Most Americans are Constitutionally Illiterate–A Guest Post by Rube
Howdy folks. I want ta thank Will fer givin’ me a chance ta make another post on his blog. Thanks, Will.
The title of this blogs says most Americans are constitutionally illiterate. I reckon as how that’s true. This mornin’ I was listenin’ to a local conservative talk show host on the radio. I got in at the middle of his comment, but I reckon as how he was talkin’ about the recent temporary fundin’ bill congress just passed fer the NSA. He said somethin’ about the president not sigin’ it. He said if the president signs it the people at NSA will get paid; if he doesn’t sign it, they won’t.
I was surprised ta hear a conservative, someone who I thought understood the Constitution better than that, make such a statement. Fer cryin’ out loud, folks, I learned about that part of the Constitution in fifth grade. Article 1, section 7, specifically states: If any bill not be returned by the President within ten days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the same shall become law in like manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their adjournment prevent the return, in which case it shall not become law.
I reckon as how that’s clear enough to me folks. You don’t need no fancy college degree to understand that. So whether that Obama feller signs it or not, unless he vetoes it, it will become law and them folks at NSA will be paid(at least fer another week, anyhow).
Now I’d like ta talk about another place where politicians are illiterate about the Constitution—politicians that ought to know better. Take that Senator Marco Rubio, fer instant. He is lettin’ his name be floated around as a possible candidate fer president. Now, it ain’t that I don’t think he would make a fine president, but if’n I understand his situation correctly, he wouldn’t be eligible to become president because he may not be a natural born citizen. Us conservatives who put so much emphasis of standin’ on the principles of the Constitution, better practice what we preach.
It’s bad enough we mighta let one feller git away with that without lettin’ another one git away with it, too. There is still some question about that Obama feller bein’ a natural born citizen. Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s investigation of Mr. Obama’s birth certificate raised a bunch of questions concerning it’s authenticity, even to the point that it mighta been a computer generated forgery.
If my understandin’ about Senator Rubio bein’ a natural born citizen is correct—he ain’t. My understandin’ of a natural born citizen is a person who was born to parents who were both citizens of these United States at the time their children was born. If my understandin’ about about Senator Rubio’s parentage is correct, his parents became citizens after he was born.
This would make him not a natural born citizen accordin’ to the meanin’ of “natural born citizen,” and thus render him ineligible to become president. We on the right, of all people, should not be party to supporting an ineligible candidate fer president.
Now, as I see it, if this great free republic is a goin’ ta survive, we better start panyin’ a bit more attention to the Constitution and what it says. It’s purty specific in its meanin’, and we should pay attention to it. I reckon as how we been ignorin’ it and bendin’ it somethin’ fierce fer the past several years, and if we don’t get back to it’s original principles, then I think our remainin days of a free republic are mighty few.
See ya next time.
Well, folks, I believe Rube’s right on target with his remarks. Along those same lines, if you agree with Rube, I have a new novel entitled SHADOW REVOLUTION that’s to be released later this spring. It addresses the same problem Rube is concerned about. The revolutionists are concerned about the dangerous drift toward tyranny the country is moving and they decide to do something about it. They organize an underground revolution in which eighteen western states agree to spin off and start a new nation under the first principles of the original U.S. Constitution. There are a lot of subplots along the way with some surprises, a little science fiction, a little romance, and much political intrigue.