When our elected officials take office they pledge to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. We all revere the Constitution, or do we?
According to a recent poll by Rasmussen Research, if the Constitution were put to vote today, it would not pass. Only 49 percent would vote in favor.
What’s going on here?
The problem is that if elected officials don’t obey it, our Constitution becomes just another piece of paper. The old Soviet Union had a constitution that guaranteed various rights, but nobody paid attention to it.
Only 1 in 3 Americans believe the government operates under the Constitution, and fully half believe it definitely does not. And true enough the federal government can do virtually anything without constitutional restraint.
For decades, Congress has passed legislation that mocks the limits of the Constitution, yet the Supreme Court barely ever rules an act of Congress unconstitutional. Yet, when it comes to term limits on which the document is silent the court declares the actions of 23 states unconstitutional.
Why? Because the careerists know that term limits would limit their power, just as the Constitution itself does. The Constitution frees the people by placing limits on the federal government. The American people will support the Constitution, provided our elected officials abide by it. And we must fight to prevent politicians from turning our Constitution into just another piece of paper.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.