Dennis Campbell
December 10, 2003
Shall we go ahead and just burn the Constitution?
By Dennis Campbell

In the 1960s, opponents of the Vietnam War and the military draft burned their draft cards.

In the 1970s, feminists protesting our so-called patriarchal society burned their bras.

Perhaps today those of us who consider ourselves constitutionalists should burn the Constitution.

Burn what is left of it, that is. Our freedom-hating Supreme Court (or at least the notorious five who comprise its majority) has decided that spending money to influence elections is unconstitutional, that because a group of people get together and pool their resources others who do not somehow are disenfranchised.

So much for the First Amendment.

Now that the Court has decided that special interests that means you and those who think as you do cannot spend money to get their favorite candidates elected or laws passed, it is a good time to examine what our government does and our courts declare, and then try to find some constitutional justification for them.

Someone else will have to do the latter, however, because I cannot.

The Constitution supposedly is the founding document of America, the most brilliant political document ever, created by godly Christian men who surely were guided by the Almighty. It allowed America to become what it is (or was) and guided the course of this country for most of its 228 years.

That was then. This is now.

The Supreme Court says the states cannot regulate sexual behavior that for most of human history has been deemed immoral and destructive. Will someone tell me where the Constitution says that?

The Supreme Court says a federal judge can prevent the free exercise of religion by the states. Perhaps someone will direct me to that constitutional provision.

The Supreme Court says the states cannot prevent the killing of innocent babies. Is that in the Constitution?

Our government uses tax dollars to pay for drug prescriptions for the elderly. Is there some constitutional provision for this I have missed?

When the citizens of Colorado passed legislation denying special rights rights you and I do not have for homosexuals, a federal judge overturned the law. Help me out here where in the Constitution does he get that authority?

When the citizens of California passed legislation denying government services to "undocumented workers" the politically correct term for felons in our country illegally a federal judge overturned the law. Where in the Constitution does he get that power?

When black people were discriminated against in favor of white people, it was declared unconstitutional. When whites are discriminated against in favor of blacks, it is declared constitutional. Is there something in the Constitution I have not read?

Where in the Constitution does it give the federal government the right to tell a property owner he cannot develop his land because it has been declared a "wetlands"?

Where does the Constitution give the federal government the right to deny water to farmers in New Mexico in order to save a handful of minnows deemed "endangered"?

Someone? Anyone?

With Democrats determined to stonewall any attempt by President Bush to nominate a person for a federal judgeship who even remotely believes in judicial restraint and adherence to constitutional principles, we can expect more court rulings that undercut our Constitutional principles such as the one that says "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people."

Reserved to the states. How quaint.

Or, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...."

Tell that to the judge.

Rush Limbaugh often says that America has become powerful and prosperous because we are a free people. He is absolutely right, but we are losing those freedoms one by one, and if that continues we will lose our power and prosperity. At this rate, we are in danger of becoming a really big Mexico.

But then, that may solve our immigration problem. Mexicans come to America illegally because they want to share our prosperity. When we are just like Mexico, their incentive to emigrate will be gone, and perhaps they will stay home.

Since assaults against our liberty usually come from the left, a comment by Rep. Bob Matsui, a California Democrat, following the Supreme Court's latest ruling is decidedly frightening: "In the end," he said, "I think this is healthier for the Democratic party."

If it is good for Democrats, it is bad for America and for liberty.

Does someone have a match?

© Dennis Campbell

 

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