All too often, political conversations aren’t rooted in substance and are mere popularity contests.
“My side is better than your side.”
“Burn! I just owned your side.”
“I’m unfriending anyone who doesn’t agree with me politically.”
“ My favorite politician is never wrong.”
While that might be a dumbed-down version of political conversations today, that’s basically the essence of what everyone is saying.
Sadly, both sides of the political spectrum participate in this sort of rhetoric to one degree or another.
Lost in the shuffle is any real, meaningful mention of the Constitution, and that is a true shame.
Our founding documents are too often overlooked. The United States is a Constitutional republic, and is One Nation Under God, not under a politician. In America, we are a nation of laws and not of men.
Once we begin to be enamored with a cult of personality, we are one step closer to losing the republic for good.
Too many Americans fail to acknowledge that our structural Constitution is out of whack. If there is any discussion of the Constitution, it is usually about how our Bill of Rights are under assault—which is true—but overlooked is the disequilibrium of the three branches of government.
Originally, the Constitution didn’t have a Bill of Rights. The Constitution initially had five articles that dictated how the three branches of government were supposed to operate and how the Constitution could be amended.
The Founders designed the system with the intention that the three branches would be co-equal, with the Legislature receiving more enumerated powers than the other two branches.
The branches were made to check power grabs attempted by the other branches.
However, these checks and balances are not operating how they were intended: The Executive and Judicial branches are now more powerful than the Legislative branch.
That is because for decades the Legislature has ceded its lawmaking powers to the Executive, the agencies of which act as de facto law makers by writing thousands of pages of regulations.
And then the Judicial branch interprets these laws as it sees fit, deferring to the Executive agencies to do as they please and fulfill the role intended for Congress.
Justice Clarence Thomas warned about the potential destruction of Constitutional norms, summarizing is as “destroying our institutions because they don’t give us what we want, when we want it.”
Many on the Left are in favor of packing the Supreme Court, which will throw the system of government further out of whack and would do irreparable harm to the republic.
The obsession with the president of the United States—regardless of who is in the Oval Office—is not what the Founding Fathers intended.
People judge the success of the country by the actions of the president. However, the president is not a monarch. He is the elected head of the Executive Branch, which is only one-third of the government.
The president’s main job is to be the commander-in-chief of the armed forces and to enforce the laws passed by Congress.
Congress has ceded many of its powers to the Executive Branch over time. An obvious example of this is the power to declare war.
Congress is supposed to declare war. The president is expected to lead the military. It is unconstitutional for the president to send soldiers into foreign wars without a formal declaration of war by Congress.
But Congress hasn’t declared a war since World War II. Nevertheless, the US has been engaged in several wars since then, some of the more recent ones lasting for nearly 20 years.
The president is not vested with powers to impose tariffs on foreign goods, yet, on multiple occasions, president have done just that. Article 1, Section 8, of the United States Constitution explicitly states that only Congress has this authority:
“The Congress shall have the power to lay and collect taxes, DUTIES, imposts, and excises.”
Duties are another name for tariffs.
These are basic civic issues that need to be addressed, yet they aren’t so much as mentioned in the halls of Congress. The Constitution is nowadays only used as another political football, to be discussed when it’s convenient or helps score points against the other side.
Our political conversations should always be rooted in defending the Constitution.
I base all my articles with this in mind and it is a pleasure to get up in the morning and defend the principles upon which this nation was founded.
I only wish the rest of my countrymen would do the same.