Former Constitution Party presidential candidate Michael Peroutka will present the first lecture of his 12-part series on the U.S. Constitution, March 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Voice of Faith Studios, 335 Sherwee Dr, Raleigh.
The event is being organized by the Citizens Constitutional Caucus.
Peroutka is co-founder of Institute on the Constitution, headquartered in Pasadena, Md. He is a graduate of Loyola University in Maryland and the University of Baltimore School of Law.
According to the institute website, “Discovering that the teaching of law in America had been perverted away from its original design, Michael determined to investigate America’s founding and the roots of our law, in English Common Law and the Bible.” This led to the founding of the institute as an educational outreach of his law firm.
The Citizens Constitutional Caucus is planning a day-long symposium to discuss “Preparing and Passing Constitutional Legislation in a Broken System.” Richard Fry, a nationally-recognized Constitutional expert, will conduct the session.
The symposium will be June 28 at the Hampton Inn, (I-40 Exit 290) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a break for lunch. Cost is $15 prepaid, $20 at the door. There will also be a town hall discussion from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
The caucus will hold its second quarterly meeting the next day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hampton Inn.
“What we citizens are experiencing with our political systems in America is what I call a representative disconnect,” Fry said. “The majority of our ‘public servants’ either do not understand or do not care that after supporting and defending the Constitution, securing our fundamental rights, their job is to do what the majority of citizens want, not what they think is best for us, within the bounds of the Constitution.”
At the close of the Constitutional Convention, so the story goes, a woman approached Dr. Benjamin Franklin and asked, “So, Doctor, what have you given us? A Republic or a Monarchy.”
Franklin replied “A Republic, if you can keep it.”
The Citizens Constitutional Caucus was formed to respond to Dr. Franklin’s concern.
“The Citizens Constitutional Caucus is not just another Constitutional organization,” explained Don Watson, founder and coordinator of the group. “We have a very narrow focus. We’re not going to look at a proposed bill or resolution and decide if it’s good fiscal policy, if it will it help the children, or if it is moral or immoral. Our only question will be: Is it Constitutional?”
“Our rights come from the Constitution of the United States of America.”
This is a quote from a letter-to-the-editor that appears in today’s News & Observer. My first reaction was, “Incredible, but not surprising.” The first thing I though of was that this statement was direct evidence of successful of the indoctrination by the taxpayer-funded, government-controlled educating system (otherwise known as public schools).
The only thing unusual about the letter was that the writer stated the view so directly and clearly. Because this is exactly what the ruling elites who control and run the Democratic and Republican parties believe. Individual rights do not exist, except by the magnanimous and benevolent grant from government – the State.
America’s Founding Fathers had an entirely different view, of course, but anyone today who actually believes the “self-evident” truths that all people are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights” is “scary” in the writers view.
If the president acts above the rule of law and fights his own wars, and Congress Acts below it by letting him get away with it, what can we do about it, asks Judge Andrew Napolitano in an op ed “Rule of law provides equal protection.”
The answer is simple: Vote Libertarian. And if you can’t do that, write in a name (even though it won’t be counted) … or don’t vote at all.
“The rule of law is a three legged stool on which freedom sits,” Judge Napolitano writes. The first leg requires laws be enacted publicly, by legitimate authority, in advance of the behavior they’re supposed to regulate, and must be designed to defend individual freedom.
The second leg holds that no one is above the law, and no one is beneath it.
The third leg requires that laws can only be enacted by fundamental structures that can’t be changed arbitrarily, capriciously, or quickly, even by an overwhelming majority.
Remove or weaken any of these legs, and the stool collapses. That appears to be what is happening today:
In our era, the violations of the rule of law have become most troublesome when the government breaks its own laws. Prosecute Roger Clemens for lying to Congress? What about all the lies Congress tells? Prosecute John Edwards for cheating? What about all the cheating in Congress when it enacts laws it hasn’t read? Bring the troops home from the Middle East? What about all the innocents killed secretly by the president using CIA drones? Can’t find a way to justify Obamacare under the Constitution? Why not call it what its proponents insisted it isn’t — a tax?
Read the full op ed.