A couple of nights ago, I was scouring blogs to find others that share the same passion for our government to follow the U.S. Constitution. I ran across a blog entitled “The Awakening” that described the writer’s interest in politics and the writer’s road to discovering that while she was a Republican on paper, maybe she wasn’t truly a Republican after all.
The writer explains how she began her involvement in a gubernatorial candidate’s campaign for office. She goes on to say that she learned a lot of new ideas from this candidate and along the way, learned more new ideas while studying up on presidential candidate Ron Paul.
The ideas were only ideas that were “new” to her, because there had not been any candidates from which she could choose that shared these ideas. But these ideas were not “new” in any way. These ideas used to be the mainstay of American politics. These ideas were the ideas of our nation’s Founders. They were the ideas expressed in the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation and, most relevant to us, the current Constitution of the United States.
How is it that even our “best” candidates today have ideas, programs, and policies that are so far removed from our Founders’ ideas? How is it that their voting records have strayed away from the Constitution? And how is it that we allow it to happen?
Answer: the People do know know or do not understand their nation’s Constitution. The Constitution is supposed to be the “Supreme Law of the Land”…the measuring stick to which our laws should be compared. But when the People fail to compare everything to the Constitution, then they fail to realize that anything is wrong. That is, until the government and the laws are one day miles away from the base of the Constitution. Then one day someone wakes up and says, “Hey, how in the world did we get here? This isn’t Constitutional.”
Well that is where we are today. And we have grown so far away from the Constitution that people have grown “comfortable” where we are, even though they know that it’s not where we are supposed to be. Any drastic change to immediately place us back upon a Constitutional standard is uncomfortable, thus rejected. But sometimes correction hurts. It will require adjustment from everyone. It will require us to look at both Democrat and Republican politicians and have the intestinal fortitude to say, “You are both wrong. So neither of you shall receive my vote,” and find someone to vote for, who backs the Constitution.
As I close, let me direct you to a video where Judge Andrew P. Napolitano addresses the lack of choices among candidates. I think his statements are in line with what I’ve discussed on this post.