One of the distinctive highlights about the nation we live in is our Constitution. It has cost the blood of many of our native sons and daughters to establish as well as to perpetuate it. One of the unique features is the balance of power and the checks and balances used to maintain it. A compromise was reached, and the three branches of our government founded. For the first time in the history of the world, people were on even footing. Simply stated, everyone had an equal opportunity to play together happily in the sandbox.
I am not implying that everything was bliss all at once. It has taken time. But there is not another place on earth that someone can live and experience the freedom and liberties that we as Americans take for granted. This is way I have difficulty with our current political climate and so many elected officials crying the things need to change. I agree with those stating that the swamp needs to be drained. Yes it does! These bottom dwellers have leached off the taxpayers for far too long.
My problem is that I hear too many proclaiming that the system is broken and it needs to be fixed; that the Constitution is no longer relevant. It is not the Constitution. It is those that feel it their right to be supported by the people. The Spirit of America has never been ‘give it to me.’ I proclaim it is ‘get out of my way and let me earn it!’ Let me focus on where I would start to get back to the basics.
All United States representatives are sworn into office as established by the Constitution, Article VI, clause 3. Their oath:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: . . .
And the oath of office for the governor of California:
I (Governor) do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California against all enemies foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California, that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter.
Who are our enemies? Elected officials hold their office by the will and vote of the people. It is secured by the Constitution. Represent your constituents as elected officials. We are still the citizens of the United States of America and you represent us! Anything other than that is criminal. There have been those hanged for treason that have committed much less. When the majority of citizens are no longer moral or ethical, we, as a nation, are doomed.
To those seeking dominion I decree, “DON’T TREAD ON our sunshine and fresh air!”. ■