Straining at Gnats
On Tuesday at 12:04 P.M., Barack Obama with his right hand
raised and his left hand on the Bible recited the oath – “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.” Or, at least he would have except Chief Justice Roberts “flubbed” the “faithfully execute” part and upset some Academic Elites who questioned its validity. Just to be sure, Obama retook the oath, sans Bible, at a private ceremony in the White House on Wednesday.
It is ironic that many in the media and elsewhere were so upset that Obama and Roberts stumbled over the words while at the same time, knowing Obama has no intention of keeping the oath once he assumes office. He has made it abundantly clear in the last few days, both in word and deed, that he plans to ignore the restraints of the Constitution and govern more in
harmony with Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto.
In keeping with past Presidential and Congressional practices, the doctrine of enumerated powers will be completely thrown out the window. The enumerated powers doctrine was considered by Thomas Jefferson to be the foundation of the Constitution. In a disagreement with Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton, he declared:
- “I consider the foundation of the constitution as laid on
this ground, that all powers not delegated to the United
States by the constitution nor prohibited by it to the
States, are reserved to the States or to the people.’ To
take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially
drawn around the powers of Congress is to take
possession of a boundless field of power, no longer
susceptible of any definition.”
~Thomas Jefferson, February 15, 1791
Without the enumerated powers doctrine (Article 1:8, Amendment 10) the Constitution is powerless to protect the liberties of Americans as it was intended to do by the Framers. The words spoken in the Presidential or Congressional oaths are meaningless when there is no desire on the part of office holders to abide by its promises.
The Obama Youth Brigades
One of the untold stories of the Obama phenomenon is the behind the scene organization of America’s youth. The mobilization of a nation’s youth has been a staple of despots and tyrants throughout modern history. There are many things in the rhetoric and behaviors of Obama during the final weeks
leading up to the inauguration that are mindful of third-world dictators and other oppressors of liberty during the twentieth- century.
Youth brigades are springing up all over America in indoctrination centers (public schools), encouraged by teachers and administrators enamored by the Obama mystique. In many cases, they dress in paramilitary fashion and chant or sing praises to Obama. In spite of this phenomenon, little is
mentioned about it in the mass media. A google search brings up a few articles about groups in California and a couple of mentions of the group at Obama’s Inauguration. An article in NewsBusters.com highlights students at Urban Community Leadership Academy of Kansas City Missouri.
This is a development conservatives need to keep their eye on. The euphoric adulation of Barack Obama before and after the election of Obama to the Presidency is disturbing to those of us old enough to remember the Hitler youth and the Red Brigades of Chairman Mao. Many parents were shocked by the amount of attention given to Obama’s campaign by their
primary and secondary teachers in public schools but shrugged it off as being important to their children’s understanding of government. It has the potential, however, to develop into something much more.
Moment of Silence Ruled Unconstitutional
CNS News reports a federal judge has ruled the “Moment of Silence” law in Illinois violates the separation of Church and State required by the Constitution. I have never been a particular fan of moments of silence as a substitute for morning devotion common in public schools during my childhood. I have always considered them to be an inadequate symbol of
resistance to efforts at eradicating the influence of Judeo- Christian tradition on our culture.
The Constitution does not attempt to remove the influence of religion from government and public life. In fact, just the opposite is true. The purpose of the First Amendment is to guarantee freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.
- “Congress shall make no law respecting an
establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise
In effect, the Framers were telling the federal government religion was not a part of the nation’s business it should be concerned with. Congress is forbidden to make ANY law effecting religion either pro or con. The principle underlying separation of church and state is understood by the courts and the federal government in the area of pornography but not in
religion. That is the concept of community standards.
If a community wishes to include prayer or devotions in their school activities, it is really not the business the federal government or anyone else outside the local community involved. The Constitution deals with this in the Tenth Amendment.
- “The powers not delegated to the United States by the
Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are
reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
In the case of prayer in the public school, the legitimate power to decide definitely resides with the people, not with the government, state or federal.
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