Sunday, September 27, 2009

Random Rants--The Constitution

Hey friends, I don't want to sound like a broken record but...
The Constitution as written is our guarantee of liberty. Each time it is compromised or ignored or voided we lose a corresponding amount of our freedoms. To protect ourselves from the slow and subtle disfigurement of what our Constitution promises, we need to know what it says. And what it doesn't say. We need to read it, cherish it, guard it. If our elected officials won't--then we need to protect the Constitution from their tinkering and meddling and downright erosion of its promises. Our Founders understood this. They experienced tyranny. They fought a war against tyranny.
During "emergencies" those in power have argued for new programs, additional oversight--in short: the confiscation of a little liberty here, some freedoms there. Madison argued against this very thing in Federalist 20:
"Tyranny has perhaps oftener grown out of the assumptions of power, called for, on pressing exigencies..."
In other words, we should not allow crises--whether real or manufactured--to dictate changes to our Constitution. It is our greatest guarantee of liberty and the most durable and successful governing document the world has known. We must not allow it to be compromised.
"Experience is the oracle of truth; and where its responses are unequivocal, they ought to be conclusive and sacred." James Madison

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