01.11.2013 in Featured, Politics by Bill Wilson 12

Abandoning ‘We The People’

NRD Editor’s Note: This column was first published at Investors.com.

By Bill Wilson — For much of its 236-year history, the federal government has accumulated new power by whittling away at the essential protections afforded to American citizens under the U.S. Constitution. In recent years this wholesale abandonment of our founding principles has rapidly gained momentum — accompanied by a skyrocketing government debt that now eclipses our nation’s annual gross domestic product.

“There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics,” former U.S. President Ronald Reagan said in his farewell address to the nation in 1989. “As government expands, liberty contracts.”

No truer words have ever been spoken — yet in the last half-decade this nation has witnessed a stunning (and astronomically expensive) escalation of neo-fascism in America. And no political party, court nor ideological movement has proven able to blunt its building momentum.

During the debate over “Obamacare” — a massive, budget-busting entitlement funded with money our country doesn’t have — former New Jersey Judge Andrew Napolitano pointedly challenged then-U.S. Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) regarding the constitutionality of this socialized medicine monstrosity.

Clyburn’s response?

“There’s nothing in the Constitution that says the federal government has anything to do with most of the stuff we do,” he said.

Therein lies the root of our problem. The overt contempt for our Constitution displayed by Clyburn and other elected officials is precisely why government has become so unruly, so fiscally unsustainable and so dangerous. Tragically for our Republic, the U.S. Supreme Court empowered this view in its Obamacare ruling — inventing a new taxing authority to accommodate this abomination rather than following the law and protecting our liberties.

Decades of legislative overreach, executive power grabs and judicial activism have steadily diminished our freedom and free markets — a disintegration which may have already reached the point of terminal velocity. Our nation now prints unlimited piles of money with no congressional oversight. It taps our phones and emails with no probable cause. It compels us to purchase products or face stiff fines. And now it wants to strip us of our right to keep and bear arms.

Yet even these egregious incursions are not enough for some members of the professional left.

In a recent column published by The New York Times, Georgetown University law professor Louis Michael Seidman argues for the wholesale abandonment of the U.S. Constitution, decrying “all its archaic, idiosyncratic and downright evil provisions.”

“We have to give up on the claim that we are a self-governing people who can settle our disagreements through mature and tolerant debate,” Seidman writes, “we ought to try extricating ourselves from constitutional bondage so that we can give real freedom a chance.”

“Real freedom?” From “constitutional bondage?”

These assertions are demonstrably illogical. Arguing one’s freedom would improve by allowing government to tighten its grip is like arguing one’s breathing would improve by allowing an Anaconda to do the same. Yet we are supposed to accept the ongoing suffocation of our freedom and free markets in the name of expediting a socialist agenda that is bankrupting our country? And give up more of our money — and our guns — to the new overlords?

Like so many ivory tower leftists whose anti-American views hold sway in Washington, D.C., Seidman sees the Constitution as something to be shaken off — like a bad cold. Of course what he fails to recognize is that his prescription for constitutional emasculation would kill the very source of the federal government’s power and legitimacy.

Absent the Constitution, there is no government — only anarchy. One cannot destroy our founding document without destroying the nation it created (or what’s left of it). And make no mistake — once freed from any real or implied constraint, government becomes the tyranny our Founding Fathers (and most present-day Americans) fear.

In other words it ceases to be America.

Bill Wilson is president of Americans for Limited Government. You can follow Bill on Twitter at @BillWilsonALG.

This article has 12 comments
  • chaslie 11.01.2013 10:26 AM

    Very astute article. Glad to see there are still people who have a brain.

  • joann 11.01.2013 11:22 AM

    The senseless people who don’t like the constitution need to get out of this country and try Russia or the likes and see how long they like living in conditions that they are trying to create here and and also see why they wanted to live in United States in the first place. Come here for freedom and then try to dismantle it. I pray God’s wrath on these stupid MORONS. The constitution is to proect us from these crazy idiot, worthless nothings. More money than brains.

  • Mad Mike 11.01.2013 12:59 PM

    Who is an American patroit and who is not? That’s easy to distinguish. Those who attack our constitution or bill of rights, are the enemies of America. They identify themselves by such attacks, be they individuals, politicians, educators, entertainers or politicians. 99% of them are liberal “DEMOCRATS” and/or, Socialist/Communists. All are traitors and enemies of our country. Our Constitution is the “bedrock” of our country, it founded upon these ideals, not communisum, not Islam, and not Monarchy. It was founded on the beliefs in individual freedom, not “collective tyrany”. America is a “Republic” with democratic freedoms not a dictatorship ruled by one person or one political party. Those who attack our constitution are the “domestic enemies” we swear an oath to defend against! And defend it we shall!

  • James H Waters Phd 11.01.2013 1:25 PM

    As usual, Bill, vague hot air. You speak of “freedom” as if it really contrasts with widespread/general access of the citizens to real health care. How are we more “free” when monopolistic forces, such as insurance companies, can manipulate the health care market to profit off the healthy, deny care to those who need it, and claim this is the best health care system in the world? You deride the first step towards reversing this a “monstrosity” but apparently do not recognize any problem with things as they stand. How are we more “free” when industries are left unregulated to dump their waste and toxic by-products on society at large? We had freedom from the EPA back in the 50s and 60s and the rivers caught on fire and the air made your eyes burn. If that’s your idea of “freedom,” it’s defective. Freedom is not the law of the jungle, at least not any freedom that most of us would want to have. A free society is going to need organizing principles and regulation, e.g., laws, if we are going to evolve past tribalism, feudalism, and other natural outcomes of their lack. And those without power need to be protected. Regular readers of your posts recognize, of course, that what you mean by “freedom” is merely profit for big business. It really has nothing to do with freedom at all, that’s just the face you put on it to convince people we really can’t do any better.

  • pduffy 11.01.2013 1:26 PM

    The only leaders that ever kept the constitution were those that wrote it. It lasted about 70 years. When the federalists decided that the states had too much power, a war broke out to decide the issue – the federalists won, and now they dictate every aspect of our lives. They took over the money system, and forced us to use worthless paper as currency when the constitution said only gold and silver could be used. Now we have 16 trillion dollars of debt. The gun grab is just the final straw that needs to fall to cement this beast’s total power. History has proven that human nature tends toward tyranny, and as good as the system the founders setup, it to has proven to be a failure. It has generated into an image of the debached Roman Empire.

  • June Winnop-Steiger 11.01.2013 1:27 PM

    Let’s shrink our government. It has gotten completely out of control. Those in Washington, DC are catering to all that will do something for them and not for our Country. Take it apart one piece at a time and consider if it is good for all or just a special benefit, and whose benefit. It’ time to clean house. The Constitution works for all of us if it is used. You notice who doesn’t want it, those who it gets in the way of getting what they want. #1, is Obama who will not use it. We need to impeach him if he is not going to follow our laws, just because he wants something he is not entitled to and he thinks he can make his own rules. No he can’t but no one will stop him and those who think like him.

  • SmileyFace 11.01.2013 3:05 PM

    Sorry to say you miss the point. Health care costs are high, I agree, so get to the nuts and bolts of the rising costs and solve it there…not create a federal program. Some regulation by the EPA and other agencies have done good things but they are taking their control too far now. Why do you think the cost of a product is more expensive? Government regulations is tightening their reigns on businesses. Salaries are a lot higher than they used to be 30 years ago as well as benefits and retirement plans. Plus, how many times do you hear where someone is suing for the most ridiculous things like burning your mouth on hot coffee. I would say that most regular readers are not like you in thinking that freedom represents “profits for big business”, that’s the kind of thinking the government and mainstream media wants you to believe. Regular readers see a need to limit government in our daily lives where we can manage our own lives without a new law trying to protect us from ourselves.

  • Daniel Wolfe 11.01.2013 4:04 PM

    Mr. Walters… The “freedom” referred to in this article has
    been lost for a long time, mostly due to government interference in the markets
    and/or unjust corporate influence in the halls of government (in which case it
    is still government meddling) and/or judicial corruption. In any case, strict
    adherence to the Constitution was totally ignored and would have been the cure
    for most societal problems. Government, and the corruption of both major
    parties, has been the central problem for several generations, going back at
    least to 1913, when the Federal Reserve was established in conjunction with the
    unlawful passage of the 16th Amendment, which gave birth to the IRS
    and the income tax. This arrangement has led to many disastrous consequences
    throughout the 20th Century and right on to the present, including
    our involvement in WWI, the 1929 market crash and resultant Great Depression,
    the rise of Hitler (as a result of the burdensome reparations imposed on
    Germany after WWI), WWII, the rise of the Soviet Union, the extreme influence
    of the military-industrial complex and all the undeclared, illegal wars since
    then where obscene profits go to those industries. Must I go on? It has
    snowballed right down to the present. In the late 80’s the feds decided they’d
    get involved in healthcare and costs have soared ever since. No wonder there
    has been an outcry for someone to “do something”. What has been needed for
    decades now is for government to get the hell out of the way and let the
    markets work. We also need a justice system that’s not bought and paid for by
    corporate interests or mandated by the other branches of government… but one
    that is totally independent and unbiased, as the founders intended. But who is
    John Galt?

  • Greg137 11.01.2013 4:07 PM

    I am telling you,, Tell your Congressman to support and protect the second Amendment! !!!!

  • Bob 11.01.2013 7:27 PM

    Nobama needs VERY badly to be impeached. Fast & Furious, Benghazi, trampling the Constitution after taking an oath to uphold & protect it. All grounds for impeachment! Where are those with the guts to “git er done?”

  • R. Koch 12.01.2013 12:57 AM

    MR SIEDMON needs to leave this Country & go to Communist Country & He’d see what a Treasure Freedom is. I have no use for such an Individual. My Husband in World War !! fought for Our Freedom. Got many Medals. Both Sons fought in Vietnaam. Someone like Him makes Me sick. I’ve been in Communist Countries Ministering as a World Evang. I Am going to Pray Mr. Siedmon gets Saved. He needs to have an encounter with the LORD.

  • Stealth 12.01.2013 4:47 PM

    REAL Patriots of our great country will FIGHT to defend our country from attack…from without…AND WITHIN!!!

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