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 americangentleman
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This is an entry I did some time ago, like a week or so, but I wanted to get feed back from the POF crowd. Please do comment, I look forward to it.

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Sadly and truly so, if summoned the witness stand and to testify as to what are the rights afforded to them as stated under the Constitution, the average American would not be able to utter either one or two of those rights or their meaning. It is truly an American tragedy that this is all so true. Therefore, I ask you, the reader, prove me wrong and ask yourself, do you know your Constitutional rights? Do know the reasons why people would fight for their 4th Amendment rights tooth and nail? Would you fight for your fellow American's rights under the Constitution?

"We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquillity, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." These are the noble words of government charter of freedom that we, as Americans, are blessed with from our births. With the exception of the Declaration of Independence, there is no other document like the United States Constitution. For the principles and values it represents, many have died in honour of and upholding of its principles. It is this document that we as Americans have forgotten to honour.

It is not by chance that for 200 years that our noble republic has withered many storms and has yet to falter. There were many trying times during our republic's life that made our nation what it is today, for example, the War Between the States(Civil War), War of 1812, the Great Depression, World War II, the American-Viet Nam War and even now, the post 9-11 era. It is these times that have and are testing the very nature of that political Pandora's box in which the Founding Father's opened 200 years ago. That all men are born free, and that they are the creators and maintainers of the Constitution and government not the creatures or servants of the Constitution.

Our Founding Father's and Framer's of the Constitution left the coming generations to come a gift but with that gift they passed down a torch of responsibility that we each must hold. That for the great experiment to succeed, all free men must partake in it. Britain's foremost statesman of its time, William E. Gladstone, had this to say about our republic's Constitution, "as the British Constitution is the most subtle organism which has proceeded from progressive history, so the American Constitution is the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man." I believe Mr. Gladstone was eternally right, after the Declaration of Independence, our Constitution is truly a remarkable document, there is no other nation on this Earth that gives all free men the power to govern themselves freely. But what is the value of our republic's Constitution if its citizenry fails to honour their obligations as bequeathed by the Fathers? It is a sad tale of the beginning of the ruining of our republic liberty's should Americans fail to partake in its governance and maintenance from time to time.

After the Holy Bible, the second document I cherish most is the Declaration of Independence. It is this document, that Founders made the statement to the candid world that governments are instituted and created among men to guarantee their prosperity, life and liberty. It is these principles as Jefferson wrote, "we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Our Constitution guarantees that these rights are not inherited, they are not given to you by the government, but rather, these rights that are given to you by your Creator and that this just and noble document guarantees its protection. It is the Constitution that guarantees that no government or law can take these rights away from you. But what are the value of these rights if they are not celebrated or enforced by its own citizenry? How can we call ourselves Americans when we do not live up to the Founder's and Framer's ideals of how the government is subservient to its masters, the people? In our modern age of post enlightenment, we have let the government become the master and the people it is supposed to represent and serve its slave. For example, during World War II, our government forced the resettlement of Americans of Japanese descent into what was called "internment" camps. There is no proof that any of these law abiding American's broke any law or even intended to do so. Yet while this was occurring, the people of the country remained silent and did nothing and the only crime here for these American citizens was that they were of Japanese descent. Where was the rule of law in effect to protect these Americans? Why did allow the general government to do this to our fellow Americans?

What are we to say now if the government started to put into internment camps all Irish, Russian and even Scottish peoples? Who is next? The answer since the post 9/11 era are the peoples of Middle Eastern descent or Muslims since the passage of the USA Patriot Act. Our Constitution guarantees every American citizen equal protection under the law but yet, the power of the government usurped authority that it was already given. If we are to be the example of the morality, law and democracy, than we must not condone this type of behaviour towards human kind. For every innocent American and person that is prosecuted because of abused and unchecked government authority, such as in the USA Patriot Act, the American people should cite the example of the Fathers and appeal to the essential doctrine, "that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." The purpose of this is to not start revolution or the instigating of the overthrow of the general government, but for that of every American to exercise their duties as done by example by the Fathers and guaranteed under that beautiful document, we call the Constitution. To implement changes in the law or laws that are unjust and goes against the rule of law we call the Constitution.When the our southern brethren seceded from the the Union, they fought for the principles of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. It is suffice to say, that as to the South, they loved the principles of the Founders so much, that when they left the Union, they took along with them the Constitution. Sadly, like all true controversies, there was great misunderstanding between boths sections and by the time it was too late, both sides, North and South, meant to stay their course and fight as they understood what the Constitution and rights meant to each of them; neither side was wrong, both were right as the Founders bequeathed and God gave them the right to see their rights as free men.

Samuel Adams, one of the Founding Fathers had this to say about our Constitution and liberties, "the liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men." Short of the barrel of the gun and before the argument is ever exhausted, this is why I believe we, as Americans, should involve ourselves in our republic's maintenance. For it is the purpose of the citizenry to make sure that it is not those in power we should fear, but it is those in power who should fear the citizenry, its maintainers with the powers as bequeathed to them by the Fathers and Framers. If we as Americans do not take up the responsibility to take care that the political experiment by our Fathers and Framers is not maintained than we are all doomed to open a new Pandora's box of the encroachment of our Constitutional liberties and will cause not only the failure of the great experiment as started by the Founders but of the spilling of American blood in order to regain those lost liberties. John Marshall, once said, "the people made the Constitution, and the people can unmake it. It is the creature of their own will, and lives only by their will." These words, although are almost over 200 years old, there is no need for their interpretation.

John Adams had this to say, "always vote for a principle, though you vote alone, and you may cherish the sweet reflection that your vote is never lost." The outcome of a vote, is always temporary, the Founders left it this way because times can change, views of the people can change. I believe this to be true even while in this day and age, all the politicians are in government for their own ends, we must remember what the mark of statesman and politician is. The statesman serves the interests of his electorate first before serving himself, and the politician serves himself first before serving the interests of his electorate. Unfortunately, the latter has become true of the current condition of those who say they represent us in the United States Congress. There are a minute few who truly represent the character of a statesman of the days of old but yet serves in modern times. Of any that stands out, one name that comes to mind is Ron Paul of Texas and he is running for the nomination of the Republican party for President of the United States.

Representative Ron Paul can be best described as a true statesman adhering to the values of the Constitution. When hearing this statesman speak, he mentions words such as Constitution, States Rights, unconstitutional, checks and balances and the traditional policy to follow the Founders example of staying clear of entangling permanent alliances, to promote trade and not make war with countries. To develop the nation as a whole and not engage in foreign affairs of other nations. Secondly, when hearing him on how he views the Constitution, you will always see that his first and foremost concern is, does the Constitution grant him and his peers the power to enact legislation. A clear example of his record can be found with the authorization of granting President W. Bush the authority to use the U.S. military to invade a sovereign nation under unsubstantiated evidence of a direct threat to the United States. Ron Paul argued against authorization in allowing the President to make an undeclared war. His argument, he looked to our past saw precedent of previous Republican presidents whose goal was to stop wars that seemed to not end, such as Korea and the tragedy of Viet Nam. As he has stated on many occasions, it is the tradition of the United States of no nation building, staying out of world affairs and limited governance from Washington. It was not that long ago, the Republican's held their first debate and he made a true impact in so much that many media critics and outlets took his arguments and attempted to discredit him. It is rather fortunate for us that for once, a statesman was truthful and honest to the American people. It was certainly a wake up call to the populace, not everything is what it seems and not everything we are told in our history books smells like roses. But the truth hurts and yet, corporate media tried very hard to make him look foolish. Many in the corporate media said that Guilliani won the debates, but truly, Guilliani is riding on the fact he was mayor of the city of New York during the tragic events of 9/11. Ron Paul said truth that no one wanted to hear but he said it because it needed to be heard. He has caught the attention of many but not because he is outspoken but because he represents what a statesman is, a person who follows the Constitution to the letter. This is what we need, a person who follows the Constitution.

By O. Echevarria, aka, American Gentleman (c) 2007
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Posted: 10/17/2007 2:10:52 PM
Ron Paul? Sounds like a porn star..............................................................................................................................................
 americangentleman
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Posted: 10/19/2007 6:55:57 AM
Hmm. Although not what I expected, but its a start. Yes, the post is long, it was from my blog and I thought I would share it with POF.

I wouldn't say I am endorsing Rep. Paul but rather citing an example of a true statesman. Of the ones I can think of, he doesn't give you a "political" answer, you get a direct answer when he is asked a question; in my opinion of course. I think he is a true republican in the sense of the word and example but again, that is based on my research. I encourage you to research him and see what you come up with.

A place to start: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Paul

It is best to say, yes, the country has had a enough of the saber rattling Texan/New Englander in the White House; truly this president hasn't a clue on how to run a country.

As to my grammar, I used a British dictionary because OpenOffice kept giving me errors when I spelled some of the words in American English. Very annoying, so I just gave up.

 americangentleman
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Posted: 10/20/2007 3:38:50 PM
Slysterling,

Good video and awfully true! For as long as our stomach's are full of food, we have gas for our cars and our internet works, us Americans will continue this sad state of affairs.

It scares me to be quite honest.
 designingwoman
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Posted: 10/20/2007 6:56:18 PM
What was the point of all that gibberish?????
 americangentleman
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Posted: 10/22/2007 6:21:57 PM
Hi DW,
Depends who you ask. But the short version is this: Most Americans, including myself, can not recite their Constitutional rights and do not even celebrate their rights or even exercise it unless their SUVs don't have enough gas. Sad and true.
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Posted: 10/23/2007 9:31:56 AM
Thank you for putting it in a nutshell. Sadly, too many Americans care only about themselves and do not want to help make our country better for everyone. I support the idea of finally getting single payer health insurance to our country to help us be stronger, healthier and more competitive in the world.
 americangentleman
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Posted: 10/24/2007 8:29:44 AM
I like your idea, and it has a lot of merit. Unfortunately, our lazy Congressmen in DC need to be replaced. That is the root of the problem. The second problem is getting enough Americans involved to say this is what is needed; otherwise, nothing will get done.

If you're thinking about single health insurance through, just remember how good our representatives did such a fine job with immigration reform.

Moral of the story, until Americans participate more in government, the results will always be the same.
 NwMke
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Posted: 10/24/2007 8:46:23 AM
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One thing is certain. Real reform is only going to come if "we" do it.

As Lou Dobbs said everyone needs to register as an "independent" in 2008 as a start.

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 designingwoman
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Posted: 10/24/2007 2:43:06 PM
Buhloney!! Read the posts by Canadian nationals who actually use the Canadian health care system. Sadly, too many Americans believe all those "urban legends" and lies spread by the private healthcare lobby, so nothing gets done to fix our broken system.

In the US people die waiting for insurance companies to approve care. People don't die waiting for care in Canada.

I waited over six months for an insurance company to finally approve surgery, so I know what I am talking about! Wait times for non emergency surgeries are far shorter than that in Canada! More like a matter of days or weeks. Much better than months and months of fighting with a greedy, money-grubbing private insurance carrier.

Folks, check out snopes and talk with Canadians about health care before you start spreading or believing the outrageous lies that are spread by right wing dingbats and lobbyists who only care about themselves.
 americangentleman
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Posted: 10/29/2007 9:32:07 AM
No matter what you advocate with health care, HMOs will lobby against universal health care here because it would cut into their profits. And even that 1/6 people without health care the HMOs will fight tooth and nail to have them under their umbrella.

Personally, if we did get universal health care, I would prefer that it would be handled by the states and NOT the feds. The feds tend to mess up things more than solve anything worth saving; like I said before, two words: immigration reform.

If you think that the Federal government is going to come in and save the population with universal health care, it is a pipe dream that will come to fruition when we get fresh new minds in Congress; neither is likely to happen until Hell freezes over.
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