Tuesday, May 04, 2010

A US Constitution for the 21st Century!

A US Constitution for the 21st Century!
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet


The push for a new constitution for the United States of America has begun.

We have all hear the expression “A Living Constitution” – meaning the constitution of 1787 is a document that should be interpreted by taking into account and consideration that Americans live today in different times, not in the 18th century when the current constitution was first drafted. And many will claim the 21st century American is much more sophisticated than his ancestor who fought a world super power to gain their freedom -- and won, and then drafted a constitution, created a government for a country that would show the way to people seeking freedom anywhere in the world, and would, reluctantly, become the police force of the planet.

You know, if the current leaders of America had just a tiny portion of the integrity and sophistication of the men who framed the constitution, they would revere the constitution those 18th century “rabble-rousers” created. They would recognize that it was, and is, an American constitution for all time, and that includes today. They would also recognize that it deserves protection from the likes of those who would gut it, re-interpret it, and re-write it into some limp, compliant, document that would say whatever the leaders of this country WANT it to say WHEN they want it to say it. In other words, there are those in America today who would use a “Living Constitution” against the people of America – in a heart beat! It would no longer be a protector of Americans it would become a weapon to be used against Americans by ruthless leaders who don’t give a whit about the liberty and freedom guaranteed American citizens by the original US Constitution.

Unfortunately there is a growing clamor from the Political Left in America for a new constitution. Frighteningly, their numbers are growing. Many politicians in power today are amongst them -- as are many in the judicial community across America -- and even among the federal judiciary.

Before we continue, allow me to assure you that I am not among those who advocate for a new constitution nor do I believe the US Constitution is a “living document.” No, I believe the original constitution is responsible for making this country great. It has made Americans the freest people anywhere on the planet today and as far back in history as you care to look. Even today when Americans are enduring a period of financial uncertainty, we are still the most prosperous people in history. The original US Constitution made that possible.

The original constitution placed restraints on the government of America and those restraints allowed the American people to be, as the US Army used to say: “…
All they could be!” As a result, America became one of the most creative nations in history.

For many decades there has be a rather large number of Americans who have sought to crush America’s liberty, America’s freedom, and create a so-called “New America.” They seek to create a “collectivist” society in America. WE call it Socialism. For many decades those people have pulled the strings of their marionettes in our national government – and they have done it from the shadows. Now, however, their marionettes are in high positions of power within the US government.

Their actions tell us they intend to kill off the America we know and replace its government with a government not shackled by the democratic process, a government free of the burden of acting as representatives of the American people. Ultimately, they intend to replace the US constitutional republic. They will remove all control of the government by the people. America will become that proverbial “Socialist Dung Heap.” The constitution will be dead.

When we Americans look about, at our country today, we can readily see she bears little resemblance to the America of five or six decades ago. There is a reason fore that.

There are a number of Americans today who believe that the Shadow Government has been slowly, but surely, maneuvering a judicial form of government into place in America. Think about this -- more and more laws are being made by the federal judiciary than by the national legislature, the Congress, these days. In many case, judges legislating from the bench were appointed to their current positions for life. They are going to be there for while and they are doing a great deal of harm to our country. But, they have little to fear from the electorate as they, themselves, were not elected, and will never have to stand for election.

On the surface, America’s legislative process appears to be the same as always, but it is becoming more obvious, as time passes, that the responsibility for making America’s laws has been slowly shifting to the federal courts.

America is a nation in jeopardy of losing itself today. The original constitution, which has been the protector of our freedom and liberty since 1787, is in deep trouble today. There are those among us who would shred it, in a heartbeat, to get what they want – unbridled power. It is the duty of every American to protect the original constitution from the forces of evil at work in our government today.

America is in need of rescue today. I contend that she has never, in her long history, been as threatened by power hungry men and women as she is today.

Ben Franklin, one of the founders of the country, told us they had given us a Republic, and he added these important words: “… if you can KEEP IT.”

As I write today, there is serious doubt that modern Americans are up to the challenge of safeguarding America’s liberty, and freedom. You may question how I can say that. I would counter by asking, how else, then, do you explain the socialist government in Washington, DC, today?

I will be going to the polls today to vote in the Primary Election here in North Carolina. I intend to vote for the most conservative candidates on the ballot. If we are to save America, THIS is where we begin.

J. D. Longstreet


  1. It seems many people question the viability of our Constitution in a world that has dramatically changed since 1787. Can something written over two hundred years ago direct a government in our modern world? The short answer is yes.

    When James Madison brought the Virginia Plan to Philadelphia, it was not a list of laws, but a system of government. A system that forthrightly recognized the weaknesses of man, and delineated a set of checks and balances to distribute power; not just between the three branches of government, but also between the federal government and the states.

    Although the delegates debated endlessly over the elements of the design, and made major revisions to Madison's plan, they always kept the debates focused on limiting centers of powers. They were serious men designing a system of government for the ages to protect liberty for themselves and their posterity. Although not a common phrase at the time, every one of the fifty-five men at the Federal Convention would agree with the maxim that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

    The United States Constitution, including the Bill of Rights, defines powers and, more importantly, limitations on powers. It is a brilliant system to govern people in an imperfect world. This was the original intent of the Founders. Since the nature of man has not changed, the Constitution is as valid today as it was in 1787.

    The United States Constitution is a living document, not because it can be wrenched to fit politicians' whims, but because it bequeath to us a eternal system that inhibits the natural tendency of man to dictate the habits and liberty of fellow citizens.

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  3. The Constitution is broken.
    The proof is in the pudding: the federal government is borrowing 43 cents of every dollar it spends, the debt ceiling keeps being raised by Congress, spending keeps going up, legislation can be rammed through Congress by a combination of bribes and members who forswear their oath, regulations can be loaded on businesses that are suffering through the longest period of no-growth since the Great Depression, 20% of people are unemployed when those who have just given up are factored in, economic growth is stagnant, certain companies get special favors while we taxpayers get the bill, oil companies are barred from producing new gasoline which has doubled the pump price to average people, a record high number of people are receiving food stamps, a the President is acting outside the law by defying the Courts and the Congress by issuing executive orders that contradict them, and new taxes, fees, and expenses are being added daily onto citizens.

    Some people say "Well...if people just obeyed the Constitution, we wouldn't be in this situation." Yes, and if men were angels, no Constitution would be needed. The fact is: many people have been able to get around the Constitution, which is why it is happening. The Constitution needs to be updated or replaced, or this is going to continue happening, and with our debt problems mounting, it is going to come to a head soon.

    Congress has recognized some of this: there was talk and some feeble efforts to getting debt under control and a very good proposal for a balanced budget amendment. Rep. Paul Ryan has put forth some good proposals. Former candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination Herman Cain put out his 9-9-9 plan to replace the current income tax. Other candidates have put out flat tax or tax reform plans which would attempt to replicate the tremendous economic expansion that occurred after Ronald Reagan's tax reforms. There has been talk about reforming regulatory agencies or even abolishing them, as Rep. Ron Paul suggested. Thus far, none of this has gone anywhere, but at least there is a recognition that the United States is in a terminal financial condition that is getting worse while Congress plays its fiddle.

    The problems are still structural, though! Almost all these proposals are temporary fixes that will be undone by the first bad Congress afterwards. I propose that not only does a balanced budget amendment need to be approved, but many others, which would be done by calling an Article V Constitutional Convention. These amendments would bind the Congress and Offices of the federal government and prevent them from taking away our rights and collapsing our system, which they appear helpless to stop under the current system. The amendments I suggest would deal with many areas: Balanced Budgets, Taxation, Regulations, prevent the Interstate Commerce Clause from being used intrastate or to force a person to buy something, granting a Presidential Line-item veto, preventing public sector unions from eating the budget, clarifying that aliens do not automatically become citizens, loser pays for lawsuits, clarifying that your home can't be taken away from you for weak reasons, and adding some rules for Congresspersons. There are a few other areas, too. I lay these out in my pipe-dream-constitution.info site, which is completely non-commercial and exists solely to explore how to solve our current fiscal and freedom crisis.