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August 12, 2011

Contract for the American Dream?

Joe Charlebois

If you had a progressive constitutional convention, what would the end product look like, and how would it compare to the United States Constitution written over 220 years ago?


Well, no need to look any further. America’s new Constitution, as written by, is available on-line with its very own preamble and its own bill of rights.


We the American people, promise to defend and advance a simple ideal: liberty and justice . . . for all. Americans who are willing to work hard and play by the rules should be able to find a decent job, get a good home in a strong community, retire with dignity, and give their kids a better life. Every one of us – rich, poor, or in-between, regardless of skin color or birthplace, no matter their sexual orientation or gender – has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That is our covenant, our compact, our contract with one another. It is a promise we can fulfill – but only by working together.”


The contract’s preamble, outside of the direct reference to the diversity of Americans, would make a great mission statement. Knowing who the organization is that is responsible for this statement, one quickly realizes that the writers of this contract don’t believe in their own words.


In their 10point plan, the first four are aimed at those who pay income taxes but aren’t paying enough. In brief those that are paying taxes need to contribute more to build America’s infrastructure, subsidize green energy jobs, federalize public education and offer “free” Medicare to all.


Other points of the 10 target corporations that oppose unionization, substantially increases taxes on the “rich,” which includes sole-proprietors who gross over $1 million, removes the cap on the Social Security tax, taxes every “Wall Street” transaction; and brings all the troops home from wherever they are.


Lastly the 10th point calls to “Strengthen Democracy” through fair, clean elections, the removal of privately funded campaigns, switching to publicly funded elections, granting amnesty to those who are currently here illegally, and ensure a judiciary that respects The Constitution.


The great minds that assembled this contract don’t exactly compare to those of the founders who wrote the United States Constitution, or our Declaration of Independence. In fact the underlying statements that has endorsed run contrary to the fundamental rights established in our founding documents. If as MoveOn hopes these points are enacted, the flame of liberty will continue to slowly be extinguished as the federal government continues to regulate an ever increasing portion of our daily lives.


The pursuit of happiness, which according to John Locke is a direct reference to our ability to enjoy the fruits of our labor, is what MoveOn wants the federal government to be able to control at an ever increasing level.


This isn’t what the patriots of the 18th century fought for. This isn’t what the founders and brilliant minds of Mr. Locke and David Hume spoke to, or what Calvin Coolidge and Ronald Reagan attempted to bring back to the United States. They realized that government was given power by the people, not the other way around.


As one looks into the contract in detail, it is quickly determined that – according to them – all solutions come only through a stronger federal government – financed through increased revenues – whereby we be able to solve the needs of society, together.


I’d like to remind and other progressive groups that as Ronald Reagan once famously said… “Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem!”


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