25 October 2009

A Republic....if you can keep it

we're approaching Epic Fail

so anyway, I tossed about some random thoughts whilst walking the Wonder Poodle™ this evening.

First, the Ben Franklin quote:

In 1787, shortly after the close of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, a woman interested in the proceedings approached Benjamin Franklin. "Well, doctor," she asked, "what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" The venerable champion of American liberty replied, "A republic, madame, if you can keep it."
If you can keep it....if....

Then, the Reagan quote:
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."
Both prior quotes play into something Ace said yesterday:

As a practical matter, the Constitution is no longer much of restraining force on the actions of the government, except for a few key areas beloved by liberals. "Constitutional law" is now really mostly about political power. If you have the power to do it, you can do it.

Unconstitutional laws in the advance of the socialistic welfare state never pass, for if they pass, none dare call them unconstitutional.

A less-ridiculous question would be "Should members of Congress at least take the question of a law's constitutionality seriously?" Should they at least pay lip service to the Constitution any more?

What a long, strange trip it's been.

Our Country, the one where you and I grew up, is fading fast and will soon be gone. We, you and I, will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.

more soon


At 27 October, 2009 17:01, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a coincidence! I was thinking the exact same thing when we were in the midst of our Bush/Cheney dictatorship. huh...go figure...

At 30 October, 2009 14:30, Blogger Susan said...

Anonymous, I wouldn't call the Bush/Cheney administration a dictatorship (maybe you'd care to elaborate/define?), but you do have a point in this: the Constitution has been trampled on and ignored for a long, long, time.

Take a look (http://tinyurl.com/yzwc5kc) at what House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) had the honesty to admit, when questioned by Judge Andrew Napolitano recently.

Napolitano's question: “Where in the Constitution is the federal government charged with maintaining people’s health?”

Clyburn’s answer: “There’s nothing in the Constitution that says the federal government has anything to do with most of the stuff we do.”

Did you get that? "WITH MOST OF THE STUFF WE DO". You think this is something new? You think Bush was doing something unprecedented? Ha! It wasn't new with Bush and it isn't new with Obama. (Although I will say that Obama had a good teacher, so to speak, in this area, and he's shown himself to be an incredibly fast learner.)

That's what the Tea Party movement is all about: to the degree the Democrats and the Republicans continue to ignore the Constitution, a pox on both their houses! Let's get back to smaller government, back to individual liberty, back to the Constitution!

And to do that, we're going to have to go back a lot longer than the past eight years, that's for sure!


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