Progressive Illinois Rep. Declares Constitution Means Nothing

Progressive Illinois Rep. Declares Constitution Means Nothing
Progressive Illinois Rep. Declares Constitution Means Nothing

Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- An Illinois technocrat has demonstrated the Progressive attitude about the Constitution and the Second Amendment. Representative Bill Foster has a PhD in Physics from Harvard. He was raised and earned his Bachelor degree in ultra-liberal Madison, Wisconsin.  In his view, the Constitution is a document that can be re-interpreted to mean different things every few years. That is true in a sense. Amendments to the Constitution can be put forward and passed any time. It is clear a constitutional amendment is not what Representative Foster is talking about. From chicagotribune.com:

Flanked by two area high school students, a pediatrician and the mother of a gun violence victim, U.S. Rep. Bill Foster told a community forum audience Monday the Second Amendment should be up for reinterpretation as new generations come into power.

“It always has been up for reinterpretation,” Foster, D-Naperville, said during an event focused on gun violence. “The technology changes, and the weapons thought to be too dangerous to be in private hands change. A civil war cannon is frankly much less dangerous than weapons we are allowed to carry on the streets in many of the states and cities in our country today. This is something where technology changes and public attitude changes and both are important in each of the generations.”

What does “reinterpretation” mean? It means you take the same words in the Constitution, and apply a different meaning to them. If you can do that, the Constitution only means what you want it to mean, when you want it to mean it. If Representative Foster means that legislators, such as himself, should change the meaning of the Constitution when they wish it, then Constitutional limits on government power mean nothing. Much of the purpose of the Constitution was to limit government power, to provide stability, to prevent rapid, radical change in the laws.

The Representative mentions technology changes and public attitudes. But technology changes apply to the First Amendment, the Fourth Amendment, the Fifth Amendment, and most of the Bill of rights. Should we give the legislature the power to change most of the Bill of Rights at will?

The Constitution is designed as a structure of government to moderate and delay change so as to prevent hurried legislation in response to emotional public reactions.

In short, Representative Foster is talking about scrapping the Constitution and ruling by legislative fiat. That has always been the Progressive way.  From heritage.org, a quote from Charles Merriam, an early, leading Progressive political scientist:

The individualistic ideas of the “natural right” school of political theory, endorsed in the Revolution, are discredited and repudiated…. The origin of the state is regarded, not as the result of a deliberate agreement among men, but as the result of historical development, instinctive rather than conscious; and rights are considered to have their source not in nature, but in law.

Progressives believe that experts should rule society, that the “average man” is incapable of knowing their own best interest. Progressives believe there is no absolute right and wrong. Right and wrong are defined by Progressives and their experts at any particular time.

Progressives see the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as obstacles to be overcome, not pillars of American society that must be defended.

Progressives generally view the State as god, or at least the manifestation of God on earth. Right is anything that advances Progressivism. Wrong is anything that hinders the Progressive agenda.

President Wilson, one of the political foundational Progressives, is attributed as believing that “limits on government power should be abolished”

Representative Foster is an iconic technocrat. After working as a government scientist for his career, he was able to win a seat in the House of Representatives. He does not believe in natural law. He does not take his oath of office seriously. No Progressive does. To Progressives, oaths, natural law, the Constitution, are all outdated concepts to be placed in the dustbin of history in order to achieve power. Setting aside the Constitutional questions, Foster ignores facts, and lies to advance his agenda.

Foster is a scientist. He understands how to lie with statistics. His prowess at doing so is shown below:

“I doubt that’s the most effective way to control gun violence,” Foster said. “The most accurate predictor of the rate of gun homicides, if you look at the statistics, is actually the number of guns per person in the state or in the community.”

That is an irrelevant conclusion. “Gun violence” is a propaganda term. It is not germane to the argument about the effectiveness of legislation.  It does not matter to a victim if they die from a gunshot, or because they did not have a gun to defend themselves. If they die from a club, or a knife, or a bombing, they are still dead. If a country institutes restrictive gun legislation, and the homicide rate increases, the legislation is a failure for its stated purpose. It is irrelevant if the number deaths inflicted with guns goes down. It is the total, unjustified homicide rate that matters. John Lott says that every country that instituted gun bans saw increases in the homicide rate. From crimeresearch.org:

One thing gun control advocates such as Vox would never mention is that every single time that guns are banned — either all guns or all handguns — homicide/murder rates rise. This is a remarkable fact.

It would be unsurprising that if there are more guns, there are more gun homicides. If there are more cars, there are more car accidents. If there are more hospitals, more people die in hospitals.

What is surprising is that as the number of guns has increased in the United States over the last 30 years, the rate of gun homicides and gun accidents has decreased dramatically. Foster may not know this. Progressives are notoriously good at ignoring facts. As a scientist, he should know it. As a Progressive, it is “crimethink” as described in the novel, 1984. That fact contradicts his assertions, even about “gun homicides”.

 That fact contradicts his assertion, even about only "gun homicides".
That fact contradicts his assertion, even about only “gun homicides”.

Anyone can find “experts” to show statistics that agree with their position. That is the foundational weakness of Progressivism. Choose your expert, and you get the policies you want.

Representative Foster does not think you are smart enough to rule yourself. He does not think you will recognize his use of statistics to lie, or he would use other methods.

Improved technological communications allow everyone to contrast competing expert opinions and construct their own. That technology is changing all the Progressive assumptions about their ability to “construct consent” and rule as technological elites.

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About Dean WeingartenDean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Ric BeallHello morons
Ric BeallHello morons
3 years ago

Dean Weingarten is a dead ringer for Wade Gustafson. The clown Steve Buscemi gutshot on the roof of the parking garage in Fargo. What he probably doesn’t understand, nor any other imbecile opening his or her mouth to demonstrate how ignant he or she is, the concept of Judicial Review. The constitution says whatever the SCOTUS says it says.They have the sole power of Judicial Review. What you idiots, (and that now includes Trump, according to Gen Kelly), will never realize or understand is how that came to be. It’s not in the constitution, a document that is vague and… Read more »

Donald L. Cline
Donald L. Cline
3 years ago

Newsflash for the Ric BeallHello morons: The SCOTUS does not enjoy the status of All Supreme Leader, and like all other government agencies, it is bound by the plain English text of the United States Constitution. And contrary to your ignorant and asinine screed, the SCOTUS does not have “the sole power of Judicial Review.” The sovereign nation-States that created the federal government, including the SCOTUS, and gave it the only lawful authority it has, has a superior power of Judicial Review over any ruling not Pursuant to the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. Constitution is not vague and ambiguous by… Read more »

George Murphy
George Murphy
3 years ago

He is a traitor to the oath he took. He should pay the highest price that the law allows. Why the Hell don’t we hear that the US Justice Dept. is bringing indictments against him? Maybe it is time for Henry Bowman to come out of retirement.

Alan
Alan
3 years ago

Just curious as to the following. The gentleman took an oath to “support, uphold and defend the constitution” which he later discerned “means nothing”. Were those his thoughts at the time he took the above referenced oath? If they were, what sort of cheap liar does that make him? Clarification sought.

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
3 years ago
Reply to  Alan

“Liar” is perfectly applicable, but he is never cheap… he has been highly paid (bribed) for every lying word that comes out of his worthless mouth.

“Cheap” is a real-time descriptor of his conduct, his morals, his ethics, and his very soul… he is a total waste of human skin.

In a just world, he would already have been tried as a “domestic enemy” of this Constitutional Republic, convicted, and permanently removed from the human gene pool.

WTF
WTF
3 years ago
Reply to  Alan

I can’t seem to find where Foster says the constitution “means nothing.” Does anyone else have this problem? Maybe Weingarten is “reinterpreting” Foster’s words. Or just putting words in his mouth.

George Murphy
George Murphy
3 years ago
Reply to  Alan

I think what you are trying to say is that the people in his district should get this fool out of office as soon as possible by any lawful means necessary. If there ever was an elected official that needed to be made an example of by being held accountable for his words and actions, it is this guy! His place is not among free men!

Ozark Muleskinner
Ozark Muleskinner
3 years ago

Rust, rot and evil never sleep. Stay strong and vigilant; the tree of Liberty will need to be refreshed yet again, it’s not a question of if…just when.

James Higginbotham
James Higginbotham
3 years ago

I AGREE.
and it’s LONG OVER DUE.

Ric BeallWTF
Ric BeallWTF
3 years ago

Some guy named Jefferson once wrote: “I am certainly not an advocate for frequent and untried changes in laws and constitutions. I think moderate imperfections had better be borne with; because, when once known, we accommodate ourselves to them, and find practical means of correcting their ill effects. But I know also, that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also, and keep pace… Read more »

Sean Will Gary Beller
Sean Will Gary Beller
3 years ago

I am inclined to believe the constitutional government created through the founding fathers would have been successful if it had one rule, only unanimous change, with all 13 amendments including “Titles” of “Nobility and Honor”! intact! Titles of nobility and honor is a tool used to make: 1. People unequal exempting rulers/government from accountability for damages 2. An arch treasurer! President Lincoln was the worst kind of tyrant America has ever had in a position of authority! “Titles” of “Nobility and Honor” was ratified it only needed 12 states to ratify at the time it was sent to the states… Read more »

Jim Macklin
Jim Macklin
3 years ago

Very imaginative. What planet do you come from.. I’ve looked and can’t find any “right to slavery.” Can you try writing sentences and citing some sources?

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
3 years ago
Reply to  Jim Macklin

, I have five buck that says you will never straighten out SWGB.

George Murphy
George Murphy
3 years ago

Representative Foster should be escorted to the Mexican border and instructed to never return to the United States. His failure to uphold the Constitution should have consequences. He is a traitor. Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to go to Harvard!!

Alan
Alan
3 years ago
Reply to  George Murphy

How about voting this clown out of office.

Fred Marsico
Fred Marsico
3 years ago

Need to restore the Constitution to original intent and enforce it.

http://www.unitedwestand2017.com/2012/11/restore-the-title-of-nobility-amendment/

Charlie
Charlie
3 years ago
Reply to  Fred Marsico

Amen!

Constitutionalist

Ric
Ric
3 years ago
Reply to  Fred Marsico

You are a monarchist, not a republican, not that you understand what either term means. Nor are you ever to be a member of the nobility you seem to want to disinter.

WTF
WTF
3 years ago

You are already on a list. Keep talking. U.S. Code › Title 18 › Part I › Chapter 115 › § 2383 18 U.S. Code § 2383 – Rebellion or insurrection US Code Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States. (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 808; Pub. L.… Read more »

Alan
Alan
3 years ago

The Constitution is a contract an agreement between the people and the government. There is a stated proceedure for making changes, it’s called amending, that proceedure has been successful 26 or 27 times. If one wishes to change the constitution, follow the established proceedure. As to the gentleman’s idea, essentially disregard the constitution, how about the following. He is an elected official who undertook an oath to uphold, support and defend the constitution. He seemingly doesn’t take his oath of office especially seriously. Re that, I wonder as to the following. How might he react to the stopping of his… Read more »

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
3 years ago
Reply to  Alan

, Actually the founders, most lawyers, talked in trust law terms. I believe that they intended more of a trust than a contract. Note that the sovereign authority that is in the people is allowed to the government, not for the government’s benefit, but rather for the government to act in the best interest of the people. Other than that minor point, I can not disagree with you.

snuffyTN
snuffyTN
3 years ago

The second amendment also included “protection from an oppressive government”. Come and take ’em.

Ric
Ric
3 years ago
Reply to  snuffyTN

Where in the Second Amendment is that? I can’t seem to find it and shame on President Washington for crushing two rebellions, personally. At the head of the militia. Shays and the Whiskey Rebellion. Learn some history. That’s an order, militia man.

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
3 years ago
Reply to  Ric

@Ric, YOU read some history!

Our founding fathers explicitly explained a great deal in the Federalist Papers… including their specific thoughts and intentions regarding the 2nd Amendment.

WTF
WTF
3 years ago
Reply to  JoeUSooner

Really? My Ph. D. says I have. Any schoolboy has read The Federalist Papers. Get back to me when you’ve spent 30 years poring over Madison’s notes on the convention and every single piece of personal correspondence the framers and founders wrote and received from each other, and others, until their deaths.

George Murphy
George Murphy
3 years ago
Reply to  WTF

If Universities gave post graduate degrees in arrogance, I can understand where you got yours. WTF side are you on by the way and why should I care?

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
3 years ago
Reply to  WTF

Nice try… (won’t work, but it WAS a nice try!)

Is that the “Politically honed Diatribe” one? Or the “Piled high and Deep” one? I have both… and neither is worth a tinker’s damn out here in the Newtonian Universe (the “real world”) where humans actually exist.

Hello, morons
Hello, morons
3 years ago
Reply to  WTF

You guys keep cracking me up. Newtonian universe? Really? The Newtonian model was discarded over 100 years ago. It did outlive Newton. No wonder physicists confuse you. Do you wear grass skirts and loincloths or have you graduated to pantaloons yet. Say hello to the witch doctor for me. You’re all going to meekly submit or hang in any case.

Jennifer
Jennifer
3 years ago

These politicians seem to forget they work for the PEOPLE! They also seem to forget they took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution and that includes the 2nd Amendment! These traitors to our rights need to be booted!

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
3 years ago
Reply to  Jennifer

This is why We the People MUST get out and beat-the-bush to get Constitutionalists out to vote for Representatives who will HONOR their OATH of OFFICE.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
3 years ago
Reply to  Laddyboy

@Jenn and Laddyb, You are both correct. This next election will be critical to draining the swamp and breaking the strangle hold on We the People. The dnc wants to impeach Trump out of office, but can not do it unless they win big in November. Our part of draining the swamp will be voting out socialists, party hacks, and anti-Second Amendment politicians. Bring your whole family to vote, and tell them in no uncertain terms who to vote for.

Alan
Alan
3 years ago
Reply to  Jennifer

The fact that the same politicians get reelected does not remind the politicians you mention of the errors of f their ways.

Jim Macklin
Jim Macklin
3 years ago

Paul Ryan retiring and maybe 2 dozen other Republicans. Hopefully they are the RINOS and te voters will be smart enough to elect staunch conservative, Republican to the House and Senate and we can finally get something done.
I look forward the chuckie schumer being in a powerless minority, unable to block pro Second Amendment judges and Justices, legislation and tax cuts and pro USA bills of all sorts.

WE need to start campaigning now, only 6 months to save America and the Constitution./

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
3 years ago
Reply to  Jim Macklin

@JM, On target again! I think that it is 41 repub seats and 34 dnc seats. And I can not think of any previous president that ever gave me a cut in federal income taxes.

Walter Myers
Walter Myers
3 years ago
Reply to  Jim Macklin

We must do more than campaign. We must campaign for a person that is honest, knowledgeable and blessed with integrity. We must begin by thoroughly vetting the candidate. This questionnaire might help. Dear candidate/Representative/Senator ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬______________________________. Do you agree: 1 The purpose of government is to secure people’s unalienable Rights to Life, Liberty and an opportunity for Happiness as stated in the Declaration of Independence? Yes no 2 To be lawful government must comply with the principles and policies set forth in our Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights when interpreted in the spirit of providing American’s life, liberty,… Read more »

LHTwist
LHTwist
3 years ago

“I doubt that’s the most effective way to control gun violence,” Foster said. “The most accurate predictor of the rate of gun homicides, if you look at the statistics, is actually the number of guns per person in the state or in the community.”

So we’re to believe that the pull to commit murder increases with each firearm purchased within any given community? How did we ever make it through the months immediately before a obama took office?

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
3 years ago
Reply to  LHTwist

Hmmmm… technically, while this cuckoo-clock’s conclusion is not accurate, his data may be. By analogy, the most accurate predictor of the rate of automobile accidents really IS the number of cars in the community. Obviously, there are far more accidents in a large city than in a small rural town… because that’s where cars ARE. No car accidents occur on isolated farmland, where there are no cars in the first place. Similarly, most drowning accidents occur where bodies of water exist… drownings are uncommon in the middle of a desert. And hurricanes destroy coastlines, because that is where hurricanes ARE…… Read more »

2WarAbnVet
2WarAbnVet
3 years ago
Reply to  JoeUSooner

How can it be that firearms are “most prevalent” in urban areas? These are the very places where gun ownership is most closely regulated.
(tongue firmly in cheek)

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
3 years ago
Reply to  2WarAbnVet

Good post!! I laughed so hard I actually BIT my tongue LOL

WTF
WTF
3 years ago
Reply to  2WarAbnVet

Population density. Demographics, even businessmen can grasp this.

vab
vab
3 years ago
Reply to  JoeUSooner

The difference between cars and guns is that cars are being operated continually, as when someone is driving and operating the vehicle 100% of the time–hands on the wheel (we hope!) and feet on one pedal or another. Guns, however, are not being operated 100% of the time, even when being carried. The only time the gun is operated is when it’s in the hand. When in the holster, safe, door, glove box, etc, it is not being operated. Hence the reason why the number of cars pretty much tracks with the number of car crashes, but the number of… Read more »

gary
gary
3 years ago
Reply to  vab

your comparison between use of a gun and car is absolutely ridiculous. car %100 of the time but a gun is not. so you are saying if I am sitting in car parked in the driveway is 100% yet a gun holstered is not?? do you not see the fallacy of your logic??

vab
vab
3 years ago
Reply to  gary

Use a little common sense. How many people sit in their cars for hours while the car is parked with the engine shut off? Most intelligent people understand that the vast majority of the time, like 99.9% of the time, when drivers are in their car, they are actively operating the vehicle (or you can say “machine”). Not so with guns. The vast majority of the time, the hands are not on the weapon, therefore they are not actively operating the weapon (machine).

G
G
3 years ago

Time to reinstate dueling as a legal means of draining the swamp.

revjen45
revjen45
3 years ago
Reply to  G

Second the motion.
Start 100 yds with handguns and may the best man win.

Ric
Ric
3 years ago
Reply to  revjen45

What’s really ironic, to the point of self-parody, is that you both think code duello ever ended or needs to be brought back.

George Murphy
George Murphy
3 years ago
Reply to  Ric

Ricky, you run along now ….. hear?

Ric
Ric
3 years ago
Reply to  George Murphy

Weak as expected from the complete imbeciles on parade here.

kal
kal
3 years ago

I must ask the ever so basic question. Is there really such a thing as “gun violence”? I’m so sick and tired of this stupid illogical catch phrase! It was invented by anti 2a socialists to demonize firearms. It has caught on so much that even pro 2a organizations use it! Please stop using this redundant phrase people. Use terms like shooting(s) because its the ACT of shooting people that is bad (non defensive), NOT the gun! PEOPLE ARE VIOLENT, not guns. Obviously in today’s world, common sense and logic will not be tolerated. Carry on and carry always.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
3 years ago
Reply to  kal

@kal, the first use of the term was by Joesef Goebbels, to pave the way for Hitler’s disarmament of the German people. I think, that alone, explains a lot.

kal
kal
3 years ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

Wow Wild Bill, it’s wonderful people in our country have not forgotten this phrase in that many elected govt’ official’s and other money powerful people keep it going. (and many Americans keep voting for them…) I assume this fantastic sentiment is being “taught” (indoctrinated) in most all tax payer funded schools, at least from what it appears lately!

Michael Spivey
Michael Spivey
3 years ago

That is of course WHY one takes a solemn oath to support and defend it, because it means nothing.

Dave Smith
Dave Smith
3 years ago

Since this clown is speaking about technological changes lets use that logic to question his premise. if technological advances are a reason to reinterpret the 2nd Amendment, then should the Internet, 24/7 media access and thousands of other technological advances in communication be a reason to reinterpret the 1st Amendment? New surveillance technology could be considered a good reason to reinterpret the 4th Amendment. This could go on and on but it will always be an exercise in futility because the Bill of Rights were created for all men for all time, no exceptions for technological advances or any other… Read more »

Henry
Henry
3 years ago
Reply to  Dave Smith

More to the point, where does this guy live? Because I know a guy with a Civil War cannon, and I loves me a teaching moment.

Susan Whitten
Susan Whitten
3 years ago
Reply to  Henry

Sadly, he lives in my hometown. We are a mostly affluent suburb of Chicago. There is little crime here, and we used to be a conservative area. Due to fantastic city planning, we became a great place to raise a family. As usually happens the leftists, wanting to escape the agendas they have instituted in the city, move to the suburbs and start to impose their leftism on wherever they live. The original residents become “the others” as they tear down the houses and build their McMansions shoved up next to each other. Last year they tried to make us… Read more »

Alan
Alan
3 years ago
Reply to  Susan Whitten

Susan:

Have you tried the following “dumb question” addressed to the leftists you mentioned. Given that the situations you all played a role in the creation of are do great, they are, aren’t they, how come you all abandoned the vibrant city of Chicago, opting for the dull dreariness of the conservative suburbs? Might it be that the songs you all sing don’t quite ring true when applied to yourselves, or might it simply be a case of Do As We Say, Not As We Do?

Tom Mix
Tom Mix
3 years ago

Whoever decided to call these leftists “progressives” must be the same guy who named “near beer”… he was a poor judge of distance.
To apply the term progressive to the fascist left is a gross misnomer. There is nothing about there agenda that results in progress. Rather it promotes regression on every front by restricting the rights of individuals, restricting free speech so that only the speech from the left is heard, and by imposing increasingly restrictive laws.
This congressman is an idiot.

Mike
Mike
3 years ago

It is amazing that somebody who is clearly very intelligent in some respects can be so wholly and completely stupid. THIS is the disease that is liberalism. It is also an inherent weakness with our system. It is far too difficult to remove the truly corrupt, the truly incompetent, and those that clearly demonstrate an unwillingness to uphold and defend the Constitution. This man should be removed from office immediately…and tarred and feathered.

Miles
Miles
3 years ago
Reply to  Mike

He’s not stupid Mike. He’s a progressive spouting his propaganda, knowing that ignorant, ill-educated people will suck up the progressive agenda like a dry sponge.

bill knight
bill knight
3 years ago

I’m ready to re-interpretate The Second Amendment as originally written and intended. The People shall Keep(own) and Bear(carry) arms commensurate with existing militaries, so as to prevent usurpation of our Rights by either Foreign or Domestic Enemies of our Liberties!

Denton Marken
Denton Marken
3 years ago

This jerk is either dishonest or never read Samuel Adams’ quote “THE CONSTITUTION SHALL NEVER BE CONSTRUED TO PREVENT THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES WHO ARE PEACEABLE CITIZENS FROM KEEPING THEIR OWN ARMS” – SAMUEL ADAMS, 1788

eaglesnester
eaglesnester
3 years ago

U get the government U deserve

Bill in IL
Bill in IL
3 years ago
Reply to  eaglesnester

No, I don’t. Stop posting that stupid, insipid, worn out phrase.

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
3 years ago
Reply to  eaglesnester

We get the government that the MAJORITY of (actual) voters demand. The quality of that government is determined by whether that specific voting majority is liberal or conservative. Nothing more, nothing less, nothing else.

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
3 years ago
Reply to  JoeUSooner

Quite true! As I recall, Comrade Stalin appreciated that line of thinking.

Chuck Schulte
Chuck Schulte
3 years ago
Reply to  JoeUSooner

(We get the government that the MAJORITY of actual voters demand.) THAT IS WHY THE FOUNDING FATHERS ESTABLISHED THIS COUNTRY AS A REPUBLIC – In a republic, a constitution or charter of rights protects certain inalienable rights that cannot be taken away by the government, even if it has been elected by a majority of voters – BUT- In a “pure democracy,” the majority is not restrained in this way and can impose its will on the minority. It can strip the minority of any rights that the democracy thinks are not allowed. They do not have to follow the… Read more »

REM1875
REM1875
3 years ago

We have long been at war with the left including shots fired (usually by them) ….and we are not winning. The war of words and the chipping away of our rights……. think of what buying a gun was like before 1990 ….compare that to today…. their allies in the media………my mistakes …. their allies THE media …. still have a lot of power and they have a narrative to spin ……

James Higginbotham
James Higginbotham
3 years ago
Reply to  REM1875

here is the THING. our Constitution was WRITTEN IN STONE. and the FIRST 10 BILLS OF RIGHTS, WERE TELLING THE FEDERAL GOVT THOSE WERE NOT TO BE INFRINGED UPON, BECAUSE THEY ARE BASIC UNALIENABLE RIGHTS, MEANING COMING FROM GOD. AND ARE TO BE PROTECTED BUT THE CONSTITUTION. AND ALL REPRESENTATIVES HAVE TO TAKE AN OATH TO SAID CONSTITUTION,SO IF THEY VIOLATE THAT OATH, THEN IT’S THEY WHO ARE THE CRIMINAL AND TRAITOR NOT WE THE PEOPLE. AND IF THEY TRY AND PASS ANY LAW TO BAN THE, THAT’S CALLED AN EX POST FACTO LAW, AND OF ITSELF IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND… Read more »

Steven, Wasilla, Alaska
Steven, Wasilla, Alaska
3 years ago

It’s our responsibility as American Citizens to insure that those who are elected to positions of power respect and uphold the Laws, Rules, Regulations, our Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The over whelming forces of the left and their media cabal have a very large advantage over the average American Citizen. The onslaught of lies and dishonest left actions, and talking points leveled daily at the American Citizens are relentless. Supported by turn coat politicians, violating their Oath of Office, constantly promoting the left agenda by undermining the Rule of Law, our Constitution, supporting unconstitutional practices and policies with… Read more »

OldNHGuy
OldNHGuy
3 years ago

You have my Vote , my Patriotic Friend.

KUETSA
KUETSA
3 years ago

The Second Amendment is a BALANCE OF POWER!

E. Bryan Hoover
E. Bryan Hoover
3 years ago

Oldvet said: “@EBH…You sir are incorrect . As of 4/5/18 news comes out that death by gun violence is now higher in London than New York City .”

Oldvet, I am willing to be educated — where is the article from 4/5/2018 showing statistics of a more significant rise in gun caused deaths — if you can not — or will not – provide them — well talk is cheap…

E. Bryan Hoover

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
3 years ago

@EBH The numbers OldVet referenced were for TOTAL murders (regardless of weapon) in each city. Both cities have approximately 8-1/2 million populaton. London did indeed have more actual murders than NYC, in both 2016 and 2017. England (population 30 million) has a per-capita rate of 9.1 murders, and 990 violent crimes, per 100,000 citizens. The US (population 330,000,000) has a per-capita rate of 2.8 murders, and 220 violent crimes, per 100,000 citizens. From the average citizen’s viewpoint, England is four (4) times as dangerous overall than the US. *Those numbers for the US are from the FBI, the CDC, and… Read more »

David Bump
David Bump
3 years ago
Resistence is futile
Resistence is futile
3 years ago

Progressives would like to return us to a time before recognition by government of our god given rights. They would rule as undisputed kings or dictators ordering us to do what they think is right and overriding our thoughts. We would not have any rights under progressive rule that they do not give us at their whim. What they do not understand is that humans are different so their one thought philosphy will not work.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
3 years ago

@Rif, Some how they all think that they would be in the ruling class. They do not realize that when their usefulness is over, they would be let go, one way or another. And here is another possibility that the progressive/socialist/libtards have not considered… they might lose.

Resistence is futile
Resistence is futile
3 years ago

Reading this article it appears that he would like to return us to a monarchy at best or a dictatorship at worse. His philosphy of following his orders because he knows better is anathema to our way of life and the beliefs of the founding fathers.

revjen45
revjen45
3 years ago

It is obvious that he is mighty impressed with himself, what with a PhD (piled higher and deeper) degree and all. He thinks that We the Peons need the enlightened guidance of the Egghead Caste to live our lives correctly.

Henry
Henry
3 years ago

The guy needs to take a one way trip to Caracas Venezuela.

George Murphy
George Murphy
3 years ago
Reply to  Henry

He would make a great toy for the general population in any US prison. That is the absolute best of the options for treason …. and he doesn’t deserve that!

CJ
CJ
3 years ago

Write your screed out with a quill pen & inkwell on goat parchment then have it hand delivered by pony express. The Constitution DOES NOT EXPIRE—SAME AS MY OATH TO PROTECT IT.

MOLON LABE

Toxichobo
Toxichobo
3 years ago

What I find amazing time and time again is that these people swear an oath to uphold and protect the constitution while being sworn into office. It appears this is a formality for these misguided power hungry individuals and they wont and never intend to honor the oath of office. Yet people still vote them in. Then we just sit back and complain while we reelect these people term after term. Bogles the mind. Someone should remind Bill that there is a way to change the constitution not by ignoring it or twisting it to fit your views, but through… Read more »

Tom Ford
Tom Ford
3 years ago

This guy is very smart and likely a Mensa member. Having been told all his life how smart he is, he believes he is smarter than those dumb old “Founders,” and knows better how to make society and government work – so he and his “peers” should be in charge, and the Constitution is just some old document to be brushed aside when it gets in the way – Obama said as much. When I first got out of the Army, I was in Mensa a few years, and found some great folks, but kept running into too many people… Read more »

2WarAbnVet
2WarAbnVet
3 years ago

For some reason (perhaps ignorance) people believe the “Bill of Rights” is a gift from government that can be withdrawn by repeal.
The Founders believed that the rights enumerated therein were natural rights conferred by God. They were only included in the Constitution to remind government – in the future – of that fact because their experience told them that governments were untrustworthy.

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
3 years ago
Reply to  2WarAbnVet

2WarAbnVet: AGREED!!!!!!!!!!! The Amendments were written to make sure future “politicians” would be reminded that there were RIGHTS that existed BEFORE the Constitution was put to “paper”.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
3 years ago
Reply to  2WarAbnVet

Go Airborne! And how do all these politicians, judges, and bureaucrats think that they can diminish what God has given?

45n90W
45n90W
3 years ago

Born & raised in a left wing environment, college educated in a left wing school. No wonder he can’t talk straight: he’s only got a left wing, leading him to only circle back to the same lies time and again. And the people of the Chicago area, brain-washed as they are, can’t make any other choices. On the other hand, John Lott did actual research that proves that more guns equals fewer homicides and less crime over all.

carl mason
carl mason
3 years ago

Civil War is coming! In Feb 1969 I was recruited by Mass Gov.Frank Sargent from Civil Defense to infiltrate Communist student groups. My Dad was a policeman and I had knowledge of explosives from a family owned quarry business.SDS was about to spawn the Weathermen who inspired about 2500 domestic bombings during the next two years. In those days dynamite could be purchased by the case at a farm in Keene NH.like a loaf of bread.We were told to never use marijuana because it can ‘turn you red’. Anyway it was an eye opener to see that these fellow travelers… Read more »

WTF
WTF
3 years ago
Reply to  carl mason

This is either stellar parody or you’re off your meds again.
Either way, Bravo!

Greg Tag
Greg Tag
3 years ago

Great Article.

Dean Weingarten gets better and better as researcher, essayist and commentator.
Thumbs Up.

As for the Progressives- they are simply being unmasked. They are the enemies of freedom.

Jeffersonian
Jeffersonian
3 years ago

http://history.house.gov/Institution/Origins-Development/Oath-of-Office/

“I, AB, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

http://history.house.gov/Institution/Origins-Development/Discipline/

Who do you call when the government stops following its own rules?

TheHolyCrow
TheHolyCrow
3 years ago
Reply to  Jeffersonian

@Jeffersonian…”Who do you call when…” is the question. The answer is…the Militia. Google & read “Article 1, Section 8, Clauses 15 and 16”. Also “Article 2, Section 2, Claus 1”. Keep in mind that our esteemed founders abhorred standing armies, so the militia, with their own equipment, could be mustered on rather short notice. It is not necessary for the militia, in order to be legitimate and receive funding and aid from the President and Governors, to be constantly marching, shooting, and training such as the National Guard does today in a very visible way. The Militia is better served… Read more »

Terence Colligan
Terence Colligan
3 years ago

Figures lie and liars figure. Don’t confuse a libtard with facts, they get violently angry.

Bud
Bud
3 years ago

Another proof that being well educated doesn’t necessarily mean you have one iota of common sense. You can’t call him ignorant but stupid might fit.

vab
vab
3 years ago
Reply to  Bud

“Educated idiot” fits quite well in this case.

E. Bryan Hoover
E. Bryan Hoover
3 years ago

A superior and easy to understand article.

Liberals are going to hate it.

Well said Dean Weingarten.

E. Bryan Hoover

PersonalRecog103
PersonalRecog103
3 years ago

It would seem that those in Illinois who run counter to supporting their Oath of OFFICE, ARTICLE VIII section 3 of the Illinois Constitution should be removed leagally from office.

Core
Core
3 years ago

Agreed. Peacefully if possible by force if need be. Disbar them.

Et Tu Brute
Et Tu Brute
3 years ago

Yet people will still vote for this satanically controlled individual. I see no hope for freedom in this nation’s future.

Danny
Danny
3 years ago

The Constitution and it’s ammendments are the law of the land which liberals feel they are the scholars only fit to interpret it. Here’s my iview on Freedom of Speech, shut the hell up.

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
3 years ago
Reply to  Danny

, I agree!

As a veteran, I support every citizen’s First Amendment right to free speech (although ONLY in public, and ONLY on their own time! – as adjudicated by the Supreme Court). But I also acknowledge that there is NO corresponding requirement for any other citizen to accept, agree with, or support (or even actually listen to) any idiot’s ridiculous drivel.

So, I freely tell the Liberal Left that I heard them. Then I cheerfully tell them to go to hell… and adamantly insist that they commit a biologically-impossible act of auto-eroticism on their way there.

WFA
WFA
3 years ago

“The Constitution is a written instrument. As such its meaning does not alter. That which it meant when adopted, it means now.” — United States Supreme Court in South Carolina vs. United States (1905)

Douglas Sharp
Douglas Sharp
3 years ago

Recall this person. He believes he is superior to others and can make choices without regard to the Constitution which is the only legitimate contract citizens have with the state. That’s grounds to remove someone from office.

Missouri Born
Missouri Born
3 years ago

This guy is why I call some folks educated idiots, all that book learning and he still doesn’t understand the real world.

Jim Macklin
Jim Macklin
3 years ago

It is ” a truth” that if you’re a cannibal it is wrong to not eat your neighbor from the near village. Truth is subjective. Sgt. Friday said it, John Lott uses FACTS, all the facts. Reducing crime has never been the purpose of “gun control.” Gun control has always been about political power. Keep the slaves unarmed. Oh, no more slaves, OK criminals must be disarmed. So said Tim Sullivan, Leader of the Irish Five Points GANG in NY. He wrote the Sullivan Law so he could issue a permit to his gang members and deny permits to rivals.… Read more »

Green Mtn. Boy
Green Mtn. Boy
3 years ago

He is violating his oath of office,Recall or Impeach,then on to the next Commiecrat or Republicrat.

Skip Wells
Skip Wells
3 years ago
Reply to  Green Mtn. Boy

Amen, he is an idiot!!!

Terry Swinney
Terry Swinney
3 years ago

Since he is a bussinessman (“?”) he should get of of Politics. He is marching to the DNC Drumbeat to overthrow the Government from within to move on to their Global Ruling Body. It started with Obama and Clinton and has metastasized into the Democratic party with SOROS, OBAMA, CLINTON ahd their cronies in charge.
Over my dead body!

CDR-C
CDR-C
3 years ago

Strong parallels here with religion – many churches are ‘reinterpreting’ the Bible (or the Koran, or the Torah) to “modern sensibilities”….and many individuals are leaving organized religions and looking to big government. In both cases, the basic notion of ‘there is an absolute of good and evil” is replaced with relativism and popular vote. Unfortunately, my crystal ball is clouded on how these trends will reverse.

TrueBornSonofLiberty
TrueBornSonofLiberty
3 years ago

I’m 52 and I’ve never seen this many Liberal Terrorists™️ march in lockstep with such contempt for our US Constitution. They are attempting to force us to defend ourselves against their “War of Leftist Aggression”. It’s not going to end how like they imagine. We are likely to see the literal genocide of 10’s of millions of these filthy, leftist, domestic enemies. “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, so my child may know peace”.

Ansel Hazen
Ansel Hazen
3 years ago

Start joining whatever militia is in your state.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
3 years ago

@TBSoL, There were communists in the U.S. since before World War I, seeking the overthrow of our Constitutional Republic. We fostered them, let them speak, let them organize, and let them influence generations of Americans. Our employees, that were elected to government, failed to protect the Constitution and us. If I could reach back into history, I would grab them by the stacking swivel and slap the stupid out of them. To include, O.W. Holmes, Jr and Warren Elitist Burger.

Jim Macklin
Jim Macklin
3 years ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

Remember what the press did to Senator Joseph McCarthy. He was correct about Communism but went a little too far rather than just shinning bright light on the State Department, Hollywood and just promoting the facts.
I remember a Hollywood movie with W.C. Fields and some woman was gushing over the wonderful life in Soviet Russia. This was before WWII and the writer did the script.

Mr. Franklin said it almost 250 years ago, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

Marc DV
Marc DV
3 years ago

RECALL HIM !
And Replace Him !

grim reaper
grim reaper
3 years ago
Reply to  Marc DV

The “Foster’s” are exactly the reason our forefathers wrote the second amendment