I've been wondering, "What country are conservatives - Tea Party members and the like - Patriots of," because it is not the United States of America, and "Whose Constitution do they hold up as their guiding document," because it is not the Constitution of the United States of America.
The United States of America was founded as a Democratic Republic - a government run by a democratically elected group of people guided by a constitution. The Right Wing Conservatives have re-written the history in their minds so as to create a Theocratic Corporateocracy - a government run by the "Free Market" and guided by a select Religion.
In the CP (Conservative, Tea Party, Right wing-nut Party) constitution, the Preamble says:
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, Under God, insure domestic Conformity, provide for the international aggression, enforce our morality upon others, and secure the Blessings of Jesus to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for UhMericka."In the United States of America's Constitution, the Preamble says:
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."In the CP constitution, Article 1, section 8 has, in part:
"The Congress shall have NO Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises as we are Taxed Enough Already, Debts will be paid by the Free Market and every man shall provide for their own Defense and of their own free will come together to defend the UhMericka; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises imposed by the Free Market shall be uniform throughout UhMericka;"In the USA's Constitution, Article 1, section 8 has, in part:
"The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;"In the CP constitution, the 1st Amendment says:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of any religion other than Christianity, or prohibiting the free exercise of Christians; or abridging the freedom of Christian speech; or the right of the Christian Conservative people peaceably to assemble, enforce their religious views, activities and restrictions on others, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."In the USA's Constitution, the 1st Amendment says:
"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."In the CP constitution, the 2nd Amendment says:
"The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."In the USA's Constitution, the 2nd Amendment says:
"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."The CP constitution doesn't even have the 13th Amendment, nor the 15th, 19th or 24th.
The Pledge of Allegiance is a fine example of how the conservative agenda has been eroding the basis of our country for years.
...written in August 1892 by the socialist minister Francis Bellamy
In its original form it read:
"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
In 1954, in response to the Communist threat of the times, President Eisenhower encouraged Congress to add the words "under God," creating the 31-word pledge we say today. Bellamy's daughter objected to this alteration. Today it reads:It took 62 years before the Pledge of Allegiance was corrupted by the right wing insurgents.
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
Another example of right wing corruption of our Nation is the Motto.
"E Pluribus Unum ("from many, one") had been adopted by an Act of Congress in 1782 as the motto for the Seal of the United States and had been used on coins and paper money since 1795."
"The modern motto of the United States of America, as established in a 1956 law signed by President Dwight D Eisenhower, is "In God We Trust". The phrase IN GOD WE TRUST as a motto for currency (but not as a National motto) first appeared on United States coins in 1864."It took 82 years from the adoption of "E Pluribus Unum" for them to corrupt our money with their seditious phrase and another 92 years - for a total of 174 years - to worm their will into our government and make it official.
In both cases, they used the threat of war to distract people from the unconstitutional nature of these changes to our Nation.
For many calling themselves Patriots, the country and constitution they claim they want to "get back to" is not the United States of America - their version of "UhMericka" didn't exist until 1954 and is not what our Founding Fathers fought to establish in 1776.
"...the impious presumption of legislators have assumed dominion over the faith of others, hath established and maintained false religions over the greatest part of the world; that the opinions of men are not the object of civil government, nor under its jurisdiction." - Thomas Jefferson (link)
"The clergy, by getting themselves established by law and ingrafted into the machine of government, have been a very formidable engine against the civil and religious rights of man." --Thomas Jefferson to Jeremiah Moor, 1800.
"But a short time elapsed after the death of the great reformer of the Jewish religion, before his principles were departed from by those who professed to be his special servants, and perverted into an engine for enslaving mankind, and aggrandizing their oppressors in Church and State." --Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Kercheval, 1810. ME 12:345and finally, one of my favorite :
"Believing... that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their Legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church and State." --Thomas Jefferson to Danbury Baptists, 1802. ME 16:281
More Quotes from the Founders that will enrage the Tea Party .
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