4-4 For the Constitution


After a 4-4 tie in the Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s decision, our nation’s fundamental transformation ran into a roadblock. The Courts had stopped President Obama’s generous immigration policies, so we saw the President immediately call a press conference to renew his desires—while ignoring the real problems, which are both national and international.

Our nation’s problem is that the president is not taking “care that the laws be faithfully executed,” which is his duty from Article II, Section 3 of our Constitution. If he had obeyed his constitutional duty and enforced immigration law like a president should, he would not have found himself being stopped by the remnants of a rational judiciary.

It is in our nation’s interest that laws and the Constitution be taken seriously. But political factions, such as today’s “Democrat Party,” are interested in power, not law. The core of their liberalism is to gain that power by modifying the Constitution’s design through executive and judicial fiat — instead of properly amending the foundation of our government.   The President doubled-down on this process in his press conference by again complaining that the Senate would not cave in on his desire to appoint another liberal to the Supreme Court, whose appointment would destroy the rule of law in favor of the whims of liberal politicians and lawyers.

Here we should heed the advice of those who understand what destroys governments, such as George Washington in his Farewell Address:

“If, in the opinion of the people, the distribution or modification of the constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed.”

For those of you who believe that our Constitution is old and outdated, I submit to you that such a belief is the result of a lack of study. The Constitution was written to minimize the abuse of good law. Ignoring the knowledge that history provides can destroy a nation just the same today as it did throughout the thousands of years that advise us. Read on.

Our immigration problem is the sum of two events. First, the immediate benefits that are given to any new resident, legal or otherwise, are too much for many people to ignore. You can’t blame any poor person (or lazy person), for wanting to cash in on the systems that are driving our country deeper in debt.   The Democrats don’t care, after all the debt is only twenty trillion! Screw the future and all the children!

The other problem, the international problem, is that the President, along with his pseudo-altruistic faction, are not addressing the situations in the countries that are causing their citizens to leave. By opening our borders to all, the liberals are actually enabling the problems abroad, because the U.S. is acting as a pressure relief valve for governments that should change, or be changed by their citizens. With the pressure relieved by our lax immigration enforcement, the bad governments continue their ways, or get worse.

We are thinking short term. We need to plan for the long term by directly addressing the problems that are causing this wave of immigrants in the first place. The world would be a better place if we did.

Steven Maikoski

Steven Maikoski is an avid constitutionist, speaker, and writer of the tactical book “Arguing for the Constitution.” In that book he explains his belief that since the Constitution is the foundation of all law, it should be the foundation of all political measurements. He worked for a time with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other political influence groups, and has done photography at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for 35 years. He currently lives in La Palma, California.

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