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Monday, March 22, 2010

Constitutional Law

The Mark of a Truly Great Society is how well that they obey their own laws. 
  • "No man is above the law and no man is below it; Nor, do we ask any mans permission when we require him to obey it. Obedience to the law is demanded as a right; Not asked as a favor." - Theodore Roosevelt [1903]. 
Every society must have laws in order to properly function. These laws are written in various ways to set objective parameters - wherein each individual may function to the mutual benefit of all parties subjected to the common social contract. They assign Individual Freedoms and Rights, set Standards of Social Responsibility and provide a framework for reasonable and/or appropriate penalties in dealing with those who operate outside of acceptable and clearly defined social boundaries.

The foundational basis for all other legal applications is known as A Constitution. Thus, the "United States Constitution" is the legal framework [ or the social contract] upon which all other codified laws in the United States depend. As the foundation upon which everything else is built, this document must be treated with the utmost reverence and respect.... In effect, it stands alone as a sacred and covenanted object whose precepts and statutes may only be ignored or discarded at the risk of American Societal Destruction!

However, The Constitution was not chiseled in stone.... The architects of this system were not mere fools. They knew, that societies will change over time - as will, their expressed needs and desires. Thus, they equipped the Constitution with a legally prescribed amendment process. This process may be initiated by either the various States or the authority of Congress.Amendments have been approved, in the past, both ways. Where, therefore, is the complaint so foul that our leaders must rape, ravish, and pillage our most sacred societal contract of all? What need is so great as to sanction so heinous a crime?

Was Theodore Roosevelt wrong, when he made the following statement?

  •  "Obedience to the law is demanded as a right; not asked as a favor." 
If our leaders would lead us down the path to "Tyranny" - Might they at least be forced to adhere to the duly established process - standing as men, by the brilliant Light of Day? Or, are we so diminished in our manhood, that we have become accepting of thieves most foul - which will only operate in the Blackest of Nights? This is our most significant question!

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