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Letter: President dismisses the U.S. Constitution

President dismisses the U.S. Constitution

Perhaps recent earthquakes are caused by our Founding Fathers turning over in their graves attempting to get the attention of our president and members of Congress.

Surely, something must get their attention because their actions with the country’s finances and other programs demonstrate that they have forgotten the Founding Fathers and their greatest work: the U.S. Constitution.

Although this lack of memory does go back in time, the present occupants have demonstrated a far greater disavowal of the Founding Fathers efforts.

How else could they embark on such a spending spree without remembering the words of Thomas Jefferson: ”To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. . . . I am for a government rigorously frugal and simple?”

As horrific as this reckless and uncontrollable spending spree is, it is not their only misconduct.

This president and Congress either have forgotten or intentionally disregarded the Constitution. The president surpasses Congress by authorizing various agencies to take actions which are the power of Congress; by the appointment of so-called czars without Senate confirmation; by issuing unconstitutional executive orders; by dismissing the authority of a co-equal power, i.e. the judiciary; the Congress in enacting legislation which ignores the constraints of the Constitution.

This type of conduct must have been what Jefferson meant when he said: “In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”

Obviously, the president and Congress must be aware that the Constitution was created to constrain and restrict their actions, not grant them unlimited power. But their conduct increasingly exhibits unlimited power.

A quick reading of the preamble to the Constitution will assure one that the Constitution was not written merely for the Founding Fathers, or for any limited time, but “our Posterity.”

Which raises wonder as to how anyone, such as Time Magazine can ask if the Constitution is “inconsequential;” or how anyone, especially the president, can be so dismissive of its intent.

Harold Peterson

Nashua, N.H.

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