America’s Greatest Threat to Liberty: The Usurpation of the U.S. Constitution
by Carl Parnell
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At the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 (May-September), fifty-five men signed the greatest document in the history of the United States. As a result, the U.S. Constitution would become the legal foundation that catapulted the United States to become the greatest nation in the world. But, what was it about the newly-written constitution that would make the United States a great nation? First, the U.S. Constitution was written by god-fearing men who had good character and who lived their lives according to Biblical principles. According to James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, in 1835, “Whatever may be the judgement pronounced on the competency of the architects of the Constitution, or whatever may be the destiny of the edifice prepared by them, I feel it a duty to express my profound and solemn conviction ... that there never was an assembly of men, charged with a great and arduous trust, who were more pure in their motives, or more exclusively or anxiously devoted to the object committed to them.” (1) Therefore, the authors of the United States Constitution should be remembered for the sacrifice that they made for betterment of their country and not themselves personally.
Second, the U. S. Constitution offered a Biblically-influenced government for all people. As recorded in the Preamble to the Constitution, “WE THE PEOPLE of the United States, in Order to from 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.” As a result, the federal government would be responsible for providing a better government than the government under the Articles of Confederation, which was a weak government that existed from 1781-1789 (the Critical Period of American History). It was a government with only one branch of government, the Legislative Branch. It required nine of the thirteen states to approve a legislative measure, which was difficult to achieve, and Congress could not collect taxes finance the new government nor could it insure that other laws were carried out. However, the new constitution would insure that “WE THE PEOPLE” would have law and order, justice, protection from America’s enemies, well-being, and ultimately the liberty that all people should have afforded them by their government. Therefore, the principles of the United States Constitution would almost guarantee that America would succeed as a nation.
Third, the U.S. Constitution provided for a system of Checks and Balances, which would insure that no one branch of the newly-formed government would usurp authority from any other branch of government. This concept would be extremely important to insure that a dictatorship or any other form of a government could not be established that would deny American citizens their constitutional rights, freedoms, and liberties. Therefore, the system of Checks and Balances is essential for America’s Constitutional Republic to stay alive and well.
But, how does the system of Checks and Balances work in its effort to balance the powers of the three branches of government? Ultimately, as stated previously, each branch of government has some control over the other two branches of government. Some examples are as follow:
The Legislative Branch, which makes laws, has checks over the Executive Branch and the Judicial Branch. The Legislative Branch (House and Senate) may override presidential vetoes with a two-thirds vote. It (House) controls funding for any executive measures. It (House) may remove the president through impeachment. It (Senate) approves treaties with other nations. It (Senate) approves all presidential appointments. The Legislative Branch also has checks over the Judicial Branch. It (House and Senate) creates lower courts. It (House and Senate) may remove judges through impeachment. Finally, it (Senate) approves appointments of judges. (2)
The Executive Branch is given the power to carry out the laws. It has the following checks over the Legislative Branch. It has the power to veto congressional legislation. It can also call special sessions of Congress and recommend legislation. Of course, as far as the Judicial Branch is concerned, the President appoints Supreme Court and other federal judges. (2)
The Judicial Branch is given the power to interpret laws. It has checks over the Executive and Legislative Branch. The Executive Branch has no control over judges who are appointed for life. Also, courts have the power to declare executive decisions as unconstitutional, which is call judicial review. Finally, the Judicial Branch has one main check over the Legislative Branch. It can declare legislative acts to be unconstitutional, too. (2)
Therefore, the system of checks and balances has worked appropriately since 1787. No one branch has been able to gain more power than the other two branches. Also, as a result, no government leader, at this time, has been able to evolve into a tyrant with extreme powers. Of course, this is because the Founding Fathers did not want America to ever digress to the time prior to the War for Independence when the King of England demanded total loyalty and subjugation.
Finally, the fourth component of the U.S. Constitution that has been directly responsible for making America a great nation was the Amending Process (Article V). Of course, the Amending Process was to insure that new ideas could be added to or removed from the U.S. Constitution in the future. In fact, many states would not ratify the U.S. Constitution unless a Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the Constitution, was added to it in 1791. Americans wanted their god-given rights listed so that everyone would know what they were. Since 1791, despite the fact that there have been thousands of proposed amendments, only seventeen have been approved. In other words, it is extremely difficult to get an amendment to the U.S. Constitution approved. This is a direct result of the method chosen by the Found Fathers to amend the U. S. Constitution requires two-thirds of both houses to propose an amendment and three-fourths of the state legislatures to approve it. Therefore, this would prevent superficial and dangerous new amendments from being approved without seriously considering the effect of the proposed amendment on the American people.
Ultimately, the United States Biblically-based legal foundation that is contained within the U. S. Constitution has made America a great nation that recognizes and respects the rights, freedoms, and liberties of each of its citizens. However, in the last fifty years, many of America’s elected politicians, not statesmen, have attempted to circumvent the dictates of the U. S. Constitution and America’s Constitutional Republic. In its place, they have attempted to lead America down a dangerous road of government-controlled socialism. But, what procedures are these anti-Christian, socialist-at-heart politicians, who are America’s greatest threat to liberty, using to destroy America from within? First, the most prominent method was an aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. The federal government rushed through to passage the Patriot Act, which, like most bills, was probably not read by most of those who voted to enact the bill into law. The Patriot Act was signed into law on October 26, 2001 by then President George Bush.
According to Wikipedia, many people opposed the authorization of indefinite detentions of immigrants; searches of homes and businesses by law enforcement officers without the owner’s or the occupant’s permission or knowledge; the expanded use of National Security Letters which allows the Federal Bureau of Investigation to search telephone, e-mail, and financial records without a court order, and the expanded access of law enforcement agencies to business records, including library and financial records. Then, on May 26, 2011, President Barack Obama signed a four-year extension of three key provisions in the USA PATRIOT Act. The three provisions were roving wiretaps, searches of business records and conducting surveillance of lone wolves, which are individuals who are suspected of terrorist-related activities not linked to terrorist groups. Therefore, as is very obvious, Americans have a few less protections now than they did when the U.S. Constitution was first written up to the terrorist attacks in New Year on September 11, 2011. (3)
Of course, the most threatening provision for the average American citizen, especially Christian Americans. It is the “Lone Wolf” provision. Under this provision, individual Americans who are even suspected of possible terrorist activities could possibly be arrested and incarcerated even without a trial. Unfortunately, this is the main fear that most Americans face everyday, especially if they say anything negative about the current administration, even more so than actual terrorist threats and attacks. Hence, the PATRIOT ACT in the hands of a socialistic federal government could mean very serious legal problems for anyone who protests against the government, such as Christians, Tea Party members, and veterans of the Iraqi and Afghanistan Wars. Needless to say, the PATRIOT ACT circumvents the rights and freedoms given to all Americans by the U. S. Constitution.
Another threat to most Americans occurred on October 28, 2009. This was the day that President Obama signed into law the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. But, since President Obama knew that the bill would not pass on its on, it was attached as a rider on the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act, since no one would reject the approval of funds for the military. But, what were the main provisions of this act and who would be affected by it negatively? Basically, there were two main provisions of the Federal Hate Crime Act. First, gays, lesbians, and transgender persons would be given special legal protection. Second, anyone who committed a crime against gays, lesbians, or a transgender person would be given more severe punishment. For example, let’s assume that someone committed a crime against a heterosexual person and he or she got three years in prison. If the same crime was committed against a homosexual or a transgender person, he or she might get nine years in prison. As a result, once again, the federal government is a threat to the average American citizen, especially Christians who speak negatively about homosexuality. Therefore, Christians, who object to homosexuality for Biblical and moral reasons, must become aware of possible consequences that they could encounter from the federal government for their religious beliefs, which is a First Amendment right. However, the government could once again circumvent the U. S. Constitution by denying Americans their religious freedoms by an unconstitutional act of the Legislative Branch.
One more threat by the federal government is the normalization of Islam and its vicious Sharia Law into mainstream America. Of course, President Obama is the leader of this anti-Christian, un-American, Islamic attack against the constitutional rights and liberties of American citizens. In fact, he has at least three members of the dreaded Muslim Brotherhood working for him within the confines of the Executive Branch. In fact, one of the members of the Muslim Brotherhood, Dialia Mogahed, is a fundamentalist Islamic advisor to President Obama. In other words, she is his Muslim Czar. She is also one of his speech writers. As a result, it is extremely important to know something about the Muslim Brotherhood. Briefly, the Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1928 in Egypt. It is a group that is determined to destroy the United States from within. As stated in the Muslim Brotherhood’s own creed, “Allah is our objective, the prophet is our leader, the Koran is our law, Jihad is our way, dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.” (4)
Therefore, based on its own creed, it is obvious that the Muslim Brotherhood has one main agenda and that agenda is to destroy the United States. That being the case, why would President Obama figuratively get in bed with the group that supports Al Qaeda, Hamas, and other terrorist groups. In fact, members of the Muslim Brotherhood have killed thousands of American soldiers over the years. However, sadly, none of America’s elected politicians have raised an uproar over these jihadists working in the White House. Of course, several questions should be considered here: When will the Islamic flag fly over the White House? When will Sharia Law usurp the authority of the U.S. Constitution? Finally, and most importantly, when will Christians have to lose their lives or at the hands of a pro-Islamic government that is evolving in the United States, while most Americans, including Christians have no clue about what is happening behind closed doors in Washington, D.C.? Remember that most of America’s elected leaders are true politicians, not like the true statesmen who wrote the U.S. Constitution, the “supreme law of the land,” which would be eliminated in the future if Americans don’t vote for freedom and liberty, instead of their pocketbooks, in the 2012 General Elections.
However, President Obama and his Democratic administration intends on winning the 2012 General Election, even though it may have to use illegal methods to achieve its objective. The method that is “on the front burner” is the giving of amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants in the United States in an effort to get millions of votes in future elections. Since Congress seems to be dragging its feet in coming up with a plan to deal with the millions of illegal immigrants, President Obama has developed a plan that would give amnesty to about 80 percent of them. He has chosen two major cities, Baltimore and Denver, which are considered to be refuge cites for illegal immigrants. His plan is to give some form of amnesty to all those who have not been arrested for serious offenses. Then the courts can concentrate on trying and possibly deporting only those who have criminal records. Of course, any form of amnesty without congressional approval is just another opportunity for President Obama to act on his own, which is once again circumventing the United States Constitution.
But, President Obama apparently has no recognition or respect for the U.S. Constitution, which is unpatriotic, un-American, and illegal. Sadly, this is the reason that he refuses to carry out court orders to deport illegal immigrants from the United States. For example, presently there are over 300,000 illegal immigrants in Georgia that the courts have ordered to be deported. However, President Obama has blocked their deportation at this time. Of course, this means that he is not “faithfully executing” the powers of his office, as stated in the U.S. Constitution. Therefore, President Obama has failed to live up to the oath of office that he took at high noon on January 20, 2009. As a result, he is guilty of an impeachment offense. However, there is no one in Washington, D.C. that would initiate such a constitutional procedure. In other words, the Checks and Balances System that was put in place by America’s Founding Fathers when they wrote the Constitution for such a time as this is not being activated by the Legislative and Judicial Branches. Ultimately, with the lack of a Checks and Balances System in force, a governmental tyrant in the Executive Branch could rule continually without the approval of the other two branches. Is this what is about to happen in America?
Also, there is an example of a bureaucratic agency trying to change the Constitution. That agency is the Federal Election Commission. According to Wikipedia, the Federal Election Commission is an independent regulatory agency that was founded in 1975 by the United States Congress to regulate the campaign finance legislation in the United States. The FEC is made up of six members who are appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Each member serves a six-year term, and two seats are subject to appointment every two years. It describes its duties as “to disclose campaign finance information, to enforce the provisions of the law such as limits and prohibitions on contributions, and to oversee the public funding of Presidential elections.” (5)
However, the Federal Election Commission, despite the specific reason for its creation, is attempting to change the Constitution without following the proper amending process. Its goal is to change the qualifications to run for the President of the United States. Article II, Section II states that the President must be at least 35 years old, a citizen of the United States for 14 years, and a “natural born” citizen. But, this non-elected agency endeavors to change the Constitution so that a “naturalized” citizen could run for the Office of the President, too, with equal status. Needless to say, a “naturalized” citizen is not equal to a “natural born” citizen. Also, in order to change anything in the Constitution, two-thirds of each house of Congress must introduce the proposed amendment and three-fourths of the state legislatures must ratify it. Therefore, when the three branches of the government permit appointed bureaucratic commissions make rulings that circumvent the Constitution, it is time for all patriotic Americans to voice their opposition and protest to those that they actually elected.
In conclusion, if President Obama and the Democratic Party have their way, Americans will lose their First Amendment right to protest in the very near future, that is, if the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Bill (House Bill 1955) becomes the law of the land. According to Restore Free Speech, this bill makes it against the law to protest the actions of the federal government. As a result, President Obama has told his police and intelligence agencies to go after anyone who opposes his un-American socialistic activities. Now, what other person in world history would promote such an outrageous act against the freedoms of its citizens? Therefore, Americans everywhere need to get their hands out of the current administration’s pocket and, at the same time, read the “handwriting on the wall.” If not, the federal government that is constitutionally-directed to protect America from its foreign enemies will actually become the America’s enemy from within.
P.S. Also, read Senate Bills 1253 and 1867!
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