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A Voice Crying in the Wilderness
Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 27 December 2008 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)

Posted on 12/28/2008 12:28:37 PM PST by Congressman Billybob

The end of the year is traditionally a time of appraising the last year, and estimating what the next will bring. I’ll skip my personal history and my estimates for my family. Instead, the subject is what I have done for almost 40 years, now.

I’ve spent those years primarily in research, writing, teaching, and practicing constitutional law. At this time, I conclude that the Constitution is in serious trouble.

The idea of creating a democratic republic was extremely rare in 1776 when the intent was stated in the Declaration, as in 1787 when the Constitution was written. The irony is that our nation under that document has prospered mightily, and has survived longer than any other government under any other written constitution in the history of the world.

This success is understood even by barely literate peasants in third-world nations, who risk their lives to enter the US illegally. It is the opposite of most of the world’s nations, where beleaguered peasants risk their lives to escape their own nations.

And yet, and yet....

In the teeth of this success, an operative majority of Americans are now engaged in the death of the Constitution, some intending its murder, many more just acquiescing in its suicide.

The far left, some of whom have nested at places like MoveOn.org and the Daily Kos – not to mention the old standbys, the Communist Party, the Socialist Workers, the “Progressives” – want the American government to fall. It should be replaced by a “better” government.

Of course, the better government these political fools prefer has been tried repeatedly. It has failed repeatedly, at the cost more than a hundred million lives. These hard-core enemies are few, and would have no chance of success without the willing help of those participating in the suicide of the Constitution.

Read the website of the National Education (?) Association and you will see that the Constitution as a law to be understood and respected, is dead as a matter of knowledge in the next generation of public school students, Read the catalogs of most universities, and sadly, of most law schools, You will see that the Constitution is dying there, too,

Most law schools are breeding lawyers, some of whom ultimately become judges, who think the Constitution is whatever the judges say it is, no more, no less. When you have judges who believe such perfidy, and citizens who don’t know any better, the Constitution’s days are numbered.

Thomas Jefferson, among other Founders, understood that America could only survive if her citizens were educated. Included in that was an understanding of what it meant to have limited government, and federalism which scattered both decisions and responsibility among all the states and local governments, now 50 states and about 250,000 local governments.

But the natural tendency of all governments is to accumulate power at the center. When the Constitution fails of its most basic purpose, to define and limit the power of the national government, then the United States will become no better than the majority of the governments in the United Nations, which are dictatorships of one description or another.

Will the Constitution be thrown away entirely? I don’t think so. The five-page parchment document will remain preserved in the National Archives. Four pages will be on daily display for citizens who still think it matters. The fifth page is displayed just on September 17th.

The Constitution will still be referred to as a talisman, like the Blarney Stone. But it will be an empty husk with its vital purposes removed.

It is not too late for education concerning the Constitution to be turned around. The history and purposes for which it was written are easily stated, and easily understood between any competent teacher and competent student.

Still at this year-end assessment, I am pessimistic, I don’t think the Constitution will survive as anything other than a failed symbol beyond the end of my life. At least I’m doing what I can to avoid that. My latest book is not about Tom Paine, as intended. It’s about the fate of the Constitution,

The title is, “America’s Owner’s Manual.” Details are here: www.AmericasOwnersManual.com

I am, in the words of John the Baptist, “a voice crying out in the wilderness.” Whether it is, or isn’t, enough, it is a task which must be done.

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About the Author: John Armor practiced law in the Supreme Court for 33 years. He now lives on the Eastern Continental Divide in the Blue Ridge of North Carolina. John_Armor@aya.yale.edu

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: constitution; dailykos; moveon; prgressives; teachersunions
This is pessimistic, but I call 'em as I see 'em. You won't enjoy this. But I think you'll find it worthy.

John / Billybob

1 posted on 12/28/2008 12:28:38 PM PST by Congressman Billybob
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To: Congressman Billybob
This is pessimistic, but I call 'em as I see 'em....

Tough news, but I think you are "spot on". I'm also a lone voice crying out the same, and nobody seems to listen. The Sheeple are too far gone.

Short of an armed rebellion, I don't see how Constitutional rule can be restored. The success of such a rebellion is also in question, since The Sheeple are those who brought this about in the first place.

I lose a lot of sleep over this CB. I also don't think this Republic will live much beyond my own life, and I'm 59 already.

2 posted on 12/28/2008 12:39:38 PM PST by GingisK
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To: Congressman Billybob

It was a Republic, if we could keep it. We could not......


3 posted on 12/28/2008 12:40:29 PM PST by ScreamingFist (Annihilation - The result of underestimating your enemies. NRA)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Some liberal-Democrats think the Constitution is a living document, mostly out dated and inconsequential. They would like to kill it off, once and for all.

The good news is, America isn’t dead yet.


4 posted on 12/28/2008 12:42:40 PM PST by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Congressman Billybob

Have you hatched an “escape plan”? I don’t really think there is any place to go where the situation could be improved.


5 posted on 12/28/2008 12:42:55 PM PST by GingisK
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To: GingisK

The last great hero of the Constitution was Reagan. He was elected by a landslide.
I believe there are more true patriots than slaves in our country. The patriots, however, will not vote for slave holders of either the Obama or the McCain ilk.
Give us a true patriot for POTUS and we will give this nation another great president.


6 posted on 12/28/2008 12:46:43 PM PST by Louis Foxwell (He is the son of soulless slavers, not the son of soulful slaves.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Sadly, I concur with what you are saying...


7 posted on 12/28/2008 12:48:26 PM PST by JDoutrider (Heading to Galt's Gulch... It is time.)
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To: Congressman Billybob
Yes it was worthy. Thanks!

The idea of creating a democratic republic was extremely rare in 1776 . . . .

.. and keeping it was recognized as a problem.

Some say that a democracy lasts until the poor realize that they can vote themselves a share of the property of the wealthy. Beyond respect for our Constitution questions what about our republic?

A citizen starts out with one representative and two senators -- and ends up with one representative and two senators.

Foreign countries and their diasporas residing here start out with and keep 435 representatives and 100 senators. Ditto powerful domestic organizations, they too each have 435 representatives and 100 senators. It's not hard figuring out why we have problems keeping our republic.

8 posted on 12/28/2008 12:48:53 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Congressman Billybob
Great thought provoking article John.

Thanks

What is your take on the Obama birth certificate?

9 posted on 12/28/2008 12:50:38 PM PST by Species8472 (Science + Politics = Politics)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

We are grossly under-represented.


10 posted on 12/28/2008 12:51:38 PM PST by Madame Dufarge
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To: Congressman Billybob

This is an accurate summary of what is going on right now.


11 posted on 12/28/2008 12:59:09 PM PST by RoadTest (The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? - Jer.17:9)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Those who recognize the problem can see the solution clearly, but alas, they are rapidly becoming the minority.

My concerns are on how to survive in the new nation being created for us. What advice do I give my kids and grandkids?


12 posted on 12/28/2008 1:02:11 PM PST by umgud (I'm really happy I wasn't aborted)
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To: Congressman Billybob
"You won't enjoy this."

I didn't enjoy it, but it's the truth. Unfortunately, my children attend public schools. At home, I still teach them about what the constitution and living in a free country means. I know they don't teach such things in schools anymore, which is obvious given the result of the recent presidential election. I hate to be pessimistic, but any freedom loving citizen can only conclude our country as we know it is lost. With the invasion from across our southern border, our country could be lost forever.

13 posted on 12/28/2008 1:07:48 PM PST by KoRn
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To: GingisK
"I don’t really think there is any place to go where the situation could be improved."

Under a worst case scenario, the best hope could be if a "New America" could be created and established somewhere. Use your imagination as to where.

14 posted on 12/28/2008 1:18:10 PM PST by KoRn
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To: Congressman Billybob
When the majority of people are ignorant of the Constitution's intention it's perversion and death is inevitable. It will be a sad day indeed. After spending more than half of my life defending it my only regret, the igmorant fools will never have known what they have lost.


15 posted on 12/28/2008 1:21:59 PM PST by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Yes it is. I believe there will come a time that the nonsayers will be exposed and banished. When, I don’t know; butit will happen.


16 posted on 12/28/2008 1:31:41 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: freekitty

bttt


17 posted on 12/28/2008 1:34:31 PM PST by timestax ( CNNLIES)
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To: darkwing104

On September 6, 1819, Thomas Jefferson wrote:
“The constitution is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they please.”


18 posted on 12/28/2008 1:41:08 PM PST by LetMarch (If a man knows the right way to live, and does not live it, there is no greater coward--Anonymous))
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To: LetMarch

That almost sends chills down my back how true it is (and how much we see it today happening)


19 posted on 12/28/2008 1:52:25 PM PST by Toki ("Palin Pingers" Freepmail Liberity Rocks or me to get on the list today!)
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To: GingisK
"Short of an armed rebellion, I don't see how Constitutional rule can be restored"

Agreed.

However, I think the result of the meeting with Apophis could establish conditions for parts of the country to re-establish a Constitutional Republic.

You should be able to hang in there long enough for that. I'm pointing to it and I'm in my mid-70's.

20 posted on 12/28/2008 2:04:42 PM PST by SuperLuminal
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To: Congressman Billybob
About five years ago Hillsdale College instituted a required semester course for all students on the history of the US Constitution. At the time, only the service academies required such a course. Not one single college or university or college, public or private, had such a requirement. I don't know if any others have begun. I doubt it.

Former "Constitutional law" instructor President Bill Clinton quoted the Gettysberg Address and said it was from the Constitution. Senator Tom Daschle said the Constitution was "a little problem" to be gotten around. "Constitutional law professor" Joe Biden doesn't know Article I from Article II. "Constitutional law" lecturer Barak OBama says the Constitution is flawed to the degree it has been successful in it's intended purpose.

Yeah, I'm pretty pessimistic too that the damage can be repaired, considering the likes of these sworn protectors of the Constitution.

21 posted on 12/28/2008 2:07:31 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Toki

I agree, it is chilling. It may be too late.


22 posted on 12/28/2008 2:13:25 PM PST by Kara1000
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To: Congressman Billybob

Very Good Article PING.


23 posted on 12/28/2008 2:26:23 PM PST by HighlyOpinionated (Cultural conditions, not gun laws, are the most important factors in a nation's crime rate.)
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To: Congressman Billybob
The history and purposes for which it was written are easily stated, and easily understood between any competent teacher and competent student.

Which is one its main assets: it is brief, easily read and comprehensible by virtually all. Compare it to the recently proposed European Union constitution which ran to over one-thousand pages! Let's face it - we need a revolution (if not literal then ideological) to get back on track with respect to the Constitution.

24 posted on 12/28/2008 2:38:18 PM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: KoRn
Under a worst case scenario, the best hope could be if a "New America" could be created and established somewhere. Use your imagination as to where.

We've got the guiding document - The Constitution - all we need is some geographical space.

25 posted on 12/28/2008 2:43:09 PM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Rummyfan

bttt


26 posted on 12/28/2008 3:06:41 PM PST by Guenevere
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To: Congressman Billybob

Read The Federalist Papers. [http://www.americanphonic.com — also on mp3 at this site] or [http://www.foundingfathers.info/federalistpapers/]


27 posted on 12/28/2008 3:08:27 PM PST by HighlyOpinionated (Cultural conditions, not gun laws, are the most important factors in a nation's crime rate.)
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To: HighlyOpinionated
I pay attention to people's taglines as well as comments. Mark Twain had a similar idea to your tagline when he wrote, “Let me write a nation's customs, and I care not who writes its laws.”

John / Billybob

28 posted on 12/28/2008 3:28:39 PM PST by Congressman Billybob (Latest book: www.AmericasOwnersManual.com)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Truth and wisdom may slumber for a while but they never die.


29 posted on 12/28/2008 4:02:44 PM PST by concentric circles
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To: concentric circles
I fervently hope you are right. But long will the constitutional Dark Ages be? What sort of global disasters will occur in the meantime? I think it is going to be very ugly.

John / Billybob

30 posted on 12/28/2008 4:15:30 PM PST by Congressman Billybob (Latest book: www.AmericasOwnersManual.com)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Our days have been numbered since they took prayer out of schools and allowed 50+ million babies to be sacrificed to Baal. We theoretically could still repent, but like all the other republics which came before us, we will not. I say we not to me you or I, as the remnant, but the royal we the people. The game is already over, we are but to die with our boots on and sword held high to the last. Amen.


31 posted on 12/28/2008 4:24:38 PM PST by RachelFaith (PALIN 2012 - "As if it actually matters any more")
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To: RachelFaith

Yes indeed!


32 posted on 12/28/2008 4:38:44 PM PST by Colonel Jim
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To: Congressman Billybob; GingisK; ScreamingFist; Reagan Man; JDoutrider; LibreOuMort
This is pessimistic, but I call 'em as I see 'em. You won't enjoy this. But I think you'll find it worthy.

Agreed, sadly. As retirement approaches I am reminded of the name of a street in Santa Barbara CA: "Salsipuedes"

33 posted on 12/28/2008 5:20:40 PM PST by sionnsar (Iran Azadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY)|http://trad-anglican.faithweb.com/|RCongressIn2Years)
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To: Rummyfan
Maybe the central part of the nation (totally red states ) could successfuly secede, maybe even without civil war, and let the northeast and the west coast have their own communist government that they so desire. Allow people to re-locate if they wish, before sending the illegals home. Conservatives who should want to move to the central states could be allowed to do so, and communists that live in the central states be allowed to GET THE HELL OUT.
Oh well, probably just daydreaming...
34 posted on 12/28/2008 5:34:38 PM PST by Quickgun
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To: Congressman Billybob

bmflr


35 posted on 12/28/2008 6:45:53 PM PST by Kevmo ( It's all over for this Country as a Constitutional Republic. ~Leo Donofrio, 12/14/08)
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To: Quickgun

Very strange emotions to have to think of such and agree that it could prove our only choice.


36 posted on 12/28/2008 7:29:45 PM PST by dusttoyou (Prime Minister Hitlery is "really" in charge)
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To: Congressman Billybob
" When you have judges who believe such perfidy, and citizens who don’t know any better, the Constitution’s days are numbered."

That's our situation, in a nutshell. Can't see any way short of a long spell of violence to change direction.

37 posted on 12/28/2008 7:33:39 PM PST by editor-surveyor (The beginning of the O'Bummer administration looks allot like the end of the Nixon administration)
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To: sionnsar
I am reminded of the name of a street in Santa Barbara CA: "Salsipuedes"

I've been convinced for a number of years that the people responsible for naming the streets in SB didn't speak a word of Spanish.

38 posted on 12/28/2008 7:38:44 PM PST by editor-surveyor (The beginning of the O'Bummer administration looks allot like the end of the Nixon administration)
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To: editor-surveyor

The one who translated that for me is of the same opinion.


39 posted on 12/28/2008 8:07:37 PM PST by sionnsar (Iran Azadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY)|http://trad-anglican.faithweb.com/|RCongressIn2Years)
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To: Congressman Billybob
A great article... you are right....it's very hard to read, tho it mirrors my thoughts to a T. Our family has discussed this many times. My kids who are all in their 50’s have remarked that theirs is the last generation who remembers what schooling and life in general was like in our nation...and that when they die, there will basically be no outcry to save or return our nation to the fundamentals of our Constitution and Bill of Rights....the younger ones don't and won't have a clue.

I try not to think about the future, not only for my 3 children, but also their kids and the 5 great grandsons I have, who will never know the greatness of our nation or her history..it breaks my heart, what the so called leaders of this country , both parties by the way, have not only allowed to happen to her, but have/are actively involved in bringing her down .

I hope I'm wrong, but I feel we have a little dictator in the wings, about to become the President. Questionable tho this last election was, I fear it may be the last one we have.

40 posted on 12/28/2008 9:37:32 PM PST by Molly T.
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To: Congressman Billybob
"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."
Thomas Jefferson.

"I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion."
Thomas Jefferson

I can't help but think that we need to actively persue educating our peers and those still in school. Do you have any ideas concerning restoring a proper civic education in the schools? I think there was a planned effort to dumb down the populace. Surely there is a means to reverse that planning.

41 posted on 12/29/2008 9:19:55 AM PST by GingisK
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To: Congressman Billybob

Thanks for the stimulating converstation, CB.


42 posted on 12/30/2008 9:42:55 AM PST by GingisK
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