Today’s theme is the Constitution
Guests David Barton, Founder of wallbuilders.com and Judge Andrew Napolitano.
Articles of Confederation
- Before there was a Constitution, there was an Articles of Confederation.
- This document provided the framework for the American colonies and it was not working satisfactorily. Hence the retry that gave us the Constitution.
- The first president was John Hansom.
In 1887, the Constitutional Convention was called. They adopted a republic as the preferred type of government and federalism as a way to share power between the states and the central government.
The 5 Goals of the Government
- Acknowledge God.
- Exercise Frugality
- Restrain the infliction of injury.
- Encourage entrepreneurship and free enterprise
- Protect property earnings of citizens
In contrast, the more modern Progressivism seeks to move beyond the Constitution. It chooses to believe that the Constitution is a “…living, breathing document.” The Founders did allow for modifications via the Amendment process, which has been used 27 times so far.
The clip following features David Barton
- Established to represent the states.
- Appointed by the state legislatures.
- They were to be lobbyists for the states.
- The 17th amendment changed that so that Senators were elected by the people.
- This happened during the election in 1913.
- Teddy Roosevelt went on to establish the Progressive Party.
- Herbert Hoover
- Was a progressive RINO
- Started central planning in the U. S.
- Only two presidents were strong defenders of the Constitution.
- Thomas Jefferson
- Grover Cleveland – He vetoed more bills for not tying back to specific requirements of the Constitution than anyone else.
Good Guys versus the Bad Guys (Presidents)
- The Good guys use constitutionally approved means of solving problems.
- The Bad guys seek to avoid the Constitution and find a way around it.
David Barton states that today we don’t know the Constitution. We should read it every year. It takes about 20 minutes.
Frederick Douglas and the 3/5th vote per slave.
- Was hired to publicize the Constitution.
- He read the Constitution and the surrounding documents for himself.
- The 3/5th count per slave came about as follows…
- The Northern states were anti-slavery.
- Three states, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina were pro-slavery.
- Representation was to be determined by headcount.
- Pro-slavery states wanted a full headcount for each slave.
- The anti-slave states would only agree to 3/5 per slave to determine representation. For a full headcount, they would have to grant a slave his freedom.
- Frederick Douglass saw this as an anti-slavery measure and a way to encourage the pro-slave states to free their slaves.
Who Fathered the Constitution?
- James Madison would not take credit. He said that many minds went into its construction.
- Roger Sherman
- He came up with the bi-cameral concept.
- Proposed that the Senate would represent the States and the House would represent the People.
Declaration of Independence
- You need to know the Declaration of Independence to understand the Constitution.
- The first 85 words establish 5 fundamental principals of American government.
1. We believe in a creator.
2. The creator grants people rights.
3. The role of government is to protect those rights.
4. Moral law
5. Consent of the governed.
- Glenn showed a clip of Elena Kagan taken during her confirmation hearing tiptoeing around the concept of inalienable rights.
- A clip of Obama was shown wherein he avoided the term “creator” when discussing the source of inalienable rights.
- The first time it was claimed by the White House as an unintentional slip.
- Obama omitted it again 7 days later.
Glenn then discussed the concept of rights being granted by God
- Because that way man could not take them away.
- In contrast, if man can grant you a right he could take it away from you.
- He showed a clip of Senator Tome Harkin claiming that with the passage of Obamacare, health care is now an inalienable right.
- Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness show up in the Declaration as God given rights
- The right to a job, a house, health care, a “living wage”, etc come from Marx.
- Transnationalism is the biggest threat to the Constitution today.
- It is another term for International Law.
- He showed a clip of Ed Whelen discussing Harold Coe, a recently appointed advisor to the State Department, calling for the use of international “norms” to trump the Constitution.
- He showed a clip of John Bolton discussing how Transnationalists want the Constitution to be subservient to international laws.
- He showed portions of various clips showing various elected officials, basically ignoring the Constitution when it comes to doing their work.
He showed a clip of Judge Napolitano saying that the people are the true guardians of the Constitution. He recited an old saying, “A nation of sheep breeds a government of wolves.”