Ron Paul: Understand, Respect, Follow and Uphold the Constitution

Understand, Respect, Follow and Uphold the Constitution

by Ron Paul

I am pleased that the Constitution has received a lot of attention in recent weeks, thanks to the Tea Party movement. The 112th Congress kicked off with a reading of the Constitution on the floor of the House. It goes without saying that members of Congress should have read the Constitution many times and should continue to study it. Citing the particular clause of the Constitution that authorizes newly introduced legislation is a reasonable suggestion. Yet in reality it will do little to restrain unconstitutional growth of the federal government. We’ve had such rules in the past and no benefit came of it.

The laws that are passed reflect the preferences and personal agendas of those in charge. For too long those agendas have expanded government at the expense of personal liberty regardless of which political party was in charge. This expansion of government clearly violated the Constitution, yet it was always argued that this or that program somehow conformed to that ‘living document.’ By misinterpreting the General Welfare Clause, the Interstate Commerce Clause and the Necessary and Proper Clause, Congress has justified every conceivable expansion of the federal government. Congress also has misinterpreted the 14th Amendment and legislated as though it had repealed the 10th Amendment.

Sadly, Congress has also systematically abdicated its prerogatives and responsibilities to the executive branch over many decades. Too many people in and out of Congress grew up being taught that the Constitution was a modern, living document. Though the authors allowed for flexibility through the amendment process, this process has been ignored for the sake of speed and convenience. As a result the Constitution now has little actual meaning.

Our Constitution should be viewed as law and members of Congress should be expected to follow, respect, understand and uphold the law. But a document is ‘just a piece of paper’ and those who represent us and promise to obey it, ignore it instead. Celebrating the Constitution without this understanding will do nothing to restore the greatness of America. Simply praising the document distracts from the need for members to resist special interests, political self-interest, emergency needs in times of crisis, fear-based economic myths, and the persistent temptation to seek security over liberty while ignoring personal responsibility and self-reliance.

I wonder, will this welcome renewed interest in the Constitution lead to a healthy reassessment of all our political policies? Will there be no more wars without an actual Congressional declaration? Will the Federal Reserve Act be repealed? Will only gold and silver be deemed legal tender? Will we end all unconstitutional federal departments, including the Department of Energy, Education, Agriculture, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and Labor? Will the PATRIOT Act be repealed and all warrantless searches stopped? Will the TSA be abolished? Will the IRS’s unconstitutional collection powers end? Will executive and judicial quasi-legislative powers end? Will we end the federal War on Drugs? Will we end the federal government’s involvement in medical care? Will we end all the federal government’s illusionary insurance programs? Will we ban secret prisons, trials without due process, and assassinations? Will we end our foreign policy of invasion and occupation?

For America to once again become the standard for a free society, our love of liberty and desire for peace must far surpass any public display of fidelity to the Constitution. We must first look to strong moral character, respect for the rule of law, and an understanding of the proper role of government in a free society.



    WHY ARE WE TALKING ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION ? It doesnt apply to people !
    Create a new one for the PEOPLE. Or go read the notorious declarations of american history. The constitution is currently ONLY for the bankers.

  • mupp33n

    YOUUUUU SHALLL NOOOOT PASSSSS, I wish ron paul said that once…

  • DoucheBagster2

    Ron Paul 2012, NO PALIN = Liability = LBJ.

  • Leavon

    The Constitution is not a living document, there is a method for amending the Constitution but people will twist and prevert statements to make their desires fit when it doesn’t at all. The SCOTUS, willing to “Legislate from the Bench” and allow those desires to pass the actual test of being Constitutional and abdicate their role of protectors of the Constitution and become just so many activist judges. Seriously we need to throw all three branches out and bring in moral and just people.

  • DoucheBagster2

    Ron. NO tea party. It goes without saying that if you don’t lead the rush to a VIABLE THIRD PARTY, then I’m out of here, & I’ve voted Republican for 30 yrs. Sarah Palin is THE Major Liability. Gotta carry her as VP? Sounds like LBJ to me. You’re gonna lose a lot of votes if you bear that burden. Or maybe the Republicons don’t want the WH in 2012. Maybe they know it’s down the drain for at least another 4 yrs & just let the Obamessiah be the loser that he is. Even if he wins he loses.

  • mrbasil0

    Woah, that first 5 seconds sounded angry.

  • achzdck

    RON PAUL is the only human that can save AMERICA !! The rest are sold out to a party instead of the people . We have become bankrupt from nation building .We are spending 4 billion a week to uphold sharia law in Afghanistan and Iraq ! When the money and men are gone they will revert back to the old ways with the only difference being that we created more millionaire thugs that will use American dollars to kill American citizens worldwide. I’LL DO MY PART IF YOU RUN AGAIN RON …….

  • SteveXnycperformance

    Can`t do that sir..must leave this country. Will not be con and instituted into socialism,which make way to communist.

  • garrethdavis

    people need you to run. i’m Irish and i understand that it’s not just people in the US who need you to run. but the whole World needs people like you

  • Apptendo

    Ron Paul secretly thinks the Constitution is Gay and Fail, and wants the Free Market to do everything including Courts, Defense, And Police.

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  • bsbwrs

    love ya ron!

  • Skunny87

    please run for president

    the world needs you

  • iTellYouNoLie

    I think Ron will run if Carol okays it, everyone should be pleading with her to give him the go-ahead.
    Please Carol, we need him to run again!

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  • NicosMind

    Ron Paul is such a realist and not at all a fool. He realises how great it is that people are reading the constitution and starting to take it seriously, but hes not at all deluded and realises theres a lot further to go.
    Ron Paul your common sense and your brains, combined with your heart, foresight and good economic knowledge is somenthing America has needed badly.
    But people take a page out of Pauls book. Dont just vote for him but learn, spread the message, and even run yourself!

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