In 1787 the power of government authority was the most severely restricted in the history of mankind. Up until that time the monarch, aristocrats, or whoever could swing the biggest club made the law, administered the law, and judged the law, the consolidation of which defined tyranny according to James Madison.
However, with the advent of the United States Constitution those powers were separated. Only the legislative branch could make law, but was restricted in the kinds of laws it could make. The executive branch was forbidden to legislate. The federal executive was restricted to six areas of responsibility not the multitudes in engages today, and it cannot search the private papers and personal property of an individual without first obtaining a warrant from the judiciary after stating probable cause for such a search. The federal judiciary was to rule in only eleven areas of jurisdiction.
These are just a sample of the many restrictions placed upon government officials by the United States Constitution.
The individuals who created this fabulous document understood the power of a central government. They understood that the central government they created had to be severely restricted else it would become, like fire, a very destructive monster. Hence, the United States Constitution is all about severely restricting the power of government officials because once human beings are given power over others, the tendency is for that power to become corrupt and the social order to devolve into tyranny or anarchy the very types of society the founders desired to avoid.
The increased unconstitutional searches and seizures at airports, incarcerating individuals without due process, the taking of property without proper compensation, the alphabet soup administrative agencies making law outside the realm of the legislative branch, the congress unconstitutionally relinquishing its constitutional duty of declaring war, the judiciary deciding issues beyond its constitutional authority, and the usurpation of the United States Constitution itself without going through the proper amendment process reflects the disintegration of the chains of the Constitution.
It is imperative that individuals learn and understand the tenets of the United States Constitution, and why the founders created the restrictions upon federal government officials in order to stop the runaway train toward tyranny. The birthday of the signing of this remarkable document is a great time to become interested and learn about the restrictions placed upon government officials from usurping the inalienable rights of individuals.
In that vein, The Freedom Library presents two showings of the feature length film entitled, "A More Perfect Union – America Becomes a Nation," one on Sunday, September 17 from 3 to 5 PM and the other on Thursday, September 21, from 7 to 9 PM. Both showings are open to the public at no charge and will be held at The Freedom Library. Refreshments will be served. Additional showings will be held depending on the interest. The founders provided a legacy that must be preserved.
Mr. Ricardo Valenzuela, advisor to recently elected president of Mexico, Felipe Calderon, president of Liberty Americas Foundation in Tucson, and former rancher, banker, and editorial writer, will be the featured guest at The Freedom Library Annual Education Forum November 2 at 7 PM at the Booth Machinery conference hall located at Araby Road and 30th Street. His topic, "The Future of Freedom in Mexico and its impact on Arizona and the United States" is a very timely one.
People for the USA Yuma group will host Denise Gaumont, candidate for superior court judge and Nancy Filbey of the Assistance League of Yuma tomorrow evening September 14 at 7:00 at the Yuma County library.