Constitutional Thinking: A tale of two events
Two events this week reinforce the need for constitutionalists to be ever alert to the goings on around the country; one in Washington, D.C., the other in Tucson, Arizona.
In Washington, the Republicans planned an excellent start to the new congressional session by scheduling a reading of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. What a great idea. According to the Congressional historian, this had never been done before. The only thing that would make me happier than hearing them read it, would be for them to follow it!
Unfortunately, there was a problem. They couldn’t quite manage to get all of it read. The Associated Press reported Democratic complaints that they left out "original sections" (Section 2 or Article IV for example) with references to slaves that later was amended (Thirteenth Amendment). Supposedly they "were omitted when two pages got stuck together." They forgot to read Article IV and Article V.
Section 4 of Article IV reads as follows: The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion;" I sure hope this does not mean the Republicans plan to ignore the invasion of the Southwestern part of the United States.
The Founders wanted a republican form of government, but the federal government has worked to eradicate it since the Civil War (also known as the War of Northern Aggression). Both Republicans and Democrats have worked to tear down republicanism (sovereign states) and replace it with federalism (all-powerful federal government).
Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-VA, the organizer of the event, did come back and read the missing sections into the Congressional Record and admitted the mistakes. Section 5 pertains to Amendments to the Constitution and related topics. We’ll all hope they will vote better than they can read, but you had better watch closely.
The second event was the tragic shootings in Tucson, Arizona of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, a judge, congressional staff member and others by a crazed gunman. Clear thinking is required to place this event in its true perspective. We need to get all the facts, not rush to judgment.
Left wing radical attacks are already coming from the perverted Southern Poverty Law Center blaming it on the "right wing," and infamous gun-control advocate Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) is looking for legislative fixes. We do not need any new laws that might claim to prevent an event like this.
The facts show he was very mentally confused. He allegedly posted statements about gold and silver-backed currency on his MySpace page (that’s what the Constitution calls for) while other postings gave praise to the Communist Manifesto and Mein Kampf. Now, that is one confused guy.
According to an article on Infowars.com, his background included being a liberal atheist, a fan of death music, abortion and anti-Semitic groups. That’s sure not a description of tea party members, conservatives, constitutionalists, or libertarians, and I know a lot of people in each of these groups. Gabrielle Gifford is the first Jewish female elected to this high of a position in the US government.
The really radical positions in politics today are those coming from what is called the left side of the political spectrum. In reality, there is no left or right. There is right and wrong. There is freedom and tyranny. If you are supporting tyranny (as what we call the left does), you are supporting thinking that has led to millions of deaths the past century. We are talking about mass euthanasia and prison death camps. We are talking about fascism, socialism and communism.
Anti-Semitism, if it played a role in this case or any other, is always tyranny, so we are against it. It is in no way associated with true conservatives, constitutionalists, libertarians or tea party people. Don’t be fooled by liberal lies and give in to their plans.
We must face the facts: murder is murder. Every life is valuable. A member of Congress (our servant) is no more special than any citizen. Any laws that claim to make someone special are unconstitutional. Let us watch to be sure we do not, as a country, make irrational decisions based upon emotions of the times, that will reduce our freedoms and in the end, lead to a tragedies beyond imagination.
Our prayers should go out to Gabrielle and all involved as well as for our Country. They are greatly needed.