All Hands on Deck to Save the Constitution

Like many Americans, I have been shocked by how quickly our elected leaders have taken the hard-left turn toward socialism, particularly in the last few years.  Ten years ago, I would have never thought anything like this would be possible, at least not in my lifetime.

Granted, the necessary elements to get away with such a coup were put in place over the span of decades, if not longer.  Recognizing that our system of government as established was based on Judeo-Christian principles (i.e. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. . .”), the enemies of freedom have been diligently working to destroy the family structure, devalue life, replace “God and Country” with moral relativism and multiculturalism, distort free-market capitalism, and create entire communities wholly dependent on government.

So what can we do?  We must look to God, and to the Constitution.  We must pray, and we must educate ourselves so that we can fight back.  If America chooses revival, and the States stand up to the federal government, we can and will restore federalism and the rule of law.  If not, liberty will be lost.

Along those lines, many are becoming familiar with the nullification and Convention of States movements, and are recognizing the importance of electing representatives who support these efforts.  Mark Levin recently proposed another possible course of action.  Given that Congress is disorganized and fearful of a government shutdown, and refuses to use its Article I “power of the purse” authority in this manner to push back against executive overreach, he suggests the House of Representatives consider passing a resolution stating:

“Whereas the president of the United States has asserted executive powers not granted to him under the United States Constitution, the United States House of Representatives hereby asserts, as an equal governing institution, that all such acts by the president of the United States are null and void. The House of Representatives further asserts that no federal department, federal official, or federal employee is authorized to appropriate any sum of taxpayer dollars in furtherance of any unconstitutional act by the president of the United States.”

While some might consider this merely a symbolic gesture, it would allow Congress to go on record with its concerns regarding executive abuses of power.  It would also send a clear signal to the States that even the federal government is beginning to recognize that it is exceeding its authority.  More state legislatures may then be emboldened to take action, potentially resulting in multiple states simultaneously nullifying certain federal statutes and mandates.  It may also encourage additional state legislators to step up and file a resolution calling for a Convention of States, as Alaska did last week, so that we can have a broader discussion limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.

2 thoughts on “All Hands on Deck to Save the Constitution

  1. The line “Creator” isn’t just about Judeo-Christians. This means any and all religions! Although most of the Founders’ might have been Christian, Ben Franklin knew that this was not the only faith based line for our Constitution. He created his own University, in Pennsylvania, as a non-biased college. (Now known as Penn State). He in fact was instigating the separation of church and state by doing so. Which is also written in the document. We are not all Christians in this Great Nation!

    1. I would agree with your statement that “we are not all Christians in this great nation.” My reference to our Judeo-Christian heritage was not intended to exclude anyone. Certainly, just as during that time, Americans today have differing beliefs.

      That said, our Founders acknowledged that there are certain rights that do not come from government, but from a higher power beyond government. They articulated the difference between legal rights (rights granted us by governmental authorities) and natural rights (rights we are born with, that government can’t take away), and took steps to protect us from the whims of government.

      The larger point I and others are trying to make is that our federal government is constrained less and less by the enumerated powers and inalienable rights protections in the Constitution. Whether this is due to ignorance of the law and history, or cultural rot, or something else, our debt is increasing and our liberties are disappearing. Our national security may even be in jeopardy. We must remedy the situation before things completely fall apart.

      Simply electing “super experts” to send to Washington to fix the problems our government has created (or made worse) is not the answer. Both parties grow the federal government. It will likely require the States coming together to clarify limits on the size and scope of the federal government (much like the Bill of Rights did) in order to restore the Constitution and secure freedom for this and future generations of Americans.

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