When Will We Start Following the Constitution?

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If only Americans would celebrate Constitution Day with as much  fervor and excitement as we do the Fourth of July-perhaps then we would know what’s in it.

But although September 17, (the date the United States Constitution was  signed in 1787), is now officially designated as “Constitution Day and  Citizenship Day,” it is not celebrated with back-yard bar-b-ques and fireworks.  Instead, government schools are supposed teach lessons on the history of the  U.S. Constitution-that’s not likely to generate much excitement.

Perhaps it’s not too late for us to start learning what’s in the  Constitution. Maybe then we will require our elected officials to abide by it.  But at present, as economist Walter Williams says in his book, Do the Right  Thing: “Much of what federal, state, and local governments do today far exceeds  constitutional authority and any reasonable definition of moral government.”

Williams says, “Our federal government is increasingly becoming destructive  of the ends it was created to serve. Constitutional principles and rule of law  are alien values in today’s America.”

These are strong words. Is the rule of law “alien?” Have we forsaken the  fundamental principles of the Constitution?

One of the principles that is routinely ignored is that of “limited  government.” In the past four years, government is the only economic sector that  has grown. According to Veronique de Rugy, writing in the NationalReviewOnline  (2/28/2010) the Bureau of Labor Statistics data showed that during the  recession, the federal workforce had grown by 98,000 jobs, state employment grew  by 42,000 employees. By contrast, the total private sector lost 7.2 million  jobs.

Why should we worry about “big government?” Some recently argued that  government is the only thing that unites us-the only thing “we all belong to.”  So what’s the problem with government growing in power and size, if we all  “belong” to it?

Well, for one thing, that’s not what the framers of the Constitution had in  mind when they designed a federal republic. They strictly limited the powers of  the central government and balanced them with the full plenary powers of the  state governments.

Historian Dr. Timothy D. Johnson claims that what animated the founders’  efforts in writing the Constitution was their desire to find a way to “bind the  government so as to keep it under control.”

“One must remember that the Constitution was written to govern government,  not people,” says Johnson. The Constitution is “…the safeguard that keeps  government in its proper sphere so that individual liberty will not be  threatened. In other words, the constitution was actually written to defend  people from government. That is why so much of the constitution was written in  the negative, telling government what it may not do.”

For example, a correct reading of the First Amendment puts the emphasis on  the negative restrictions on Congress, not Christians: “Congress shall make no  law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise  thereof….”

One of the chief purposes and intents of the Constitution is to keep  government within its proper sphere. The legitimate role of civil government, as  ordained by God, is to punish evil and encourage good. Yet now the federal  government-and even some state and local governments-is stepping outside of its  legitimate sphere and interfering with the spheres of the family, the church and  economic enterprise.

One clear example is the government’s violation of the God-given rights of  individuals to pursue self-determination in the economic sphere through  over-regulation of economic enterprises and disregard of personal property  rights.

The Health and Human Services mandate requiring religious institutions to  purchase health insurance that covers abortifacients, contraception, and  sterilization is another example of government overstepping its legitimate role  and authority in society. When the government penalizes its citizens for  adhering to their religious beliefs, it is establishing itself as the arbiter of  moral guidance. In effect it is taking the place of God in people’s lives. This  is clearly “prohibiting the free exercise” of religion.

As Ramesh Ponnuru wrote in National Review (9/10/2012), “The Constitution has  been imperfectly honored through most of our history, and there is no fool proof  mechanism imaginable for enforcing it.”

Nevertheless, the more informed and knowledgeable American citizens are of  the Constitution, the greater the likelihood that they will vote out of office  those politicians who push its limits and attempt to usurp powers not formally  given to them under it.

For not only did the Constitution limit the powers of the federal government,  it also established the principle that government is by the consent of the  governed. This principle is founded in the fact that, as image bearers of God,  we are by nature governing creatures.

Just as our Creator governs His creation, so we reflect His attributes and  govern those areas under our authority. Therefore, the authority of governments  is delegated and derived authority-it is not inherent or intrinsic. As James  Madison wrote in Federalist #49, “[T]he people are the only legitimate fountain  of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter, under which the  several branches of government hold their power, is derived.”

Isn’t it time we take back our Constitutional powers as “we the people?”  Isn’t it time we vote out of office those who would place themselves above the  Constitution-those who act as if they have the power to determine our rights and  freedoms-those who have forgotten that they govern only by the consent of the  governed?

Dr. Karen Gushta is a writer and researcher for  Truth in Action Ministries (formerly Coral Ridge Ministries). Her most recent  book is How Can America Survive? The Coming Economic Earthquake. She has also  written The War on Children: How Pop Culture and Public Schools Put Our Kids at  Risk (2009) and co-authored Ten Truths About Socialism (2010). A former  educator, Dr. Gushta taught kindergarten to graduate level in both public and  Christian schools in America and overseas. Her doctorate is in Philosophy of  Education.

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