Myth: We obtain our rights from the ‘Bill of Rights’ by way of the Constitution of the United States of America.
Fact: We obtain our rights from our Creator. The Constitution is a document of mutual agreement among all U.S. citizens. The agreement is composed of two concepts; the first is self-governance, and the second is the restrictions and limitations of that governance. The Bill of Rights limits or restricts the government (which we formed) from enacting laws that infringe on our ‘God-given’ rights. The Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution because many of the founders and the people they were representing agreed that these particular rights needed to be emphasized. Unlike the enumerated ‘responsibilities’ of government, the rights and responsibilities of Citizens are unlimited.
The Constitution was meant to define the functions of governance and limit it, because the founders knew that without such constitutional restraints, the people would soon find themselves dealing with tyranny as they did with King George and the Monarchy. The founders also gave notice to the people, warning them to protect their liberty and property from governmental authorities by being ever vigilant of those who would seek to rob them of their property and their lives.
Lately we have been bombarded with the news that “someone” in the Department of Justice authorized the seizure of telephone records of Associated Press and Fox News journalists. Governmental authorities would like us to believe these unlawful actions are justified by stating that there was a leak within the government and they were seeking to uncover the source of the leak because of national security issues. You may recall the problem America had with Congress when Congress stamped NSA 1947 on their lunch bills to prevent Citizens from discovering just how much money was being spent. The abuse of NSA 1947 has exceeded the point of being ridiculous.+
The problem is, no matter how important it may seem, it is not lawful under the restrictions and limits within our Constitution.
Nothing else is as important as being ever vigilant. If governmental authorities exceed the Constitutional restrictions or limitations, the actions are unlawful. It is the responsibility of congress to recognize and correct faulty laws or repeal them. Failing common methods of corrective action or redress, it is up to the people to take corrective action. It is not only your right; it is a citizen’s duty to act.
The Constitution was the product of the founders’ genius and they intended that the document be a living document. Amendment was the preferred method which would keep the Constitution current in cases unforeseen. This process of amendment can be abused by authorities who do not have the common well-being of citizens in mind.
During the last two hundred years various authorities and groups have brought undue pressure and direct force against congress to enact laws and make amendments which benefit themselves. It must be the people who correct the problems when congress court and common sense fail, not the politicians who have been corrupted by greed and peer pressure from within the government itself.
If the government persists in carrying out unconstitutional actions, the solution to limiting those unlawful actions is nullification of the laws that are unconstitutional. It should be remembered that Congress is the primary body responsible for not passing unconstitutional laws. The Supreme Court is not the last word in determining the constitutional validity of laws passed by Congress, the U.S. Citizen is the last line of defense.