With my voice becoming more, and more vocal on issues of the day, I have found myself accosted by the ‘left’, and the pure unknowing. Just in the last few weeks, I have been called a racist, un-American, traitor, and lest we not forget, a political terrorist. And all by our so-called public officials, and elected officials, at that.
Since when is abiding by ‘constitutional rights’ being un-American? It is written in the United States Constitution, “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.”-1st Amendment. With this, we have the unrepealable right to question our elected government.
Even, as we read this article, the very ‘elected’ body of representatives do undermine the very written body of our “Grand Republic”, the US Bill of Rights. These rights are the founding accord, by which, our everyday life can be assured, and should be upheld, by any, and all public officials, and citizens, alike. Explain that to these so-called officials. Maybe they should take a refresher course, and read these, all-important documents.
I find it amusing, yet abhorring, that these same officials, cannot, or will not read legislative agendas, placed before their hand for action; this very statement makes it so understandable, why they would not read such acts. Their reasoning is, if they don’t know what is in it, then they are not obligated to the very documents, by which they are allowed to legislate. The fact is, they know the legislative acts, in their entirety, are unethical, to say the least. The irony is, these bills, put before their hand, are longer, than all of our founding documents, put together.
In just a few words, our ‘Founders’, summarized our very right to reform our sitting government. These words are written as: Preamble to the Bill of Rights. It is written:
- Congress of the United States begun and held at the City of New-York, on Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.
- THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent starts of its institution.
- RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all, or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution;
- ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution.
These very words are showing, with that of great, authority. The statement by which the adopting representatives made statement of, “…expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers,…”. How powerful are these words? They are self-explanatory. Easily understood, yet obviously not to those of careered politics. Why aren’t they held accountable to our founding documents rules.
These, above mentioned documents are primary, yet not all-inclusive. For their are other documents, of at least the very same legitimacy, and authority, in their own right. One such document, is the Indiana Constitution. The Preamble to the state’s constitution is easily understood, and in no need of explanation, as to it’s inherent meaning. It is written, as follows:
TO THE END, that justice be established, public order maintained, and liberty perpetuated; WE, the People of the State of Indiana, grateful to ALMIGHTY GOD for the free exercise of the right to choose our own form of government, do ordain this Constitution.
Indiana also has, as part of the Constitution, an empowering statement in Article I. Section 1. It goes as follows:
WE DECLARE, That all people are created equal; that they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that all power is inherent in the people; and that all free governments are, and of right ought to be, founded on their authority, and instituted for their peace, safety, and well-being. For the advancement of these ends, the people have, at all times, an indefeasible right to alter and reform their government.
Again the authority, and right, to reform the government, is stated. In the last sentence of Section 1, the word ‘indefeasible’ is used. Do you know the meaning of this word. Not very complicated, yet precise, and to the point. It means, not capable of being annulled, voided or undone. I believe that is easily understood, so I will not waste time explaining it.
George Washington, himself, gave statement of, “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” Again he stated, “ If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” The words say it all. These quotes, alone, give me the reasoning to question my government, and it’s actions. With these questions also come the citizens’ authority, and right of accountability, as to that of their actions.
In closing, I ask that all of you follow, in the questioning of our elected representatives. They must be held accountable, as they have duties and obligations to fulfill. These rights are written, in fact. Therefore, citizens’, and representatives, alike are bound to our founding documents. With this, I ask this simple question, “Am I radical, or just plain right?”
“REFORM, REFORM, REFORM!”