Op-Ed: The New Constitution

Op-Ed: The New Constitution

(UnitedVoice.com) – After the drafting of the US Constitution, Benjamin Franklin was asked what kind of government was created. Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.” America has always been conflicted. The Whiskey Rebellion, the Civil War, the suffrage movement, and civil rights are just a few examples from history. Yet, today something seems different.

We were told for three years that Obama had a scandal-free administration. Really? Over the last few months, we’ve learned that Obama weaponized the FBI and the CIA to attack his political opponents. We know his IRS targeted the Tea Party in 2010.

Last year, President Trump was impeached for a reason that would have never been allowed in America’s history. Since March, authoritarian behavior by many governors has destroyed the US economy to protect us from COVID-19, and it may take years, or possibly even decades, to recover. All this while small business owners and their employees’ lives are decimated.

What Bill of Rights?

John Adams once said, “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” Since the 1960s, much of the Bill of Rights has been ignored as the liberal movement changed the rules of government. Under eight years of Obama, the focus shifted from Constitutional rights to inequality, climate change, and race relations. In his farewell address, Obama said, “Our Constitution is a remarkable, beautiful gift. But it’s really just a piece of parchment. It has no power on its own. We, the people, give it power. We the people give it meaning…”

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What Obama was talking about was the death of the United States Constitution as it has been known and interpreted since the 1790s. Obama believes, as do the overwhelming majority of Democrats, in what is known as the “living Constitution.” It’s a philosophy that says the Constitution’s meaning wasn’t fixed at the time it was enacted. Instead, it’s determined by the change of the winds, political climate, and subjectivity.

Succinctly stated, Obama said the Constitution is dead, and they are replacing it with a new one.

The New Constitution

Over the last two decades, liberals have been redefining rights to include human rights, healthcare rights, fairness rights, and equality rights. This is known as identity politics and it has fragmented America to dangerous levels. The problem with these “new rights,” which are not in the US Constitution, is that they lead to no rights for anyone. Subjective rights delegitimize views that don’t agree with them and create chaos.

That’s where we are today. All one has to do is look at how liberal, Democratic governors are controlling their states. They say the right to religious freedom doesn’t matter during a pandemic. Your right to work and provide for your family is subservient to a disease. House arrest of the healthy is appropriate to ensure the vulnerable don’t get sick. In-person church services are closed in violation of the First Amendment as big-box retailers are open. Illegal immigrants share the same rights as legal citizens and deserve the same financial and healthcare protections as rightful citizens.

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As authoritarian governors rule, many Americans are acting like sheep. This coming weekend, Americans will celebrate the military men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our liberties, while turning a blind eye to autocrats who are stripping them of their rights in the name of safety. We are coming to a juncture where either the objectivity of the Constitution matters or the subjectivity of the New Constitution reigns. It can’t be both. It’s an unresolvable conflict. If the public does not know the history and facts of the Constitution, it will ultimately be replaced by a new one that is weaker and hurts its citizens instead of protecting them.

However, the Constitution says that the government’s job is not only to protect people but, more importantly, it demands that the government protect citizen’s constitutional rights.

By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor

The above opinions are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the publisher.

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