do not tolerate lies that lead to more government tyranny and oppression. If someone asks “Should the government” stop them right there and say no.

One tactic that needs to be employed is asking the question “Is this Constitutional?”. If the federal government or any of its myriad agencies passes laws, regulations or guidelines the FIRST question should be is this constitutional? That is the basis for legitimate power coming out of Washington DC. Is it constitutional. To know the answer a working knowledge of the Constitution is vital. The good news? The Constitution of the United States of America is one of the shortest constitutions ever written and is clear in its meaning. It was written for the average person. For today’s publicly educated crowd I suggest Hillsdale College’s free online courses (http://online.hillsdale.edu/dashboard/courses) on the Constitution which will put you ahead of 97% of the people out there. It will provide a much needed perspective on the Constitution and the reasoning behind some of its ideals. I suggest Constitution 101 to begin. It is VERY empowering to have a deeper understanding of the Constitution that can be provided by sources like Hillsdale.

Getting educated is only the start. Then it is time to steer dialogue toward the truth. As an American I feel the need, the duty, to protect our way of life. It is my conjecture that the ONLY reason we are as prosperous and free a country as we have been is because of the Constitution. We decided as a people that we could rule ourselves but needed a central authority for specific duties. And when I say the Constitution, I mean in no little part the Bill of Rights. That is the sentinel that needs protecting. The constitution merely states how government is supposed to work so as to protect the rights of the people, which by the way is the primary job of the federal government we created.”To protect these rights, governments are instituted among men, driving their just power from the consent of the governed.”

Which brings me to another point. In defending the Constitution and constitutional values, it is important to be familiar with the supporting documents. The Declaration of Independence, for instance is very relevant to our Constitution. Realize that the Constitution is a compact- a fancy word for a contract between sovereign entities. The original intent is the ONLY way to interpret the document. The original meaning of the writers is contained in many publications. The Federalist Papers is a great source where Madison, Hamilton and Jay wrote a series of 85 papers detailing different aspects of the then new Constitution which they supported for ratification. There is nothing new about the arguments surrounding the Constitution. The supremacy clause. The Commerce clause. The necessary and proper wording. The enumerated powers. The general welfare stipulation contained in the Preamble. It was all written about and explained. Great ammunition to refute the socialist idiot spouting his or her inanity.

Bottom Line:

YOU have to be active. Nobody else is going to do the work that is needed from you. When you are on social media sites- don’t be silent. When you go to different meetings or are around other parents if you have kids- don’t be silent. At work. Wherever you are. It doesn’t mean be obnoxious or rude. Just make sure that the truth is being put out there.If you are not that socially active then it may mean financially supporting an organization or candidate for office. That is also valid support.

Lastly.

Do not vote out of fear. Vote your conscience. YOU are the solution. Do not forget that.

Join me at Constitutional Cappuccino to get plugged into a website that is all about the education Americans need to move our country back to its proper trajectory. My new book “Patriot Ammo: The Words Behind Our Flag” is also available and teaches of our founding documents and principles. The book would make a great present for anybody 16 and up.

The Constitution is a Compact

The Constitution was a creation of the 13 sovereign states of the Confederation. It was an agreement between them to form a federal government to perform specific delegated duties. It is a compact. The term compact in this instance means a contract between sovereign powers. This idea has been relegated to the scrap heap of history and needs to be revived. It is an important idea that needs to be known to properly defend the Constitution from attack.

Because the United States Constitution is a compact then contract law applies. One of the biggest attacks today on constitutional protections has been the United States Supreme Court. The prevailing idea in Washington DC is that the Constitution is an old document and new interpretations need to be read into it. This is exactly opposite what contract law tells us.

Contract law tells us, rightfully and logically so, that when there is a question about a contract that a “meeting of the minds” is evaluated. This “meeting” represents the intent of the original writers of the contract. It has nothing to do with expanding or diminishing the contract. When the Founders created the Supreme Court they envisioned it going back to original principles to make decisions. The ideas of state sovereignty, enumerated powers, the people’s rights and the primary function of government being instituted to protect those rights would be reflected in every decision they make.

Another important aspect of contract interpretation is to read the document as a whole and not to evaluate specific ideas out of the context of the contract. One example: In our Constitution it states that Congress shall be the originator of all laws and in Article 1 Section 8 their is a specific list of enumerated powers that has been delegated to Congress. To think that a clause such as “general welfare” is an expansion of that delegated power is ludicrous and disingenuous. Why list any enumerated powers at all? It is because the “general welfare” clause has nothing to do with what we consider “welfare” today and was never intended to be an expansion of power, but a direction for the Congress to adhere to when making decisions.

The Founders wrote prolifically. They knew that later generations could benefit from their wisdom and their vision for what they had created. They also knew that these writings could be useful for future courts to interpret the ideas contained in the words of the Constitution. The writings of Madison, Jefferson, and Hamilton are integral to the understanding of the document. They explained the exact meanings found in the Constitution including the “necessary and proper” clause, the “supremacy” clause and what “general welfare” meant. What these ideas have morphed into would have the founders picking up arms again to combat the tyranny on their doorstep.

When interpretations of interpretations of court cases takes us away from the original and clear meaning of the Constitution then they must be fought. Being a creation of the Constitution, the Supreme Court is not the final arbiter of the Constitution. There is a reason they issue “opinions”. The Constitution has a clear and plain meaning. It was written to create a federal government of specific enumerated duties that would help the states collectively to prosper. Whenever the court makes interpretations that expand the powers of the federal government it is doing so in spite of what is written.

Among other things, it is high time that the 9th and 10th Amendment are dusted off and the proper relationship between the states and the federal government is once again realized. This must happen for our republic to survive and for prosperity and liberty to once again be part of our national lexicon.

Join me at Constitutional Cappuccino to get plugged into a website that is all about the education Americans need to move our country back to its proper trajectory. My new book “Patriot Ammo: The Words Behind Our Flag” is also available and teaches of our founding documents and principles. The book would make a great present for anybody 16 and up.