Essay # 2 on U.S. Constitution
Essay #2 on the U.S. Constitution
When the U.S. Constitution was written, Our Founding Fathers gave Congress ; the Legislative Branch; the exclusive power to make law . The other two Branches have no Constitutional power to make law.
The Founding Fathers limited the ability to make laws, that citizens, “We The People”, must follow, to Congress, because it is the only Branch of Government where the people have representation, in the House of Representatives. The President is elected by the Electoral College not the people. The Supreme Court is appointed not elected by the people, and the Senators were elected by the States’ Legislature, not the people.
The Congress was split into two Houses. The first was the House of Representatives that would focus on the needs of the people. A member of the House of Representatives was elected by the people living in the Congressional District. The Congressman became their Representative in the Federal Government. The House of Representatives is the only place where “We The People" are represented in the Federal Government.
The other House of Congress was the Senate. The Senate was to be the protector of State Sovereignty, or as it has become known today “States’ Rights”. The Founding Document of our country, The Declaration of Independence , states the following in it’s last paragraph “ We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the States of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.”
This country was founded as Thirteen Independent and Sovereign States. Our country operated under the Articles of Confederation as Independent Sovereign States. They were so Independent that the Federal Government could not do much of anything. In order to solve the problem of a weak Federal Government, the Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia to solve the problem. The Great Compromise agreed to in Philadelphia, was how our Founding Fathers solved the problem of maintaining the Independent Sovereignty of each State, while giving more power to the Federal Government, so it could function and do those things necessary, in the name of all the States. Common currency, maintaining an Army and Navy to protect all the States and so on , were outlined in the Constitution in Article I section 8. Those things are specific and limited to insure that the States had more power affecting the day to day lives of the people, than the Federal Government. All of the Original Thirteen Independent States ratified this compact , the Constitution, with the new Federal Government. The Independent States can change or remove any or all powers they lent to the Federal Government, by the Legislatures of two thirds of the States voting for a Constitutional Convention as outlined in Article V in the Constitution. The Federal Government gets it’s power from the Independent States, not the other way around as most Americans believe today.
The Constitution outlined what Sovereign Powers the States were willing to delegate to a Federal Government,and allow the Federal government, to do, for the common good of all the Independent States. The Founding Fathers put in the Tenth Amendment to the Bill of Rights to protect the Sovereign Powers of the Independent States, not delegated to the Federal Government. The Tenth Amendment was to insure that the Federal Government did not over step it’s authority granted to it by the Independent States. The Senate was to be the protector of the Tenth Amendment, States Rights. The Senate was to insure that any law passed by the Federal Government was Constitutional and did not violate the Tenth Amendment. Here is what the Tenth Amendment says “ The Powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States, or to the people.“.
The Great Compromise gave each State two Senators regardless of the land size of the State or the size of it’s population. This Great Compromise was to protect the States Sovereignty. Any bill passed in the House of Representatives that was unconstitutional, thus violating the Tenth Amendment, could be voted down in the Senate. This was part of the checks and balances the Founding Fathers believed in. Senators were Representatives of their State and were to be the protectors of their States’ Sovereignty. They were not elected by the people of that State. They were elected by the State Legislature. The Constitution in Article I Section 3 states “ The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State [ chosen by the Legislature ] thereof for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote.” No one today understands this concept set up by our Founding Fathers because it was all changed by the Democrat Woodrow Wilson Administration in 1913. Woodrow Wilson and the Democrats got the Seventeenth Amendment to the Constitution passed.
Senators are now elected by the people of the State not the State Legislature.
The Democrat Woodrow Wilson Administration was the beginning of the Progressive (Socialist) Movement in our country. With the passage of the Seventeenth Amendment, Senators were elected by all the people in a State. It removed a huge part of the Republican (Republic) form of government, with it’s checks and balances established by our Constitution. No longer were Senators protecting the Sovereignty of their State, and insuring that the Federal Government did not pass any law outside of the Limited functions granted to the Federal Government by the States, now Senators are protecting the agenda of the Political Party they belong to. This has destroyed our Republic. The purpose (objective) of The Progressive (Socialist) Movement is to consolidate all power into a Central (Federal) Government. Thus destroying our Republic and our Constitution. They are wining.
Our Founding Fathers got it right the first time, and the Seventeenth Amendment must be repealed back to the original intent found in the Constitution. Obamacare would never have been passed in the Senate prior to 1913. It violates the Constitution , the Tenth Amendment, and State Sovereignty in a dozen different ways.
Finally, our children deserve to know the truth about how our Founding Fathers set up our government under the Constitution, so they too will have the opportunity to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness guaranteed by our Founding Document “The Declaration of Independence” , which also states that our Rights come from God not government. The bastardization of our Constitution by the supporters of the Progressive Movement must be reversed or we will have a President who is a dictator, and he will be only loyal to the agenda of his Party that will become the permanent Ruling Class. There will be no more checks and balances left in our government against the consolidation of power into the Federal Executive Branch.
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