Building AmericaThe U.S. Constitution needed clarification.  Subsequently, the Bill of Rights was established by Congress.  At that time there was no ambiguity about its meaning and although there was opposition to some of it’s parts, the majority ruled.  That’s the way it works in America; that’s what has made us strong.  Our diversity has made us even stronger and the Statue of Liberty welcomes those that seek liberty.

The Documents That Made America Great

Declaration of Independence

In Congress, July 4, 1776.  The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation…..

The Constitution of the United States

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America…..

The Bill of Rights

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 ends 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…..

The Evolution of Democracy

Our country has fought hard over the last 240+ years to maintain our inalienable rights from foreign evasion.  The principles we have maintained are unwavering but of recent there is doubt and chaos.  To get where we are, we have failed to uphold the constitution.

President_Woodrow_WilsonThe precepts of the above documents are as solid today as they were 240 years ago in that the logic behind those words transcends time.  Since the era of Woodrow Wilson, doubt about what those documents meant began being challenged by the infusion of socialism.  Prior to Wilson, the rights of Americans were being challenged from Civil rights to a woman’s right to vote all the while keeping our borders open to the tired weak and poor.

HegelAt the turn of the 20th century, the industrial revolution had begun without thought to the impact of the machines of mass production.  Of course, why would we?  Sadly, the rich kept getting richer and the poor just poorer.  Enter the Unions; enter foreign educators into our education system like Hegel who pushed the socialistic concepts and that morphed into universities like Berkley and the majority of the east coast Ivy League schools.

All along our government went from no control of the land to almost total control of the land which solidly began with FDR (Franklin Roosevelt).  Yes, there were presidents and presidential candidates that fed the governments roll as “We Know Best”, but the beginnings of chaos were underway.

The U.S. courts systems seemed to be doing their job but little by little the government started growing.  The FBI, CIA and all of a sudden we have the Patriot Act!  Our democracy was taking hits each and every day and it was, and still is, a socialistic movement.

At no time is it to say that any American, legally here, should not have a warm place to sleep or enough food to stay alive.  It is to say that as an American it’s not my responsibility to make sure you get these things, but it is to say that it is your responsibility.  We have failed our citizens in that a percentage believe it is not their responsibility to survive.

The Role of Government

Bill of RightsWhat is the responsibility of government?  By the words of the Constitution, it is to establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.

Tranquility – Defense – Justice – Welfare – Liberty

Our foundations have been coming under attack since the Bush administration.  In actuality, before Bush, but the falling of the Twin Towers appears to be a turning point in our country.  What could be put in writing to describe the foundations of the Constitution?

Of all of those above, Liberty is taking the biggest hit as it is the umbrella for all others in keeping our country safe, all citizens’ productive and providing authority when things get out of hand.  Our most trusted precept for smoothing the waters becomes “respect” for our neighbors.  Clearly, because of technology, we don’t even know our neighbors and we live with our heads pointed down.

2nd Bill of Rights
2nd Bill of Rights

RESPECT solves a lot of problems from Equal Rights, Abortion, Women’s Rights and on and on.  But Respect also incorporates the respect for our institutions, freedoms, borders, the flag and our way of life.  We must be respectful of each other and what got us here in the first place.

So in your heart you wished Obama could have had a 3rd term or Hillary should have been president it’s important to remember what principles they stood for and the direction the country might have taken, like the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights.  It’s so cool that we have a voting system for each citizen; what’s not so cool is when one side decides to interfere.  The power of politicians is killing us.

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