Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Pete Morin Editorial Review--Issue #41

People & their Government

I don't believe there has been a more influential individual on my attitude towards government and freedom than Mark Levin.

The Mark Levin radio show is chock full of essential information for those concerned about the direction our government has taken with respect to personal freedom and the rule of law. An acute understanding of the founding of the nation and its great Constitution are an absolute must if we are to preserve our freedoms, not only for today, but in the future as well. Every evening Mark drives home the idea of the civil society and how imperative it is that we respect the limits imposed upon our government as expressed in the Constitution. If we would over-ride these limits, then what limits should be placed on government; where should the new line be drawn as to what a government can do to its citizens?

The Constitution is often referred to as "living document" by those who wish to bring its meaning to a more modern interpretation. By doing so, legislative and judicial activists hope to redefine man's relationship with the Constitution. In a sense they hope to redefine the document in a subjective light. In truth, nothing could have been further from the aims of the founders. The document they hoped to forge was intended to be an objective one; its narrow aim being to clarify what a government's enumerated powers were with respect to the citizenry and the relationship of the citizen with his government. All other powers would be retained by the states or the people respectively.

Today, however, we live in a country where respect for limited power has no meaning. The current Congress has attempted to pass legislation that completely disregards, or tramples on, states rights. Their reason for trying to pass any legislation seems to come from the necessary and proper clause of the Constitution. Such a belief, however, is completely unfounded. The Necessary and Proper Clause refers to those powers granted to the Federal Government and enumerated, as such, within the document itself; not to any new found power. The framers intended for any new power to be enacted through the amendment process and not by legislative diktat.

So, if you want a true understanding of the value and greatness of our founding document, I suggest you listen to Mark Levin. He, better than anyone, can give you insight into its timeless attributes. Our Nation's very existence will depend on whether or not we understand its meaning and bear true faith and allegiance to it.

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