Here’s another couple of smashingly brilliant sources sure to arm you with sufficient knowledge to explode the mushy brains of your left-leaning, big government friends:
The Heritage Foundation has put their Guide The Constitution on line with little clickable links to take you to essays that explain the meaning of the different aspects of this most important document.
There is also a fantastic amount of information on the concepts that were the building blocks of our country and natural law here at the Claremont Institute’s Center for the Jurisprudence of the Natural Law.
I also want to take this opportunity to correct our somewhat unlearned president. I heard him speaking about Lincoln the other day and he was referencing this well worn quote, one that “progressives” all the way back to FDR use dishonestly. It is actually something that we have already noted here:
As a basis for interventionist, collectivist and socialist actions by the central planners in our federal government, this 1854 quote of Abraham Lincoln is often used:
“The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to have done, but can not do, at all, or can not, so well do, for themselves in their separate, individual capacities.”
On Sunday, September 30th, 1934, Franklin Delano Roosevelt used it in one of his fireside chats, his Depression era radio communiqué to the American people – the subject of which were the steps taken by the government during the Great Depression and the proposals that would eventually become the Social Security Act of 1935.
The Lincoln quote is accurate – but incomplete. What followed those 38 words were 16 more that completely changed the context and meaning of the quote. Those were:
“In all that people can individually do as well for themselves, government ought not to interfere.”
Lincoln’s words seem so alien to our contemporary approach to government. With the growth of “progressive” thought in the late 1880’s, the social programs of the Great Depression and the modern incarnations – Johnson’s “Great Society/War on Poverty” and Obama’s Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), a large segment of America has shifted from trust in the individual to faith in government.
So go get your larnin’ on so that you understand the deeper context when you have to bitch slap someone who, to paraphrase Ronald Reagan, “knows so much that isn’t so.”
Remember – the truth is its own defense.