A Little Bit of a History Lesson
by James Glaser
February 4, 2008
I am not a lawyer, but I am able to read and understand most things. Sunday I was taking a look at our United States Constitution and re-read some passages that seem important. Here is the preamble to that document.
That seems to be straight forward and clear to me. The constitution was written to establish a government. The constitution would also lay out the rules that would secure our freedom, give us justice and liberty, and provide for our common defense. There doesn't seem to be any hidden messages here. Everything is out in the open as to why we have a constitution.
As I started reading this, I was reminded that every politician we elect to Washington takes an oath to defend this document and what it says, so here is something to think on.
That is crystal clear, the House and the Senate have all the power to legislate our laws concerning federal matters. The Judges in the Supreme Court can't make laws, and neither can the President. This next section will explain it better than I can. It comes from section 7
Here is where we have a real problem today. Remember both the President and our legislators have taken an oath to defend and protect what is in the Constitution. Well, hundreds of times President George W. Bush has signed a bill given to him by Congress, thus making it a law, but after he signs this new law, he attaches a signing statement saying that he doesn't have to abide by part or all of that law. Here is an example of one of his signing statements.
The President signs a bill into law, (this example is one of over 800) then changes what that law means. Now George Bush believes he has that right, even though the Constitution says differently, so he is not upholding what he took an oath to uphold. (The Constitution) But on the other hand, Congress lets him do this without a fight, thus they are not upholding their oath to defend and protect the Constitution.
Like I said at the beginning, I not a lawyer, but I believe if you take the time to read the whole Constitution, you will start to feel as I do. That is, every elected official in Washington should be impeached, as nobody takes their oath about protecting our Constitution, sworn on a Bible, seriously.
One of my readers suggested I read these sections of the Constitution to see what I thought, and I thank him.
Sunday another two American Soldiers were killed in Iraq. Ron Paul is the only candidate left in the race for president who would pull our troops out of Iraq. Every other candidate wants to increase the size of our military, and sit around and try and figure out an honorable way to get our troops home. They all agree that this could take years. Years, and thousands of more American lives.
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