Constitution: “Parting Company” by Walter E. Williams, Phd.

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CONSTITUTION of the United States, (adopted in 1789):  it doesn’t take a lawyer to understand.  Only the document and a dictionary.  Likewise, a Minister, Priest, or Rabbi is not required to understand the Christian Bible or Jewish Torah & Tanakh.  Understanding requires one sit down with a copy, open their mind, patiently read, consider honestly, and think.  I agree hardly entertaining . . .  This required “work of thought” rules out a substantial portion of American Individuals who have been purposely trained to seek answers in 30 second soundbites.   30 second soundbites will never be able to explain mankind’s deepest meanings and understandings.

I began writing essays about pieces and points of our Constitution in an attempt to awaken my fellow American’s to the simple beauty of our Constitution with my “Constitution” posts and describing the basic ways the federal government is purposely violating the very charter which breathed life into the federal government.

Professor Walter E. Williams Phd. shines the light of truth upon the current Federal Government’s actions and our Constitution when he describes a few of the ways the federal government is abrogating its charter with this short essay, “Parting Company.”





             Here’s a question that I’ve asked in the past that needs to be revisited. Unless one wishes to obfuscate, it has a simple yes or no answer. If one group of people prefers strong government control and management of people’s lives while another group prefers liberty and desires to be left alone, should they be required to enter into conflict with one another and risk bloodshed and loss of life in order to impose their preferences on the other group? Yes or no.  My answer is no; they should be able to peaceably part company and go their separate ways.           

The problem our nation faces is very much like a marriage in which one partner has an established pattern of ignoring and breaking the marital vows. Moreover, the offending partner has no intention to mend his ways. Of course, the marriage can remain intact while one party tries to impose his will on the other and engages in the deviousness of one-upsmanship and retaliation. Rather than domination or submission by one party, or domestic violence, a more peaceable alternative is separation.           

I believe our nation is at a point where there are enough irreconcilable differences between those Americans who want to control other Americans and those Americans who want to be left alone that separation is the only peaceable alternative. Just as in a marriage where vows are broken, our rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution have been grossly violated by a government instituted to protect them. These constitutional violations have increased independent of whether there’s been a Democrat-controlled Washington or a Republican-controlled Washington.           

There is no evidence that Americans who are responsible for and support constitutional abrogation have any intention of mending their ways. You say, “Williams, what do you mean by constitutional abrogation?” Let’s look at the magnitude of the violations.           

Article I, Section 8 of our Constitution lists the activities for which Congress is authorized to tax and spend. Nowhere on that list is there authority for Congress to tax and spend for: Medicare, Social Security, public education, farm subsidies, bank and business bailouts, food stamps and thousands of other activities that account for roughly two-thirds of the federal budget. Neither is there authority for congressional mandates to citizens about what type of health insurance they must purchase, how states and people may use their land, the speed at which they can drive, whether a library has wheelchair ramps, and the gallons of water used per toilet flush. The list of congressional violations of both the letter and spirit of the Constitution is virtually without end. Our derelict Supreme Court has given Congress sanction to do just about anything for which they can muster a majority vote.           

James Madison, the acknowledged father of the Constitution, explained in Federalist Paper No. 45: “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce. … The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives and liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement and prosperity of the State.” Our founder’s constitutional vision of limited federal government has been consigned to the dustbin of history.           

Americans have several options. We can like sheep submit to those who have contempt for liberty and our Constitution. We can resist, fight and risk bloodshed and death in an attempt to force America’s tyrants to respect our liberties and Constitution. A superior alternative is to find a way to peaceably separate into states whose citizens respect liberty and the Constitution. My personal preference is a restoration of the constitutional values of limited government that made us a great nation.           

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. To find out more about Walter E. Williams and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at 2014 CREATORS.COM

5 thoughts on “Constitution: “Parting Company” by Walter E. Williams, Phd.

  1. Texas,

    The “right wing nut jobs”. That would be us that desire to live In Republic that our founders designed that are now labeled as secessionist and therefore wanting to destroy the nation. Back to the good is evil and evil is good in the later days.

    In reality, we are not the secessionist. All we want is life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness based on God’s natural law and what the Founders put on paper in the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution and further laid out in the Federalist Papers.

    The “Secessionist” are the progressives in the Democrat Party that want to create their Utopian Paradise.

    Therefore, if we are unable to separate without bloodshed then it is mandatory we separate with bloodshed or become slaves to the all powerful elite. If we take that path we have the moral high ground as we are in fact saving the nation from destruction. We are doing good not evil.

  2. The problem is Texas that we fought this war 150 years ago, when eleven states tried to go their own way. The Republicans under Lincoln, (The original big government party) forced these eleven to submit to the will of the majority. Changing our Constitution from a union entered into freely, to a union of subject states, governed by the principle of fealty to the central government. Our Constitution became a suicide pact, not a contract. Are we going to have to fight again?

    • Yes Triper …. I believe we ARE going to have to fight again.
      In a way Mark Levin’s Liberty Amendments utilizing the Constitution’s Second Article 5 provision as remedy is itself a form of Fighting. The Tea Party is a form of Fighting….now both of those are within the generally agreed upon set of acceptable methods of Participatory change. But so was the right to seceed up until the Civil War. Because the Union invaded the South ( I am a born Northerner BTW) and revailed militarily doesn’t erase the precepts that the Original 13 Colonies fought for and ratified circa 1791.

      It is COMMON now to say…. “The Civil War decided that issue…” …..but did it !? I think no. What it did was define the victor to the War. Are the issues between the Ukrainians and the Russians …”decided”…….just yet another invasion. Because Putin has invaded Ukraine once again, does this mean that the Holomodor Holocaust of the Russians starving up to 10 Million Ukrainians to death in 1932/33 is over and done with ….. believe me no for a minute. Sure he has the military might etc etc…..but the ISSUE….the DESIRE for the Ukranians to SEPARATE has Never gone away and it never will.

      Likewise….the central issue brought up by Williams…..and to a certain extant felt by the Southern Population who saw themselves as being invaded and having the Northern WILL forced on them has also NEVER GONE AWAY. It is not a Regional issue anymore… is a philisophical one felt by many in every state.

      And in so far as the Civil War is concerned…..consider for a moment if the South had had a stronger Arms manufacturing industry and had developed FIRST the Spencer repeating rifle….and had it deployed en masse by 1862. The outcome of many a battle would have been very different …….. yes I know it WASN’T. That’s not my point… point is more the desire to live FREE still remains STRONG !!! …….. And history can be a lesson ! from many angles. Another lesson being that we Liberty lovers now KNOW what the Central Washington Government is capable of… well as the “Joe next door” who supports that Big Government…………….. So fore-warned is fore-armed.

      As I said, I was brought up as a Northerner….with the usual belief that Johnny Reb was the closest thing to the Devil…….. I have a Very very different view after a life-time of study and reflection on this issue.

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