Constitutional Questions

April 3, 1989
Times Standard
Eureka, California

 

Constitutional Questions

Editor:
The passion that some Americans have concerning the right to keep and bear arms, for freedom of speech and of religion is commendable, but why our passion excludes other equally important portions of the Constitution has puzzled me for some time.

Take for instance the fact that the authors of our Constitution did not allow everyone to vote and did not think we would be so foolish as to allow it either. Why do we let people who pay no taxes decide on issues that cost taxpayers money? The authors also insisted that Congress coin money and regulate its value. Why do we allow the Federal Reserve system (an Orwellian term) to do it?

Titles of nobility are forbidden, but don’t we in effect offer nobility status whe we return 98 percent of all incumbents to office year after year? That is a higher rate than the Communist Party enjoys in the Soviet Union!

Why do we allow Congress to tax us without apportionment as clearly stated in Article 1, Section 2? Is it ignorance of the terms of the contract our excuse? The United States Constitution is a contract between the American people and its elected government. We had better start reading the bold print of the contract because there is a fleecing going on, baa, baa.
Why did we fight communism in Vietnam, but preserve it  in Nicaragua, feed it in Africa and finance it in the Soviet Union? Our forefathers warned us against an intervening global foreign policy and yet we spend billions saving communism from demise.

If only our constitutional passion encompassed all the Constitution. Many of the problems we face as a nation could be solved were we a knowledgeable and determined people.

Charles Fockaert