Posts Tagged ‘Constitution’
On this day in 1787, 38 of the 41 delegates at the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention signed the document setting into motion the establishment of the greatest nation in the world. Unfortunately today, many people have not even taken the time to read the U.S. Constitution, and even more are unsure of what it says. In our classrooms, most kids can name what day the new iPhone comes out, but can’t name a single part in the Constitution. (Read it here – not a bad activity on a day like today)
Constitution Day was established in 2004 as an amendment to a congressional spending bill with the primary purpose of educating people on the founding principals of America. It seems that recently, the Constitution has been under particular scrutiny. Opinions on the interpretation of the Constitution have run the gambit and will continue to do so.
Two hundred and twenty-six years ago, the Framers of our Constitution may not have imagined the arguments that would take place today. What they did imagine is a nation where debate was encouraged, liberty and privacy respected, and each branch of government held in check by the other.
In practice, what they set out to create has continued to serve our nation, and the world, well. We can argue on any issue, and the precepts of that tattered document shine through like the beacon held by Lady Liberty protecting our nation.
The Constitution is the heart of America, breathing life into every decision that is ultimately made for its people. Everyone can pontificate the right and wrong decisions made by presidents, legislatures and courts throughout our history, but right or wrong, we have weathered the storms of wars, economic collapse, natural disasters, and other calamities. Our lifeline has always been the Constitution.
America has always had the “can do” spirit and optimism to overcome any adversity. The same spirit shown by those 38 brave Americans penning their name to the greatest document the world has seen.
At 12 hours, 52 minutes, the ninth longest filibuster in Senate history began with these simple words:
“I rise today to begin to filibuster John Brennan’s nomination for the CIA I will speak until I can no longer speak. I will speak as long as it takes, until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution is important, that your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty by a court.”
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul doesn’t oppose John Brennan the person, he opposed that Attorney General Eric Holder, and thereby the Obama White House, would not rule out the possibility of an American citizen being killed by a drone on U.S. soil at the command of the president. Unsatisfied with a March 4th letter from Holder that said it was possible to imagine an “extraordinary circumstance in which it would be necessary and appropriate” for the president to “use lethal force” within the U.S., Paul took to the floor to voice his concerns.
I stand with Rand. I would stand with him no matter the president’s political party (does anyone wonder how the Left would react to this if Bush was still president?). It has been an established fact, since 1789, that in the United States of America, one person cannot serve as judge, jury, and executioner; is this now in dispute?
The White House and others point to 9/11 as an extraordinary, unforeseen circumstance. On September 11, 2001, Vice President Cheney gave the order to shoot down hijacked passenger planes over New York and Washington. By that point however, all of the hijacked planes had crashed and the order was never carried out. The president’s supporters argue that, prior to 9/11, this situation was unimaginable, so, essentially, one should “never say never” about such things. But, the imminent threat posed by a hijacked airplane is quite different from the potential danger of a suspected criminal who is not in the process of committing a crime.
Paul isn’t saying the president should not use lethal force to stop someone in mid-attack. He’s asking, and rightly so, if the president believes that he has the power to kill a United States citizen who does not pose an imminent threat, but is suspected of being a domestic terrorist. The answer, from the former constitutional law professor in the White House should be a firm no. It is troubling that neither Obama, nor his attorney general, unequivocally support the Fifth Amendment.
However as a result of Paul’s filibuster, Holder has sent an updated letter saying that the President does not have that authority.
Paul was right to engage in the filibuster. Imagine if he hadn’t? We would be truly down the rabbit hole with Alice, listening to our leaders scream “sentence first – verdict afterwards!”
This tweet from Democrat Congressman Jose Serrano is disgusting.
To have a Member of the United States Congress celebrating Chavez, a communist dictator, is beyond the pale.
Just a reminder, here is the oath that Serrano swore as a United States Congressman:
“I, (name of Member), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God” (5 U.S.C. §3331).
Here are a few quotes from Chavez to remind you of how evil this guy was.
“Let’s save the human race; let’s finish off the U.S. empire.”
“Ahmadinejad and I are going into the … basement now to set our sights on Washington and launch cannons and missiles.” — Chávez, referring to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in 2012.
“Yesterday the devil came here. Right here. And it smells of sulfur still today.” — Chávez in 2006, on George W. Bush, who appeared before the U.N. General Assembly at the same podium a day earlier.
So Serrano celebrates Chavez. Seems to me that he has broken his oath and should resign from Congress.
Oh, and it’s Chavez who is smelling sulfur now.