I had someone stop by here asking if the Second Amendment, and thereby the Constitution I assume, is outdated. The Constitution after all, was written back in the eighteenth century by a bunch of guys who aren’t around any more, back when they still used muskets and black powder pistols. How could this Constitution they put together apply today? It does not speak to today so how can it still be relevant?
Well, I suppose that is correct in one sense that the Constitution does not speak to today. For that matter it did not speak to the late eighteenth century either. It speaks to men, man if you will, acknowledging that we are imperfect, and that whenever power is given to one man, say a king, emperor or dictator, it corrupts. Power will turn the ambition of most men who achieve power to that of personal enrichment, just as we see what is happening in our government today, unfortunately. That is why so many of the Republican leadership do not want Trump to become President, even if it means electing Hillary. Trump represents someone who could upset their gravy train and ruin the good thing they have going for themselves. He could be their spoiler. But I digress.
The Constitution tries to limit the corruption of power by allowing us to chose the ones who will govern us, from the people – not a ruling class or family (So what about Hillary?, you say – again I digress – sorry). It further sets out to limit the power any one man may have, and thereby limit the affect of any corruption, if any, by separating power into three branches of government, thereby creating checks and balances on the men in government.
The Constitution, in the wisdom of the founders, tells us what the government ‘may not do’ as it governs us at our behest and provides for us laws for all men, not just a few. The Constitution attempts to limit the amount of power government may wield over us. It guarantees for us, inalienable rights given to us by God.
Unfortunately, more and more, our leaders are career politicians, perhaps starting off as lawyers or businessmen, but once elected to office, they make it their new career choice as they find just how lucrative it can be if they ‘play their cards right’.
The founders of the Constitution believed that our leaders, once chosen from the people, would not receive so much money that would make them financially independent. Rather they were to keep whatever business they came from, in tact so they had ‘skin in the game’ so to speak. And then once their term was up, they would return to it, allowing someone new to fill the space, and then have to live and work with the laws they passed. But alas, as I said in the foregoing, too many men succumb to the temptation of power, the riches it can provide and never go back.
God did not write the Constitution, as Tom Delay once said – Men did. Men who acknowledged God and the freedoms that He alone could bestow on men. God gave us life. In that he gave the right to life and the right to defend one’s life. He gave us Liberty, the right to live our lives as we choose, pursuing happiness, and the right to speak our minds without retribution from government. Only Man can take those away, and the Constitution sought to assure that it does not happen without due process of law. But God did not give us the right to govern, a right to wealth, housing, food or even a right to “health care”.
There are no ‘Economic Rights’ either as FDR once proposed. The Constitution guarantees inalienable rights, not rights to outcome. Every man is different with different aspirations and abilities. Some men will be able to excel more that others, but one must work for their own outcome; not have it bestowed upon them. So there is no right to a job, right to remuneration without work, right to food or even health. There is no right to health or health care. That is a man made concept. More correctly, it is a Liberal Democrat concept.
More and more we see Liberal politicians and pundits expound on how the Constitution is outdated. The Second Amendment is surely outdated. After all, there is no longer a need for citizens to rise up to protect their country. We have a standing Federal Army for that (something the Founders did not want). But we do have a right to life and the right to defend our lives with whatever means necessary, including a gun. It is a God given Right, dammit and the Second Amendment guarantees it.
We also see Liberals try to legislate away our right to free speech saying that someone might be offended if we speak certain words – political correctness and all that rot. So I guess the First Amendment is outdated too. But Liberal journalists sure love it though as they hide behind it whenever they can. I guess they only love it so far as it protects them but don’t you say anything to criticize them. There was actually a push recently to make it illegal to speak ill of Islam or criticize Muhammad.
And the idea that we remove every vestige of God from our Government buildings, schools, and exclude Christmas, calling it ‘The Holidays’, is ridiculous. The First Amendment did not try to deny the existence of God or intend for us to deny God from our proceedings. It merely endeavored to guarantee the right to worship in whatever way we choose, whatever Religion we choose. Government may not tell you how to worship, who to worship or even that you must worship at all. But our Founders recognized and acknowledged God and wanted God to be a part of our Government such that God represents that which is Good. Remove God and you are left with Evil.
So hell no, the Constitution of the United States is not outdated. The Constitution is not perfect. It was created by imperfect men. We do have the ability to change it. If you think you have enough people thinking like you do, you can change it. But don’t go trying to get the Judiciary to create the outcome you seek – something of which we have seen a lot lately with Liberal judges writing law from the bench and denying laws that have been passed by the people by incorrectly interpreting the Constitution. God help us if Hillary is elected and appoints Liberal judges to the SCOTUS and elsewhere. The Constitution will truly be in jeopardy. It is not outdated. It has real value as having created the greatest country on the face of the earth, in all of history. It is such a special, different country than any other country on earth. If we lose the Constitution, we will, in time, become like every other third world dictatorship. God Bless the United States of America.
Update – 11/09/16: Thank God that Hillary was NOT elected. Our Constitution appears to be safe for at least another 4 to 8 years.