First, read it.

Good.  Now, seriously, read it.  When you’re done, read my commentary below the fold.

You have now read the Constitution two times, which is at least two times more than our congresscritters, or so it would appear from the laws they enact, and how they enact them.  Let’s look at a few salient points.

Article I, Section 7
All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.

According to Congress, bills for raising Revenue originate in a conference committee, and no amendments are allowed.

Article I, Section 8
The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

This is the General Welfare clause in context.  The context is clear.  The Constitution does not endue Congress with the power to pay any individual’s debts, nor to provide for his personal defense,  nor to provide for his personal welfare.  FEMA is a perfect example of the founders’ intent for the General Welfare clause.  The infrastructure of a State struck by a natural disaster may be completely wiped out, and that State would be hard pressed to deal with it.  Social Security is a perfect example of what they did not mean.  Social Security addresses the personal welfare of specific individuals, and does nothing for the welfare of the States.

Article I, Section 8
To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

The Interstate Commerce Clause — it looks innocuous enough. But until recently, it has been assumed to mean that Congress has control over absolutely everything that remotely touches interstate commerce, including your vegetable garden. My thermostat regulates the temperature in my house, but it does not control the oven, the computers, the lights, and everything else that can possibly affect the temperature in the house. Instead, my thermostat simply tries to keep the temperature somewhat regular.

Article I, Section 8
To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States

What part of “exclusive” eludes you, congresscritters? DC Home Rule is unconstitutional. Man up, and take responsibility for that mess.

While we’re on the subject of DC, I can find nothing in the Constitution that gives Congress any power whatsoever over how our schools are run, nor even any power to fund them. I bring this up here because the DC schools are a complete disaster, and I don’t want the feral government making my kids’ schools look like those in DC.

Article I, Section 9
No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.

That seems pretty clear. So how can amnesty for illegal immigrants possibly be Constitutional?

Article II, Section 1 — The President
Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.

Did you know that we do not have the right to vote for the President? In fact, we don’t vote for the President, but for electors. They may or may not cast their votes as you think they should. Several States have laws requiring that they do, but none of those laws has never undergone a court case.

I think it would be better if the legislatures simply appointed the electors. We would not get empty suits who give good teleprompter as President.

Article I, Section 3 — The Senate
The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided.

Yes, Mr. Biden, you are still in the Legislative Branch. Sarah Palin was right.

While we’re on the subject of the Senate:

Article I, Section 3 — The Senate
The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments.

Those Senators who voted Not Guilty when Clinton was impeached because his crime “did not rise to the level of impeachment” should have all been thrown out of office. Their job was to try him. It is the job of the House to decide what does and does not “rise to the level of impeachment.” Those Senators usurped the power of the House, and should be impeached by the House.

Article IV, Section 3
New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new States shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.

Ever heard of West by Fraud Virginia?

Now, let’s look at a few of the Amendments….

Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

That’s interesting. I don’t see anything about the “Separation of Church and State.” Ah, here it is: “[The] church is separated from the state, and the school from
the church.” Article 52 of the Constitution of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, 1977. (Article 13 in the 1936 version.) The leftists in this country must think we are in the old CCCP.

Also, anyone who voted for a bill that restricts the freedom to run campaign ads before an election does not deserve to be in Congress.

Speaking of freedom of speech and of the press, they have been limited by a later Amendment.

Amendment II
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

What part of “shall not be infringed” don’t people understand?

Amendment IX
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

This one is just completely ignored.

Amendment X
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

So is this one, but since our congresscritters think that the Commerce Clause and the General Welfare Clause give them unlimited power, there is no power that could possibly be reserved to the States.

Amendment XIV, Article 4
The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned.

No, your freedom of speech is not absolute, and the truth is no defense.

Happy Constitution Day