July 8, 2011
Marie Lozito is a Registered Nurse, Licensed Massage Therapist, wife, mother, grandmother and life-long conservative. She wrote a text on medical massage and taught at New York College of Health Professions.
Interested in, and observing politics since 1960, she
ran for elected office in 2010.
Time magazine is wrong.
The 4th of July cover article of Time magazine claims that the Constitution is irrelevant. The article states that so many things have changed that the Constitution's only virtue is that it has many meanings and thus leaves us able to do whatever we want to do. The progressives in this country have said for years that the Constitution is a living document and
its meaning is fluid and flexible. This is a totally false concept that progressives and liberals encourage in order to manipulate power and people. To the writers and the people who voted for the Constitution, the Constitution had a clear and fixed meaning.
Our Founding Fathers and the writers of the Constitution understood the dangers of establishing a republican form of government. At the end of the Constitutional Convention, when asked what form of government they had given the people, Ben Franklin said A republic, if you can keep it. They understood that the people in the government would try to abuse their power.
The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to
They understood human nature which has not changed. They knew the history of previous republics all of which failed. Ours is the longest surviving republic government in the history of the world because of how well they understood history and human nature as well as how they constructed the Constitution.
Every word [of the Constitution] decides a question between power and
liberty. - James Madison
They established a constitutional republic in order to protect and defend the God-given rights that were established long before this government was formed. In their many writings and at the states' conventions about ratifying the Constitution, it was perfectly clear that the government was to be constrained by the Constitution. The Constitution was understood to be a contract between the Federal government, the state governments and We the People. All aspects of the Constitution were strongly debated in the Constitutional Convention, both the Federalist Papers and Anti-federalist Papers and at state conventions prior to the people voting about ratifying it. One has only to read some of the writings from that period to understand the meaning of the Constitution.
In their own words:
The construction [of the Constitution] applied ... to those parts of the Constitution of the United States which delegate Congress a power ... ought not to be construed as themselves to give unlimited
In the first
place, it is to be remembered, that the general [Federal] government is
not to be charged with the whole power of making and administering laws:
its jurisdiction is limited to certain enumerated objects, which concern
all the members of the republic, but which are not to be attained by the
separate provisions of any.
It would reduce the whole instrument to a single phrase, that of instituting a Congress with power to do whatever would be for the good of the United States; and as they would be the sole judges of the good or evil, it would be also a power to do whatever evil they please. Certainly no such universal power was meant to be given them. It [the Constitution] was intended to lace them up straightly within the enumerated powers and those without which, as means, these powers could not be carried into
If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular
I have written before about the fact that many actions, done with good intentions, have the opposite effect in practice. The Founders were well aware of this also.
The Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good
As Dr. Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College, writes
"The Constitution does not allow us to do whatever we want to do. In the words of James Madison, the Constitution was framed out of the belief that
'it is the reason, alone, of the public, that ought to control and regulate the government. The passions ought to be controlled and regulated by the
"The genius of the Constitution lies in its having a definite meaning on the
fundamentals - that every individual has rights, that the people are sovereign, and that the governmental powers must remain
separated - while leaving wide latitude to local government, or the people themselves, on issues not specifically addressed in the Constitution.
"The framers were no gods; the amendment procedure was included for good reason. Yet for more than two centuries the United States has flourished in a project long thought impossible: self-government.
"Liberty. Equality. Self-government.
"No constitution in history has proven itself more deeply committed to these principles, and no nation has been more richly blessed in return.
"The basic truth within the Constitution is that the government cannot have limitless power, for the simple reason that government is made up of people. A Constitution with no definite meaning gives free reign to the passions of those people within and without the government. A Constitution with a meaning honored and obeyed becomes a guardian of all people, for it sustains a government that is strong within its defined powers but limited in order to protect the liberty and equality of
Indeed, our Constitution has meaning and is just as relevant today as when it was written. Time magazine, progressives and liberals are all wrong.