On September 17, 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document that even today sets the people of the United States apart from most other countries in the world, the U.S. Constitution.
It would be two more years before Congress took up the amendments that would eventually become the Bill of Rights.
The U.S. National Archives summed up the reason for the amendments (boldface added):
During the debates on the adoption of the Constitution, its opponents repeatedly charged that the Constitution as drafted would open the way to tyranny by the central government.
How prescient was that?
Consider the ongoing attack on the document that glues our government together.
The administration of President Barack Obama passed a tax bill that requires every American to prove we have health insurance. No insurance, you pay a penalty now called a tax because calling it a penalty makes the bill illegal.
Obama, deciding to basically pass an immigration law on his own, without benefit of Congress, conferred de facto amnesty on millions of people in the country illegally. Some were here when the first amnesty bill, IRCA, was passed by Congress on the pretext the border would be secured and Americans would not have to deal with immigration chaos again. Ironically, Obama’s bill did nothing to help those who attempt to immigrate legally—they’re still at the back of the line and the system is even more glutted now.
This president abandoned the premise of free speech by refusing to tell terrorists Americans have the right to satirize and criticize any faith.
While Obama campaigned in 2008, a major theme was the practice of waterboarding as a technique in interrogation of suspected terrorists. He condemned the practice. After being elected, he opted to strike U.S. citizens with drones without benefit of trial or even charges.
Apparently Democrats believe getting droned is more human rights friendly than getting waterboarded.
Various directives such as UN Resolution 7/19—a direct global clampdown on free speech—have been upheld by the UN and not questioned by Obama who sought a seat on the sham the UN calls the Human Rights Council.
The majority of Americans have no idea what is at stake, with many according to polls some of which are suspect, opting to vote for a president who has rock star charm, theatrical talent and media groupies galore but little ability to govern wisely.
The Constitution is under attack. That is a sad birthday for a document that was part of a process that led to the formation of one of the greatest countries in world history.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Sept. 17, 2012)
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