NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS FOR CONSTITUTIONALISTS
By Mary Starrett
January 1, 2010
As another year comes to a close and a new decade beckons I’m looking past my frivolous resolve to exercise more and eat less. Instead, I imagine a wish list compiled by Americans who yearn for a return to government bound by the limits of the Constitution. What would such a list look like? When a minority of colonists stood up to a tyrant king over two centuries ago they did so because they believed that freedom didn’t look anything like Red Coats quartered in village homes rifling through papers at will. Likewise, I’d like to see hordes of citizens resolve to refuse to have their bags turned inside out while they are groped and prodded at airports by bloated TSA agents. Agents who’ve been given the authority to intimidate Americans while open borders invite dangerous foreigners in with impunity.
I’d also like to see something on that Resolutions list that would require lawmakers to acknowledge the Constitutional mandate to protect us from that ongoing invasion at our southern border that threatens our lives, health, safety and economy. Fixing that insult would mend the injury by government which requires us to pay for food, shelter, clothing, medical care, education and prison beds for those who invade us.
like to see a list of New Year’s Resolutions for this country written
by Americans so well versed in the Constitution that despite what their
elected officials tell them, no ‘Act’ allowing warrant-less
searches and wiretaps would pass through Congress even if it were stamped
with the word ‘Patriot’.
I’d like to note on that list a promise by elected officials that they would actually thumb through the Constitution and admit there’s nothing in there that says people can be forced to buy health insurance for themselves or people they don’t even know. I imagine that a resolution like that would have rendered the push for socialized medicine unnecessary, and then billions of dollars of debt for a scheme like mandated health care wouldn’t be heaped on the backs of taxpayers who haven’t even been born yet.
I’d like to see a resolution by newspaper reporters and news anchors that promises they’d be making some noise about the dangerous climate fostered by the Department of Homeland Security by labeling those who “defend the Constitution” as “terrorists.” In addition, promising to devote some ink and airtime to the inconvenient fact that humans are not to blame for global warm- uh climate change, and also giving some credence to the request Americans are making to ascertain their president’s eligibility to hold office.
How about a New Year’s Resolution written by the more than 50% of Americans who now claim they are against abortion saying they’re at long last sickened enough by the thought of 50 million dead babies to demand an end to the sacrament of abortion?
I’d like to see a resolution that meant we could look forward to televised accounts of smiling US troops disembarking from planes which flew in from Iraq, Afghanistan and the more than 100 other countries we sent them to play Globo-cop. And I’d like to see a resolution that demands the United States not get involved in any more unconstitutional wars.
It would be encouraging to see a resolution for the new year that demands an end to computerized “black box” voting, federal bailout programs, an end to ACORN and La Raza’s ride on the tax payer gravy train, acknowledgement that “cash” for anything, whether down payments for homes or old cars is not only adding to the deficit but making it harder to end the insanity of the nanny state.
I’d like to see a resolve to end “free trade” which was pushed by both Republicans and Democrats and which has destroyed industry, agriculture and the jobs that propped up a vibrant and upwardly mobile middle class. That trade we now call “free” has cost us more than jobs. Tainted food, lead in children’s toys, contaminated dry wall and cheap slave labor products are anything but “free.”
A happy new year would also involve a resolution to move away from the duopoly that’s choking the life out of political choice. I want to know that in the new year, in states all across America, ballots will list a real option on voting day; that we’ll get to vote our conscience and not have to choose between ‘Socialist A’ or ‘Socialist B’ representing what amounts to one menu item on different colored plates.
I’m not alone in wishing for resolve to elect a president and Congressional
representatives who will place US sovereignty over treaties and commitments
to the UN or other world bodies.
While I’m at it I’d like to see Congress resolve to put a circle and a slash through the logos of unconstitutional federal entities like the Department of Education, Energy, and the FDA, IRS, and foreign aid programs, the Federal Reserve, NAFTA, CAFTA, GATT and the NAU.
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I’d like to see it resolved that in 2010 The “parchment barrier” against tyranny- James Madison’s term for the Bill of Rights- will be revived, restored and reintroduced to the rest of our countrymen and that more of them will start working to make that barrier strong again.
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Mary Starrett was the Constitution Party candidate for Oregon governor in November, 2006, a TV news anchor and talk show host for 25 years and a radio talk show host for 5 years.
Executive Director, Oregonians for Life, Board of Directors, Christian Family Adoptions.
She is currently the Communications Director for the Constitution Party. The Constitution Party is the fastest-growing minor political party (www.ballot-access.org) and is made up of Americans who believe a return to constitutional government is imperative.