America’s Constitution in Tatters!

by Richard H. Frank

Over the past three years America has witnessed Barack Obama’s unrelenting assault upon our Constitution.  His campaign promise “to fundamentally change America” can only succeed if the limitations on the power of the Federal Government (Article II, Section 8) are obliterated.  He and his Administration have used every parliamentary, judicial and executive fiat to circumvent the Constitution.

Obamacare, if upheld by the Supreme Court, will embolden his majesty to usurp even more power to the Executive Branch of Government and further his agenda to transform this nation into a European Socialist society dependent on government for survival.

His latest attempt to subvert the First amendment by forcing Catholic and other religious organizations to provide “birth control”” and “abortion services” to their employees is a direct assault upon the religious freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution.

Fearing a backlash from Catholics in the November 2012 election he has retrenched and altered his position where  religious institutions that refuse to provide these services will be exempted; however, their insurance providers will be compelled to pay for the service wherever supplied.

Since when can Government compel a private company to pay for a service they otherwise would not provide?  Isn’t this no different than the  Government mandate to purchase health insurance or be subject to a fine?

Should these edicts not be challenged and left to stand just where will the money come from to pay for these services that private insurers are compelled to cover?  The  answer is simple.  We will all pay for them in the form of increased premiums to cover contraceptive services provided to others.

Sooner or later, the private insurance industry will be destroyed and employers will discontinue coverage forcing everyone into a government single-payor system which was Obama’s stated goal.

So what’s next on Obama’s agenda?  How about extorting $25 billion from the largest mortgage banks under the guise of helping persons unfairly foreclosed upon and/or subject to unfair lending practices.

Extortion has become a major weapon in Obama’s arsenal for waging war against the private sector economy and in particular the financial industry.  $20 billion from BP associated with the Deepwater Horizon  disaster now followed by $25 billion from the banks with no explicit plan on how these funds are to be administered.  The housing crisis shows no sign of recovery and Obama’s prior three programs to assist in home loan modifications have been total failures.

Also, don’t think for a minute the banks will not increase fees on the rest of us to recover the $25 billion.

The housing crisis was caused by Government and rest assured Obama will take credit for rescuing thousands from foreclosure during the coming campaign.  He will certainly leave out that ultimately these costs will be borne by all of us.

Obamacare, taking over the auto industry, appointing Czars having no accountability or congressional oversight and using executive fiat to circumvent Congress are all actions taken with the sole purpose of trampling the Constitution.  His failure to pass Cap and Trade through legitimate legislative means has resulted in the imposition by Government agencies of rules and regulations aimed at suppressing exploration of America’s natural resources, namely:  oil, coal, and natural gas.

A President that has declared war on several states, insulted religion in particular Christianity and is anti-free enterprise, has laid the foundation to eliminate the 10th Amendment thereby clearing the path to domination by the Federal Government.

Those of us that believe in our  “Declaration of Independence” and “Constitution” must work to defeat Barack Obama in 2012 and return this nation to the principles upon which it was originally founded!

The Cycle of Ignorance.

By: Richard H. Frank

Whether you believe in a divine creator, God, Allah, or Nature as a basis for your individual belief system, history shows that the one characteristic held by man alone is that he is the only creature on earth that creates a whole new set of needs once he has satisfied a previous need. Eventually, with knowledge gained and technology advances, man arrogantly believes he is greater than the Earth he inhabits and Mother Nature’s laws that he would subvert and change were it within his province and sphere of influence to do so.

The forces of nature such as volcanoes, earth quakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, tornados, draught and floods, all hold domain over each and every government, community or other form of human existence ever conceived by the individual, or man.

Obviously man does not possess, nor will he ever possess such power, and therefore over the millennia has focused his sphere of influence over those communities  much smaller and closer to his than to those of greater size. Thus, we have created Nations, Religions and Ethnic or Racial spheres of influence that hold fast to certain religious, political and economic ideologies that we find in our world today.

Since the beginning of recorded time, man has resorted to bribery, lies, force, murder and war as the tools with which his individual sphere of influence might be expanded. The end result of this carnage of man against man is akin to the bursting of bubbles where only the size of the space they occupy and their shape is changed until the next force is applied from within, not by man but the laws of nature, to return balance to the status quo and a return to harmony.

Mans arrogant lust for power and to hold domain over his neighbor and ultimately the entire world is subject to the forces of nature whether man will admit it or not. The cycle of harmony and peace, to war and oppression seems to occur in a 30 to 70 year time-frame. Is it possible that the laws of nature provide a cleansing of the world by imposing a life cycle for man of 3 score and 10 years?

Today, in the Middle East, we see evidence of this cycle repeating itself once again. Rulers, some dictators, are being challenged by their people to either relinquish rule, or to moderate their government policies toward more democratic principles. The risk is that these nations may fall into the hands of despotic, theological leaders intent on enslaving the people such as happened in Iran. Could it be that the laws of nature are truly at work once again in an effort to restore harmony and balance in a world filled with turbulence and strife?

A study of history reveals the presence of the 30/70 year cycle and how the human race will suffer oppression for only so long before resorting to rebellion in order to affect a change in circumstances. America must heed the lessons of history to avoid placing our destiny in the hands of despot’s intent on transforming our nation into something other than a Representative Republic.  Germany’s Hitler, Italy’s Mussolini, and Cuba’s Castro were all cheered as saviors until they rose to a position of power sufficient to crush their opposition with force. Then and only then were their true colors revealed.

Democracy is a wonderful thing, but as stated in its definition can and does often result in mob rule. Our Representative Republic has survived as a democratic form of government for 235 years only because it is founded upon nature’s laws and governance of, by and for the people.  In any democracy we must guard against having the voice of the minority override the welfare and security of the majority, as evidenced in some States by demonstrations against legislation to bring fiscal responsible reform to government. Mob rule must not and cannot prevail in the United States of America.

Should “We the People” fail to study history we risk falling prey to the cycle of ignorance and will place our very freedom in jeopardy.

Absence of Honor!

By: Richard H. Frank

Politicians from both political parties could learn a lesson from the Boy Scouts of America. Many of these politicians were members of the organization when they were young boys and recited their oath as a Scout before every meeting. That oath should have created the basis of honor for each of them to uphold their future oath as government officials  to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. The Scout Oath is as follows:

On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country, to obey the scout Law, to help other people at all times, to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

The scout Law says: A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.

How does your elected representative live up to this simple set of principles set out as measures for the youth of America that desire to become members of the scouting organization? I expect that most members of Congress and the President’s administration would fail the test for that of a Boy Scout.

With regard to doing their duty to God and Country most members of Congress that support the secular notion of separation of church and state would fail the first requirement of the oath. The recognition that God, or the Creator, has any place in the formation of this nation is repugnant to their ideology. Yet, divine influence is evident in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution as conceived by the founders. We witness daily how the Federal government ignores, or totally disregards, enforcement of the laws enacted by our democratically elected representatives.

In so far as upholding the specifics of the Scout Law, every politician is suspect when it comes to being trustworthy, loyal, helpful, courteous, thrifty, clean and reverent. The recent display of members of Congress addressing their constituents at town hall meetings is an excellent example of the disdain and disrespect many politicians have for those they are supposed to represent. The Affordable Health Care legislation is an excellent example of governing in opposition to the people. obedience and loyalty is reserved for the “party” and not for the people. Political doublespeak comes from every level of our government up to and including the President, yet it is considered racist if he is challenged for the outright lies he continues to recite to the people.

In Washington corruption, manipulation, and outright lies are the watchword of the day. Honesty, integrity, shame and above all honor are absent in our government today. The spectacle of watching a Senate confirmation proceeding is the an exercise in hypocrisy at its highest when Senators attack a nominee on the basis of political ideology and not on the basis of his or her credentials to hold a particular office. Chicago politics reigns supreme in Washington today.

I would propose we use the Scout Oath and Law as the litmus test against which we should measure all candidates for office in the coming 2010 elections.  We can do no worse using this measure than we do when vetting candidates by any other measure.

Religion in America – Adding Insult to Injury

By: Richard H. Frank

The latest assault on religious prayer being reported in the media is that residents of a nursing home have been told they may NOT pray before their meal since a portion of the cost for the food comes from the Federal government. Just how far are the secular progressives willing to go to destroy our Christian heritage in America? They hide behind the First Amendment of the Constitution and not only misinterpret the words but omit those words that render their argument moot. The amendment says,” Congress shall make no laws respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof:” To my knowledge Congress has  not established any religion, especially Christianity. The secular progressives, through the courts, have imposed laws against the practice thereof in direct violation to the Constitution.  We can no longer celebrate Christian holidays or traditions in our schools and on any Federally funded or owned property in the United States. Federally owned means owned by the government, which  in turn receives its money in the form of taxes imposed upon “We the People”. Thus “We the People” must in fact own the Federal Property and also determine how and upon what Federal money should be used to finance. 

According to the PEW Forum on religion in the United States 78.4 % of the population are Christians, 1.7% Jewish, 3.0% other and the remaining Unaffiliated 16.1%. Given these statistics it seems ridiculous that some Judge is able to subvert the Constitution and make law from the bench regarding how and where we may practice our faith. Call it political correctness or just plain political activism it is not only wrong from a representative standpoint but is also unquestionably unconstitutional. Should we adopt a precept of ownership with regard to schools and government-owned property then we should be allowed to observe Christian traditions 78.4 % of the time since Christians contribute that percentage on average to the funding of the government. This of course is as ridiculous as the current situation barring any religious observances on government property.

The founders knew that government unchecked would evolve into tyranny and within the Declaration of Independence stated…”that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their security.” Assuming that those persons that occupy the positions on the Supreme Court are virtuous and will uphold their oath to the Constitution, it is time for Christians to challenge the rulings and laws that prohibit exercising our Constitutional right to practice our religion whenever and wherever we deem appropriate, the same way Christians recognize the rights of all other religions. Should the Supreme Court fail to uphold the Constitution, then it is up to congress to impeach those Justices that continue to violate their oath. No one person, President or Judge is above the law and the Constitution is the supreme Law of the land.

Christians in America have been “disposed to suffer” the indignities imposed upon them by the secular progressives and it is time to stand up and return to the principles and values enumerated in the Constitution.

Obama Administration’s Blueprint for Socialism

By: Richard H. Frank

Never let a crisis go to waste. If there is no crisis, then create one. Take the time to study what occurred in Germany during the 1930’s and you will find that all the elements leading to the National Socialists Party taking power in Germany then are present in America today. The economic crisis, soaring unemployment, bankruptcies and rationing of scarce resources were all crises, real or manufactured, that ultimately destroyed the Weimar Republic. The National Socialists, like the progressives in the United States today, first targeted the educational system which had largely been under the control of religious based organizations. They removed all evidence of religion from the schools and promoted a secular curriculum that favored the state and socialist teachings. Banking was nationalized along with industry deemed critical to the national security. The health care system was nationalized and resulted in massive taxing of the German people, rationing of care, elimination of research and ultimately decisions by the government over life and death of the people. Rule by Presidential decree eventually replaced the voting process and legislation was enacted under the “Enabling Act” granting the Chancellor the power of decree in situations where national security was involved. This eventually led to a dictatorship governing Germany.

History records that all of the above changes took place in the period between 1930 and 1938 and like an avalanche began slowly and picked up speed until the German people were totally engulfed under a tyrannical dictatorship called the Third Reich. The Liberal Progressives in America have been thwarted by world events that caused Americans to reject many of their initiatives and therefore have moved slowly over the past 70 years to infiltrate our government to pursue their socialist statist agenda. With the election of Barack Obama and his proclamation that he will “fundamentally change America,” the mask has been removed from the progressives and their Marxist agenda is now in the open for everyone to view.

Affordable health care suddenly became a crisis although no American was refused care under the law that existed previously. According to progressives, global warming and greenhouse gas emissions is now a crisis that can only be cured through punitive legislation called Cap and Trade. The name is just another use of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals where if the language is rejected, just change the language. The legislation should rightly be called Cap and Tax. Immigration Reform is the next agenda item for the progressives asserting that current law keeps contributing undocumented immigrants in hiding for fear of deportation when all they want to do is provide for their families. It is of no matter to the progressives that these people have broken the law, so they will just change the law granting them amnesty and a rapid road to citizenship.   They will attempt to ram Immigration Reform legislation down the throats of Americans instead of insisting the current law is enforced. Further regulation of the financial system and the Banking Industry will increase government control over the private sector of our economy and result in higher costs for businesses and retard economic recovery and growth of the Gross National Product. All of these initiatives if allowed to become law, coupled with our out-of-control national debt, will enslave the people of this nation for decades to come and ultimately destroy the Republic. Only “We the People” still retain the power to stop the progressives from following the blueprint of the National Socialist Party in Germany and restore our government to the Representative Republic envisioned by the founding Fathers.

Why does the mention of God anger so many people?

By: Richard H. Frank

The Libertyssong blog has been posted for approximately five months and for the most part has received constructive favorable comments from the readers. The glaring exception is for our posts that examine the Founders fervent belief in a creator as having established “Natural Law” as the basis for the unalienable Rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence. Secular progressives have distorted the meaning of the Constitution’s First Amendment in such a way as to deny the documented beliefs of the Founders. They have replaced it with a doctrine that religion and the state cannot be acknowledged within the same physical space in the universe, nor upon any document residing in a public institution. I know that this description of what they believe is extreme, but no more extreme than their assertion that the phrase “In God We Trust” is direct contradiction to the First Amendment to the Constitution.

The Constitution allows all Americans the right to practice, or not to practice, any religion of their choice. It only prohibits the establishment of a Federal Government religion. In fact, unless prohibited by a State’s Constitution, that State could establish its own religion. Government, Federal or State, cannot mandate any citizen to recognize or practice any religion. The First Amendment also prohibits the Federal Government from interfering with the free exercise of any religion.  The Constitution is silent with regard to acknowledging and recognizing the Founders’ beliefs and therefore those that would cite the First Amendment as the authority to remove any reference to God from the public square are misinformed.

George Washington in his farewell address said,” Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports”. ……… “Let it simply be asked, where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation deserts the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice?”

Over the past 80 years, largely due to the influence of secular progressives, we have moved far from the principles upon which this country was founded. The very people that would remove all references to “God” from the public arena, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are protected in their beliefs by these very documents. So what do they fear?

I fear a government made up of men having no moral compass to guide them, lacking integrity and honesty. A belief in God and the principles espoused by our founding Fathers provides that moral compass. Unfortunately, many of our representatives in Congress seem to have embraced political ideology over principle. Let us pray to “God” that they find that moral compass once more.

Faith, Hope and Charity

by Richard H.  Frank

Faith, Hope and Charity, much like three legs of a stool, are the pillars that form the foundation for stability upon which our Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution.

“Faith,” a belief in a supreme creator, commonly shared by all the Founders, was the basis for recognizing Natural Law as remaining unaltered by the intervention of man.  Therefore, unalienable rights could only flow from the Creator (God) and not from man. Among those rights are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

“Hope,” was the principled belief that drove the pilgrims and the puritans from Europe to a new world, free to worship as they wished without the oppressive hand of government established through “the divine right of kings.”  Hope was the driving force that motivated developments of the territories and the western frontier.

“Charity,” is the ethos that a man was responsible, as directed by God, to care for his family first, followed by his neighbors and those in need in the community.  He could share the fruits of his labor as he saw fit in any amount and for any cause of his own choosing.

These three pillars served to support our Constitution and over the first 150 years allowed for the birth of a “new nation under God with liberty and justice for all.”

The Founders would marvel at the growth and prosperity experienced in these young United States of America under this experiment in self-government called our Representative Republic.

Shortly after the turn of the 20th Century, social progressives began a slow steady assault upon the Constitution using covert methods to attack and erode the pillars of faith, hope and charity.

The issue of “separation of church and state” has been distorted beyond recognition by the social progressives. Originally intended as a prohibition against establishment of a “state religion,” it has now been interpreted to preclude acknowledgment of any religious symbol, teachings or writings in public-funded institutions.  This country once proudly proclaimed itself as a Christian nation having its roots in Judeo-Christian law.  Today the secular progressives want any reference to God erased from public view.  They have gone so far as to insist that “In God We Trust” be removed from our currency.  Over 90% of Americans profess a belief in God, yet we allow the minority to step on the rights of the majority. Today, those in our enlightened society who dare to call upon god and adherence to divine law are castigated as religious zealots.

As for “hope,” the progressive movement has successfully suppressed the inclination of the individual to provide a better life for his children than for himself.  Overreaction to the civil rights issues in the 1960s resulted in imposed quotas for minority hiring in the public sector, affirmative action programs in our schools and universities and a general dumbing down of the educational system in America.  Many young deserving individuals were denied the opportunity that would otherwise have been available to them.  Ultimately reverse discrimination resulted.  In today’s toxic environment anyone challenging continuation of these progressive policies is quickly labeled a “racist.”

“Charity” is now synonymous with social welfare.  Progressive legislation has moved responsibility from individuals to care for his family and the needy in the community to the public rolls in the form of welfare.  The “nanny state” policy of “cradle to grave” welfare has created a monster in the form of “unfunded mandates” that have grown enormously since 1960.  Programs like aid for dependent children, extending social security benefits beyond its original intent to dependants and surviving spouses and the disabled, no matter how well intentioned, will serve as the slow death of this Republic.  We have created a segment of American society totally reliant on the “welfare state” for their daily subsistence.

Today, government is further infringing on our individual freedoms by mandating health care as a “right.”  Environmentalists want to legislate the amount of water used to flush your toilet.  The food police are now regulating the amount of trans fat and salt we may consume.  Whatever happened to personal responsibility?  “Big Brother” is alive and well in the form of a liberal Congress hell bent on controlling each and every aspect of our life.

The Founders would not recognize the difference between the America of 1920 and that of 2010.  They did, however, provide a mechanism within our Constitution to change this disastrous course we find ourselves taking.  “We the People” retain the power, under the Constitution, to change leadership in our representative Republic.  Should we fail to act to change this government, we will have no one to blame but ourselves.

Get involved, restore and strengthen the pillars that support our Constitution – “Faith, Hope and Charity.”