Constitution Day? Now what’s that?

ThidConstitution2SMOnce again Constitution Day passed with nary a mention — and small wonder. To draw attention to a day that honors the Constitution might lead to citizens actually reading it. And this is something government officials would likely discourage. You see, while they have long praised the Constitution with their words, they have just as long ignored its authority with their actions. If citizens were actually aware of the principles contained in the Constitution and knew the limitations it placed on the federal government they might begin to ask embarrassing questions.

Can’t have that.

The Constitution authorizes the federal government to perform 35 specifically enumerated tasks. These tasks are delegated to the government by the people of the United States. Anything beyond those 35 actions is prohibited. At least that’s what Thomas Jefferson said. I seem to recall he knew a thing or two about the Constitution and its intent. Anyway, he said…

“Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated [in the constitution].”

But the Obama administration disagrees. Obama has appointed “Czars” (an office not authorized by the Constitution) to oversee various aspects of the government. These “Czars” dictate policy (an action not authorized by the Constitution) that carries the weight of law. Many of these dictates are contrary to the Constitution. Just a few examples include:

Once was the day when politicians at least pretended to respect the Constitution. This current batch apparently doesn’t see the need. They make no secret of their disdain for the document nor try to hide their intentions to ignore its limitations. They clearly consider themselves above the law and beyond being accountable to the people.

Fortunately there is a move afoot to stop viewing Washington, D.C. oligarchs as having any legitimate authority. There are alternatives — Constitutional alternatives.

Hope you had a good Constitution Day.

About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

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