Now that we have observed and celebrated the establishment of our nation on July 4, 1776, by a written Declaration of Independence, it seems proper to look at what happened a full twelve years later.
Another convention was called for the modification of the then “law of the land,” as the state representatives met in the same building in Philadelphia to propose amendments to be ratified by the thirteen states. Make a note of this when you are approached by proposals for a “Section 5 Convention” to only propose amendments to the Constitution for certain particular purposes.
Out of that convention came a document titled: The Constitution of the United States of America. In other words, the convention decided to abandon the original law and write an entirely new document that was to become the established “law of the land” for the United States. The preamble to the Constitution is but one paragraph, long with high principles stated. It reads, “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.”
The document was signed by the participants on September 17, 1787, and ratified by the required 9 states on June 21, 1788. Three states refused to ratify until the Bill of Rights – the first 10 amendments that were added. Two more amendments demanded were added later, being ratified on February 7, 1795, and June 15, 1804. It should be noted that there were only three more amendments added until the administration of Woodrow Wilson in 1913 when two more were added in one year. Both have served to reduce the freedoms guaranteed by the original Constitution. We have been told that President Wilson had suffered a debilitating stroke and affairs were handled by his chief of staff – an individual believed by many to have been an avowed Socialist. Now there are 28 amendments, with one having been repealed.
Amendment XVI (sixteen) authorized Congress to lay and collect taxes on incomes, while XVII (seventeen) changed the selection of senators from the state governments to the present popular election method. In my opinion, both of these onerous and detrimental amendments should be repealed. It seems that since that time, there has been a continual quest to attack the individual freedoms that were originally guaranteed by the Constitution, and this quest has become much more strong and aggressive since the four administrations of F. D. Roosevelt beginning in 1933. His staff was just as aggressive in ignoring the Constitution as those of the most recent PRESBO Administration in my observation. I lived and served in the military through them.
This goal on the part of followers of Socialistic government has been, and still is, showing up in the affairs of the two major political parties. It seems to me that the officials and elected office holders of the Democrat party are pretty much oriented that way. They actually allowed a non-Democrat, Bernie Sanders, to be a nominee for president last year. He is in the Senate as a “Socialist” or Independent but meets with the Democrat Caucus. The totally nasty and false statements against their opposition sounds like typical Socialist or Communist followers around the world.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the aisle, there have been individuals of that persuasion who have made inroads into positions of power and elective office, masquerading and registering in the Republican Party. Often, it appears, this is easily accomplished when no one else of a constitutional mindset is willing to step forward to act. Many claim that reticence is because “politics is such a dirty business, but that is often due to the misdirection of media personnel. My experience, begun purely by accident in 1968, has been that it is rewarding, very informative and somewhat fun.
If we are to save this republic and restore our freedoms, younger constitutionally minded people must act. The beginning position is to attend the various political clubs and the precinct caucuses, if and when they are held. Here the Republican precinct caucuses are in winter of odd numbered and presidential election years. That is where it all really begins.