The upcoming 2014 midterm elections have a different feel to them. We have a rare opportunity to send to Washington several real conservatives who may actually attempt to govern in accordance with the Constitution. Sad that it’s rare, isn’t it.

But governing by Constitution? What a quaint & provincial idea. I keep thinking, maybe this time we might just try it. Heck, we’ve either tried or been witness to every other failed type of Government. Why not give it a go? Why not try a constitutionally constrained Representative Republic?

The United States Constitution spells out plainly how to get it right, what is allowed & what isn’t. Although this seems like a simple concept, and it is, lawmakers, the courts and academia purposely make it seem that the average Joe could never truly comprehend it.

When I hear a democrat say that they don’t really worry about the Constitution, I cringe. When I hear republican claim, regarding any issue, he isn’t sure it is constitutional, I have the same response.

What do you mean you’re not sure? Aren’t you guys charged with upholding it? It either is or isn’t! Look it up. It’s not hard. I was able to do it. Read what the founders had to say.

Our history is replete with quotes regarding the Constitution, far too many to cover in this article.

So for the sake of all mentioned above, why don’t we look back at some of those who had a hand in the original process.

Let’s start with James Jackson of the first Congress. He said, “We must confine ourselves to the powers described in the Constitution and the moment we pass it, we take an arbitrary stride towards a despotic government.”

Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1801, “A wise and frugal government…shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.”

What! Regulate ourselves? Is it possible that just maybe we could do a better job than our government?

It’s astonishing how far we’ve strayed from those concepts. It is, however, easy to understand how it happened. Ben Franklin understood it just fine when he explained, “When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” Boy, how right he was.

But, as has been said on many occasions, the Constitution & the founders promoted slavery. Why should we listen to them? Well, the founders were very wise men and they knew that issue would be addressed, which it was.

The founding documents must be looked at, on this issue, as promissory notes. They would put us on the right path toward that goal. Let’s see what some of them had to say on the subject.

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