Friday, June 03, 2005

Our Founding Values

Do you know what our nation's founding values are? Do you know the principles our form of government depends on? Do you even know what form of government we have?


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At 5:25 PM, Blogger Defendereagle said...

Obama on appointing judges to our courts – a warning.

Obama said the following in a speech before Planned Parenthood Action Fund, July 17, 2007:
“I think the Constitution can be interpreted in so many ways. And one way is a cramped and narrow way in which the Constitution and the courts essentially become the rubber stamps of the powerful in society. And then there’s another vision of the court that says that the courts are the refuge of the powerless. Because often times they can lose in the democratic back and forth. They may be locked out and prevented from fully participating in the democratic process. ... And we need somebody who’s got the heart—the empathy—to recognize what it’s like to be a young teenage mom. The empathy to understand what it’s like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old—and that’s the criteria by which I’ll be selecting my judges” (speech before Planned Parenthood Action Fund, July 17, 2007).

The above statement clearly shows Obama’s contempt for or lack of understanding of our U.S. Constitution. Justice in our nation is supposed to be blind, not based emotions.

The above remarks are more inline with the values and ideas he gleaned from the exposure he had with the Marxist professors and groups he hung out with while in college. In his book, Dreams from my father, he said: “[In college] I chose my friends carefully ... The Marxist professors and structural feminists.”

His major theme of Change during his campaign is more indicative of a move away from our founding values of individual freedoms and responsibility and towards the socialistic and Marxist values of redistribution of wealth – from each according to his ability to each according to his need.

What we need is reform back to our founding values, not the change away from them that has occurred only in our courts.

We are NOT a democracy which is majority rule, we are a Constitutional Republic which is a government based upon laws. In our case these laws are intended to equally protect the rights of all, especially the God given rights and freedoms of minorities from the unbridled tyranny of the majority as in a democracy. Our founders called democracies mobocracies.

Empathy and feelings have NOTHING to do with interpreting our most foundational and organic law. It is our Constitutional law that authorizes and limits all of our other laws at the federal level of government. It is our Constitution that defines the structure of our federal government and separates and describes the limited powers of each of the three branches of government, and provides for checks and balances of these powers, in order to prevent the corruption that always flows from governments that gain too much power over its citizens.

We must remember that “We the People” created the federal government through the people’s delegates to the Constitutional Convention. The people then authorized this new Constitutional Republic through the state constitutional conventions that were convened, again by representatives elected by the people for this purpose. Our Constitution must be interpreted by the same understandings that were clearly revealed by the citizens at their respective conventions and forwarded back to each state legislature. The only way to legally change these understandings is through the amendment process that brings these changes back to the states and to the people for OUR approval.

When the courts, congress, or the executive branch change the original intent of the people through reinterpreting or operating outside the bounds of their Constitutional authority, they violate their oaths to protect and abide by this most precious and foundational document. When the courts or the executive branch does this the remedy should be impeachment and removal from office. When Senators or Representatives do this they should be replaced at their next election. Without these Constitutional protections against those who would usurp unconstitutional power, our system of federal government breaks down.

The definition of “federal” in place at the time of our founding is:
“Consisting in a compact between parties, particularly and chiefly between states or nations; founded on alliance by contract or mutual agreement; as a federal government, such as that of the United States.”,federal
Our contract is our Constitution.

It is our Constitution through which the principles revealed in our Declaration of Independence are applied. Principles like: “All men are created equal,” that “...we are endowed with certain unalienable rights” that include “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” that these rights come from our “Creator” and not from man, that government derives its “just powers from the consent of the governed,” and that when the government becomes destructive to the above rights that “it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish” such a government.

Thomas Jefferson said:
"It has long, however, been my opinion, and I have never shrunk from its expression...that the germ of dissolution of our federal government is in the constitution of the federal Judiciary; ...working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped."

James Madison said:
"Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions."
Madison also said:
"I entirely concur in the propriety of resorting to the sense in which the Constitution was accepted and ratified by the nation. In that sense alone it is the legitimate Constitution...”
A letter to Henry Lee on June 25, 1824

“Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.”

Thomas Jefferson also said:
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."

This is especially true of our Constitution and other founding and historical documents.
To learn more about our founding documents and values please go to the links in the blue field at:


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