The things to be shared here may be considered controversial by some. The primary reason for them to be considered controversial goes back to my repeatedly shared thought of Thomas Paine: “A long habit of not knowing a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right”.
Though some would have you believe otherwise, those who constructed the US Constitution did not frame it in complex legal terms designed only for examination by learned attorneys and judges of the higher courts. It was written in plain English, understandable by the general public, and circulated throughout the 13 states for the purpose of gaining popular approval for ratification. Unfortunately, long ago, general interest in the meanings of those simple words have become of less and less concern. This is especially true among those who have supposedly professed to teach those words and others who vow to defend and protect them. The result has been widely accepted infringements on the true protections provided by the US Constitution (see Thomas Paine above).
Without delving into what would necessarily be a lengthy historical background of the founder’s motives for their constitutional wording, let’s look at a specific example. That concern is a thing called “executive action” that we are to accept like foolish sheep. We do so because we do not know better and are fearful of embracing the truth.
Article I, Section 1 of our constitution states:
“All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives.”
Do we need someone with a political title or lofty intellectual standing to tell us what the word “All” means? That was a rhetorical question.
That next word, “legislative”, has more than three letters in it, so we may need to consult Webster’s 1828 online dictionary. There we find that it has something to do with making laws. We further find that any action that mandates, prohibits or permits specific actions by the people is a law, no matter what else we may want to call it. In the federal government, only Congress has such powers over the people, and those are specifically enumerated.
Moving to Article II, Section 3, there is a requirement that the US President “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed”. This is simple English. There is no wiggle room for creating laws or modifying, delaying or ignoring the laws that are passed by Congress. The President is ultimately responsible for filling the offices of the various executive departments, but those departments are for the purpose of executing existing law, not adding to or otherwise modifying. There is no allowance for the President or any executive department to engage in the making of laws, just because we rename them “executive orders” or “regulations”. Further, Congress does not have the constitutional authority to confer such power to any other entity.
We have even reached the point of lack of knowledge of the truth that we are now accepting that a negotiated agreement between countries is no longer a “treaty” if we call it a “deal”.
The clamor from those who are offended by this information now arises:
“But look at all the others who have done it!”
… And I say:
“Look at what Thomas Paine said”… and that would be quickly followed by the wisdom of Thomas Jefferson, “A nation that expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of society, expects what never was and never will be”.