<![CDATA[The U.S. Constitution - Decoded! - Constitution Blog]]>Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:02:20 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[Guest blog post by RC, on Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Donald Trump.  ]]>Mon, 25 Jan 2016 15:57:54 GMThttp://constitutiondecoded.com/constitution-blog/guest-blog-post-by-rc-on-sarah-palins-endorsement-of-donald-trumpI have come to form an opinion as to why Sarah Palin shattered the stream of conventional common sense thinking about not only being a conservative but why it’s important to support conservative candidates. While I do believe Mrs. Palin has sold out for her 30 pieces of silver, I also have concluded it is because she harbors hatred. Hatred of the GOP Establishment, hatred of the media, and hatred of what is happening to our nation. While I do share that hatred, it is NOT the starting point of the actions I physically take to combat the evil that is modern liberalism.

When a person, in my humble opinion, acts on the hatred, they do things that don’t serve the cause and will subject themselves to the very evil they hate. Case in point, Sarah Palin has endorsed a man who IS a liberal merely because he is the loudest in the room about the demise of this nation. “The Donald” does NOT shout his barbaric yawp over the microphones and in front of the TV cameras because he actually wants real reformative conservative change but because it suits his needs. It suits his ambitions. It suits his egotistical craving for notoriety and power. It suits his poll numbers. It suits his lust. By selling out, Mrs. Palin gave in to her hatred and endorsed that for future book sales, maybe a possible appointment in a Trump Administration, and out of malice with a heart filled with bitterness and strife.

I’m a conservative by choice. While I always advocate critical thinking skills in the body politic, I am also a passionate man of deep feelings. I act from a stand point of love of this nation and her people. LESS GOVERNMENT means more freedom. I want more people to be as free as possible in our Constitutional republic because I love people. Same can be said of less taxes which means more money in your pocket, my friends and fellow Americans whom I love. Go down the conservative list from there: life, family values, free market capitalism, a strong national defense, state’s rights, individual liberty, Constitutional law, and American excellence. Each of those cherished conservative values, beliefs and fought for principles is all about love of my fellow man. Not hatred. Therein lies the angst we conservatives have because it takes critical thoughts to achieve critical feelings and the left doesn’t understand this and/or does understand it and USES feelings to paint we conservatives as “haters” when it is they who act from hatred. NOT US!!!! That’s why I buckled the other day because of all people, I surely thought Sarah Palin understood this and she really broke my heart, which hasn’t mended as yet, because she gave in, LIKE A LIBERAL, to her hatred as evidenced by endorsing a man who has no historical record whatsoever of conservatism.

As I was told last night by a man whom has also inspired me, a State Rep who sits on the Republican State Committee with me who I won’t highlight on this post out of respect, but in spite of Mrs. Palin’s hatred and the quite frankly bone-headed acting out of her hatred, I must stay the course and will forever remain an activist in politics.

Please, join me in the fight to reignite the promise of America.

 
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<![CDATA[Supreme Court, Executive Orders, and Immigration]]>Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:03:15 GMThttp://constitutiondecoded.com/constitution-blog/supreme-court-executive-orders-and-immigrationThe Supreme Court has apparently agreed to hear a case about Obama's executive orders NOT to deport illegal aliens.
 
This one is so simple it requires advanced degrees in both Law and English to misunderstand.
 
The duty of the President is to enforce lawfully passed, Constitutionally authorized, acts of Congress.  The Constitution gives to Congress the specific and SOLE authorization to makes laws regarding immigration and naturalization.  Therefore the President MUST enforce those laws, else be guilty of dereliction of duty.  [See note at end for exception.]
 
Dereliction of duty is a crime and misdemeanor ("high" being the status of the office rather than a descriptor of the type of crime or misdemeanor) which requires impeachment and, if guilty, punishment up to removal from office.
 
Executive orders are allowed only to permit a President to carry out his Constitutional duties.  It is not a method of circumventing the legislative branch or any other aspect of the Constitution.  Any executive order side-stepping proper Constitutional methods of governance is a usurpation of powers not granted, and are actionable by impeachment of such a President.
 
Note:  The only time this would not apply would be if Congress should pass (and a then-sitting President should sign) a law regarding immigration that violates the Constitution in some other fashion.  To use a silly example, say Congress passed a law stating that all immigrants from Poland be awarded free kielbasa for life.  Congress has no authority to conscript the goods of others (and is prohibited from doing so by various sections of the Constitution) therefore the Constitutional duty of the President would require such a law not to be enforced.

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<![CDATA[Lexington MA now wants to finish the job they stopped the British from doing in 1775]]>Tue, 19 Jan 2016 15:58:22 GMThttp://constitutiondecoded.com/constitution-blog/lexington-ma-now-wants-to-finish-the-job-they-stopped-the-british-from-doing-in-1775The liberal hypocrites of Lexington will have a big celebration in April, commemorating the Battle of Lexington Green where the town militia stood united in purpose to STOP the British regulars from seizing the powder stores (=DISARMING the populace).  


One resident has submitted to the Selectmen a proposal to disarm the local populace:  a total ban of "assault weapons" and "large capacity magazines" in Lexington. Said law to be based on one from Highland Park IL (because "gun-free" Chicago has no problem with illegal firearm violence, no sirree -- can the sarcasm drip any faster?). So Lexington wants now to be in the forefront of the move to disarm the populace - finishing the British job of 2+ centuries ago.  So why don't they spend April holding public rallies petitioning to rejoin the UK and holding signs asking Queen Elizabeth to forgive them and let them come home?


Details available here: Ammoland article


I cannot even start going in to the number of levels on which this is wrong; I would be here typing all night.


One thing is certain:  if this goes through in Lexington, this proposal will come to YOUR town or city next. Flood the Lexington Selectmens office with phone calls and faxes!]]>
<![CDATA[New Year's Day 2016]]>Fri, 01 Jan 2016 21:34:50 GMThttp://constitutiondecoded.com/constitution-blog/new-years-day-2016The theme for this year will be the ideals and principles stated so clearly in the Declaration of Independence, and how the Constitution is an attempt to make of those ideals a working system of governance for the people.

This is something that had never and HAS never been done before – or since.  Countries are founded by conquest; conquest of land, vanquishing of a foe or foes.  Countries are founded by expansion; we have more people we’ll just scoot over and include this bit.  Countries are founded by secession or revolution; usually in anger but sometimes (as in New Zealand, Australia, and Canada) by mutual agreement. 

The United States did have to rebel and then fight a war – but unlike other countries we started from IDEALS.  These ideals grew out of the religious principles that originally brought Englishmen to this land, that they be able worship according to conscience and religious ideals.

Ideals are odd things.  We see them up ahead and above us.  We want to achieve them.  Yet reaching them is ALWAYS beyond our ability.  However, by striving we get much farther than ever we could by an admission that “this is too far; let’s not try.” 

And still as a country we are roundly castigated in any area where we fail to meet those ideals.  Those are supposedly “proof” that we didn’t really mean them (and therefore are the most vile and despicable of people), or that we are hypocrites, or that they are a cover for hateful and racist acts behind a veneer of self-righteous pseudo-sanctity.   Always, to cure these “abject failures of our evil system” all that is “needed” is to overthrow that system and substitute a system off someone else’s shelf and all will be well; we will achieve these Utopian goals and butterflies and unicorns will grace our cities.

What ideals are in the Declaration of Independence? 

  • That all humans are created equal in rights; equal in inherent worth; to be treated equally under the Rule of Law; equally worthy of the respect of every other human for our shared origin as creations of God.  (You are an atheist? –That’s fine; the writers of the Declaration were not.  Put on your big kid pants and deal with that historical fact.)
  • That all humans were endowed by God with Rights.  Those rights are inherent in us, and because they are inherent in us those rights pre-date, transcend, and supersede ALL government.
  • That the true and correct purpose of government is to secure (defend, protect, guard from danger, make certain, hold inviolate, put beyond hazard) those rights.
  • That the people may (perhaps must?) change any government  which becomes destructive of the very rights it is its job is to protect.

In future posts during 2016 – perhaps a new section of this web site – we will explore those ideals and principles further. 

In liberty, wishing you always to have ideals of your own to strive towards:  Happy New Year!


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<![CDATA[11 September 2015; 14 years]]>Sat, 12 Sep 2015 02:42:29 GMThttp://constitutiondecoded.com/constitution-blog/11-september-2015-14-years9/11; another anniversary of that horrific day 14 years ago.  Moving tributes interspersed with platitudes and self-serving tripe masquerading as solemnity.

People that day - normal Americans - acted with incredible bravery.  Some of us remember; some of us hope that strength is in us.  

As a nation, we have buried our heads in the sand.  As a people, we refuse even to NAME the source of the attack, for fear  of being thought mean or intolerant.  

Mean?
Intolerant?
Racist?
Hate-filled?

NO.  To see and to speak TRUTH is not any of those.  Yes, yes, yes - let's say it out loud not all muslims are terrorists yadda yadda no kidding dumbo.  But since the days of the Barbary pirates it is fanatical muslims who ARE at war with US and all of western civilization.  They have declared it; they have acted on it, time and again.  

We cannot possibly combat an enemy we refuse even to NAME.  The name is radical islam.  It is NOT a religion (and for damned sure it is not a "religion of peace" - what tripe); it is an ideological governance system based on intolerance, racism, and hatred, clothed in the trappings of a religion.  

And don't give me crap about "well Christians had the Crusades so they're just as bad" because such statements demonstrate that YOU are an ignorant fool.  

Show me - TODAY - where Christians commonly BEHEAD those who disagree with them.  Where they RAPE 6-year-olds multiple times a day in the name of their god.  Where they STONE homosexuals to death - or hang them publicly.  Where women are treated worse than dirt.  Where shoplifters have their hands CUT OFF publicly.  

Nowhere; neither Christians nor Jews nor Hindus nor Buddhists nor any of the other major world religions have adherents who REGULARLY and PUBLICLY carry out such vicious acts.  Except radical islam.

Not only is this common among radical islam - it gets even WORSE.  Just in this past week they hog-tied other muslims (different sub-group, therefore sub-human, I guess), hung them from chains, and then ROASTED them ALIVE - with cameras running.

Did you know that 80% (yes, eighty percent) of rapes in Sweden last year were by islamic immigrants/refugees - almost all against Swedish nationals?  In Norway it was worse - 100% - ALL - rapes for the year were by muslims, against Norwegians.  Because their intolerant, hate-filled ideology permits this; infidel women are for using and discarding.  Europe, by permitting all the refugees (that other muslim countries WILL NOT ACCEPT) streaming in now, has signed its own suicide note.  All that's left is the timing.  

THIS IS THE ENEMY WE FACE. 

LOOK at who they are.  FACE IT.  Because if you will NOT face it, not admit it, turn your head and call ME intolerant - they WILL come after you.  And me.  And your children, friends, sisters, brothers, wives, husbands.  

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
--Dietrich Bonhoeffer



May God have mercy on us all, and give us the courage to stand against evil in ALL its forms.  It does NOT start with people; its source is far deeper, stronger, and more deadly than any person or group of persons. But its manifestation is in the acts of people who willingly do its work. Why?  Being deceived, perhaps.  Wanting power, perhaps.  The why is not so compelling to me as the manifestation - which we must stand against, always, with all we have.

Ephesians 6:  11 - 17 (NASB; from Biblehub):

11Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual [forces] of wickedness in the heavenly [places]. 13Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, 15and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; 16in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil [one]. 17And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

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<![CDATA[We MUST understand the Constitution!]]>Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:47:26 GMThttp://constitutiondecoded.com/constitution-blog/we-must-understand-the-constitutionExecutive amnesty will pass!  they cry in anguish... 

THIS IS WHY WE MUST UNDERSTAND THE CONSTITUTION!  

The executive branch HAS NO AUTHORITY IN THIS AREA!  It can sign executive orders until the pens fall apart - and IF we understand the Constitution, NONE OF IT will have ANY effect!  We would simply laugh at the tyrant wannabe who thinks the pen is mightier than the Constitution.

I also heard on the radio yesterday someone from the NRA bemoaning the danger of the UN small arms treaty.  The same principle is at work here!  The second amendment SPECIFICALLY PROHIBITS the federal government from having any say in the firearms owned by citizens -- and Article VI clearly states that only treaties made in areas where the Constitution grants authority to the federal government, and in NO OTHER AREAS, are considered law!  They can yak all they want -- if we know the Constitution it is a usurpation of powers not granted, therefore NULL and VOID - of no effect or substance!
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<![CDATA[Veterans’ Day/Armistice Day/Remembrance Day]]>Tue, 11 Nov 2014 20:57:46 GMThttp://constitutiondecoded.com/constitution-blog/veterans-dayarmistice-dayremembrance-dayToday, November 11th, is known by all three of those names.  Veterans’ Day in honor of our US veterans; Armistice Day commemorating the end of World War I (the “War to End All Wars” as it was SO-inaccurately termed); Remembrance Day as a Veterans’ Day equivalent in the Commonwealth nations.

Please take time to day to remember, and to be thankful for, ALL our veterans.  Particularly today’s vets, but remember all our other wars. 

    Revolutionary War

    First and Second Barbary War – against the Barbary       Pirates – also the inauguration of the US Marines

    War of 1812 (in between the two above)

    Mexican-American War (does not include The Alamo;     that was part of the fracas surrounding the rebellion       of Texas against Mexico and its annexation as part of     the US)

    Civil War (“War of Northern Aggression” for those           from the South)

    Spanish-American War and the related Philippine-           American War

    Boxer Rebellion

    World War I

    World War II – this was the last legally                             Congressionally-declared, war; after this naming 
    wars versus “police actions” versus “troop                       deployments” gets dicey…

    Korean War

    Vietnam War

    Desert Storm

    “War on Terror” under various names and in various       places – with rules of engagement no one should           ever have to fight under.

Remember also those who fought on the home front:  the wives (and husbands) who held the family together, never knowing if their spouse would ever return, or in what condition.  The children who grew up with only stories of a parent.  The parents who put gold stars in their windows for their lost ones.  Everyone who stood, or knelt, or sat, or lay prostrate, before a headstone or memorial, public or private… who traced names with fingers, and cried – or held the tears in. 

All of this was a price paid, willingly, for YOUR freedom, YOUR life, YOUR liberty.  Thank them all, with every fiber of your being, that you are not the subject of a king, theocrat, tyrant, or madman.  And thank also the One who has given us the gift of a noble heart, that we have these heroes for whom to be thankful.

I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend. –Faramir, warrior of Gondor (JRR Tolkien, The Two Towers)

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<![CDATA[Evil is NEVER satisfied.]]>Tue, 07 Oct 2014 15:49:52 GMThttp://constitutiondecoded.com/constitution-blog/evil-is-never-satisfiedQuote from Ann Barnhardt:

"I want to point out again that evil is never satisfied with mere toleration. Evil demands first toleration, then ratification, then celebration, then co-participation. That’s the progression. "


Think about it. She is absolutely correct in this.

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<![CDATA[Truth, Comfort, and Courage]]>Sun, 28 Sep 2014 18:21:07 GMThttp://constitutiondecoded.com/constitution-blog/truth-comfort-and-courageFrom C. S. Lewis:


"If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end:  if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth - only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin with and, in the end, despair."
(Mere Christianity, Book One, Chapter Five, last paragraph.)


The first step towards fixing the various ills of the world is to find the strength to seek out and FACE the truth.  It will hurt - especially if you are not accustomed to looking at truth.  With practice, while it never becomes fun, it hurts less and brings a deep-level satisfaction in that regardless of the odds you face, what you are facing is real, not delusion.


The alternative, though, is to be cold-cocked by the consequences of NOT facing truth.  That hurts FAR more.  Nor can you accustom yourself to that pain, as you cannot see it coming, prepare for it, or brace yourself.  It will ALWAYS come at you hard, fast, and inescapable.   


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<![CDATA[Constitution Day 2014]]>Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:03:09 GMThttp://constitutiondecoded.com/constitution-blog/constitution-day-2014Happy Constitution Day!  


In the week that includes this day, September 17th, both federal law and laws in all 50 states REQUIRE that the US Constitution be taught in the public schools.  Most schools ignore this requirement.  When it is brought to their attention, many school actively FIGHT complying.  (We can reserve for another time a discussion as to whether the federal government has the power to require this teaching -- but certainly the states do, in their publicly-funded schools.)


Be sure that  YOUR children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbor's children, Scouts, et cetera, get this information.  There are excellent online resources and the As A Mom group has a special resources page located at this link: Read It Save It.  


Spreading understanding of our Constitution is crucial: without the underpinning of the principles in the Declaration of Independence, and knowledge of how those principles were turned into civil governance BY the Constitution, all the political activity taking place can and will be twisted by those antithetical to freedom.  


But we have to start earlier than politics, and even earlier than understanding the Constitution and the LIMITED federal government it created.  We have to start with ourselves.  


I have been watching the lead-up to the big vote (tomorrow!) in Scotland whether to stay as part of the UK or to break free.  These descendants of William Wallace, who risked everything for freedom -- how will they vote?  For the freedom their forebears died to obtain?  Or will they remain with the UK?  Despite all the rhetoric going on, a crucial point no one will speak about openly is the British welfare system.  So many people in the UK live "on the dole" in one way or another -- and Scotland has always been more short of cash than the southern reaches of the island.  I see the potential for a vote-by-pocketbook, where a majority of the population votes to ensure that the "free" money streaming up from the richer cities of England keeps coming.  A song by the Proclaimers cries, "I can't understand why we let someone else rule our land, cap in hand."  The answer is:  handouts.  Good luck to the Scots; whichever way they decide tomorrow there will be rancor and repercussions.  


So why the segue into Scottish politics?  Because the same forces are at work here.  We have forgotten our Constitution.  We have forgotten WHY the federal government was to be SEVERELY restricted and limited in scope.  People assume government is supposed to control every aspect of their lives - and most want it so, either for their own benefit or to control others (always, of course, for "their own good" - which always leads to great evil, as I have posted before).  


We have also lost civility - the ability to live together under rules of common politeness and with respect for others' wishes to live their own lives in peace.  We are no longer "permitted" (i.e., we allow the severely offensive rules of "political correctness" to self-censor for fear of excoriation by thoughtless, hate-filled -- but LOUD -- people who seek control of public discourse) to hold or speak any but MSM-approved drivel-opinions without enduring censure and name-calling.  We have lost respect for EVERYONE - all thugs are seen as helpless victims, reacting to the terrible (and white-patriarchy-caused) circumstances of their lives, unable to choose (because the left's "sympathy" for the poor is based on deep-seated, deeply-hidden hatred and disgust for them) to act differently.  Because (the underlying assumption is) they are all eternal children who cannot grow up and can never be responsible for their own choices.  Anyone wishing to protect themselves from thuggery is called hate-filled.  


None of that is true.  


What HAS happened is loss of understanding of those principles in the Declaration of Independence.  Those principles - that all are EQUAL (in the eyes of the law, in inherent rights, and as beloved children of God), and have the right to live their own LIFE (and protect that life - else you have NO "right" to your life) in LIBERTY (free from interference by government except in matters where you infringe the rights of others by crimes), and to pursue "happiness" - which is the Platonic Ideal of excellence in your own fields of endeavor.  It's ALL there, in the Declaration and the Constitution -- waiting for us to rediscover it.  So that ALL people in this nation can make their lives examples of the triumph of their individual human spirits.


I will end this post with two notes from the renowned expert and scholar on the US Constitution, Publius Huldah.  They are on the "Ask Questions" page of her web site (linked below) - but there are no direct links to individual responses, so you will have to dig a bit to see them in their native habitat.  All emphases are in the originals.


Link to Publius Huldah's "Ask Questions" page.




From Publius Huldah's Ask Questions on September 15th (two days ago), in response to a post by "Jim": 


"The Bible? What’s that?
The Constitution? Are you serious? Don’t you know the supreme Court decides what it means?

The above is what most people believe. It’s a lie – but they believe it.

Alexander Hamilton told us long ago that when federal judges usurp powers, the remedy is IMPEACHMENT! Federalist Paper No. 81 (8th para).
Members of Congress are never impeached: They may be expelled by their respective Houses. Art. I, Sec. 5, cl. 2


But Jim – the problem is not the judges or the people in Congress. The problem is WE THE PEOPLE who are so ignorant and morally blind that we elect the people in Congress, we elect the President who appoints the federal judges, and we elect the US Senators who confirm them.

Our Framers said over & over that our system depends on the American People having the virtue and intelligence to elect men of virtue and intelligence to office."


and Jim's response:  "The Bible and Constitution? Therein lies the problem. It is true that the People are no longer even familiar with the Bible or the Constitution. With the Bible being removed from the schools, which previously was encouraged and contains our voting instructions, Exodus 18:21, if it were taught. The Constitution not being taught let alone our History, even common civics, the fundamental functions and operations of our local governments are not even taught, nor is there a desire to learn or be a part of. Our schools fail us on intelligence, delivering diplomas instead of knowledge. Our Churches fail us on virtues with their fear of being holy. And both fail us in wisdom? I fear our fate with this ignorance and apathy among the populace."



And me, so you needn't go look up the verse referred to in the text:  Exodus 18:21 (NASB) "Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens.



And more from her commentary, just yesterday, in response to "Spence" in a discussion of the (truly insidiously evil) proposal for a Convention of the States (COS):
"I know, Son. That is one of the things which is so infuriating about the COS conspirators. They actually have grass roots people believing that a convention is how THE STATES will rein in the feds. BUT THE STATES HAVE BEEN TOTALLY COMPLICIT IN THE TRANSFER OF OUR RESERVED POWERS TO THE FEDS.

The morally blind & profoundly ignorant American People elected everyone in Washington DC – or they were appointed or hired by someone whom the American People elected. Same for our corrupt State governments. Some of the brain dead people who have jumped on the convention bandwagon actually think they will elect the delegates. Of course they won’t – but even if they did, they would just elect more corrupt people to be delegates.

We are drowning in a sea of Ignorance, moral corruption, and Lies. This is not a good time to put our Constitution on the chopping block."


On this Constitution Day, 2014, may we all re-dedicate ourselves to learning our Founding Principles.  And may God have mercy on us all and aid us in our efforts to restore the Constitution and the nation that He inspired.  

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