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Essential Liberty and Rule of Law

By Mark Alexander · Sep. 16, 2010
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. … Done…the seventeenth day of September, in the year of our LORD one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven.” –George Washington and the delegates
The U.S. Constitution

On 17 September, we observe Constitution Day in recognition of the anniversary of that venerable document’s signing by our nation’s Founders in 1787.

They understood that the Liberty enshrined in our Constitution would be tested every day forward. Indeed, the Rule of Law embodied in our Constitution is under siege in the present era, and the Socialist regime of Barack Hussein Obama and his Leftist NeoCom cadres has proven to be a more subversive threat to freedom than that of any sitting president in our nation’s history.

Much of the burden of the damage already done by this odious regime will be shouldered by the next generation, including my children, and it will take clear-headed young conservatives in their generation to hold the line against tyranny.

Like millions of other American Patriots, especially parents, I am of the same opinion as Thomas Paine on the matter of passing our burden to them: “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.”

A majority of Americans are “progressively” being led astray by an empty promise of “hope and change.” What the nation received instead was a perilous attempt by a small cadre of Leftist elites who have vowed to make good on Barack Obama’s radical commitment to “fundamentally transform the United States of America.”

To arm yourself with the right intellectual ammo to reverse that transformation, I invite you to read any or all of these collected essays outlining the Liberty proclaimed in our Declaration of Independence, and enshrined in our nation’s Constitution. After all, if we are to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,” we must first know precisely what it is we’re defending.

Start with Essential Liberty, a brief but comprehensive essay on the origins of Liberty: On December 16th, 1773, “radicals” from Boston, members of a secret organization of American Patriots called the Sons of Liberty, boarded three East India Company ships and threw 342 chests of tea into Boston Harbor.

Further reading…

A ‘Living Constitution’ for a Dying Republic: For its first 150 years (with the notable exception Marbury v. Madison in 1803), our Constitution stood as our Founders, and more importantly, “the people,” intended – as is – in accordance with its original intent. In other words, it was interpreted exegetically rather than eisegetically, textually as constructed, not as could be re-interpreted by later generations of jurists.

Our Sacred Honor … to Support and Defend: The Constitution specifies in Article VI, clause 3: “The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution…” The Constitution also prescribes the following oath to be taken by the president-elect: “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Sign the Oath Accountability Act!

The First Statement of Conservative Principles: It took the election of a “community organizer” and ideological Socialist, Barack Hussein Obama, to launch a popular resurgence of interest in constitutional Rule of Law and the First Principles upon which our nation was founded, and not a moment too soon.

On American Patriotism: American Patriots will not stand idly by while the last vestiges of Liberty succumb to tyranny. In Jefferson’s words, “Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them if we basely entail hereditary bondage on them.”

The Brushfires of Freedom: “It does not take a majority to prevail … but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” –Samuel Adams

The ‘Tea Party’ Movement: “The people of the U.S. owe their Independence & their liberty, to the wisdom of descrying in the minute tax of 3 pence on tea, the magnitude of the evil comprised in the precedent. Let them exert the same wisdom, in watching against every evil lurking under plausible disguises, and growing up from small beginnings.” –James Madison

When Debating a Liberal, Start With First Principles: Rule Number One: You must define the debate in terms of First Principles, which is to say, you must be able to articulate those principles. “On every question of construction, carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.” –Thomas Jefferson

The Patriot Declaration: We are American Patriots, defenders of First Principles and Essential Liberty… The Patriot Declaration is not a petition. It is a “Declaration of Cause and Necessity” and stands on its own as a resolution of intent for all who sign it. Just as important, it serves as due notice for those who would abandon their oath to “Support and Defend the Constitution” and abuse their office to the detriment of individual liberty and states' rights.

Finally, I invite you to observe Constitution Day by visiting The Patriot’s outstanding Historic Documents repository for the complete texts of our nation’s most significant formative documents, and to see our excellent selection of constitutional items at The Patriot Shop.

This week, as our family celebrates the birthday of my firstborn son, we are reminded of the challenges he, his siblings and their peers will face in future generations. We pray that the upcoming midterm election will reflect a great public awakening to the perilous threats to liberty we now face, and foretell a trend to restore the integrity of our Constitution. Let us resolve this Constitution Day to arm and rearm ourselves with the First Principles necessary to defend Essential Liberty.

And I leave you with these words from [Ronald Reagan | http://Reagan2020.US/] from his Sixth State of the Union Address: “Why is the Constitution of the United States so exceptional? Well, the difference is so small that it almost escapes you – but it’s so great it tells you the whole story in just three words: We the people. in the constitutions [of other nations], the government tells the people…what they are allowed to do. In our Constitution, we the people tell the government what it can do and that it can do only those things listed in that document and no others. Virtually every other revolution in history has just exchanged one set of rulers for another set of rulers. Our revolution was the first to say the people are the masters, and government is their servant.”

(On a personal note, in our household, we observe Constitution Day further because it is the date of birth of my eldest son. I suppose there really is no such thing as coincidence, because this young man, like his younger sister and brother, proudly represents the promise of Liberty for the next generation. They are each outspoken advocates for both Liberty and constitutional Rule of Law in their schools and clubs.

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54 Comments

Bob W said:

All legal American Citizens should be required to read, acknowledge and swear allegiance to our constitution.Additionally every socialist and RINO in congress should be required to immediately read, take an exam on, and pass with at least a 90%. Those who serve in congress, by virtue of their elevated national positions, should be required to attain a higher passing grade than the general public.Moreover, a new directive that states that at anytime any politician breaks this allegiance, proposes laws against, or strays from the constitution's original meaning; they will be tried, prosecuted, fined, and imprisoned for the required term according to the new “Constitutional Requirements Test” law. In fact, we should start now imprisoning many currently in congress for their treasons acts against our beloved constitution!

Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Paul said:

I would suggest the Air Force Academy for your son. The place is full of patriots, but yet there are the battles with political correctness. My son is a second classman there, and I am a graduate myself. We need more patriots there. Keep up the good work - and fight the good fight.

Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Bill B said:

2 words: TERM LIMITS. That's the main thing that we need. Once we get that, the rest of the initiatives get incrimentally easier to achieve.

Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Bob Kluge said:

MarkCarry on with the honorable words about the Constitution of our country. I thank God that someone is spreading this to my fellow countrymen.Thank youBob

Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Colin Rose said:

Mr. Alexander - As much as I hope we can undo Obama's damage, I disagree with you that BHO is the most dangerous President in our history. FDR was far more destructive to our country and our founding principles. He is the one that started us down this path. He had no use at all for the constitution. Even Wilson was probably more dangerous, because he set the philosophical principles that FDR relied upon. Ironicly, BHO may be the one that reverses this movement, since the people are finally waking up to the danger.

Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 12:00 PM

George Ballassi said:

Mark,I look forward to each days' email of the Patriot Post. I have learned much from it and find it refreshing to read a body of work that encompasses my feelings when I find it hard to verbalize them myself. I conclude that my education of our nation's constitution needs work and your publication is a huge help towards that end. And as an Eagle Scout (1969), father of an Eagle Scout (2008), father of a Girl Scout Gold Award recipiant(pending), my congratulations to your son!

Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 12:18 PM

Lisa in MD said:

Happy Birthday to your son Mark.

Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 12:24 PM

Harold (Wyatt) said:

Now would be a good time to bring back the old time insane assylums, with electric shock theraphy, because there are a vast number of people in Washington who belong in the NUT HOUSE.

Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 12:43 PM

Thomas said:

Article III, Section 3 of the Constitution clearly states: "Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort." The obamanation and his sycophants, by allowing, aiding and abetting, this invasion - coupled with the willing abandonment of US soil, citizens and property to invading forces, has committed treason against the United States of America.Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution clearly states: "The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors." The obamanation and all complicit government officials including the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Attorney General of the United States are equally guilty of treason and must be removed from office. Those failing to take such Constitutionally mandated action, and members of congress including but not limited to Congresswoman Pelozi and Senator Reid, are equally guilty and are aiding and abetting traitors. Senator Reid has recently introduced legislation holding the lives and health of our troops fighting the war on terror hostage to further aid and abet this invasion of illegal aliens, coupling his crimes with that of extortion.It is up to the people of the United States, in the midst of this broad conspiracy of our government in these high crimes, to take whatever action they deem fit. God bless patriots everywhere and God Bless the United States of America.

Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Doug Johnston said:

I would like to comment on President Obama and all the crap he is blamed for since elected by US Citizens. He is not nearly, by a long shot, as dangerous to the United States as is Congress and the size of our government. Congress is the moldy, cancerous growth that is killnig America. There are no term limits for Congress men/women and probably will not be as long as they are the ones who would put limits in place. They are the ones who spend all our monies, they are the ones taking directions and monies from lobbyists (second most dangerous government department), and they are the ones looking after themselves only and NOT the American people!WE THE PEOPLE must take back control of OUR government. WE THE PEOPLE must find a way around Congress in order to get issues on the ballot in general elections that allow for US Citizens to demand what we want.Until this happens we will just plod along until the cancerous growth becomes too big to carry and we collapse on the ground.Let's lighten up on Obama and go after Congress!Respectfully,Doug Johnston

Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Ted Hensley said:

The State of the Union address to the American People on January 20th 2011 as delivered by President Barack Obama as written by Ted Hensley on August 25 – Sept 15, 2010.My Fellow Americans:It is with great respect for each of you that I humbly come before you tonight to deliver my 3rd State of the Union address. During the short time we will spend together this evening, I will be outlining a new course for our country, a course which I believe will help steer us back onto the road to Peace and Prosperity.These past two years have been tumultuous for all of us. We have witnessed an unprecedented number of financial crises which today show no sign of turning around. During this time I have taken advice from my many supporters and chosen staff and have acted in good faith to try and correct the worst of these problems. However, I have now come to the realization that even the best of advice from well meaning folks can sometimes be either inaccurate, inappropriate, or at worst, completely contrary to the action needed to solve the problem. Considering the size of the problems we face as a Nation, I am now going to take charge of the situation by going in a new direction. There will be those who will cry foul and point fingers at this group or that, continuing to try and place blame for this problem or that problem. I for one hereby pledge that I will no longer be among those, for it is time to stand up, take whatever blame I am due, and be the one to turn a deaf ear to those who wish to find someone or something, to blame. Our problems are what they are. Each of us had a part and responsibility for getting us to the present. I now say that each of us have a part and responsibility for resolving the current problems and delivering us to a more sound future – one where families can once again have a home, plan and invest for their own futures, involve themselves in community organizations designed to help folks right there in their own neighborhoods, save for their retirement, feel confident that if they get sick or need medical help that the services they need will be there for them – all the while living the American Dream and fulfilling the hopes and desires of those generations who came before who sacrificed themselves, both on the battlefield and in the field of their labors, so that we might profit from those investments, improve upon them, and pass along an even better future to our offspring.I know that when I came into office there was much excitement , hope, and enthusiasm – partly because of my high ideals for the future, and partly because what I represented to so many of you – that of an individual with a mixed background who had risen to the highest office in our country. I was held up as an example so that others would once again believe in our system of social justice and reaffirming that indeed our country is a Land of Opportunity. However, I have come to realize that mere ideals are not enough to run a country – that a country is run primarily by the hard-working men and women of the workplace, those who have started a business while providing opportunities to others, those who have been fortunate enough to have the responsibility of overseeing the private wealth of our country and where it needs to be invested, those entrepreneurs who plow the fields or visualize a new neighborhood, those who bet everything they have on building that new shopping mall or other place of business not only because they see a need but who also see the potential for profit, those who work diligently every day just to make sure that the products their factory turn out continue to be competitive given the fierceness of the world economy, those who attend the House of Worship of their choice while donating on a regular basis to see that the wisdom of their faith is not only kept alive but growing as well, those who contribute their own sweat equity to help the less fortunate in their communities, those who have chosen a profession not based on pay but based on their own desire to serve their fellow man, those who have chosen to defend our nation while putting their lives on the line by joining our military forces – and the list goes on. In short, it is you the American People who make this country work – and not your government. For I have come to realize that your government is here merely to assist you along the way by providing those services as provided for in our Constitution. For over many decades our country has veered from this path and it is now time to begin the process that will return us to the Principles of our Founding.........Now let’s get out there and Make Good Things Happen! Barack Obama by Ted Hensley

Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Hondo in Great Stinking Desert, Baja Arizona said:

Mr. Alexander, Please congratulate your son for me on his earning his Eagle Scout preferment - I too archived that pinnacle of Scouting in 1958. The Scout Oath, and the Scout Law, have guided me throughout these fifty-seven years as a Scout, both active and former and neither has ever failed to direct me in the right and proper direction in all my endeavors.To "True Patriot," et.al.: In the final analysis it is not Obama, Bush, Reagan, Wilson, or FDR who are to blame for the sorry condition we find ourselves in today. The blame and fault lies solely with ourselves, the citizens who, through our laziness, non-attention, and disdain for our institutions and traditions, are to blame. It is past time that we all got up off of our collective duffs and return this nation to the rule of law under the Constitution. No more the "Rex lex" adopted by our so called leaders, but "Lex rex," as ordained by the incalculable wisdom of our founders.Selah.Semper Fideles

Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Arnie said:

Keep drinking your cool aid, Ted, since you can't tell sh-- from shine. Pretty soon you'll sound just as incoherent as "True Patriot" who is obviously neither. O'vomit's idea of peace and prosperity, as we all know, is total government control which you are more than welcome to inhabit in your own place and time far, far from America or in any padded cell.

Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Ted Hensley said:

Arnie:Please read the entire document and not just the Presidential type statements at the beginning. As a Christian Conservative Entrepreneur, I have put months of thought into this message. You will see that I have turned our president 180 degrees from the destructive path he and his congress are on.Thanks,Ted

Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Gerri Irvine in Texas replied:

Ted: If you truly believe this president has turned 180 degrees from his destructive path, I have only two words for you -

DREAM ON!!!!!!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Rifleman said:

The Obamaphiles in the American PRAVDA and in the Central Committee are claiming that Obama is "lowering taxes on the Middle Class." Like every other word that has come out of his and their mouths, what Obama is proposing is not to raise taxes. In Obamaworld, that qualifies as a tax reduction -- for the moment. Do you remember having been given instructions by your doctor to "Take all the medication i've prescribed, even after you feel fine and the symptoms are gone"? It's the same with Progressivism, Marxism, Communism, Liberalism, the Commiecrats, Obama-ism. We, the People, cannot -- must not -- rest until the entire Liberal cancer of the Body Politic is eradicated. The symptoms might no longer be readily apparent but, rest assured, unless each and every cell of that cancer is destroyed, it will regenerate itself. When it comes to the Commiecrats, there is no such thing as "remission." "But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing. It behooves you, therefore, to be watchful in your States as well as in the Federal Government." -- Andrew Jackson, Farewell Address, March 4, 1837

Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 2:26 PM