Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Constitutionalist Commentary part 1

This is part one of a series I will be doing on why I identify myself as a Constitutionalist. I have been receiving questions lately on why I chose the Constitution Party over the Republicans, and I cannot explain the answer in any more brief a way than this: The Constitution Party represents my views more closely than any other party.

However, for those who are looking for more information, read on. This first part will cover the Preamble to the party platform. You can find it HERE. I recommend reading it, because I will refer to it regularly throughout this post.

They begin by giving glory to God. As a Christian, and a firm believer in the law of sowing and reaping, I view this as only right. Without God, there can be no success, no progress, and no freedom. Ascribing God the honor due Him is tantamount to a successful nation. This is seen throughout the Old Testament with Israel’s example, as well as other honorable mentions.

From there, we move on to an acknowledgement of the foundations of this country. Though revisionists have attempted to rewrite the majority of our nation’s history, the fact remains that this country was founded on Biblical principle. The fact remains that the majority of the founders were Christians, though their dogmatic and theological beliefs varied.

There is one glaring fact about this section that I wish to expound upon. For this country to have grown in the way it has, and succeeded in the way it has, there could be no other foundation other than the Bible. The Koran demands unbelievers be converted, by any means necessary. The redes of Wicca, or witchcraft, allow for gross misconduct, so long as no other living person is harmed. Atheism would never have founded a nation wherein religion is practiced freely. However you look at it, the principles and precepts upon which the nation was founded could come from only one place- The Bible.

Now some have stated that the first and second commandments come into direct contradiction with the Constitution. I want to take a moment to address this. The idea is that, because the first two commandments deal with having no other god before God, the first amendment is contradictory. Thus, most people using this argument are doing so in hopes of “proving” the United States was not formed on a Christian foundation. The argument is fundamentally flawed, however, when one takes into account the fact that it allows for the free practice of religion, but does not demand the adherence to a specific religion. As such, it is not anything even close to a contradiction; rather, it is further proof of the wisdom of the Founders. They formed the country based upon the whole of the Bible, rather than just a few parts.

Now we come to the five principles listed at the end of the preamble. I will list and comment each one.

· That each individual is endowed by his Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are the rights to life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness… I agreed with these words when I first read them in the Declaration of Independence, and I continue to agree with them. Some may point out that the word “property” is not found in the original Declaration- This is wrong merely on a technicality. The word is found within the original, but not within the ratified version.

· That the freedom to own, use, exchange, control, protect, and freely dispose of property is a natural, necessary and inseparable extension of the individual's unalienable rights… This is a point I believe to be one of the most at risk liberties in our nation today. The regulatory nature of every form of government, from local to federal, in regards to property is preposterous. More to the point, the fact that these rights are continually trod upon through the use of sovereign ownership, in whatever form it takes, is a supreme violation of the people’s will, and a betrayal of their good faith.

· That the legitimate function of government is to secure these rights through the preservation of domestic tranquility, the maintenance of a strong national defense, and the promotion of equal justice for all… Some may disagree with this statement; I do not. Government was never meant to be a wet nurse, a “Daddy Warbucks,” or a savior. It was meant to be a sentinel- Ever vigilant to the welfare of the citizens. Welfare is not defined as a check every week or so. It is the well being and peace of every individual to live out life and live to the fullest. However, it is not the government’s job to assure that person is able to live at the peak of their potential- Merely that they have the opportunity and chance to do so. Everything else is up to the individual. Basically, the statement of the government is this: “I keep you safe, and provide the peace and the law to allow you to succeed; get to it.”

· That history makes clear that left unchecked, it is the nature of government to usurp the liberty of its citizens and eventually become a major violator of the people's rights… Nowhere in history do we see a government remain a champion of liberty and freedom. If there were such a government, it would still be around today. As such, every government must remain constantly and consistently in check at all times. There is need for growth and flexibility, but there is also a requirement for a very specific boundary that will not, and cannot, be crossed. This government has crossed it long ago.

· That, therefore, it is essential to bind government with the chains of the Constitution and carefully divide and jealously limit government powers to those assigned by the consent of the governed… This is how the above commentary is achieved. That the Constitution remain the highest law of the land; that said law not be changed except in great need, such as the Civil Rights movement; and that no part of the Constitution be altered to allow for greater government power. Power truly does corrupt, and it will corrupt a system as easily as a human being. Once corrupted, the entity will continue to grow, much like cancer. Thus the need for absolute accountability on the part of the public servants, which will begin with a heavy emphasis on the word “Servant.”

This is my commentary on the Preamble of the Constitution Party. It is, in my opinion, one of the most accurate appraisals of where this nation needs to be. No other party has the wherewithal to champion such a goal. Certainly no other party is willing to make the sacrifices necessary to return this nation to its original design.

Next, I will be looking at the next section: Sanctity of Life.