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November 6, 2015

Anti-constitutionalists at bay finally

Joe Charlebois

The divisive political climate of today is as divided as it has been in my lifetime. Although it may be problematic, it isn’t unhealthy. And it is a good thing. It means that true conservatives are actually fighting back.


Our strength, and continued liberty, have come from the fact that the American experience has been protected in two different ways. We have two very distinct sides in political debate as well as the constitutional creation of a system of checks and balances that would protect the American people from the unjust tyranny of a powerful centralized government.


The system of government that they created, and as defined by the U.S. Constitution, set forth that there should be three distinct branches of government.


Article I sets forth that the legislative branch should consist of two separate bodies. The House of Representatives would be elected by the people and the Senate would be chosen by the individual state legislatures.


Article II sets forth the duties of the Executive Branch, which consists of the president and vice president and any executive departments.


Article III created the judiciary. For the most part the Constitution has protected the people from tyranny. In fact, the framers created a process to amend the Constitution that makes changing it very difficult. In a little over 225 years, it has only been amended 17 times outside of the Bill of Rights.


With ratification of any amendment being so difficult, there is a growing and more vocal group of anti-constitutional progressives who see the U.S. Constitution as an illegitimate document and actively look for any way to tear it up.


The most effective way that the anti-constitutionalists have altered the U.S. Constitution has been through the judicial process. When the amendment process has failed and the legislative process reaches a dead end, the progressive left has “shopped” like-minded anti-constitutional jurists which have often ruled in their favor.


When the anti-constitutionalists can’t win in the courts, they have turned to intimidation.


The First Amendment – “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.” – is constantly under attack. People of faith are constantly being intimidated by groups and individuals who are offended by their expressions of faith.


Employees have been put on leave, suspended or even fired because they chose to express their beliefs publically. In Bremerton, WA, an assistant high school football coach has been put on paid administrative leave because he chose to pray at midfield after each contest and did so after the school board asked him to discontinue the practice.


In the past few years, some college campuses have even banned the distribution of the U.S. Constitution. The very document that protects our free speech was no longer free to be heard. In these particular cases the schools lost, but an in-depth analysis entitled Spotlight on Speech Codes 2015 – The State of Free Speech on Our Nation’s Campuses, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education reveals that more than 55% of the 437 colleges and universities surveyed “maintain…‘red light’ speech codes – policies that clearly and substantially prohibit protected speech.” In a positive note, this percentage has been in decline for seven straight years.


It seems as if Evelyn Beatrice Hall’s sentiment of "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” exists more in memory of days gone past than in anything we might hear today.


All over the United States, progressive special interests continue to attack those who look to preserve the U.S. Constitution. Critics of the conservative movement intend to diminish the effectiveness of pro-constitution politicians by using labels. Racist, bigot, homophobe, islamaphobe are the words you will often hear when progressives are losing the battle of common sense and the rule of law. They use intimidation, boycotts, and extortion to force companies and individuals to “get right with” the progressive agenda.


Pro-Constitution leaders are finally standing up for what is right. They are not the ‘go along to get along’ moderate Republicans and independents who constantly brag about reaching across the aisle. They are saying enough is enough. They believe it is time to uphold the rule of law and not bend it. They are not concerned if this shows a great divide between what is convenient and what is right, they know that this will only further expose the progressives for what they are – anti-constitutionalists.


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