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 Congress also has misinterpreted the 14th Amendment and legislated as though it had repealed the 10th Amendment.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.



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  1. Many have proposed the same things I have, but only one or so of the parts to make it happen in a way to limit the damage the beast can do in it's take-down. Now is the time for the people have the image of who/what the beast is that is bringing this country to ruin. Now just courage for the masses to admit what must be done and move with there voice and their vote to bring it to pass. The tea party did such a thing; now the same message must be sent for Dismemberment

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  2. Many have proposed the same things I have, but only one or so of the parts to make it happen in a way to limit the damage the beast can do in it's take-down. Now is the time for the people have the image of who/what the beast is that is bringing this country to ruin. Now just courage for the masses to admit what must be done and move with there voice and their vote to bring it to pass. The tea party did such a thing; now the same message must be sent for Dismemberment

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  3. To make it happen there must be enough House and/or Senate members to override any resistance from other sources for a Swift Dismemberment of the Beast. I hear too much discouragement from weak cowards that this cannot happen in our lifetime because of the mindset of Congress.. Enough of that; let us have courage & wield the plan to DISMEMBER the beast and let us shout the plan from our rooftops to the people & so also our Representative know what we expect. Dismemberment; Nothing less

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  4. To make it happen there must be enough House and/or Senate members to override any resistance from other sources for a Swift Dismemberment of the Beast. I hear too much discouragement from weak cowards that this cannot happen in our lifetime because of the mindset of Congress.. Enough of that; let us have courage & wield the plan to DISMEMBER the beast and let us shout the plan from our rooftops to the people & so also our Representative know what we expect. Dismemberment; Nothing less

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  5. The reason I use such words as decapitate, sever limbs, dismember and the like is to burn an image in the mind that does not so easily fade; when used to remember key points to address it is a very valuable tool or aid to help keep focus on the key areas needed to KILL THE BEAST! ;) Like I said we can play smack-a-mole for years & they keep cropping up some new scheme to replace the last; but Dismember the 4 Limbs then Head & we have eliminated more than 99.99% of their power over us.

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  6. The reason I use such words as decapitate, sever limbs, dismember and the like is to burn an image in the mind that does not so easily fade; when used to remember key points to address it is a very valuable tool or aid to help keep focus on the key areas needed to KILL THE BEAST! ;) Like I said we can play smack-a-mole for years & they keep cropping up some new scheme to replace the last; but Dismember the 4 Limbs then Head & we have eliminated more than 99.99% of their power over us.

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  7. Paul keeps asking the unanswered questions... and I hope he doesn't stop until they are!

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  8. As much as I would like to see Ron run for president I have to say this.He has done his job for 30 years and what we as constitutionalists need to be doing is searching for another like him.Ron is getting old now to be running for president but I'd still vote for him.But he will not be forgotten.Michael Badnarik would have been perfect choice.....If he doesn't run WHOS NEXT?Thats what we need to think about.

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  9. It is maybe still possible to save this great country from bankruptcy,if only the money directed at the reelection of the democratic candidate would be evely used to support Ron, who is the one and only man capable of saving us. But how can the corrupt media, unions and foreign sponsors be silenced..?
    The tea-party maybe? And why not run with Lieberman on a ticket? Beter than Nader! Run Ron, please..we will help...

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  10. Dr Paul has it right, its ALL about the "Constitution" people!

    Dr Paul has pointed this out time and time again that both political parties have relentlessly assulted our Liberties and have disgraced our constitutional freedoms.

    The fact that Dr Paul has consistently pointed out these Constitutional violation has resulted in his being labled a fringe element, not mainstream enough to be president.

    BUT THAT'S PRECISELY WHY WE NEED HIM IN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH!

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  11. America is ready for Ron Paul 2012, but is the elite going to make their move in the days to come, or in the days to come do we make our move.

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  12. Ron is asking FOR one thing HERE _ "FREEDOM"

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  13. It's hard to respect anyone who cannot or will not prove legally they are a citizen. Respect is not something you get, it has to be earned, and I have no respect for people who do not earn it and want to try to take it.

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  14. It’s hard to respect anyone who cannot or will not prove legally they are a citizen. Respect is not something you get, it has to be earned, and I have no respect for people who do not earn it and want to try to take it.

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  15. They don't call them CONgress for nothing
    People who seeks comfort by prostituting their character is what America has become.

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  16. If you don't listen to main street media you are uninformed, if you do, you are misinformed. Tuesday the selected liar, cheat and thief presidential pimp from the federal union has a don't ask and don't tell propaganda message for the DemocratRepubliCON prostitutes . Listen up as he blames Bush and as you were there from the beginning, meaning?,. The DemocatRepublicCONs will not rise but America will sink to a newer level.

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  17. i cant "like" this enough. Go Ron Paul!

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  18. You're a good man, Dr. Paul.

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  19. The answer to all of Dr. Paul's questions is no. Nothing will be repealed and nothing will be reversed or changed. Historically no state has ever revered, only collapsed

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  20. MAYBE RON PAUL & TIM TURNER WOULD MAKE A NICE TEAM AS DUAL PRESIDENTS ! HA

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