Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Is this President Faithful to the Constitution? Why it Matters.

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It seems our president's main message lately is "If Congress won't do what I want, I'll do it myself---I'll go it alone."

Forget the Constitution.

Not everyone disagrees with that tactic. In fact, about 30% of Americans believe he should circumvent Congress to move his global warming agenda forward. Some in America today feel we should dispose of the Constitution altogether.

There has been little restraint by this president in advancing the so-called "homosexual rights" agenda both here in our country and around the world.

Planned Parenthood and its founder eugenicist Margaret Sanger never had a truer friend in the White House.

There is nothing this president won't do for the abortion industry and the homosexual community.

But in his exuberance to advance this far left progressive agenda, is he overstepping his authority and violating the Constitution? And does it matter beyond the politics of it all?

Apparently it matters to the courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. The courts have repeatedly ruled that the president is overstepping his authority.

Speaker of the House John Boehner says it matters to him and he plans to sue the President.

But does it matter to the American public?

Recent polls and surveys on the subject are revealing.

A Rasmussen Poll out yesterday reveals that 44% of Americans believe Obama is less faithful to the Constitution than most other presidents who have served before him.

Keep in mind his unfaithfulness to the Constitution is not due to being unfamiliar with what it says. He taught the Constitution for 10 years at Harvard. Don't allow yourself to speculate on the dialog in that classroom.

Also keep in mind this 44% includes the far, far left secular progressives who are urging him to forget the Constitution and who often claim to "hate" America.

Not surprising, 82% of Republicans believe government should operate within the checks and balances of the Constitution.

However, 58% of Democrats think the president should take action and go it alone if Congress won't cooperate with him.

That sounds courageous, even patriotic to some degree, but is it wise?

Daniel Webster, recognized in a bronze statue of his likeness in the nation's capital, is considered one of America's greatest Senators ever.

He once said, "I apprehend no danger to our country from a foreign foe. Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence, I must confess I do apprehend some danger. I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants, and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be made dupes of designing men, and become the instruments of their own undoing. Make them intelligent, and they will be vigilant; give them the means of detecting the wrong and they will apply the remedy."

Most of America knows that our present government is highly inefficient, so the "I'll go it alone" idea plays well with some of the disenfranchised or dissolutioned in our country.

Washington State's Sen. Patty Murray was playing to that group as she chastised the Supreme Court for ruling in favor of religious freedom earlier this week when she said, "Since the Supreme Court decided it will not defend women's access to healthcare---I will."

Webster saw this "go it alone'" plan as both deceptive and destructive.

Edwin Meese III, former Attorney General of the United States under President Reagan, wrote an article a few years ago for Heritage Foundation titled, "The Meaning of the Constitution."

In it he says, "The Constitution's enduring strength is that it is the compliment of the Declaration of Independence."

He says, "The Declaration provided the philosophical basis for a government that excercises legitimate power by the 'consent of the governed', and it defines the condition of a free people, whose rights are derived from their Creator."

"The Constitution," Meese says, "delineates the structure of government and the rules for its operation, consistent with the creed of human liberty proclaimed in the Declaration."

He concludes that the Constitution "is that document with which the actions of government officials must be squared."

I encourage you to take a moment and read the article by Edwin Meece.

Elected officials who heroically claim, as the president does more and more frequently, they are going to "Go it alone" are either ignorant to the principles of "consent of the governed" or they are attempting to mislead the public and assume more power than the citizenry has given them.

To the same degree the Constitution is marginalized, the accountability of elected officials, especially the president, is reduced. And that becomes "the instrument of our own undoing"---elected officials who will not recognize their accountability to the people.

Why such disregard for the Constitution?

A couple of thoughts:

1. John Adams, one of our Founders and our 2nd President said, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

  • To the degree that our nation rejects God and the absolute Truth taught in Scripture, it also rejects the Constitution that was framed only for a moral and religious people.

2. Daniel Webster, quoted above also said, "Hold on my friends to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster and what has happened once in 6000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world."

  • The US Supreme Court and other courts have repeatedly ruled that the Constitution is being abused by this administration. Anarchy is spreading across the Middle East and around the world. Our own culture is in a state of moral confusion and decline.

3. Webster also provided us with the solution: "If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity."

  • The solution to our present malaise is not a political one. Political restoration will follow spiritual restoration.

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Pro-Active. Be Blessed.