Why the Constitution Matters

Article VI:  This Constitution,… shall be the supreme law of the land;

What will America look like when then Constitution is enforced, again?

Most high school students understand the basic rules in an NFL game, and some are willing to draw blood over a “bad” call by an NFL referee; yet most Americans don’t know the basic rules in the Constitution outside of the 3 branches of government.   What will America look like if just half of America’s NFL fans know as much about the pocket sized rule book for our republican government  (34 pages) as they do about the NFL Rule Book (120 pages)?  What will America look like when the People are as willing to draw blood over government violating their right to property as they are when a referee makes a questionable NFL call?

“There is no nation on earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow. Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence. I must confess that I do apprehend some danger. I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be made the dupes of designing men and become the instruments of their own undoing.”Daniel Webster

All elected AND appointed government officials take an Oath to uphold and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign & domestic.  Doesn’t it make sense for the People to know what those rules are, especially with the understanding that these rules are clearly created by the People to protect the People and limit the government?

The U.S. Constitution is only 34 pages in length and fits nicely in a shirt pocket.  I am counting on every man, woman, and child to understand what’s in it.  Here are some passages that create the box around the federal government:

Article I, Sec. 1: “All legislative Powers herein granted..”(defining the duties and powers of Congress)

Who granted the powers to Congress? The People!

The first five words in the Constitution state that all power originates with the people, and therefore can be removed by the People, when and if they decide to exercise this power.   As you will see below, Article VI (the supremacy clause) requires that congress swear an Oath to uphold the constitution.

Article I, Sec 8: “The Congress shall have power to…”

Clauses # 1 thru #18 list eighteen (18) specific and limited powers and duties granted to the federal (not national) government.  Anything outside of these 18 enumerated powers is Un-constitutional! (most of what government does today is Un-constitutional!)

Article II, Sec 1, clause 9: :–“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Article II defines the duties & powers of the President. On January 20, 2013, he will recite this Oath, straight out of our U.S. Constitution.  Make sure he does!

 

Article VI, cl 2:This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.“

Article VI,  cl 3:The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution;“standing.”

 

Article VI is the “supremacy clause” that demands that all government in America be bound to uphold the U.S. Constitution.  So there you have it, the Legislative, Executive, and the Judicial branches of American government ALL take an OATH to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution.

IX Amendment:  “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”

Referring back to the first 5 words in Article I, sec. 1; “All legislative powers herein granted” …All power is inherent in the individual (the people).  The Founders knew that men with power are disposed to abuse that power, and so the IX Amendment clearly states that if the People haven’t specifically granted a power to the government, then the power is retained by the People.  Period!

X Amendment:  “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.”

James Madison, stated in Federalist No. 45;  “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined.  Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.” Again, if the inherent power residing within the People has not been granted to government, then the power rests with the origination; In God through his People.

People of every origin, color, creed, and political “party” are represented by the U.S. Constitution, state Constitutions, and city charters; equally!   People and officials MUST understand the contents of our governing documents.  The Texas Constitution mirrors the Bill of Rights and Article VI (supremacy clause) of the U.S. Constitution:

 

Texas Constitution:

ARTICLE 1. BILL OF RIGHTS

Sec. 1.  FREEDOM AND SOVEREIGNTY OF STATE.

Sec. 2.  INHERENT POLITICAL POWER; REPUBLICAN FORM OF GOVERNMENT. 

Sec. 3.  EQUAL RIGHTS. 

Sec. 3a.  EQUALITY UNDER THE LAW. 

Sec. 4.  RELIGIOUS TESTS. 

OATHS AND AFFIRMATIONS. 

Sec. 5.  WITNESSES NOT DISQUALIFIED BY RELIGIOUS BELIEFS

Sec. 6.  FREEDOM OF WORSHIP. 

Sec. 7.  APPROPRIATIONS FOR SECTARIAN PURPOSES. 

Sec. 8.  FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND PRESS; LIBEL. 

Sec. 9.  SEARCHES AND SEIZURES.

Sec. 10.  RIGHTS OF ACCUSED IN CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS

Sec. 11.  BAIL. 

Sec. 12.  HABEAS CORPUS

Sec. 13.  EXCESSIVE BAIL OR FINES; CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT; REMEDY BY DUE COURSE OF LAW. 

Sec. 14.  DOUBLE JEOPARDY. 

Sec. 15.  RIGHT OF TRIAL BY JURY. 

Sec. 16.  BILLS OF ATTAINDER; EX POST FACTO OR RETROACTIVE LAWS; IMPAIRING OBLIGATION OF CONTRACTS

Sec. 17.  TAKING, DAMAGING, OR DESTROYING PROPERTY FOR PUBLIC USE; SPECIAL PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES; CONTROL OF PRIVILEGES AND FRANCHISES

Sec. 18.  IMPRISONMENT FOR DEBT. 

Sec. 19.  DEPRIVATION OF LIFE, LIBERTY, ETC.; DUE COURSE OF LAW. 

Sec. 20.  OUTLAWRY OR TRANSPORTATION FOR OFFENSE

Sec. 21.  CORRUPTION OF BLOOD; FORFEITURE; SUICIDES

Sec. 22.  TREASON. 

Sec. 23.  RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS

Sec. 24.  MILITARY SUBORDINATE TO CIVIL AUTHORITY

Sec. 25.  QUARTERING SOLDIERS IN HOUSES

Sec. 26.  PERPETUITIES AND MONOPOLIES; PRIMOGENITURE OR ENTAILMENTS. 

Sec. 27.  RIGHT OF ASSEMBLY; PETITION FOR REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES. 

Sec. 28.  SUSPENSION OF LAWS

Sec. 29.  PROVISIONS OF BILL OF RIGHTS EXCEPTED FROM POWERS OF GOVERNMENT; TO FOREVER REMAIN INVIOLATE. 

Sec. 30.  RIGHTS OF CRIME VICTIMS. 

Sec. 31.  COMPENSATION TO VICTIMS OF CRIME FUND; COMPENSATION TO VICTIMS OF CRIME AUXILIARY FUND;  USE OF FUND MONEY.

Sec. 32.  MARRIAGE.

Sec. 33.  ACCESS AND USE OF PUBLIC BEACHES

 

Texas Constitution: ARTICLE 16. GENERAL PROVISIONS

Sec. 1.  OFFICIAL OATH. (a) All elected and appointed officers, before they enter upon the duties of their offices, shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:

“I, _______, do solemnly swear (or affirm), that I will faithfully execute the duties of the office of _______ of the State of Texas, and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States and of this State, so help me God.”

 

Pick up your Constitutions (state and federal) and please study it. My family is counting on your actions to support individual liberty again.

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