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Friday, February 26, 2010

Please Remind Me

“Please remind me again why it’s a crime for us to lie to our elected representatives, but it is not illegal for them to lie to us.”

There has been a lot of chatter lately about the U.S. Constitution. Most of the hubbub is about how we are veering off the path painstakingly prepared for us by some very smart, courageous and patriotic Americans. Americans determined to NOT repeat the mistakes of The Articles of Confederation, other governments or civilizations, all the way back to the Sumerians.

Now I don’t want to give anyone a history lesson here on the Constitution, but rather an idea of what it took to create and execute it.

In May of 1787, after it was determined that the Articles of Confederation wasn’t getting the job done, the Framers gathered in Philadelphia to hammer out, what would arguably be, the finest governing document ever written. It wasn’t until September 1787, four months later, that the Constitution was completed. Later, New Hampshire was the 9th (and necessary) “state” to ratify the Constitution, in June 1788. But it wouldn’t be until March 1789 that the new governance was to go into effect.

So, it took 22 months to draft then adopt our governing system. Folks, we can’t bring a “confessed” murderer to trial in that amount of time, thanks to the laws, lawmakers and lawyers and we have today. And the Framers crafted it with such economy (with small print) you could write the entire Constitution on a tee shirt.

History reveals that the Articles of Confederation was a far more Libertarian system. So in typical legislative fashion, before the ink was dry, on the new Constitution, lawmakers began bastardizing it. Nevertheless, “The Articles” are to our Constitution what a daisy air rifle is to a WMD. However, neither is worth a Tinker’s damn, if our representatives don’t adhere to it.

There is no argument that our Framers created the finest Constitution of any country, in the world, even with 200 years of butchering. No wonder Barack Hussein Obama wants, “to change it”.

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