Courageous Founders vs. Cowardly Congressmen

Our Founders were men who fought to gain our liberty from a country whose leader imposed burdensome taxes. They had realized they had no representation in their government, and, as a last resort, they risked—and many lost—their lives by declaring independence. With Divine assistance, our Founding Fathers established our nation with an inspired, four-page Constitution and set down on paper a way to guarantee long-lasting freedom.

“And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.” [1]

Courageous men risked their very lives by signing the Declaration of Independence. A relatively small and rag tag army fought a decisively more powerful army of men wearing red. But with trust in God, a notion of honor and selflessness, these men won freedom for the United States of America.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government….” [1]

Great thinkers who knew well that our rights and our liberty were bestowed upon us by our Creator, put pen to paper to record this fact for the generations who would come after them. They made it clear that these rights will be secure only if the government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed.

“Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:–‘I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.'” [2]

“The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution” [3]

To ensure that the Constitution would be respected and upheld, the Founding Fathers made it a requirement for public servants who serve and represent the citizens of the United States to take a solemn oath to preserve, protect, defend, and support the Constitution.

“The President, Vice President and all Civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” [4]

Should our public servants commit treason, accept or offer bribes, or behave inappropriately, they must be impeached and removed from office to maintain the integrity of their offices.

“Governments, like clocks, go from the motion men give them; and as governments are made and moved by men, so by them they are ruined too. Wherefore governments rather depend upon men than men upon governments. Let men be good and the government cannot be bad…But if men be bad, let the government be never so good, they will endeavor to warp and spoil it to their turn….Though good laws do well, good men do better; for good laws may want [lack] good men and be abolished or invaded by ill men; but good men will never want [lack] good laws nor suffer ill ones.” [5]

William Penn here notes that good men are required for a good government for bad men will manipulate it for their own purposes.

Today, cowards hold congressional seats. Unlike our courageous Founders, who stood up to the British army and navy with little support, many if not most of our senators and representatives are unable to stand up to an old man named Harry Reid or a little old lady named Nancy Pelosi. These spineless good-for-nothings are not supporting the very Constitution they vowed to protect when they took office. Our Founders risked death.  What are they risking? A seat on a committee? A pork barrel project? Funds for re-election? Whatever the case may be, they are violating their solemn oath.

We now have a government that no longer governs by the consent of the governed; they have overstepped their authority.  The majority party leaders are using their unjust powers to force unconstitutional legislation upon a groaning citizenry [6], and their fellow party members are voting with them, the citizens of this nation be damned!

TARP funds (unconstitutional) and the so-called stimulus funds (unconstitutional) are not being used for the reasons for which they were appropriated (unconstitutional). In effect, they are slush funds (unconstitutional). The buy-offs that have been nicknamed the Cornhusker Kickback and the Louisiana Purchase are examples of bribery (unconstitutional). To pass the so-called health care reform bill (unconstitutional), Congress has resorted to deception, trickery, and mind-boggling shenanigans; they have completely ignored the process laid out in the Constitution for advancing and passing a bill, so much so as to be easily guilty of, at the very least, misdemeanors as provided for in Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution. In other words, the majority leadership, those supporting them, and even the current president are guilty of bribery and misdemeanors, should be impeached, and even removed from office.

We as a people should, no, must read our Declaration, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. How else can we know when our rights are being violated and our liberties taken away? Many people lost everything and were killed for signing the Declaration of Independence.  Can we not, in their honor, take the time to read these short documents?  It took real valor to make that stand against tyranny.  Ignorant of our founding documents and the Christian principles on which this nation was founded, we are witnessing tyranny raise its ugly head once again.

The Constitution is the guide for governing our nation.  It is our supreme law. For the people in office at present, it is worth no more than toilet paper. Our rights were given to us by our Creator.  We, as a nation, recognize this fact.  They are currently being trampled.

The cowards in Congress who seem unable to stand up to party leaders and stand for the Constitution and for their fellow citizens must receive your telephone calls.  Let them know contemporary politics and passing monumental legislation are not what this country needs.  We need them to keep their oaths of office to preserve, protect, defend, and support the Constitution of the United States. This means Congress and the President need to heed the authority of the Constitution. The federal government has defined powers, and they are few. Leave the rest to the states and to the people.

[1] The Declaration of Independance

[2] Article II, Section 1, Clause 8 of the Constitution of the United States of America

[3] Article VI, Clause 3 of the Constitution of the United States of America

[4] Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution of the United States of America

[5] William Penn, framer of the original laws of Pennsylvania

[6] When the righteous rule, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.–Supreme Court Justice William Paterson


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