The Founding Fathers Would Be Shocked

“We the people of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity do ordain and establish this Constitution of the United States of America.”

The Constitution is the overall plan for how our government is supposed to act.  Added to that was the Bill of Rights ( the first ten amendments to that Constitution) that put limits on the government’s power and specifically stated what it could not do.  Our founding fathers feared a big powerful government and established one with built in controls such as the three elements of the government where one would not be able to run roughshod over the government.

If our founding fathers were to somehow reappear today, they would be shocked at what our government has become over the past century.

Remember the old adage, “How does one eat an elephant?” — One bite at a time.  That is exactly how our government has patiently and deliberately been ignoring and destroying our constitution.  The Senate was specifically established so that the two Senators from each state were selected by each state, and thus the Senators were beholden to the state and not the Federal government.  That changed in 1913 with the passage of the 17th amendment.  Now the state Senators are more prone to be supportive to the Federal government since they receive a sizeable amount of their re-election money from all over the country.

The constitution makes no mention of education and since so many other elements were contemplated, one must assume that they did not intend the Federal government to be involved with education.  The Federal government now dictates almost everything in education at this time.  Notice in the preamble, it says promote the general welfare not provide it.  It is time to return to the true meaning of our Constitution or else liberty will be meaningless.

Col. Donald Myers

USMC (retired)

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