August 28th, 2006 04:52 EST
We The People
"It may be a difficult idea to swallow, at first, but most of what Congress currently does is unconstitutional.”
“I am explicitly accusing all three branches of our government of violating the Constitution.”
“The only valid purpose of government is to protect your life, liberty and property, and we must compel them to fulfill that responsibility.”
These brazenly incendiary statements are quoted from an extraordinary book entitled It’s Good To Be King, written by Michael Badnarik, an American patriot and Constitutional scholar. I will be so bold as to suggest and recommend that this is one of the most important books you’ll ever read, because it illuminates and clarifies the rights of We the People and the privileges of government that The Constitution outlines and is intended to protect. It’s Good to Be King is an excellent and valuable resource; a guide to better know and understand the principles and meaning of The United States Constitution, as well as the Bill of Rights.
Shortly before the last Presidential election, I had the fortunate opportunity and pleasure of meeting and speaking with Michael Badnarik, the Libertarian Candidate for the Presidency of the United States of America. That most people have never heard of him is an indication of and indictment against just how corrupt and inadequate our government and political system really are. Which is why Mr. Badnarik eagerly volunteered to represent the Libertarian Party, providing an alternative to the status quo and politics as usual. Indeed, to represent the American Constitution, itself.
As part of his campaigning, while in Houston Texas, Michael had extended an open invitation for the public to join him for lunch, and engage in a friendly, intimate and candid dialogue about his beliefs and intentions. So devoted to and familiar with the Constitution was he, that it was as if I was talking with one of the Founding Fathers.
Charming, smart and insightful, Michael Badnarik’s campaign platform is nothing less than The U.S. Constitution. More than just seeking to attain the Presidency, his goal is to defend, promote and inform people about The Constitution, and the rights of the American people according to the Constitution. Not only is he a passionate advocate, he is well educated and thoroughly versed in the United States Constitution, including knowledge of the Founding Fathers.
He had no real chance of winning the Presidential election, but I believe he was more qualified than the other options. As Badnarik wisely points out, and I agree: In voting for the lesser of two evils, you still vote for evil.
This simple, yet profound, statement articulates the reason why I chose to vote Libertarian in the last election (and probably from then on), more consistent with my conscience and convictions. Republicans and Democrats both have failed us, betraying their oath to uphold the Constitution, betraying the sacred trust set forth in and through the Constitution, betraying the trust of the American people.
But only because the American people have forsaken their half of the responsibility to uphold the Constitution, as well… negligently allowing it to happen.
We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, to establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and to secure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
The preamble of The U.S. Constitution summarizes the fundamental purpose of this revolutionary constitution, this essential contract between a People and their government.
Notice that I didn’t write “A government and its people.” That was deliberate.
In many ways, and many instances, our government is and has been in breach of that contract. But, unfortunately, so have We the People. Regretfully, Michael Badnarik is quite correct in saying that the American government has become largely unconstitutional, a fraudulent entity--- frequently exceeding and abusing its Constitutional provisions. And we have no one to blame but ourselves, for abandoning our responsibility to the Constitution.
The Constitution which delineates clearly that the American government works for, and is subordinate to, We the People. Not the other way around, as we commonly and erroneously regard our government-citizen relationship now.
Do you realize what that means? Do you really? Many of us think we do. We think we know our rights. Surely, we’ve all read the Constitution. But how well do we actually know and understand the document, and what our rights and responsibilities actually are, what the proper Constitutional capacity of the government is? Although I am a casual student of early American history, familiar with and fascinated by the origins of America, Michael Badnarik revealed that even I don’t know or understand as much as I thought I did. Words have only the meaning or significance that we attribute them. The Constitution only has power if we agree that it does, if we imbue it with authority.Have we, alas, rendered the Constitution meaningless and insignificant? Has it become powerless in our neglectful indifference? Is it too late to renew our covenant?