The Great Debate

Originally posted May 3, 2009, edited August 15, 2009 for this blog

In 1789 the Constitution of the United States was ratified and became the law of the land. The purpose of the Constitution, besides what is stated in the preamble, was to provide for a nation without a king or an aristocracy. Not to say that the United States prohibits anyone from getting rich, quite the opposite. The United States Constitutions guarantees our freedom to life, liberty, and the pursuit of property and happiness.

The Key is the “pursuit”. The Constitution and our founding documents do not guarantee property or happiness. There is a very good reason for this. If the government guarantees you happiness and property, then by definition the government must provide such happiness and property. This is counter to the American Dream.

This is the central political argument of our day. It’s not anything new, but it has been muddled up. The question is who should be responsible for you and your happiness? We have two parties who believe that it is Government’s job to provide us with happiness and property. But we have strong evidence that the majority of Americans would prefer freedom and the pursuit.

Consider this, after six years of a Republican President and a Republican congress who spent way too much, passed acts such as the Patriot Act which had to be modified in order to once again be thinly constitutional, and shot themselves in the foot by failing to constitutionally declare war, Democrats were able to win the election promising spending controls, a balanced budget, and by running so-called blue-dog Democrats who are more conservative, believe in the second amendment, and in some cases are even pro-life.

Of course, the blue-dogs have no teeth and we have increased spending in two months as much as Bush did in 8 years. And the agenda of the President and Congress who promised to be a contrast to the high spending Bush years have passed vast social changes that have secured our position in a post-constitutional era.

How does the “party of conservatism” respond? Ed Gillespie said it best on C-Span this morning. His key to Republicans winning the majority is for them to run big tent post-constitutional candidates who don’t support the second amendment or the right to life. Does that make sense? The Left had to accuse the Right of being too Left and run right-wing Democrats to win. Now the Right thinks they can win by running leftists? We saw how well that worked this past November. When given the choice between a Democrat leftist and a Republican leftist, America chose the real deal.

But the argument remains. Should the Government still be constrained by the Constitution? Are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness still guaranteed by the Constitution? Or granted by the Government? Just because both parties agree that Government is the solution, either directly or through pseudo-conservative alternative programs, does that mean they are right?

I propose a different solution. This is why we have proposed the Conservative Constitutionalist Movement. In this argument, the major parties are obsolete. We represent the view that Government must do no less than what the Constitution mandates, and no more than the Constitution allows. We believe that every able-bodied man and woman must have opportunity and must be free to take that opportunity as far as their hard work will get them.

The growth and prosperity of a society has a direct correlation to how much its citizens are invested in their own success.

We believe that our government must return to its founding documents. This means a strict adherence to the enumerated powers. This means protection and implementation of all the amendments, including the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 9th, 10th, 15th, and 19th no matter how difficult it is for the politicians running our government.

We believe that arguing personhood based solely on what side of the mother’s skin you are on is a false and frivolous argument. We believe that the Federal Government has absolutely no say in what guns and weapons may or may not be banned. We believe that spending must be reduced to constitutional levels and taxes must be simple and fair.

We believe in free markets, freedom of commerce, freedom of opportunity, freedom of self-determination, freedom of religion, freedom to become filthy rich and freedom to give those riches away. We believe in the rule of law, but we also believe that moral accountability is ultimately between you and God. We believe that Secular Humanism is one of the many religions that must not be established by our Government.

We believe in the freedom and self-determination of the states. We believe that it is a crime against the constitution when politicians win elections based on how much money they have taken from taxpayers across the country to fund pet projects in their home-town.

We believe in consequences for our actions, whether good or bad. But we also believe in the good of the people of the United States of America. We believe that states, localities, churches and communities will assume the duties that the Federal Government gives up in our return to constitutionality.

We are the Conservative Constitutionalist Movement, we are the movement that represents the side of freedom and self-determination. We are the movement who believes in reward for hard work and discipline, and in the individuals’ responsibility for their fellow man as they see fit without duress from the Government.

Give people their freedom, give them their constitutional rights, give them self-determination and the right to pursue happiness and property, and see what happens.

2 Responses to “The Great Debate”

  1. 1 PolyKahr August 16, 2009 at 9:54 am

    Good post. I will be watching this site in the future.


  2. 2 ikefriday August 16, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Thank you.

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