The Constitution


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The Constitution?  Well, it's like a bull in a china shop.  You break it, you pay for it ;)

You want to know the secrets of the American Constitution?  Listen closer...
Never forget that
Government Is The Servant

Declaration of Independence

The American Declaration Of Independence
we've been so distracted by the 'bread and circus' provided by the ruling elite in this country that we've forgotten
The Constitution Of The United States
(all of these rules apply unless you've taken a few martial arts lessons)
The United States Bill Of Rights
(You have some new rules for America?  Write them down,,, they did :-)
(Remember - verbal contracts and unwritten laws are worth the papers they're written upon ;)

The Federalist Papers
The Texas State Constitution and Bill Of Rights
and the one that got it all started, the English
Magna Carta

"in a constitutional democracy, persons owe loyalty to the constitution rather than to the government. I have long argued that on precisely this point, American public attitudes are quite different from those in Europe." ~ James Buchanan

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together." 
~ from the Farewell Address of President Dwidght D. Einsehower
(click HERE to read the transcript or listen to audio of the broadcast)

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Articles/Op-Ed on The Constitution

Obama Repeals the 5th Amendment - Should we worry? Article by Bob Bauman.
Null. Void. Of No Effect. - How the States can use the 10th Amendment to nullify proclamations by the Federal government.  By Michael Boldin of the Tenth Amendment Center
Why do Americans get the Constitution so wrong? - There’s no excuse for misquoting and misunderstanding the US Constitution. But public figures ranging from Nancy Pelosi to Rush Limbaugh do it all the time.
FOUNDING FATHERS OF OUR NEW COUNTRY - a long but excellent piece about the foundations of our country.  Well worth the read.
The Constitution: The God That Failed (To Liberate Us From Big Government)
Two Checks on Tyranny - Jacob Hornberger on trial by jury and bearing arms
Is Obama embracing the lawless, omnipotent executive? - Glenn Greenwald on the omnipotent presidency
Surprise! Bush Amended The Constitution!
From One Assault on the Constitution To Another - Is anything left?

The great thing about the Constitution is that the Founders made certain it could be changed to reflect the needs of future generations and changes in the culture, through the process of Amendment.  If you have some new rules for the USA, such as making a different Bill Of Rights for people who have taken self defense lessons, then you have the ability to do so through the legislative process.  Until then, the U.S. Bill Of Rights applies to EVERYBODY.

Cable Moron

Listen to  Joe Vitale's "Lady On The Rock"

How do they know when milk goes bad?  Maybe the cows tip 'em off when they're milking them...
(whispered) "July 3rd"
 -- Jerry Seinfeld

"The United States is putting together a Constitution now for Iraq.  You know, why don't we just give them ours?  You think about it, it's served us well for over 200 years and we don't appear to be using it so what the hell,
you know let them take it..."
~ Jay Leno

"Maybe you've heard they made a movie called 'National Treasure' about how the Declaration of Independence lesds to riches.  You know, they should make a movie about the Constitution called 'National Secret'.
Nobody seems to know about it..."
~ Kurt Ericson

As important that symbols like flags are, remember George Carlin saying that he
"...leaves symbols to the symbol-minded." ;-)
Far more important is what the flag represents

"I cannot agree with those who think of the Bill of Rights as an 18th century straitjacket, unsuited for this age. The evils it guards against are not only old, they are with us now, they exist today."
    ~ Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black

"If democracy resolves on a task which necessarily involves the use of power,
 which cannot be guided by fixed rules,
it must become arbitrary power."
~ F. A. Hayek
(sorry folks, that's 'WE')

"Though written constitutions may be violated in moments of passion or delusion, yet they furnish a text to which those who  are watchful may again rally and recall the people.
They fix, too, for the people the principles of their political creed."
  ~ Thomas Jefferson to Joseph  Priestley, 1802.

"The Drumhead (1991)"
A very good Star Trek Next Generation episode for people who like to go around saying "We" and "Us"
Shades of The Inquistion and Joseph McCarthy
From a review:

"What surprised me most were countless lines of dialog that have a very eerie quality with regards to our current political climate and especially the shift in politics in the US since 9/11. Considering the air-date (1991), this only confirms how true Picard's statement about how quickly people are willing to blindly trade their liberties for 'security' really is."

"The answer to 1984 is 1776" ~ Alex Jones

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No courts, no judge, no jury?  No thanks...
Or, as the Romans said: "NULLA POENA SINE LEGE"

Judge Scalia's Constitution Comics (not at all funny, really)
Constitutional Compromise - Mark Fiore flash animation

Death of Habeas
Watch Keith Olbermann's MSN Countdown video
"The Death of Habeas Corpus?"
Not so funny when he starts X-ing out the articles of the Bill Of Rights which are no longer in effect. :-(

True conservatives condemn military tribunals for terrorists - When is a conservative not a conservative?  When they do a 180 degree turn away from their own ideology in order to curry populist political favor.

Rachael Maddow Calls Out Obama On His "Prolonged Detention"

Island Constitution

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A comparison of two speeches made by President Obama concerning Constitutional principles

Listen to a Democracy Now interview with Naomi Wolf about her new book
"The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot"
In this timely call to arms, Naomi Wolf compels us to face the way our free America is under assault. She warns us — with the straight-to-fellow-citizens urgency of one of Thomas Paine's revolutionary pamphlets — that we have little time to lose if our children are to live in real freedom.

“If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately.”
-- Thomas Paine
read his "Common Sense" pamphlet

"You call yourself a patriot, and loyal Subject to the Crown??", asks the British Officer
 on horseback in a crowd of Colonists
"I do not call myself subject to much at all...", says the American Colonist amidst barely stiffled laughter
--  from the movie "Last of the Mohicans"

Remember what Mister Roadkill says...
"Constitution yes...  or Constitution no...  Constitution little bit, get squashed like Texas Roadkill!!"
You are not an American Citizen, you are a belt...
No courts, no judge, no jury?  No thanks...
Real American cartoon
"The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended,
unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it."
~ the Constitution of the United States

"Democracy is a messy and inefficient way for people to govern themselves,
but it's the best way there's ever been.
Let's not throw it all away, as so many peoples have in the past, giving up their liberties, freedoms and privacy to those who would take power using the guise of providing security.  Too many people have died in the names of the The Soviet, The Nazi, and The Cultural Revolution only for the 'winners' to find themselves not freed from tyranny,
but surrounded by it."
~ Kurt Ericson - 09/17/07

"...when the Nazis attacked the Communists, he was a little uneasy, but, after all, he was not a Communist, and so he did nothing; and then they attacked the Socialists, and he was a little uneasier, but still, he was not a Socialist, and he did nothing; and then the schools, the press, the Jews, and so on, and he was always uneasier, but still he did nothing.  And then they attacked the Church, and he was a Churchman, and he did something - but then it was too late."
      ~ from the book "They Thought They Were Free" 1955 by Milton Mayer
interviews with ordinary German citizens about the rise of Nazism in Germany

"In all affairs, it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted."
~ Bertrand Russell

"We must choose between freedom and fear — we cannot have both.
If the citizens of the United States persist in being afraid, the real rulers of this country will be the fanatics fired with a zeal to save grown men from objectionable ideas by putting them under the care of official nursemaids."
~ Zechariah Chafee, Jr., The Blessings of Liberty [1956]

-- "America will never be destroyed from outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms,
it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
    ~ Abraham Lincoln

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."
~ Gothe

Listen to my reading of an excerpt from a Libertarian review of Glenn Greenwald's
"How Should A Patriot Act?"

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