Bastard Sons of the Founding Fathers
Bastard Sons of the Founding Fathers
The Founding Fathers never dreamed of airplanes, machine guns and the internet, but they proved pretty decent prophets and wise men just the same. Considering the times they lived in it is truly remarkable that little sensible amendment has been made to the US Constitution that they did not make themselves.
The most dramatic of the changes made later, and in my opinion the most reasonable, were the amendments that outlawed slavery and guaranteed/clarified voting rights regardless of race, gender or age. Most other amendments enacted in the 20th century were rather stupid.
But good bad and ugly, the US Constitution and all that is in it, is the law by which everyone, from the President to the lowliest citizen, must abide. Nobody in Washington DC or the mainstream media seems to recognize that VIOLATING THE US CONSTITUTION IS A SERIOUS CRIME . Especially for:
“The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the
Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution.”
Violating this oath is a CRIME.
In recent decades, most particularly the current one, the Constitution has been largely undermined, ignored and otherwise played with willy-nilly. The Republican Party have by and large been the most egregious violators. In fact its been the GOP nearly, though not, every time.
“The Congress shall have Power To declare War, grant Letters of
How Bush can invade other countries and make war without a
Declaration of War from Congress is beyond me and the Constitutional mark as well.
Other than emergency defense matters the President may not do so on his own.
The obvious reason this emergency power was granted the President was because in "the good old days" Congress rarely met, and with the lack of telephones, railroads the internet etc. an invasion by a foreign power (the British from Canada must have worried them greatly) might succeed before Congress could come together and act, which is also BTW why they added:
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. "
The local militia in upstate New York might well hold the line against a British invasion force, as they had done in the Revolution, until Congress could raise an army and go to America's defense.
The emergency war-power provision was used correctly by Lincoln
who with the rebellion in progress, declared the blockade, evacuation of Fort Sumpter etc., but sought Congressional involvement as soon as they could be assembled in Washington DC.
Lincoln also had the ticklish matter that asking congress to declare war on the Confederacy would have been recognizing them as a legal viable foreign state, which he was determined never to do. Since the Southern traitors were and always remained American citizens in his eyes, the Civil War was a police matter not a war of defense. And Lincoln often referred to his oath to defend the Constitution as his highest duty.
It must be noted that the Constitution does not give the Congress the right to change this war-declaration requirement, only an amendment can do that, and the War Powers Act and other such acts, do not conform to this Constitutional edict. THEY ARE IN VIOLATION AND THAT IS A CRIME.
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
What bothers me most about this aspect of “Congress shall make no law….”, is the current idea that Bush with his domestic spy programs can violate the 4th Amendment as a Federal Court has declared, and everyone, the US Congress, Democrats included, seem to think the Congress can give him permission to do it, and that makes it OK. Well its not OK. The Congress can’t violate the 4th Amendment either. IT’S A CRIME.
Here are a few other egregious criminal violations by the current administration, which for some reason all others who have taken an oath to the US Constitution have given them a pass on, which is a violation of that oath.
"The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves...."
Bush and Cheney, in 2000 were clearly both citizens of Texas and had been for many years. In Cheney’s case, he changed his “legal” citizenship back to Wyoming (whoops!) on July 21, 2000, days before his nomination. Why did he bother to do that except he was well-aware of this law.
Unless you believe the Founding Fathers, who enacted the 12th
Amendment, intended that pitching a tent in Maryland for two weeks, after living your whole life in Virginia, was an acceptable "legal" way around it, the Bush/Cheney ticket was A CRIME.
"In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence."
"The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it."
Needless to say from domestic spying, suspending the Writ of Habeas Corpus and holding citizens without charge or legal representation etc. Bush’s violation of these provisions is colossal, and has been declared so by federal courts and the US Supreme Court. This is SERIAL CRIME
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
Again Bush’s violations have been numerous, notably the arrests and prohibition of peaceable war-protesters to assemble. SERIAL CRIME.
"This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land"
"The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity,arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority;--to all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls;--to all Cases of admiralty and maritime Jurisdiction;--to Controversies to which the United States shall be a Party;……., and foreign States, Citizens or Subjects"
Guantanamo Bay, torture, illegal tribunals, lack of POW status, and a myriad of other treaty violations, declared so by the US Supreme Court, have been committed by Bush and Co…SERIAL WAR CRIME
"No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State"
Perhaps it's hard in a legal sense to connect the Saudi kings and other foreign states to emoluments to Bush/Cheney and their families, companies and sponsors..but I think its obvious that there have been million$ if not billion$ that fit the description.
"The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and
Not only Saudi Kings, but Abramhoff and Co, other corporate allies and lobbyists have been proven in courts of law to have trafficked in bribery to Bush/GOP. IMPEACHABLE CRIME.
Bush/Cheney’s serial lies and Constitutional violations all fall under this scope and it is the duty of all who have taken the oath to impeach and remove them, otherwise they themselves are in violation.
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State..."
"... promote the general welfare..."
I don't quite know what to say about the GOP's treatment of these provisions. You'll have to ask a Republican or Libertarian what those few words mean to them.