The Constitution: It’s Around Here Somewhere

“Barack Obama, a man long intent on breaking free from the Constitution’s essential constraints, has succeeded in doing so.”Phil Kerpen

Despite the best efforts of Barack Obama and the Federal Government, our Constitution is not dead yet, but it soon will be unless we can force the bushwhackers in the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches to cease using it for target practice.

Our friend Curtice Mang, a contributor at What Would The Founders Think, has ruminated upon the assault on our founding document by the socialistic control freaks presenting themselves as ‘progressives’ and ‘Democrats’, and he offers his conclusions in a tome titled The Constitution: I’m Not Kidding! And Other Tales of Liberal Folly.  A sampling:

  • To suggest, for example, that Article 1 of the Constitution (which created the legislative branches and specifies their powers and duties) is not relevant because James Madison didn’t have an iPod is akin to belittling Mozart’s music for its lack of electric guitars.
  • The political left has a fundamental belief that all money is theirs to spend. There are, however, two exceptions: they won’t spend it on defense and they won’t spend their own.
  • For a brief look at the effect of higher taxes we must turn our attention to that esteemed economist, businessman and preeminent rock guitarist, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. In his autobiography, Richards wrote that in the early 1970s the tax rate in Britain for high-income earners was 83 percent and it went up to 98 percent for investments and “unearned” income. The Stones then made a rational business decision: they moved to France.
  • The role of government is to protect all its citizens from everything—except government.
  • During the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama said, “We are the people we have been waiting for.” Although I’m sure it was unintended, it sounds quite similar to Jimmy Buffett’s “We Are the People Our Parents Warned Us About.” Keep that in mind the next time a liberal politician says that the government needs to increase your taxes or you drive past the Robert C. Byrd Memorial Lint Factory.
  • Over the past couple of decades, the government—from George H. W. Bush to Bill Clinton to George W. Bush to both parties in Congress—encouraged home ownership. But, really, they did much more than encourage. They made laws and regulations, like the Community Reinvestment Act (1977), that made it easier than ever to own a home. The CRA was used to help fuel the housing bubble in the first decade of the new century by providing justification for lowing lending standards. No credit, no problem. No job, no problem. No income, no problem. Any convenience store clerk with an associate degree in women’s studies could qualify for a half-million–dollar mortgage. If the two-year degree was in minority studies and you worked part-time in fast food, you could get a $700,000 loan. And, if you never went to college, lived in your parents’ basement, and spoke highly of the 1960s, that got you a million-dollar house, plus your loan officer would meet you for drinks—and he paid the tab!
  • If one were to listen to the political left (not a practice I would recommend on an empty stomach—or even a full stomach, for that matter) the mortgage meltdown was the result of: a) Wall Street greed or b) Greedy Wall Street. That the government encouraged, cajoled, coerced, or even demanded that lenders make bad loans played no role. And Fannie Mae got a free pass. Not to worry, Barney Frank and Chris Dodd (D–Clueless) came to the rescue with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (2009). (Ugh! I just swallowed a Life Saver.) Only in Congress could an individual who had a large role in creating the housing crisis get to “reform” the financial sector. When eight members of the Chicago White Sox took bribes from gamblers to throw the 1919 World Series (and became known as the Black Sox), even the baseball owners (not the brightest lot) had the good sense not to put them in charge of “reforming” the integrity of the game.
  • Judging by their performance, the likes of Frank, Dodd, Pelosi, and Obama, et al., have much to be modest about. Yet modesty and humility are not in their DNA. If they had any modesty or humility, they would not tell the banks who to lend to, what interest rates to charge, what socks to wear, where to eat, what to eat, and where to be merry. They have all the answers—just ask them. The problem is they don’t have the correct answers.
  • The environmental left would have preferred that the internal combustion engine never have been invented. They look back fondly on the horse and buggy days when horse dung was piled neck deep along the side of the road and flies were so plentiful they had their own union. Ah, yes, those were the days.
  • Given what the American taxpayer has doled out to GM, I think each American of legal driving age ought to get a free car. Really, we’ve already paid for it.

The Constitution: I’m Not Kidding! And Other Tales of Liberal Folly by Curtice Mang is available through Amazon or Bob Mack’s humble Book Emporium.

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About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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22 Responses to The Constitution: It’s Around Here Somewhere

  1. samiam60 says:

    Love it Bob as per usual you knock one out of the park.

    I have a series going right now with some great pictures that I invite everyone to use on their blogs:

    Liberal Logic 101; The Slanderous Hypocrisy:

    See the three part series:

    See Part One of this post over at Voting American:
    http://votingamerican.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/liberal-logic-101-the-slanderous-hypocrisy-part-one/

    See Part Two of this post at Village of the Banned:
    http://ireporters.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/liberal-logic-101-the-slanderous-hypocrisy-part-two/

    Part three of the Voting American Series is out at Twilight’s Last Gleaming:
    http://twighlightslastgleaming.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/liberal-logic-101-the-slanderous-hypocrisy-part-three/

  2. bunkerville says:

    Reagan’s one big mistake. Choosing Bush over Kemp fo v.p.. It started this kabal rolling.

  3. Don E. Chute says:

    Have no fear…US will bounce Obamanation back to his agitating community action roots in Chitown[sorry you Chigagoons]. Then he will be a shitsmear on the underpants of America[like Carter].
    PLU from SSF

  4. Bob Mack says:

    H/T to Tom & Dave for this tidbit:

    In recent times, on only three occasions has the president failed to go to the D-Day Monument that honors the soldiers killed on D-Day.

    The occasions were:

    1. Barack Obama 2010

    2. Barack Obama 2011

    3. Barack Obama 2012

    For the past 68 years, all presidents, except Obama, have paid tribute to the fallen soldiers killed on D-Day. This year, instead of honoring the soldiers, he made a campaign trip on Air Force 1 to California to raise funds for the upcoming election.

  5. Bob Mack says:

    And from Todd Starnes:

    The Obama administration’s unrelenting assault on American values. I’m Todd Starnes with this Fox news and commentary next.

    Vice president Joe Biden speaking at a Seattle fundraiser last night attacked American values. Accused Republicans of having a social policy right out of the fifties. So why is that such a bad thing, Mister Vice President? It was a time when right was right and wrong was wrong. It was a time when boys and girls could pray in school. It was a time when men were men and women were women. It was a time when planned parenthood meant waiting until you got married to start a family. It was a time when the life of an unborn child was treasured, not aborted. It was a time when children respected their elders. It was a time when family meals were shared at the table. It was a time when American ingenuity was celebrated.

    Those were the values of the nineteen fifties, Mister Vice President

    And those days are long gone.

  6. “Despite the best efforts of Barack Obama and the Federal Government, our Constitution is not dead yet, but it soon will be unless we can force the bushwhackers in the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches to cease using it for target practice.”

    I’m not sure there are enough Americans today that have even a minimal understanding of our constitution, Bob. I hope I’m wrong. One thing is for sure, if we don’t get rid of Obama, things will get “progressively” worse.

    • Bob Mack says:

      JIM, over the years I’ve come to believe that a preponderance of Americans lack a fundamental standing of just about everything that matters the most. I used a quote from Pericles the other day:

      Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.

      People might start to think about that instead of worrying about who the next American Idol will be or what the Kardashians had for breakfast.

  7. Freedom, by the way says:

    Forget the car, I want my shares of GM stock.

  8. Bob Mack says:

    From Godfather Politics: Russia Preparing for a Fight With U.S.?

    It was apparent from Day One that President Barack Obama was out of his depth in any confrontation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Remember the red “reset” button? It was bad enough as a one-liner, but for the Obama Administration to actually hand the Russians a button that they thought said “reset” in Russian but actually said “overcharge” was the first of many clear signals to Putin that he could mop the floor with Obama.

    It should have come as no surprise. Putin spent his youth learning to break the bones of enemies of the state, while Obama applied his talents to sucking the marijuana smoke off the ceilings of his friends’ automobiles.

  9. TexasFred says:

    The Constitution? Yeah, Obama is using it in the bottom of a bird cage…

    The Founders would have already taken up arms … just sayin’.

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  11. KingShamus says:

    “To suggest, for example, that Article 1 of the Constitution (which created the legislative branches and specifies their powers and duties) is not relevant because James Madison didn’t have an iPod is akin to belittling Mozart’s music for its lack of electric guitars.”

    Mozart also forgot to use an 808 drum machine on “Eine kleine Nachtmusik”.

    Big mistake on Wolfie’s part. ;-p

  12. Outstanding Bob! That pretty much sums it up. I seem to recall, during the debate leading up to the porkulus passing, that the Dems pretty much thought that all the money belonged to them, and that they thought that government let us keep some for ourselves.

    Isn’t that nice of them?

    • Bob Mack says:

      MATT, I’ve never understood how any rational person (clarification – any rational working person) can look at the bite the Feds take from their paycheck & then continue to vote for the people that are eating them.

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