Posted by Man of Reason on August 14, 1998 at 09:36:42:
In Reply to: Re: I beleive you missunderstood my intentions posted by Tom on August 14, 1998 at 08:20:58:
: : : Food for thought: If the Constitution is nothing more than a contract how we are bound by it? I sure as hell have not signed it nor has any person living done so.
: : Ah, the signpost at the fork in the road leading to the beliefs of Lysander Spooner (or anarchy).
: Caught me! I love Spooner's works. Perhaps I am a closet anarchist however I realize that it fits the observation made on communism by Will Rogers: 'Its a good idea but it just don't work'
: : The Constitution refined and added national sovereign powers to a 'perpetual union' created under the fundamental principles of federalism by the Articles of Confederation.
: : : It defines the central goverments' power and authority. Nothing more nothing less. It is the source of all positive law in this nation. How strong is the effect of positive law? "Slavery can only exist under the power of positive law." ( a Massachusetts court ruling) That is about as raw, political and powerful as a document can get. It has the authority to displace 'natural' and God given rights. I certainly wouldn't contract for that.
: : To quote the everpresent bit-part actor in every Civil War movie, "Be ye fer it, er agin it?". I sort of view the Constitution as outlining the rules of the game. We're pretty much stuck with it, so do your best to learn the rules. They can be made to work in your favor if you choose your stands wisely. Contrariwise, if you understand them well, it will serve to keep you out of trouble spots you don't really want to visit.
: Nuff said! People need to sway from all the romantic notions of it and get to the grit of how to make it work to their favor. They need not focus on the restoration of the Republic as much as they need to use and implement the procedures and processes available to them.
WELL SAID!! Too many folks whine that the government is stepping outside its Constitutional bounds, when it's not true. Instead they should be working to persuade their elected representatives to change the 'invalid' laws they whine about. Anything Congress can pass, it can rescind if sufficiently motivated. If WE get sufficiently motivated, WE can even AMEND the Constitution!
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