Constitution Day 2017

Gadsden Flag - Don't Tread On MeWith many of our rights and freedoms under assault at this time, it makes sense to honor our Founding Fathers for the work that they did over two centuries ago.

When they had experienced enough tyranny from King George III of England, when their pleas and requests were shunned or ignored, when the Brits ordered trade blockades, and more, much much more, they went to war and drafted and signed the Declaration of Independence, on July 4, 1776.  They did so knowing full well that it would mean losing everything if the Revolutionary War was lost.  But America prevailed.  It won its freedom.

They were quite learned men, many of them knew historically what had made for good and for bad governments, knowing full well that a good government was one that did not encroach upon the citizenry.  Yes, they haggled and argued and compromised.  But they never lost sight of the end result and that was the United States Constitution, formally signed exactly 230 years ago today, on September 17, 1787.

The document that our Founding Fathers created and signed was like no other ever devised, especially when the Bill of Rights was added on December 15, 1791.  Our freedom, as long as the US Constitution is followed, is guaranteed.

Signing_of_the_Constitution_of_the_United_StatesThere are those who question a document 200+ years old and how it can be relevant today.  There is an easy answer.  In the manner in which it was written.  There were no time-specific conditions, other than handling the then-current debt.  The Constitution and the Bill of Rights were created by forward-looking men, men who knew the world would change and provided us with something that could and would grow with us.

It is unfortunate, however, that we have allowed that precious document to be “interpreted” to mean what it does not say.  As one example, when the Courts decided that prayers could not be said in school those justices were violating our Constitution.  If there are some who do not wish to pray in school, that is fine.  But there is nothing unconstitutional about saying prayer in school.  Period.

Losing that portion of one of our rights should infuriate any Patriot because what follows is that there are other rights, other freedoms that get taken from us, gradually and (now) generally under the guise of “national security.”  We need to watch our present-day politicians, as they are not statesmen of 200 years  ago who carry on open discussion, and even arguments, to reach a consensus of what is right “for the people.”  No, politicians of today are bought and paid for by myriad individuals and concerns.

Forgive me as I have strayed from my original thought, thanking our Founding Fathers for their excellent work.  For their work should be admired as much as it should be followed.  Incredible documents outlining our rights, our freedoms, our liberty.

In our movie, In Search of Liberty, we educate all Americans, in a dramatic yet humorous manner, the basics of what exactly the US Constitution and Bill of Rights guarantee us, i.e., “We the People.”  All those who have viewed it come away new information they did not know before and with a renewed sense of both pride and purpose as an American.

Over For Now.

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Independence National Historical Park – Philadelphia

Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a 55-acre area, located within the Old City and Society Hill neighborhoods, that preserves many historical sites associated with the country’s founding and the American Revolution.  It is also called “America’s most historic square mile” due to the number of landmarks within the area.

Independence HallAt the center of it all is Independence Hall, the site where both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were debated and subsequently adopted.  The hall was where the Second Continental Congress met, from 1775 to 1783.

Liberty BellDirectly across the street from Independence Hall is Liberty Bell Center, which houses the Liberty Bell. The bell had been in Independence Hall until the United States Bi-centennial in 1976, where it was displayed in the glass-enclosed Liberty Bell Pavilion and then moved to its current location in 2003.

Carpenters' HallAmong the many other historic buildings residing in the park are (in order, above and below): Carpenters’ Hall (where the First Continental Congress met in September-October 1774); the Second Bank of the United States (1817-1836); and an exact replica of Benjamin Franklin’s Library Company of Philadelphia building (1790-1887), now called Library Hall (1954).

Second Bank of the United StatesThe square mile park is easy to walk and almost all attractions are free, with some requiring timed admission passes. For those who prefer, there are horse-drawn carriages that provide tours.

Library Hall - PhiladelphiaFor history buffs, the Independence National Historical Park provides a more than ample amount of sites, documents and stories.

Over For Now.

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The U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Constitution

With the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to uphold, primarily, the constitutionality of the “Affordable Care Act,” also known as “Obamacare,” it has become abundantly clear that the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights are no longer the guiding lights of America.

How anyone can possibly conceive that a person’s decision not to purchase health insurance is governed by the “Commerce Clause” is, quite franly, beyond belief.

The “constitutionality” of being “taxed,” as Chief Justice Roberts wrote it, for not purchasing insurance is ludicrous.


This is one giant step toward taking away more rights of the individual, and of the states,  under the guise of our government safeguarding our “civil” or “individual” rights.

This action by the U.S. Supreme Court is not upholding the Constitution and Bill of Rights.  This decision is helping to tear them apart.

What is next?  Getting taxed for not exercising the right to vote? 

This decision fully opens the taxation door to Congress for just about anythihng.

And, don’t forget to ask your duly-elected representative why, if the Affordable Care Act is such a good thing, they are excluded from taking part in what all US citizens must now do, but, instead, get to keep their own government-issued taxpayer-paid insurance benefits.

Over For Now.

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The Erosions of Freedom…National Defense Authorization act

It is hard to comprehend what those sitting at Capitol Hill are thinking, passing the recent National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

The bill passed the Senate by a 93-7 vote. The seven who voted against it were: Thomas Coburn (R-OK), Thomas Harken (D-IA), Mike Lee (R-UT), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Rand Paul (R-KY), Bernard Sanders (I-VT) and Ron Wyden (R-OR). 

While President Obama attempted to distance himself from this very controversial bill, there was plenty of time before the drop-dead timeline to change key components of the legislation. It is also noted that the WH administration wanted a key freedom-killing component inserted in NDAA.

The president said, “The fact that I support this bill as a whole does not mean I agree with everything in it. I have signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation and prosecution of suspected terrorists.”

Nice try. You still signed it and that means that you, or any future president, may use the power to defy the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights that guarantee freedoms which the HDAA totally destroys.

The erosion of freedom, of pursuing life, liberty and happiness, just became less.

If what Senator Bernie Sanders stated is true, “The legislation could also give future presidents the authority to throw American citizens into prison for life without charges or a trial,” then that freedom became a whole lot less.

Senator Rand Paul points of many problematic issues with NDAA and the powers that come from that bill in this interview:


Any American may be detained without any rights if it is determined that the person may have by whatever means an association with “suspected” terrorists.

Thus, if a member of Main Street USA were to read something on the Internet about terrorists, even though the person is totally against them and that which they stand for, that citizen may be indefinitely detained because there exists an “association” – the person read about the terrorists.

Many may argue that it would never come to this. However, there are no guarantees.

Make no mistake, more and more American citizen freedoms are being decimated in the name of fighting terrorists.

Over For Now.

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