Where Does The Buck Lie?

Imagine for a moment that you decide to go on an extended vacation. Before you leave you hire someone to house-sit for you; clean your home, pay your bills, and maintain your yard while you’re away. Upon coming home from your vacation you find that your house has been completely remodeled into something that you find horrendous. How would you feel? I’m betting you’d be pretty upset with the people you trusted to take care of your home.

If you can picture that scenario, and your response to those you hired to care for your home, then just maybe you can get a hint as to how I feel about our government. In 1787 our Founders did something very similar; they wrote a Constitution which created a government which was supposed to take care of the basic needs of our country; or the general welfare as they called it back then. At the same time this government was supposed to leave the people of America free to ‘pursue happiness’ without governmental interference.

Whether people like it or not there are a few facts that they cannot disregard if they wish to engage in any serious discussion regarding government. The first is that our government would not exist had our Founders not gotten together and written a Constitution which outlined the basic shape it would take.

Secondly, like it or not, this Constitution outlines the specific authority given each branch of government and the areas government itself may enact laws upon. These specifically enumerated powers, as they are called, are found in Article 1, Section 8 of this Constitution and outline the ONLY powers our government may exercise on our behalf.

And thirdly, to get enough people to support this Constitution the Founders included a Bill of Rights which outlines various rights which the government has absolutely no authority to infringe upon. If, as our Founders believed, these rights are the gift of our Creator, then they predate government in any form it takes, and therefore no form of government, be it federal, state, or local, may pass laws which violate them.

These are well documented facts and I have discussed them at length in previous articles. Yet I still run into people all the time who say they support a particular president, or government itself, when it oversteps it’s just authority and passes laws in regards to things which are not among those specifically granted it to enact laws upon.

Listen, there is no grey area here, no wiggle room; either our government obeys the Constitution or it doesn’t. Therefore our government is either just, or it is unjust; either it provides us justice, or injustice. Black’s Dictionary of Law says that justice is the protecting of rights and the punishing of wrongs using fairness. Therefore, our government is either just or unjust based upon the extent to which it leaves us free to exercise our rights.

Every person holding elected office, and some who are appointed to positions of authority, must take an oath before entering service that they will support and defend the Constitution of the United States. On January 19, 1979 I took a similar oath upon entering the United States Air Force. The thing is, I take my oath seriously, while most others consider it a mere formality before they are allowed to assume the position to which they have been elected.

Most people, when one mentions the word government, assume I am talking about the President and the Congress; in that assumption they are dead wrong. When I say government I mean the whole kit and caboodle, all the way from the President down to the lowliest janitor who mops the floors in the hallways of Congress.

Therefore, if any agency within this behemoth that is government violates any of my rights, I blame government itself; and by virtue of being the Chief Executive, I blame the President. The President is nothing more than a glorified manager. I know that may sound disrespectful of the office, but it is the truth. The job of a President is to manage the tools at his disposal, in the best and most efficient way possible, to ensure government serves the purpose for which it was established. Although he may make recommendations to Congress, he cannot tell them to do anything; as they do not work for him, they are representatives of the people and the States, or at least they used to represent the States until we tinkered with the structure of our government by ratifying the 17th Amendment. Yet with his veto power he has the ability to ensure that any law passed by Congress which oversteps THEIR authority does not become law.

Harry S. Truman used to keep a sign on his desk in the Oval Office which read, “The buck stops here.” Those four simple words imply so much; yet what they say is routinely misunderstood or ignored by most people.

As holder of the highest position in the land, the President is ultimately responsible for all that government does. He has the authority to block unconstitutional laws by veto; he must ensure that the various agencies under the authority of the Executive Branch faithfully execute those laws passed in accordance with the specific powers granted our government, and he must strive to ensure that our rights our constantly protected against violation by anyone under his authority.

Therefore, if the NSA is spying upon us; violating our rights protected by the 4th Amendment, or if the BATF violates our rights as protected by the 2nd Amendment, then the buck stops with the President, as it was his job to ensure that these things never happen.

You see, most people blame political parties; either the Republicans or the Democrats. If something goes wrong in government, or if a law is passed which people do not like, then they blame the ‘other’ party. If that were truly the case then why do we not see laws being repealed every time there is a shift in control between a Republican controlled Congress and a Democratic controlled Congress? Did Obama repeal the Patriot Act? Did Trump? What about the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare as most call it; did Trump seek to repeal it, or simply modify it in such a way to leave his signature on a blatantly unconstitutional piece of legislation?

If our government was supposed to provide justice for the people it represents, then why do not the federal judges adhere to the Constitution in their courts? Why instead do they adhere more to previous rulings by other judges than they do the clear and concise writings of the men whose actions brought our government into existence? Our judges, especially those in federal judgeships, are just as much a part of government as is Congress; their job no longer is to ensure that the people get justice, but to protect government from the constraints imposed upon it by the Constitution.

Yet, does the buck stop with the President as Truman believed; or does it stop somewhere else? I believe it lies elsewhere. To the people of California I now pose a question. How long has Dianne Feinstein served, (or disserved as I like to say) in the United States Senate? Don’t know? Here, let me answer for you…25 years. Feinstein was elected in 1992. Seeing as how U.S. Senators are re-elected every six years; that means Feinstein has been re-elected 4 times.

I’m sure the same can be said for the representatives in many States. My point is that these people keep getting re-elected, and those who do replace them come from the same cesspools of corruption which are the Republican and Democratic parties. Neither party cares about the Constitution; it is a hindrance to their agendas, or political platforms.

And whose fault is it that these people win elections and then go on to get re-elected time and time again? Why, it’s the voters. I find it almost humorous that I hear people, especially those on the right, say that they are upset that nobody in government supports the Constitution, yet these same people vote for candidates whose campaign promises clearly show that they won’t do so if elected. So WHO is NOT supporting the Constitution? Is it the candidates or is it the voters who cast their votes for them?

When our system of government took its first baby steps and inaugurated George Washington, the first President delivered a speech in which he said, “The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government, are justly considered deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.”

His first concern was the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, not how many laws our government could pass which restricted that very liberty. If that was his chief concern, and if that was the very reason for which our government was established, (See the Preamble to the Constitution), then why is it that this is of so little concern to the voting public who elect these corrupt career politicians who only seek to EXPAND the powers held by our government at the cost of our liberty?

Either each of you reading this SUPPORT our Constitution and Bill of Rights, or you threaten them. Again, there is no wiggle room in this. Either you support a government which routinely violates both the Constitution and our unalienable rights, or you oppose it. You can’t say one thing and do the other…sorry.

Getting back to that oath I took in 1979, it says that I am to support and defend the Constitution against ALL enemies, both foreign AND DOMESTIC. So, therefore, if your actions threaten the Constitution, and the rights which our government was established to secure, then that makes YOU my sworn enemy. Is that what you really want? I’m tired of government being used as a tool to bring about social justice and social equality to all; or being used as the enforcement arm of big moneyed corporations who seek to expand their wealth and power. All I want is to live my life free of interference and restraint. I want government off my back and out of my pocket, that’s all.

I did not ask to become a political columnist, it was thrust upon me by the times. I am one who values the truth and integrity, and there is a woeful amount of both in society today. Therefore I must speak up when I see untruths being spread around like manure in a garden. I don’t care how many I offend as I go either; I believe myself to be on the side of all that America was founded upon. As Charles Austin Beard once said, “You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the great struggle for independence.”

I just don’t get how anyone could say that they love their country then turn around and vote for any candidate who refuses to uphold their oath to support and defend the Constitution and at the same time protect their freedom. It makes absolutely no sense to me…

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