Over the last few years I have watched in amazement as all that Americans of good will held dear became positions of extremist nuts. I first started hearing these ridiculous things years ago when I was fighting for "property rights" as listed in our Bill of Rights and the Constitution. For instance, here are some Amendments which I had thought very simple and transparent. I have underlined and bolded the parts I am pointing out.
quartered in any house,
without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a
manner to be prescribed by law.
indictment of a Grand
Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in
the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public
danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to
be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled
in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be
deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of
law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without
Part of Article XIV
4: The validity of the public debt of the United States,
authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of
pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or
rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States
nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred
in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or
any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such
debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.
The first three listed seem pretty straightforward but look at how those guarantees have morphed into massive takings by the EPA, Army Corps of Engineers and the I.R.S. The IRS can lien your property, confiscate the money in your personal and business bank accounts and do all this without a warrant or a legal judgement (from a trial). The Law Enforcement agencies can confiscate your property without a warrant or a legal judgement (trial ruling) if you are declared a drug dealer, or even a "john" soliciting a prostitute. These glaring usurpations of our private property rights.
Now, I am totally against drug dealers but how long did it take government to take the theory of confiscation to the latest levels of a taking? Not long. First the drug dealers possession (they assume purchased with illegal money) then the "johns" automobile and now your home and lands under "wetlands" and other contrived laws. Many of these laws were upheld by the Supreme Court. But I remind myself the Court said a slave was not anything but a possession at one time. I have dealt with takings of private property by government over the years and I must say, the ability of politicians and bureaucrats to come up with new ways to take are absolutely creative and pernicious. I recall a few years ago the City Council of a California coastal town was instituting a "viewshed" tax. It didn't last long as the residents threatened to toss them from office if it was not withdrawn
But what do the "little people" of America have to fend off the brown-shirts stealing your private property? And remember, property is your land, money and even the shirt on your back. Luckily there are organizations like the Pacific Legal Foundation and The Moutain States Legal Foundation and many others the common folks can ask for help. The other way is to gain the attention of a politician or a news media that will take up your cause. But to me, these are last resorts. We should be electing people who really do uphold the oath of office which contains swearing allegiance the the Constitution. (I did more than once). But, power to lord over the little people seems to be attracting people who could care less about the document they are required to raise the hand to. (Civil Service needs to be eliminated and merit restored)
Lastly, the 14th Amendment was in the news during the last month regarding the allegation it gives the President the power to pay the bills for the government and without the Congress. As you can read the 14th is quite limited and was put together after the Civil War when things were a real mess regarding the two issues underlined. Yet, the "smartest people" in the land (democrats) and the college educated "journalists" apparently never read the Amendment. If they did they would see how silly and stupid they are. Unless the President declared the Tea Party a "rebellion" he has no power to do what those smart people said he had.
But this seems to me to be the problem. Obama supposedly was a Constitutional Professor! The politicians swear allegiance to a document they don't read or understand. (same with the bills they pass) They have bastardized the Commerce Clause of the Constitution to weasel their way into every level of America life and business and stupid Supremes have allowed them to do it. How a EPA dictate can force a state (a legal independent part) to do its bidding is still beyond my comprehension.
The bottom line to me as a person who has fought for the rights of individuals and local control is one of education and it is not extremist. The glue that holds the American people together is the Founding Documents and our fair and transparent adherence to the enumerated powers they contain. That is not something President Obama believes in but he sure uses the powers (and those not granted) to do what he wants. The democrats too, as a party, have apparently no allegiance to the Documents either. The people of America are allowing a slippery slope to be created and maintained and sooner than later, all will be piled up at the bottom of the slope and totally powerless. Diligence, education, allegiance and exercising the mandate to vote. Pretty simple. Do it!