“What *if*”?

When the President has granted himself the power to indefinitely detain and murder citizens on the basis of his omnipotent and godlike will alone, we have long passed the time for asking “What if the government rejects the Constitution?” You have ceased to live in a free or democratic country. Your rights are now conceived of by our Ruling Classes as generously granted by them, and most emphatically not originating from the hand of God.

The question is: Will we stand for it?

  • http://www.dailybread.net.nz Brendon

    I come from a countrthat doesn’t have a written constitution and I sometimes wonder why the Constitution is held in such high regard in the States? Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a criticism, just a question from someone who lives in a constitutional monarchy.

    • Rosemarie

      +J.M.J+

      I was taught in school that the Constitution is, in effect, what rules the United States. Our elected officials simply govern – not rule – us according to what is laid out in the Constitution, which they are sworn to uphold. If they aren’t kept in check by the Constitution, if they can ignore it at will and get away with it, then we could lose the liberty which that document secures for us. This is what I believe is happening before our eyes.

    • Bobby

      It’s actually not held in such high regard, especially among menbers of Congress and the President. And unfortunately most Americans don’t care.

      • Rosemarie

        +J.M.J+

        True, it’s not, but it should be.

        “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.” – Preamble of the Constitution

        Do we honestly believe that we can disregard the founding document of our country and still have a more perfect union, justice, domestic tranquility, the common defense, the general welfare, and the blessings of liberty secured to ourselves and our posterity?

        • Ted Seeber

          I don’t honestly believe we have had any of that since 1873.

  • http://davidgriffey.blogspot.com/ Dave G.

    “The question is: Will we stand for it?”

    Yeah.

  • chris(other)

    I don’t know this Judge Napolitano, but I am surprised that he got away with saying this on the war mongering fox news. As to the substance of it, I am kind of left saying – meh. On the one hand, I do think that the Constitution has long been ignored, as Napolitano’s litany suggests. And he doesn’t even bring up some of the most egregious acts like the Japanese detention camps or Lincoln’s suspension of Habeus Corpus. I think given the testimony of history one could effectively argue that the Constitution allows for a hidden monarchy, that doesn’t devolve into the outright tangible madness of King George, and thus doesn’t result in public hangings just mass boredom.

    Yet, this view is tempered by two realizations. One, the constitution is a human document that is only trying to provide a manner by which man can achieve the good. So, its being disregarded is not the end of the world. Secondly, that while the Constitution may be ignored, it still stands as an ideal (or a kind of image of an the ideal) and as such, Americans will probably always fall short of living in accord with it. Of course, the complication here is that this is not a law like the New Law, which aims at perfection, but merely the abiding by a law that the state has given itself.

    Nevertheless, even if we look at the constitution as a kind of poor new year’s resolution, that we fail to live up to, it certainly does not hurt to continue to try, and in our trying, to denounce as Satan’s those (including ourselves) who get in the way.

  • kenneth

    The ruling class doesn’t need to formally reject or suspend the Constitution to get exactly what it wants. They can (and have) simple set aside its inconvenient strictures under sweeping “emergency powers” provisions of one sort or another. Under the terms of our “War on Terror”, our government officials can’t be constrained by any silly due process requirements or transparency so long as one Muslim anywhere in the world hates us. Of course it’s working to ensure that will be the case for at least three generations, but that’s how the ball bounces sometimes.
    And yes, we will stand for it. We have stood for it and continue to do so, and so there’s no reason to think that will not continue to be the case. Our level of civic and political engagement consists of both sides playing “at least he’s not the other guy” politics, conspiracy theories and an abortive search for a viable third party which has produced only reality show reject loons. Despite the fevered fantasies of the Second Amendment crowd, they will not save the day either. Their arsenal couldn’t topple a fifth-tier Middle East dictator, let alone the imperial legions we have assembled for “defense.” After decades of actively undermining democracy in other countries and propping up the most vicious dictators for our own convenience, we can hardly expect outside help. Canadians at least will be polite and circumspect when they say “we told you so.”

  • shana

    Sure most Americans will stand for it. They have no clue about their rights unless their cable bill is substantially increased or some freaks of nature try to stop them from getting free birth control, sterilizations and abortions.

    Its ‘The Government’ — so it has to be good!

  • http://confederatepapist.blogspot.com/ Confederate Papist

    The Constitution is a flawed document compared to the Articles of Confederation in my opinion, however, it is a compact and agreement between the sovereign States of America and is designed to protect the states and their citizens from an over-reaching central government. It also was established to provide a function for a central government that States’ governments had no authority nor the jurisdiction to act, i.e. declare war, make treaties with other governments, etc.

    It’s flawed because it has been bastardised and twisted to be whatever the DC regime decides it wants to be, and many of it’s amendments, had the citizenry been properly educated, would not have been ratified. So therefore, many of the amendments techinically are unconstitutional…and the General Welfare clause is one of the main reasons the DC regime has screwed up almost everything the founders ever had in mind when they established this union of sovereigns.

  • Sean O

    The Constitution is a piece of paper. It contains noble and sensible ideas about how to govern ourselves as a nation and what are the rights, rules and responsibilities citizens and govt have toward the other.

    If we don’t have noble leaders or an active, informed and noble public we are in trouble. Because there is no partnership to check each other and give life and form to the words on the paper. Right now our Constitution is looking like the scrap of paper waving in Neville Chamberlain’s hand after meeting with Hitler.


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