An inconvenient distraction—our U.S. Constitution—to be swept away by career politicians on their path to collective power, and the destruction of our Republic for a new world order. This is the mindset of most of those we elect to public office and We the People are ill equipped and unprepared to stop them.
As Benjamin Franklin was leaving Independence Hall at the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, he was challenged by a delegate from Maryland as to, “What do we have?” Franklin responded, “A Republic, if you can keep it!”
By its very purpose and design, the Constitution is the guardian of our basic liberty, embracing the freedom to exercise our life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.
Our first line of defense of liberty is our Constitution. But far too many citizens of our Republic have tragically, never even turned a page. They don’t understand what stands between us and total desolation as a country.
We are at the precipice of national destruction because we have elected representatives who neglected their fiduciary responsibilities as well as their oath of office to, “Uphold and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
Our military has sacrificially, and victoriously, stood in the gap of our “foreign enemies” but within the gates of our own halls of Congress, we have failed miserably. Why? Our politicians have failed to measure up, and we can’t hold others responsible for where we ourselves have been perilously deficient.
All of the combat veterans viscerally understand that intimate familiarity and expertise with the rifle, is a matter of life or death, victory of defeat on the battlefield.
The challenge is for all of us to have a proficient understanding of our Constitution, with the same expert competence as those who drive a delivery truck, harvest crops, coach a football team, fight a fire, rear children, teach in a classroom, or as many of our Veterans did, in attacking the enemy as an infantry soldier. The challenge for each of us is to articulate our core beliefs, in the defense of liberty, at the same level of proficiency as we perform in our own respective profession. We owe it to each other and to our Country.
It is we, the American citizens, not the politicians, who are the ultimate and final defense in the battle for our freedoms. We have seen our presidents take us into “permanent wars” without a formal “declaration of war” by Congress, although mandated by our Constitution.
We have witnessed our Congress pass laws that trample our civil liberties and crush our Bill of Rights. We have observed our courts reinterpret our Constitution, far beyond the original intention of our founders, transferring power of “We the People” to a centralized, all-powerful, oppressive federal government.
Today we are in a crisis, losing our sovereignty, our economic stability and our military preeminence. The loss of our Republic as we’ve known it, because we have abandoned our core cultural, religious, and historical values.
What can we do? We, each of us, must know our Constitution and hold accountable our elected officials to follow the letter of the law.
Within the pages of our Constitution resides the best defense of liberty for our time! Reading with attentive focus and due diligence, we will be prepared with what we need, to get into the battle, equipped to reclaim the American Dream, by restoring our U.S. Constitution.
In the Marine Corps, we have a saying, “Semper Fidelis” which is Latin for “Always Faithful”. This is the challenge to all Americans—that each of us will personally stand by our U.S. Constitution, never giving up, fighting the good fight. Semper Fidelis!