Saturday, January 08, 2011

The Constitution, yes, but there's more ~ By Star Parker

Star Parker reminds us that there are the underlying values that the Constitution of the United States is there to secure and protect, and we must not forget that.
It is a strange understanding of "life" and "liberty" that will allow this to occur. If government can dictate to this extent how I live and what I do, I begin to feel like they own me. I start feeling like Dred Scott must have felt.

So, yes, let's put the spotlight back on our Constitution. But let's not lose perspective that our understanding and interpretation of it will be just as good as our agreement on and understanding and appreciation of the underlying values it's there to secure and protect.

The Constitution, yes, but there's more

By Star Parker

January 08, 2011 ~ 1:00 am Eastern

© 2011

I salute the Republicans of the 112th Congress for their initiative to restore the U.S. Constitution to its legitimate place of prominence in our public discourse.

Reading it aloud at Congress' opening session and requiring members to cite constitutional authority when introducing new legislation are great ideas.

It will help highlight that the real debate is about the underlying defining principles of our nation the Constitution exists to protect.

Democrats mocking these gestures show their disdain for those underlying principles. When Rep. Henry Waxman says, "Whether it's constitutional or not is going to be whether the Supreme Court says it is," it's like my saying that whether or not I steal from my neighbor depends on my calculation of whether or not I'll get caught.

The Constitution is our operating manual defining the functions and bounds of our federal government. It was meticulously designed by our founders so that we would have government consistent with the values and principles of our nation.

It's in those values and principles where our "eternal truths" lie – not in the Constitution constructed to secure them. If the drafters didn't see it this way, they wouldn't have provided provisions to amend and change it.

Our problems lie in our increasingly tenuous sense of what the truths are that precede the Constitution, or the questioning by some if indeed there are any eternal truths.

The purpose of government, stated in the Declaration of Independence, is to "secure" our "Rights," including those of "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."

But how can we understand and use our Constitution if we can't agree on what "life" is or what "liberty" is?

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