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Published: Wednesday, Sept. 19 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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A voice of Reason
Salt Lake City, UT

If more Americans had a decent education and actually were allowed to be taught the principles in the Constitution, then a great many more in this country would be concerned with our current government and the idea of a social government.

I got news for you, it may eventually hang by a thread- but the constitution will be upheld in the end.

Esquire
Springville, UT

This letter really isn't about the Constitution, or the ability of our nation to govern ourselves under it in a way that responds to changing times and circumstances. It's more about advocacy for the writer's political perspective. Don't let yourself be deceived.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

"Today, any agency (IRS, EPA, OSHA, etc.) of the Federal Government can come into your home or place of business to fine you, garnish your wages, shut down your business or imprison you, and there is no one at the state level who can stop them. "

It is called due process.... and in none of these cases your represent here is the right to due process suspended. Not at the state level, but at a federal court level. If you break federal law, you handle issues in federal courts. If you break a state law, it is handled in state courts.

The notion that because states can't intercede in matters of federal law constitutes a constitutional crises makes one wonder if the author understands constitutional law in the first place. And honestly, if this is all getting back to whether the government has the right to tax, I think we need to be really careful about winding back the clock to the state of constitutional law back at the time of the founding fathers. If we were to do that, 70 percent of Americans would loose their right to vote with the stroke of a pen.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

The original constitution was a step up, but still a very flawed document. It had major flaws. It allowed slavery. Only male land holders could vote. One of the ammendments that followed fixed this. Contrary to what the Al Jackson the author of this opinion piece claims, ammendments as a whole have improved the constitution, not degraded it.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

I agree with this article. As will most of the posters to follow.

I also agree when Mr Jackson wrote - "Our problems are not Democratic or Republican. The system is broken, and the reparation needed is the restoration of the Constitution."

And I believe that those on the left will agree with the above statement and those one the right will place all the blame on the Democrats.

Can you say "denial"?

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

Are you arguing that we should adhere to Article IV, Section II for instance?

Corporations are NOT people and MUST be regulated; otherwise we get what we deserve from these greedy entities. We're not "over regulated".

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

I found 19 resolutions that the present Congress proposed for "balanced budget amendments." Fourteen of these House and Senate resolutions were presented by Republicans,
and the Flag Desecration amendments,
the Christian amendments,
the Human Life amendments,
the School Prayer amendments,
the Pledge of Allegiance amendments,
Equal Opportunity to Govern [the Arnold Schwarzenegger for President] amendments,
repeal the 17th amendment amendment,
Federal Marriage amendment,
repeal the 22nd amendment amendment,

I could go on and on....

The point is this;
For those who SAY they are the ones protecting the Constitution,
The Republicans are constantly trying to CHANGE the Constitution.

However --
I did support the ERA,
And would fully and happily support Sen Tom Udall's amendment proposal to overturn Citizen's United and Corporate personhood.
FYI Sen Udall is also a Mormon...and a Democrat.

KDave
Moab, UT

Sorry Blue devil. If one is fined by one of these Fed agencies (States have them too), you are deemed guilty unless you can prove your innocence. If you don't have $100,000 or so laying around to use to fight the Fed Gov. that is just too bad for you. You may call that "due Process, I don't.

Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

The Constitution needs revision to negate the effects of the Citizens United decision. We now have the best government(s) that money can buy. Wake up people before democracy ends, if it hasn't already.

Kent C. DeForrest
Provo, UT

Let's see, . . . "The Constitution they gave us resulted in only 6 percent of the world's population producing over half of the wealth of the world in less than 100 years from its inception." Is the Constitution solely responsible for this? Seems a little overstated.

"As a result [of both houses being beholden to the people], our national debt is an astonishing $16 trillion, we're over-regulated, over-taxed and over-burden with problems that Washington, D.C., is incapable of fixing." No, the national debt is $16 trillion because of unnecessary tax cuts, loose regulation on Wall Street, and two ill-advised wars. And we're not overtaxed or overregulated. We're actually undertaxed and underregulated in many significant ways.

"Problems such as . . . regulation of businesses . . . are better solved at the state and local level." Even when they involve multinational corporations? What a naive view of reality.

Yes, "the system is broken," but the Constitution doesn't need to be restored; it needs to be revised to make it more relevant to the 21st century, which has issues the Framers didn't account for because they lived in a primitive, agrarian society.

Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

I wish the Author would tell us what his education and qualifications are in support of his views on the Constitution.

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

There was only one brief moment when the U.S. economy constituted 50% of world GDP. That was immediately following WWII, when most other industrial powers lay in ruins. Our share of world GDP today is in the low 20% range, just about where it was in 1900.

John C. C.
Payson, UT

You can't both support the Constitution and oppose its amendments. They are the Constitution.

You don't "restore" the Constitution. You are for it the way it is written, you are against it, or you propose another amendment.

The author makes as much sense as a member of an anti-government militia calling himself a "patriot."

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

"KDave
Moab, UT
Sorry Blue devil. If one is fined by one of these Fed agencies (States have them too), you are deemed guilty unless you can prove your innocence"

That would be completely true if before you were fined you were not notified of the issue before hand. But in most cases, if not all, the one being fined knows well and good this is coming at them. The idea that the government one day out of the blue and just fines you... doesn't happen that way very often. I have had my own "misunderstandings" with the IRS, and not one time was the issue not able to be resolved.

But maybe I am just lucky....

durwood kirby
South Jordan, UT

I don't know of any other way to put it. I have a difficult time believing that all of those folks who are ranting about the Constitution have actually put much time into the study of it. However, I find it easy to believe that those same people have donated lots of effort studying other folks' commentary on the subject.

Read the Constitution and associated case law, including Supreme Court decisions. Second-hand opinions from pseudo experts isn't good enough, not on a subject this important.

bandersen
Saint George, UT

The ignorance hear is mind boggling. Words have meaning. The constitution is what is is and if you don't know the meaning of the words, you have partisanship bickering over issues that are already answered in this document. If you don't understand words, or don't believe in it, then write a new one, get rid of it, but don't say that you believe in it, then espouse ideas that have nothing to do with it. That is arrogance and pride. Ignorance of the consitution and its meanings is no excuse. It was written for a anyone with a limited reading ability to understand. It doesn't need to be quibbled about, rewritten, or complained about. It is the best charter for freedom the world has ever known. Protect, defend it, and read it. Let the pundits, the corrupt politicans, and arrogant manipulators tell us what they think it means or want it to mean. It is simple. Just follow it and quit making excuses!

dumprake
Washington, UT

The problem is this: the U.S. Constitution is no longer taught--anywhere. It is not taught in elementary schools, junior high schools, high schools, or college--it is gone from the classroom. It has been replaced by Black Studies, ESL, and a myriad of silly, social engineering nonsense. The constitution is not respected because it is not taught, nobody knows the first thing about it anymore. And worse, we have a president who disdains the constitution, who does not like it because it limits his power. Exactly! And we have a supreme court infected with justices who have such a bizarre understanding of the constitution that they seriously, now, consider legal opinions from other countries when ruling upon cases in the United States. And we've allowed the United Nations to replace the constitution as the dominate discussion point on most every topic. The UN is so lost in a wasteland of contradictions, it's embarrassing. Correcting this will require the complete replacement of our educational system, top to bottom.

Homemaker for Liberty
Kaysville, UT

Thank you Al for your insightful article. This is obviously a product of in-depth study of the US Constitution from the viewpoint of our Founding Fathers. History has a way of repeating itself because people refuse to learn from the past. At a time when our nation is in rapid decline, we would be wise to learn from our Founders who faced tyranny, believed in God, and sought His inspiration in creating the best form of government known to man.

The Constitution is an inspired document. The Bill of Rights provides a great example of amendments used to clarify the meaning of the Constitution. However, amendments that were added in the late 1800s and 1900s were created by less inspired men and altered the protective chains of the Constitution to open the door for tyranny. The original Constitution provided for a strong government at a local, state, and federal level but protected us from BIG government where all power resides in a single authority. At this time, when our liberty is at stake, we would all be better off if we studied the Founding Fathers and the incredible Constitution they provided for us.

jbarr
North Ogden, UT

This is an excellent article! JOHN C.C. from payson - We can and should "restore" the constitution by repealing ammendmants that have destroyed the rights of the states and the protection for the people that it used to provide. Repeal the 16th and 17th ammendmants!

LTP
Sandy/USA, UT

I'm glad to see an article advocating the Constitution the Founding Fathers gave us. I agree with William Gladstone when he said, "The American Constitution is, so far as I can see, the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man."

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