Published Saturday, November 17, 2012

Constitutional governance

The United States is a Constitutional Republic. It is not a democracy.

The U.S. Constitution is the contract crafted by sovereign citizens that establishes the federal government and its structure; defines what government must do; delegates to government the limited authority to do what it specifies; and specifically denies government any authority to do anything not enumerated.

Political parties have no constitutional role in governing the U.S. We elect an executive and a legislature to perform the duties listed in the Constitution, not to implement any alternative agenda. We appoint a judiciary to assure that our laws comply with the Constitution and are justly administered.

The second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence defines the American philosophy of government (American Exceptionalism). It states that governments are created by men to secure to citizens their unalienable rights (enumerated in the Bill of Rights).

For the past 100 years politicians have corrupted the administration of government, established unconstitutional benefits to garner popularity solely to influence elections, and recklessly indebted future taxpayers without any provision to pay even a penny of that debt.

Today that debt exceeds America’s ability to pay it. It is being maintained by printing worthless scrip that is destroying the value of the dollar. History demonstrates that this behavior destroys the society that does it.

Politics is no more than a distraction to discourage discovery of how our elected representatives are abusing the limited authorities we have delegated to them.

The recent election simply demonstrates that 50 percent of the voters prefer one philosophy while the other 50 percent prefers the opposite. In terms of constitutional governance neither matters.

America has been, by any measure, the greatest society in human history due solely to 150 years of constitutional governance. We must reject politics and restore constitutional governance to restore America.

Frank D. Banta, Newnan

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