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Crunch Time, to Save Our Constitution

Crunch Time, to Save Our Constitution

Автором H. Lee Fisher

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Crunch Time, to Save Our Constitution

Автором H. Lee Fisher

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Apr 24, 2020
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Crunch Time to Save Our Constitution depicts the political environment and issues that evolved in the Obama era, as our nation accelerated intrusion of liberal doctrine throughout government and influenced the transition of our society to liberal mores, which had been fermenting since the San Francisco hippies of the early 1940s. With the unprecedented election of Trump, progressive Democrats were marginalized, hindering their indicated goal following installing some form of government apart from our Constitution. Crunch Time to Save Our Constitution traces the accomplishments of the Trump administration, irrespective of Democrat obstructionist stratagem—unjustified Mueller investigation, prolonging the Kavanaugh Supreme Court appointment—to deter President Trump from executing his statutory role, and why Democrats are compelled to continue and expand such tactics. This once great united nation has purposefully and effectively been divided in a manner that places conservatives and liberals on a course to revolution to satiate the thirst for political power. This political theater is displayed to a naive public subject to managed news, unperceiving of the internal threats to our republican form of government. Crunch Time to Save Our Constitution unmasks the true forces that are competing for political control of our government and the prime internal threats to our nation's security. Crunch Time to Save Our Constitution provides bold actions to reunite our people, avoid a conflict among neighbors, and return to our Constitution and its values as our Founding Fathers intended.

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Crunch Time, to Save Our Constitution - H. Lee Fisher

Crunch Time, to Save Our Constitution

H. Lee Fisher

Copyright © 2020 H. Lee Fisher

All rights reserved

First Edition

PAGE PUBLISHING, INC.

Conneaut Lake, PA

First originally published by Page Publishing 2020

ISBN 978-1-64628-330-9 (pbk)

ISBN 978-1-64628-331-6 (digital)

Printed in the United States of America

Table of Contents

Dysfunctional Government

Sources of Financing

Tramping on Our Constitution

Influence of Unions in Government

Impact—Congressional Issues Unresolved

Competition in a Global Economy

State of National Affairs

A Moment to Contemplate

Warrantable Action to Restore Constitution

Genesis of National Decay

To those civilians and military who served in a spirit of solidarity—a cohesive community—being the driving force to win World War II, emerging as the global economic and military power.

Introduction

This book was crafted—but not distributed—at the beginning of year 2012 when Obama’s political footprints were but modestly discernable. Fast forward seven years. Rereading of this manuscript with the intent of revisions and fortified with perspective of political events in recent years, the first seven chapters were left intact to underscore the erosion in our political system accelerated during the Obama era, and the Trump administration. Chapter 8 defines the effects of Democrat maneuvers to unseat or neutralize the Trump presidency—and unmasks the purpose. Chapter 9 offers a bold solution to return to our Constitution and its principles. Chapter 10 illuminates why our experiment in democracy has failed.

Up front—I am not a political analyst, author, or literarily inclined, just an American chagrined that our government of the people has mutated to a government over the people by departing from our Constitution. This manuscript reflects my views regarding the political direction of our nation within the past few generations.

I am awed by our Constitution and how it has guided our history of creative national development, cohesiveness of purpose, the will and wisdom to surmount adversities, and the leader of the free world. It is a gift of my ancestors to be born as an American citizen.

Within half a century I have observed a steady decay of our once proud nation as our Constitution was abandoned, and we were seduced by the lure of government dependency. Hope for a leader to emerge and awaken our people to the cancerous effects of a domineering and incompetent bureaucracy has faded; this nation no longer produces statesmen of the character manifest by our Founding Fathers. Even a leader of merit would be challenged to be heard considering liberals have largely met their objective of controlling the mass print media, primary television stations, the entertainment industry, and the education system.

The strategy of liberals to absorb power through a process of encouraging people to be dependent on government had no effective counterbalance from conservatives who had lost their doctrinal compass. And the power of money in selecting our political leaders and representatives virtually demands corruptive and deceitful paybacks without regard to the wounds imparted on our national integrity and sovereignty. Money fuels political greed, corruption, and political betrayal in swearing to protect our Constitution.

Due to the indisputable failure of our government, this nation is spiraling away from a government representing the people to an autocratic authority. The dominant fault rests with our pompous, incompetent Congress having neglected to perform their constitutional role and the politically naive voters who keep them in office.

A decade ago, I could not have envisioned the bold redirection defined herein, a course correction to return to our Constitution and its values. However, the political calculus onstage leading to the year 2020 presidential election compels—my respect for our Founding Fathers and those who made the ultimate commitment to preserve our freedom’s demands—presentation of my case.

Should we not unite and change course now, historians will ponder why we shelved our constitutional freedoms in favor of a centralized authoritative system, after casting aside the British monarchy and creating the greatest people’s democracy the world has ever known.

Acknowledgments

Without the guidance and encouragement of Janet McNulty and her editing I would not have progressed beyond the first chapter. Cindy Vogel’s professional touch put the chapters in final form, and Page Publishing Cover Design Team created the cover and did the first printing; it takes a team. My brother, Louis Fisher, over the decades has published many books related to the Constitution, hundreds of articles, and our close relationship expressing his views on our government made a lasting imprint. Having worked for Congress for forty years and intimately involved in guiding that body on constitutional issues, his observations on government are instructive. Though we view the federal government from different perspectives—his from an elite position at the head of the bull and mine from the trenches seeing what comes out of the other end—his vast knowledge on the Constitution and the workings of government has implanted my deep appreciation and respect for our Constitution and the foresight of our Founding Fathers.

Over many decades I have sought to keep abreast of our political system by reading many books, magazines, reports by nonprofit organizations on their investigations of government and the news media. My subscriptions to magazines encompassed liberal and conservative sources. That exposure has molded my opinions on how our political system functions or fails to function. To the hundreds of people that have delved deep into operation of the three branches of government and documented their works, I express my appreciation.

This book reflects my opinions only.

Chapter 1

Dysfunctional Government

Our forefathers crafted our Constitution to avoid the concentration of power in a single entity, as evidenced in the British monarchy. They did this by creating three branches of government—legislative (Congress), executive, and judicial. The purpose of the three branches is to distribute power and to balance one another so that one branch would not have supremacy. Each branch was expected to protect its constitutional turf. Notwithstanding, each branch has deviated from its constitutional role. The legislative branch, over the past six decades, shifted many of its constitutional responsibilities, including fiscal controls, laws to protect our sovereignty, and the declaration of war, to the executive branch; and the executive branch has absorbed or grasped authority beyond its assigned role, while the Supreme Court, largely unchallenged, has not limited its role to interpreting the Constitution, viewing it as a living document subject to the social trends of the day. The result is centralized power in the executive branch much aligned to the English monarchy our Constitution sought to avert.

Though it is evident that our political system at the national level is inept and is void of the leadership, character, and nobility our Constitution demands, the root cause of our national demise is the public who vote politicians into office whose self-interests override our national interests. Albeit the process of selecting political candidates is flawed and money plays a corruptive influence on the political process, the fundamental problem is that the American public is not politically intelligent or concerned about the direction of this nation to demand—by whatever means—that this nation return to our Constitution, the values it represents, and resolve the many issues that have accumulated over the past several decades.

Congress has apparently defined its primary role as retaining their congressional seats, national interests being secondary. The legislative branch—referred to as the people’s branch as they are voted into office by the people to represent their state or district—is the linchpin of the three branches, vested with the authority to contain the actions of the other two branches. However, in the process, Congress has abrogated critical elements of its constitutional role to the executive branch, including the level of budgets, direction of the economy, our national security, and the roles of government.

The evolution, refinement, and institutionalized political corruption and deception at the national level, and copied at local levels to a large degree particularly over the past generation, has imposed severe strains on our economy and built reliance on bureaucrats to guide our nation. This has also been propelled by public antipathy. Corruption of politicians has been inherent in our system for many decades; however, the magnitude of such practices has reached a point of self-destruction and national insecurity. The dearth of political leadership across all branches of our government, coupled with inadequate government oversight and accountability, has placed this nation on a perilous course. This is at a time when our current and projected national debt is worrisome. Our economy is dependent upon foreign powers purchasing our bonds. We export our dollars to purchase Middle East oil, and dozens of projects awaiting legislative action remain unresolved and festering.

In such a dire situation, Congress focuses on their party and personal interests, leaving future generations to find solutions. The executive branch under both administrations has been moribund, incapable of defining a vision for the future much less having a plan to correct existing national issues. Our image and performance has been deplorable, which encourages our internal and foreign adversaries to undermine our way of life, power, and objectives on the world stage.

Our political system is constitutionally designed to represent the public. Over the past several decades Congress has not provided such representation. Congresspersons have become little imperial kings, self-affection as to their importance to the political process and to the country and secure in their retention in Congress. Congress as a body requires money to effectively campaign for office. The most convenient and direct source of money derives from quid pro quo deals with corporations, unions, and other entities seeking government largess. For financial donations, Congress returns the monetary favor by creating legislation—or not acting to legislate—in a manner favorable to such entities. This process has been underway for generations but nowhere near the present level. Our constitutional-created political system has morphed into a pay-for-benefits system.

The degree of corruption, incompetence, and arrogance in Congress is unprecedented. For corporate monetary support, Congress has exported jobs and industries, encouraged the influx of illegal immigration, ignored the fiduciary responsibility to protect the economy and placed our 2012 national debt over $16 trillion (not including trillions of dollars in off-book debts), exported technology to foreign countries adversely impacting on our global competitiveness and national security, has failed to protect its constitutional responsibilities, and made us vulnerable to foreign economic pressures.

Congressional incumbents are protected by the hoard of party money available for reelection, buying of votes including earmarks, and gerrymandering of district political boundaries to offer assurance of reelections. Our political system is repugnant to the extreme, and the public is painfully aware of corruption throughout the congressional body, yet the buck stops with the voters who return them to office. The financial bar to compete for a congressional seat is too lofty for most to challenge an incumbent. Therefore, over the past several decades, most incumbents retain their position. Under such an inviting situation to remain in Congress there is little incentive to represent the constituents rather than special interests where the money is.

In their quest for campaign money Congress has focused on party politics, the GOP versus the Democrats. Lawmakers are more interested in how their actions relate to gaining votes than what is best for our national interests. In the process Congress has lost the fine art of responsible compromise. The bottom line is a dearth of meaningful legislation emanating from Congress, particularly legislation as may strengthen our economy and national security and satisfy the desires and needs of the public.

The executive branch has lacked attributes of leadership since President Eisenhower. Over recent decades the administration, along with Congress, has shielded the American public from issues critical to our national health and survival, the national debt being a prime example. It is conservatively stated at $16 trillion—but over $86.8 trillion if off-book debts are included—and will escalate higher if our government continues to conduct business as usual. We rely largely on foreign lenders to pay our budget needs; should they lose their enthusiasm for lending money to the United States, the cost of lending would rise dramatically. In addition, entitlement programs—Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid—are projected to become an economic burden. There is no money in the Social Security Trust account. That money has been looted annually by Congress to fund other programs, leaving the Social Security account holding $2.6 trillion¹ in IOUs. That trust fund had a $49-billion deficit in 2010 (excluding interest income) and $46 billion projected deficit in 2011. Medicare and Medicaid costs are far outpacing inflation. Medicare alone comprises 13 percent of federal spending, and the Congressional Budget Office projects it will consume nearly 25 percent by year 2030. Rather than address this issue now, the result will be racking up a big deficit for our children and grandchildren to repay. The administration has been irresponsible in conjunction with Congress by not reining in the humongous budget and offering options to address the mounting deficit.

For over two centuries this nation matured under a Constitution offering a variety of freedoms for expression, religion, right to assemble, and other freedom-based issues backed by a judicial system and codified via legislation. It was a period of adjustment and development unparallel on our globe. It was not without pain; conflicts with Indians as we absorbed their territories (and their freedom), lawlessness as we expanded westward, a civil war to secure one-nation status, international conflicts for our security and defense and install our version of democracy in other lands.

We persevered over drought-driven dust bowls, mobsters, political corruption, and a host of other adversities—and we grew as a Judeo-Christian nation. Not that all our people were Christians; other religions prospered and all were not religious, but we—the religious, agnostics, and atheists—evolved under Christian principles shared by the majority.

We achieved our pinnacle of success during and a few decades after World War II, a period of national cohesiveness, internal and international respect. By the mid-1960s, the pillars of our strength—in terms of morality, political, economic, and judiciary—began to crack, fostered by the very freedoms that had made this nation the preeminent military and economic power—a superpower. Liberal forces twisted our Constitution to chip away at our moral standards; our legislators placed personal interests over national interests; and economic policies eroded to short-term greed and incoherent foreign policies, abetted by a Congress failing to abide by their constitutional responsibilities, sunk into the mire where we now find ourselves. Our underlying failures are not due to government, but failure of the people to exercise control over their representatives. Liberal influences, like malignant cancer, have not only degraded our heritage but also allowed terrorists the comfort of employing our Constitution as a shield to conduct acts against this nation.

Why has our political system failed to perform its constitutional role in the best interests of the nation? The simple answer is money and power. But it is more complex than that. We the people have accepted government absorbing ever more control of our lives in exchange for our yielding increments of our freedom to the whims of the bureaucracy. In a speech Ken Cuccinelli stated:²

Our founders well understood that our liberty could not be preserved without frequently referring back to first principles. But while they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to defend those principles, we have taken them for granted, as we have become complacent in thinking that government will take care of every problem.

We have asked government to do more for us, and all government asks for in return is a little bit more of our liberty. Over the decades, we kept asking. And because the courts and the politicians were all too happy to oblige, regardless of what the Constitution said, we no longer have a federal government of limited powers. We have an overreaching central government—a government that seeks to plan and control virtually every aspect of our lives and our economy, from health care, to energy, to automobile manufacturing, to banking and insurance.

Our founding ship, the Constitution, has slipped from its moorings and drifted from America’s dock. The rate of drift was imperceptible until recent decades when the winds of liberalism and government dependency gained strength. Though not widespread, there is public awareness that our political system is in disarray. Void

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