Constitution, not politics, is priority

Everyone has their trench dug to religiously defend the party they favor. I always vote, but I’ve never been party faithful. It seems to me that in a country such as ours, where we consist of a wide variety of people from all over the world, that if all you care about is your own skin, that’s the mentality of the bank robber. I believe in the law of the land, the Constitution.

The main goal of politicians is to get re-elected. The main goal of the party is to gain a majority. With continuous rule by just one party, we will eventually lose the voice of the people.

Years ago I registered as a Republican mainly because the town I lived in at the time was dominated by the Republicans. I felt the only time one could pick a candidate for office was in the Republican primary. The only politician I ever actively campaigned for was a Democrat.

The Constitution is a document adopted by our founding fathers that lays out just how our government should work, keeping the basic power in the hands of the people. It lays out the various duties of the various offices, what their duties are, and what they are responsible for. Amendments can be made to the Constitution by the will of the people and the states. The Constitution currently has 27 amendments. There are two amendments that we rarely hear anything about. They are the ninth and the 10th. The ninth says, and I quote: “The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” The 10th says: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Now whenever a politician is elected to office they raise their hand and swear on a Bible to protect and preserve the Constitution of the United States.

Today the feds are in quite a battle of what kind of a health care plan they should develop for everyone. There is nothing in the Constitution which allows this to be a concern of the federal government. I am not saying that such a thing should, or should not be, but the fact that the politicians show so little concern for the Constitution that they ignore it completely when it comes to whatever powers they think necessary for them to employ.

The only battle they care about is in getting their own sympathizers on the Supreme Court who will twist anything, lawyer fashion, to find a justification in their version of what plain language in the Constitution really means. It is much easier to rule a country if one can reduce any opposition. Most tyrants get their start with a good program of propaganda to make it sound good. I smell a rat.

This system has been going on for many years. It started in the days of Franklin Roosevelt with the introduction of Social Security. Then President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed a first time ever secretary of health, education and welfare in 1953. In 1979 President Jimmy Carter appointed Shirley Hufstedler as the first secretary of education giving that office more distinction. These positions are not given to the feds under the Constitution. The Constitution gives the government no consideration of what a private employer may pay his employees, but some are now seeking that role.

I don’t necessarily object to the feds having a concern regarding these things. I do have a problem with their methods of taking over these situations in other than a legal way. Passing such takeover laws by the feds with direct disregard for their sworn oath does them little credit. It speaks loud volumes to their regard for their oaths taken with great solemnity, and seeming seriousness. Party loyalty seems their God. Their method takes power from the people, giving it to the party.

Party loyalty is a common fault of previously fallen empires in other countries. Once a party gains a certain degree of power, it unfailingly forces its way into greater power which grows until it eventually brings an upheaval against itself. Remember the case of Hitler’s nazism, Stalin’s communism, or Mussolini’s fascism. If one can get complete power it is easy to rule (for awhile). That seems to be the case with the current ruler of North Korea. Power can corrupt the otherwise incorruptible.

We Americans have the privilege of living in the first country in the world to set up a government where the government must answer to the people. It appears that today the politicians seem to realize that the people have it so good they don’t care what the politicians do. They and we may not believe it will amount to anything but a battle for election, but if we the people forget that they have a Constitution to live by, we will lose it completely. Inevitably, if we allow the casting aside of our governing principles, we will lose everything we have that has made us the greatest nation the world has ever seen. May God bless America!

Richard Westlund is a Collins resident. Send comments to