There was a letter published in the Sub-Standard Times recently by a professor of Political Science at Angelo State University. I don't know what I find more disgusting: Either this professor is blindly spouting a political philosophy that he doesn't believe for the sake of his party, or he really believes this drivel.
The "complex" issues and situations we are facing today were certainly imagined by the Constitution's framers. They warned us about tyranny. They warned us about
charlatanism. They warned us that the tree of liberty, from time to time, must be watered by the blood of tyrants. They warned that a free press (not the dog washing, cheer leading "mainstream" media) was essential to freedom. The only thing that they didn't foresee was the complete collapse of freedom of thought and unbiased education in the United States.
It is the FOUNDING PRINCIPLES contained in the Constitution that the liberals are trying to change. Those PRINCIPLES are non-negotiable in a free society. That's why people are so angry. It's not about the Democrats being "in charge." It's not because the President is black (or, half-black to be honest for a change). It's because the liberal left has chosen now to try and FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGE (President's words) this country.
You see, it doesn't matter that the founders didn't know about Twitter or Facebook, only that the right to free speech should still be unencumbered, regardless of the means.
The FOUNDING PRINCIPLES are found in the preamble to the Constitution:
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
We, the People of the United States: All of us. Not the nobles, or the upper class, middle class, or the poor. ALL OF US. The people are establishing this constitution to limit what other of our citizens may decide to do to us at a later time. The Constitution is about control; control of those who would govern the rest of us. Control by the people over the government they are creating.
In order to form a more perfect union: The Articles of Confederation just wasn't working. The founders felt there was already a "union" of like-minded people looking towards a common purpose. They were trying to make it better.
Establish justice: all people treated equally. No special favors for a perceived elite, nor special treatment of a perceived "under-served" or "disadvantaged". A man's worth is his own.
Insure domestic tranquility: the Federal government needs the power to squash rebellion and smooth tensions between states.
Provide for the common defense: This should be self-explanatory. It really would be nice if the jokers in Washington would bother to actually do this.
Promote the General Welfare: General welfare, not the seizing of one person's property or life in order to serve another. There are numerous historical events which back up the fact that the framers, and most congresses and administrations through the liberal/progressive insurrections of the 1920s, knew that the federal treasury was not to be used for charity. Now under the charity clause, er, I mean general welfare clause we have TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS in individual handouts (meaning taking money from person "A" and giving it to person "B"), Medicare, Medicaide, OBAMACARE, Social Security, etc, etc, etc. Over HALF OF THE FEDERAL BUDGET is in handouts.
Secure the blessings of liberty: There are over 140,000 FEDERAL LAWS that you could be breaking right now. Do you know even 1% of them? This nation is so completely overwhelmed with regulation that it is nearly impossible to do anything. This government was supposed to be limited in its purpose. We were supposed to be free to do as we desired, so long as our desires did not deprive other citizens of their rights or property.
To ourselves and our posterity: All we've done is screw our posterity with debt and regulation.
Do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
It's the principle of the thing.