Founders’ Original Intent – Guest Post
January 29, 2009 by The Constant Complainer
Welcome to the award winning blog of The Constant Complainer. Here at The Constant Complainer, in addition to my own posts, readers can submit Guest Posts on topics they would like to complain about. The below-Guest Post was submitted by Neo Con Don. His complaint, how he explained it to me, is people’s refusal to recognize the importance of our founder’s intent. This is a deep topic and a longer post, but an easy read. If politics don’t interest you, there are plenty of other posts to choose from on this site. Enjoy and without further adieu, here’s Don…
The Communist Goals of 1963 number 29, 30, and 31 read as follows:
29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.
30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”
31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the “big picture.” Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.
I’m bringing up the communist goals to help people understand why liberals might believe what the communists believe. It is very possible that any of us that were in public school beginning with Lyndon Johnson’s term have been taught these goals as fact, or read them in a newspaper every day. If you’re an active reader of this blog, you’ll note that I am regularly bringing up the idea of founder’s intent and our duty to recognize it. You’ll also notice that other readers respond with answers directly from the communist play book. Several exchanges occurred in my column, The War on Christmas. In Mikes comment posted Dec. 9th at 10:27am, he describes his love for European history because of the religious study associated with it, but then says the only religious significance in our history is the story of the Puritans. This is an example of the success of Communist Goal Number 31. Later, in a response posted on Dec. 9th at 3:58pm, Mike opines that he “hates the ‘founding father’s’ argument. It’s not the same era and a country has to change with the times or else it is doomed to fail. You have to adapt with new ideas.” This is a classic example of Communist Goals Number 29 and 30. The premise of the founders is what has kept this country together for so long. The attempt to change those premises is what will, and might be causing, the eventual failure of our republic. I certainly don’t think Mike is a communist, and I have no idea how old he is or when he went to school or what newspapers he reads, but it’s possible that Mike is a victim of a liberal fascist agenda. This agenda was laid out maliciously and with purpose in the public schools, and has been very effective. Communist Leader Nakita Kruschev detailed it in a very concise way during a visit to the United States in 1959 when he said: “We cannot expect the Americans to jump from capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving Americans small doses of socialism until they suddenly awake to find they have Communism.”
So, the first real step to get this agenda rolling is to undermine the Founding Fathers, their sacrifices, and their intent. Let’s look at it.
Why care about the Founder’s intent? That’s simple. First, understanding and recognizing the founder’s intent is as important for Americans as it is for Christians to teach the true meaning of Christmas to their children. The generation of our Founders and their families made more sacrifices for our country than any other generation ever has and likely ever will until the collapse of our republic. When our Founders signed the Declaration of Independence by “mutually pledge[ing] our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor,” they paid the price for it. The British murdered many of the signers and their families during the Revolution. So we owe it to their posterity to keep their intent alive. Additionally, with few exceptions, the founders were very specific. If you are interested in the specifics of what they believed, you can read the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. They give specific examples of the power granted to the gov’t and specifically state that those powers not expressed are reserved for the states. In essence, the purpose of the Constitution was to protect the people from gov’t tyranny and abuses. Let’s look at some of the abuses.
Spending: The Father of our Constitution, James Madison, said of a $15,000 appropriations bill “I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.” Let’s suppose that the Secretary of Health and Human Services showed up to the White House and made the following suggestion to President Madison. “Mr. President, there is a fantastic new medical procedure I think we need to fund. We have a pregnant woman who does not want to keep her baby, and we have a doctor that can administer a drug to force the woman into labor. Then, after the baby enters the birth canal, he will puncture the baby’s skull and suction out the brain causing a painless death. We think this is important because clearly the constitution provides this woman the right to reproductive freedom.” While that may be a “reasonable” argument in the minds of very few Americans, I feel pretty certain that President Madison would not agree in the funding because it is an object of benevolence.
Right to Bear Arms: In a column on this blog entitled A Hunting Rant, Zig opined on Dec 16th at 5:33pm, “The second amendment was written when their [sic] were wolves around every corner and people had to kill wild animals to put food on their familly’s [sic] table. But, those times are long gone.” Zig is dead wrong, and has been lied to at school. I was told the second amendment was there for protection from the Indians (now referred to as Native Americans,) also a lie. The founders did not trust gov’t, and believed that the Second Amendment was designed to allow WE THE PEOPLE to defend the First Amendment if tyranny should prevail. Here was Thomas Jefferson’s take on it: “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” I think that says it all.
Hurricane Katrina: President Bush took a lot of heat because of the incompetence of the state and local gov’t in the State of Louisiana. We all probably remember the moron Kanye West telling everyone that “George Bush hates black people.” Many thought the President should have had military troops in there sooner. The reality is that the blood of Hurricane Katrina rests in the hands of Louisiana officials. Why? Simple; the Commander-in-Chief does not have the authority to send United States troops anywhere without the request of the Governor of the state. You may remember how poorly prepared for Katrina the Mayor of New Orleans and the Governor were…and how stupid they were. I distinctly remember watching Moron Nagen during his press conferences before the storm hit. He clearly was not capable of leading anyone during a crisis. Additionally, the levees did not fail until the day after the hurricane, and it was initially believed that they would hold. The President can only go with the information that is provided to him and what the Constitution allows him to do. It is not his fault that Mayor Nagen is an idiot.
Slavery: The majority of the Founders have been lied about regarding slavery. Many liberal “thinkers” today will tell you that The Constitution prolonged slavery, but that is untrue. Slavery was in existence in the Americas long before our founders were born. Many inherited slaves from dead relatives, and there were laws limiting the freeing of slaves. Reading the words of many of the founders, and understanding their intent is vital to understanding their role in ending slavery. The founders understood that they would not be able to win the revolution and end slavery at the same time, so they set up a series of events with the intent to end slavery. It took 78 years to accomplish. The southern states wanted slaves to count as one person when it came to representation, and the northern states did not want a slave to count at all. The north stance was ‘end slavery, or don’t count them.’ The 3/5 clause was a major breakthrough in ending slavery because it put the debate up front. How could you have 3/5 of a person? We consider that discussion to be appalling just as the abolitionist did in the late 1700’s and through the 1800’s. The compromise ended up working. Free blacks were counted as a whole person. Slaves were counted as 3/5 of a person thereby limiting the number of pro-slavery representatives the slave states had in Congress. Therefore, the 3/5 clause was the first anti-slavery idea in the Constitution. Additionally, and contrary to what we’ve been taught in school, the United States was far ahead of the curve when it came to ending slavery. The British Empire did not abolish slavery until 1834. By then, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa did not permit slavery. Slavery remained in existence in European territories until 1936 and remained in the Middle East until Oman abolished it in 1970. However, slavery and the slave trades silently exist to this day.
Our founders knew what they were doing when they wrote the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution. They did not expect their “experiment” to last long because of the reality of federal tyranny. We have lasted because of our belief in the premise of our founders and our understanding of their intent. They also understood that ignorance would be their greatest enemy, and that is why the Federalist Papers were written. They were the vehicle used to explain the Constitution and the writers’ intent to the citizens of the United States. Ignorance is our greatest enemy today. In addition to Communist Goals number 29, 30, and 31, Goal number 17 is coming home to roost: Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks. If you don’t believe me, try reading the Federalist Papers, or John Adams by David McCullough, or Lies my Teacher told Me by James Loewen, or the papers and letters of our founders, and compare it to what you or your kids are being taught in school today.
The basic principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness exist today as they existed during the first week of July 1776. Those rights are still endowed by our Creator and the power to preserve those rights is still on loan to our elected officials by WE THE PEOPLE. Most importantly, we must continue to preserve not only the words of our founding documents, but their intent for generations to come. Our founders understood that idea well. On July 2, 1776, George Washington wrote: ‘The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army.” They were conscious of the generations to follow. Why aren’t we?