Constitution 1 I am not a constitutional scholar. Like most people, I can tell you the first bit of the Preamble… up to “more perfect union,” and that’s it. But I’m learning VERY quickly.

I don’t watch the news, but I read plenty of it online. I listen to plenty of talk radio. I know Greece is on fire, and I know why. I also know that most of the rest of Europe is teetering.

More locally, I see the insanity of our porous Southern Border, and wonder why it took Arizona so long to pass the immigration bill that it did.  Further, I am absolutely outraged that they HAD to pass that bill, but I know why they did.

I hear our President saying things like, “information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment…It is putting new pressures on our country and on our democracy.” I read about Nancy Pelosi telling Catholic Bishops what to say: “The people, some (who) oppose immigration reform, are sitting in those pews, and you have to tell them that this is a manifestation of our living the gospels.” (Really? Ms. Pelosi, can you show me just where the Gospels cover immigration policy?)

Even with my limited knowledge of the Constitution, I know that many of the things that our leaders are saying and doing are in direct violation of the Constitution.  Need proof?

Start with the most obvious, and easiest to define, the Arizona Immigration Bill.  It never should have been passed.  Not because I disagree with it, think it’s racist, or that it promotes “racial profiling”.  No.  It never should have been passed, because it shouldn’t have HAD to be passed.  Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution says, “Congress shall have the power to…provide for the Common Defence (sic) of the United States…”  That means that it is CONGRESSES job, not Arizona’s, to protect our Southern Border from invasion.  Unfortunately, Congress is fiddling while Arizona burns, so Arizona had to take the battle into their own hands.

Second, the comment made by Mrs. Pelosi.  It doesn’t directly violate the Constitution, but, in light of other arguments of the day, such as not allowing children to pray or read the Bible in school… her words are ominous.  How does she get the right to dictate to Catholic Bishops what they should preach from the pulpit?  Article 1 of the Constitution says, in part, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or preventing the free exercise thereof…”  Perhaps she’s not establishing a religion, but, by telling Bishops what to say, she sure is preventing the free exercise of that religion.  If you are told what to do, you are no longer “free”.

The next one is not so easy, but can still be given a ‘constitutional test’.  Mr. Obama says that ‘information is a diversion’.  How so?  Since when is it a ‘diversion’ to have more information available?  Is it not our right, prerogative, and obligation to sort that information for ourselves and determine, from that vast font available, what is the truth?  And what does it have to do with the Constitution?  Article 1 again:  “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…”  Are Obama’s words abridging our freedom of speech, or the press?  Not yet.  But he’s put forward the idea that there is “too much information” being bandied about, and that it is a “distraction” that is “putting new pressures on our country…”  In a weird coincidence, Congress is tossing about the idea of ‘net neutrality’, many Congress Critters are big fans of reinstating the ‘Fairness Doctrine’, and there has been talk of placing the FCC in ‘control’ of the internet.  Speculation – and yes, it is speculation – runs the gamut about the institution of these things… everything from providing broadband internet access to every home in America to controlling the content of the internet, including requiring EVERY SITE to provide an alternate view to whatever it is that they are presenting.  (a simple example would be… for opinion that Rush Limbaugh puts forward, he would have to provide a link to an opposing opinion)

So what is the point of all of this paranoid rambling?

To convince you to read the Constitution.  There are many ways to do it.

When you’re done, when you’ve read the Constitution, feel good that you have started (or are continuing) to be a more informed citizen of your country.  And then, pass it on.  Encourage your friends, family and neighbors to read it.  Encourage your Liberal/Progressive friends to read it before they try to convince you that whatever the issue of the day is the right thing to do.  Maybe it is.  Maybe it isn’t.  But the Constitution is a really good place to start.  You’ll notice that there is a little tag over on the right hand side of our blog.  It’s there because I’ve read the Constitution.  I encourage you to do the same.  You can find the little blog-tags here.

Read it.  Pass it on.  I did.

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19 Responses to READ IT

  1. Ed says:

    Section 4. The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and on application of the legislature, or of the executive (when the legislature cannot be convened) against domestic violence.
    So the US Constitution clearly requires the federal government to protect states from invasion. Almost a million aliens illegally pouring across the border into states each year is clearly an invasion.

    Some may argue that Chapter 18, Section 375 of Title 10 US Code prevents military personnel from direct participation in law enforcement. However, defending US borders from foreign invaders is not law enforcement, it’s the basic purpose of the US military. While defending these United States from invasion, civilian law enforcement may be called upon to assist the US military.
    Does anyone believe the Border Patrol must operate fighter aircraft because the US Air Force can’t intercept aircraft crossing into the US because that’s “law enforcement”?

    • Ed says:

      However, my number one concern over the topic of Arizona law and immigration. Is the fact our government feels instead of providing the basic protection to the people and the states, enforcing the borders, and making a focus on the existing laws that already make it illegal to cross the border except via an approved border crossing with documents of immigration – INSTEAD they choose to deflect the issues. We have a state that is tired of not being protected and is not taking the law in their own hands, they are not taking arms, and they are not physically tossing folks out. Rather they are making an attempt to identify and report illegal aliens to the Federal Government. So – this now becomes racial profiling and is publicly condemned by the President of both countries involved.

      As a proud American – I am proud that our president doesn’t have the time of day to respect his military and honor them on memorial day – rather would have a beer and picnic with friends – and then make a small side trip to make a “showing”… This is the respect he has for our “borders” and “protection” of our laws…

      • SKL says:

        Yes, I recall reading a headline to the effect that the feds threatened not to process illegals referred by Arizona after this law passed. Everything about that is backwards.

        And isn’t it amazing that so many Americans are concerned about racial profiling – i.e., that the folks affected by Arizona’s law might be predominantly nonwhite? Who do they think is sneaking into Arizona – the Swedes? It’s not Arizonans’ fault that illegal crossers of their southern border happen to look Mexican! Maybe Mexico’s president should be taken to task for not making sure more illegal emigrants are white.

    • Joy says:

      I feel really bad it’s come to this also but I’m just not sure what else we can do about it. Everyone keeps saying we have to do something but nobody really has until now. I also didn’t know how bad it really was for some of those ranchers who’s property keeps getting trudged across. Those are the people I feel really sorry for. Some of those “homes” look like garbage dumps. Do I feel sorry for the Mexicans? Yes I do BUT I feel more sorry for the people who are Americans just trying to live their life and do the right thing and they wake up to their animals being killed and illegals living in their garages. SOMETHING has got to change.

      I’d like to know why the Canadian border is how much bigger????? and yet we have considerably no problems with that border. I’ve lived in Canada 5 miles from the border and every single morning at 8 you could hear the helicopter flying along the border. If it’s kept up and done right, it can be done. They have camera’s and heat sensors too and it’s very hard to “sneak” across and people are scared to even think about it. But it’s just got to start somewhere and whoever let it get to this sorry state should be very ashamed. Someone really passed the buck here and now it’s created this war between all of us.

  2. SKL says:

    This is so important. I have read the Constitution in elementary school, high school, and law school, and probably other times, and I refer to it from time to time when I need to do a reality check. I think it should be a basic requirement in the upbringing of an American citizen, and I plan to make sure my kids read it and get familiar with it as soon as they have the maturity to understand the language.

    Think about all the things that today’s schools have decided is more important than the Constitution. The KG curriculum on up has to include gay tolerance. In the 6th grade kids are required to learn basics of various religions that are practiced by only a small minority of Americans. They spend a month every year on “black history.” Global warming, evolution theory, and why FDR was the best thing that ever happened to the USA (other than maybe unions) are required units. We even spend far more time on volleyball, cooking, and Valentine’s Day than the US Constitution. It’s a disgrace. And I don’t think it’s unintentional at all.

    I mentioned that last week, I watched The King and I with my 3-year-olds. It was a great family movie on many levels, not the least of which was to talk about some of the reasons we’re lucky to live in the modern USA. However, I’m mindful of the fact that many young people aren’t getting the perspective of how different things were/are in different times/places. It takes an actual education to achieve that.

  3. Joy says:

    I’ll have more to say tomorrow but for now, I’m really ashamed to say that I haven’t read much of The Constitution. I’m pretty sure I was supposed to but I probably had my nose in a romance novel instead. I will buy it and try to muddle through it. I only know the main and basic things. I’m not at all proud of this.

  4. starlaschat says:

    Thanks Laura I appreciate your passion. It is extremely important that we do not loose sight of our rights and of the History of our Country. I have a pocket size version of the constitution. I think that that it is important that each person keep up on whats going on. I know it can get a little overwhelming. I think that’s why blogging helps me balance out the hard news. I agree, I feel that now at this time it’s really important to be on the ball because if we are not we could loose more and more and more rights, and really find ourselves in a tight jam.

  5. Joy says:

    I just ordered my copy of The Constitution. I got it for $1.06 at Amazon and since that was such a shame to ship “just” that, I ordered a few more books to keep that one company on the trip to me. LOL!! Seriously, I really want to read it. I hope I can understand the “lingo” of it. I’m sure I’ll be doing a lot of work looking up. I also ordered a book of some of the other things too like the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. It was only a few dollars and I don’t really know all of them.

    Thanks for bring this to our attention Laura. I think this should be mandatory reading but like me, I’ll be a lot of people have never read it and just limped along in school barley passing this test. It wouldn’t have interested me back then and I was an avid reader so imagine if you had someone who hated to read. I think a lot of people just spout off about The Constitution and they’ve never read it either.

  6. Joy says:

    That Constitution tag to the link keeps disappearing and I’ve tried fixing it more times than I can count and I’m giving up. Every time I come on here it’s gone. BUT the link still works.

  7. Lynn says:

    my brother-in-law is a strct constitionalist and carries the pocket sized booklet with him everywhere he goes. (true) he once went into a courthouse in denver, when asked upon entry to the bldg if he had any weapons he reached into his back pocket (this is when guards started to reach for their weapons) pulls out the booklet and slaps it on the table saying, i’m armed with the u.s. constitution, that’s all the weapon i need! (also true)

    • Laura says:

      Good for him. Once upon a time, I thought that people who carried the Constitution with them were crazy, lunatics, fringe, nutcases… you name it. Now? I’m one of them.

      I’ve got no problem with having a government. I recognize the need for it in a civilized society. My problem is with a government gone out of control, and that’s what we’re seeing, daily.

      It frustrates me beyond belief when I talk to people and they say, “I don’t care,” or “I haven’t read that, it’s old,” or “don’t talk to me about that… I hate politics.” It’s not about politics anymore. It’s far more serious than that.

      • Lynn says:

        yeah i feel the same way. the mainstream in this country most assuredly knows more about american idol or DWTS than our government. our constitution is supposed to protect us from a government run amok. this has been an interesting post and i normally dont comment on political posts. this one was different. thanks.

      • Joy says:

        I agree that we need to be very careful in today’s times of snake oil salesmen. Anyone who is in such an office of power and who isn’t listening to the people should NOT be there. This is not a country where one person calls all the shots. We vote and we have procedures that have been working for hundreds of years. I wish like mad I could remember the quote he used when nobody wanted the health care bill to pass. Not even his own isle wanted it passed and he said something to the effect of “we don’t know what’s best for us so he was doing something “unpopular” for our own best interests.” Anyone know the quote I’m talking about?? HELP!

        I think it was Ralph Kramden who said “little by little, piece by piece you’re ripping my heart out.” This is what is slowly happening to our country. We have a man in there who thinks he knows what’s best for us even if it’s something we’ve told him over and over we don’t want. That’s not a leader, it’s a dictator.

        Be very careful people. When someone who would vote for Fred Flintstone if he was running on the democratic ticket tells you she made a mistake in voting in the last election, you know something’s fishy and it’s starting to stink.

        • Laura says:

          the quote that got me was the one from Ms. Pelosi… “you have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it.”


          At that point, right there, that reporter should have looked that woman in the eye and said,

          “YOU’RE FIRED”

  8. SKL says:

    I agree, Laura, people have no idea that the rug is being pulled out from under their feet. Would they be so nonchalant if the support beams of their house were removed?

  9. Nikki says:

    This post made me realize I have to read this, and so does my son! Thank you for really opening our eyes. It’s our duty to read it, our duty to follow it. Great post!

    • Laura says:

      wow. this humbles me. I’m very proud to say, thank you. And please… once you’re done, pass it on.

  10. Hey kids! Guess who lives in Arizona? Yours Truly!

    First of all, Laura, a huge Thank You for your defense and presentation of our constitution. I have read through it, even did my own little site about it here. It gives a more analytical (and hopefully more enjoyable) explanation of eash article and amendment, as well as my thoughts.

    As to the whole SB1070 debacle (that’s the House Bill in question, the immigration law), I understand a heavy majority of the average Joe’s and Mary’s support it. I think it will become an issue of racial profiling if the powers-that-be let it become one. I LOVE what you said about who’s coming through the border–“the SWEDES?” LOL! That’s awesome!

    You’re exactly right about why this became an issue. I’m of the mind that Washington is only using it for political gain/effect. They can give away health care against our wishes, and then when we tell them our wishes by taking <i<their law into our hands they only cast derisive sound bytes at us.

    I am a middle-aged, white, American male. My opinion doesn’t mean jack diddly to anyone in Washington. I’m not part of any influential or “important” voting block like the Latinos and others. But as an American I am profoundly affronted by what passes for government these days. It sure isn’t what the founders hoped for.

    We deserve better.

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