How old are you now? 222 years.
How have you been able to keep it together all this time?
Although on life support, the Constitution of the United States is the shortest and oldest written constitution in the world; and even though it proceeded to take a while longer to become fully ratified, it was on this day, September 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, where 39 of the 55 delegates gave birth to the Law of the Land, safely securing America's future, so we thought.
I say 'gave birth' but heavens to Jefferson don't misrepresent the true meaning of my words; don't align me with all that's going on with the modern day molestation of the Word; don't confuse me with the Hillary's, Roosevelt's or Woody Wilson's; don't think for a minute I want a part of the new age progressives movement hailing the deconstruction of our "living constitution" in order to mold her, influence her and shape into who we want her to be, at the whim of who's in charge.
On this day 222 years ago we gave birth to the very foundation of one nation under God and firmly under Law; as defined in being a REPUBLIC, not a Democracy where majority rules. A new nation embodying a foundation steadfast on principle and firm in faith; grounded in the same soil of those who died fighting for the personal freedoms we cherish today; grounded in the same soil that allowed for all citizens to worship however they wanted, or not; while in the very same breath gave the rights of the individual man to create and hold accountable a duty to himself and country over and above the rights of an overzealous government.
All was well and good for a very long time; for nearly 150 years it was unchanged, unprovoked, unscathed and understood -- understood at the very core of its construction. It was to limit government, protect citizens, and allow for the country to grow from individual responsibility, faith and self reliance in order to create a more perfect union from one generation to the next.
It was simple.
It didn't take 1000 pages -- HR3200, or even 230 pages -- as in the Baucus Health Care Bill, it was FOUR.
James Madison is noted liberally as being "the father" of our Constitution; with influences from Jefferson, Adams, the thinkers of our life and times, he carried the duty of expanding the integrity of the Articles of Confederation into what became our national law of governing under the Constitution; a daunting task, how did he do it?
And if we had to do it today, what are our chances under the mismanagement of blowhards and ego-centric idiots?
Clearly Madison was a man of deep conviction and purpose....along with such a command of the English language, be it found within the body of the Constitution itself or in conversation, the man articulated greatness in every word he chose:
"It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood."
"In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority."
"Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government."
"Commercial shackles are generally unjust, oppressive, and impolitic."
"By rendering the labor of one, the property of the other, they cherish pride, luxury, and vanity on one side; on the other, vice and servility, or hatred and revolt."
"...objects of benevolence...If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an infinite one, subject to particular exceptions."
Yes, all out of the mouth of Madison.
It makes me giddy reading this sort of stuff, as this is the stuff I was made (and you were too).
Allow me to add commentary as it pertains to my last quote from Madison, as found in the Patriot Post 9/3/09:
"Today more than two-thirds of the Federal Budget is spent
on 'objects of benevolence,' for which there is no constitutional
authority. Put another way, much of your income is being confiscated and
We have to get over ourselves people and realize what is at stake hear-ye-here in the 21st century. Our society will become all undone if we allow the very basis of our freedoms and personal liberties to dissipate under the guise of protection by a government who doesn't know better, or worse, who does.Taxation. Entitlements. Take Over of Free Enterprise and Free People. Regulation and Mandates. Modern day Slavery. Is this the way of the future? Is this what our founding fathers had in mind?
I think not.
Mark Levin writes in his book Liberty and Tyranny:
"The Conservative urges an economic environment stripped of debilitatingSo here we are 222 years later with the founding fathers worse fears coming true.
regulations and taxes that hinder the performance and competition of
American industry. However...the Statist's heavy hand rather than the free market's invisible hand, they are obstructed and burdened in ways that are
counter intuitive and self-defeating. Ultimately, it is an unworkable
formula, as the rest of the world is not obliged to adhere to it but rather
will look for ways to exploit it."
So much to do, so little time.
Make it a Good Day, G
Nothing is impossible with God. Luke 1:37