“In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” — Thomas Jefferson
The only way we citizens can bind down the politicians with the chains of the Constitution is if we know the Constitution. The reason that Obama, Biden, Feinstein, Holder and the rest can pervert the Second Amendment, the First Amendement, Executive Orders, recess appointments and a hundred other basic Constitutional principles is because We The People are so lacking in our understanding of the original intent of founding documents.
When I say “We The People” that includes me. I graduated from one of the best law schools in America and yet at the time I could not have told you any more about the constitutionality of executive orders than I could an executive peanut butter and jelly sandwich. During my tenure as a State Representative, I knew far more about baseball’s infield fly rule than I did about the proper way to assert the 10th Amendment against federal overreach.
My point is that even when I was right in the middle of the very arena where I should have been an expert on those subjects, I was woefully ignorant … and I was most certainly not alone. In fact, even after all the clamoring about the Constitution the last few years, you could still probably count on one hand the number of legislators in any state that is even vaguely familiar with the very constitutional topics they should be devoting themselves to defend.
And the same goes for us as citizens. We complain about government overreach and out of control spending, but how much time do we devote to studying how to fix the problem?
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