400 Years? – Read the Constitution!

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Some members of Congress say the stupidest things.  Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) – a voting member of the U.S. House of Representatives – claimed this week that the U.S. Constitution is 400 years old.  Really?

Is Lee cognizant of the fact that the United States was NOT even established as an independent nation until 1776?  Not to mention the fact that the Constitution itself wasn’t even written until 1787? Does Lee know that it wasn’t ratified until 1789? Does Lee know how many articles comprise the Constitution?  What about the number of amendments, and what they mandate?

Has Lee ever even read the Constitution?

It is readily apparent that Lee does not know what the Constitution constitutes.

The House is currently debating a bill that merely reinforces one of the most important clauses in the Constitution regarding the office of the President, and that is the function and duty of the President to “faithfully execute” the laws.  Laws that are passed by Congress, and NOT by the president.  And that separation of powers laid down in the Constitution is what distinguishes America from dictatorships throughout history around the globe.  Our government is separated into co-equal branches that intentionally separate power to prevent power from being concentrated into too few hands.  Thereby, the Constitution prevents oligarchy, and dictatorship, IF and WHEN its provisions are upheld.

The fact is that President Obama has repeatedly violated the Constitution by choosing to enforce some laws and to ignore other laws altogether.  Not only that, but he has unilaterally amended the Affordable Care Act to soften the blow this disastrous law has reeked on the American People.  Obama knows his party is in jeopardy of losing control of the Senate, and so he has unilaterally DICTATED that some of the most unpopular provisions of the so-called “Affordable Care Act” will not kick into action until AFTER the 2014 mid-term elections.

For those out there who question use of the term, “Dictate,” let’s be clear.  The word dictate comes from a Latin word that means “to say” or “to tell.”  A dictator tells other people what to do, without himself being answerable to the dictates of others.

A major component of the U.S. Constitution is the establishment of one of the Principles of Liberty referred to as Separation of Powers.  In order to prevent any one person from having the power to tell other Americans what to do, the Constitution set up a process of Limited Government whereby the American people send representatives to Congress to make laws that tell the president what to do – what laws to enforce.  Not the other way around.  Congress passes laws.  The president must faithfully enforce laws passed by  Congress.  Neither branch has both the power to make AND enforce laws.  Therefore, power is separated to dilute its concentration because concentrated power invites tyrannical action.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee … get a clue:  READ THE CONSTITUTION!!!

Tim Keller
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Tim Keller has taught American History, World History, government, writing, speech and related courses at both the high school and college level since 1997.
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