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What if the Constitution no longer applied? What would you do?

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What if the Constitution no longer applied? What would you do?

    
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"What if the president assumed everything he did was legal, just because he's the president? What if he could interrupt your regularly scheduled radio and TV programming for a special message from him? What if he could declare war on his own? What if he could read your emails and texts without a search warrant? What if he could kill you without warning?

What if the rights and principles guaranteed in the Constitution have been so distorted in the past 200 years as to be unrecognizable by the Founders? What if the states were mere provinces of a totally nationalized and fully centralized government? What if the Constitution was amended stealthily, not by constitutional amendments duly passed by the states, but by the constant and persistent expansion of the federal government's role in our lives? What if the federal government decided whether its own powers were proper and constitutional?

What if you needed a license from the government to speak, to assemble, or to protest the government? What if the right to keep and bear arms only applied to the government? What if posse comitatus -- the law that prohibits our military from our streets -- were no longer in effect? What if the government considered the military an adequate dispenser of domestic law enforcement? What if cops looked and acted like troops and you couldn't distinguish the military from the police? What if federal agents could write their own search warrants in defiance of the Constitution? What if the government could decide when you weren't entitled to a jury trial?

What if the government could take your property whenever it wanted it? What if the government could continue prosecuting you until it got the verdict it wanted? What if the government could force you to testify against yourself simply by labeling you a domestic terrorist? What if the government could torture you until you said what the government wanted to hear? What if people running for president actually supported torture? What if the government tortured your children to get to you? What if the government could send you to your death and your innocence meant nothing so long as the government's procedures were followed? What if America's prison population, the largest in the world, was the result of a cruel and unusual way for a country to be free? What if half the prison population never harmed anyone but themselves?

What if the people had no rights except those the government chose to let them have? What if the states had no rights except to do as the federal government commanded? What if our elected officials didn't really live among us, but all instead had their hearts and their homes in Washington, D.C.? What if the government could strip you of your rights because of where your mother was when you were born? What if the income tax was unconstitutional? What if the states were convinced to give up their representation in Congress? What if the government tried to ban you from using a substance older than the government itself? What if voting didn't mean anything anymore because both political parties stand for Big Government?

What if the government could write any law, regulate any behavior, and tax any event, the Constitution be damned? What if the government was the reason we don't have a Constitution anymore? What if you could love your country but hate what the government has done to it? What if sometimes to love your country, you had to alter or abolish the government? What if Jefferson was right? What if that government is best which governs least? What if I'm right? What if the government is wrong? What if it is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong? What if it is better to perish fighting for freedom than to live as a slave? What if freedom's greatest hour of danger is now?" click here



I would revolt with no Constitution in effect - please explain
       47% from 23 votes  
I would leave the United States
       31% from 15 votes  
I would stop paying my taxes
       6% from 3 votes  
I would go along and accept that this was the way things would be
       0% from 0 votes

Other?
       16% from 8 votes  

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Lance Ciepiela is a retired senior who had an interesting career in government service - a United States Marine Corps (USMC) Vietnam-Era veteran, who became interested in restoring the Constitution after I realized that W Bush had attacked Iraq (more...)
 

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[[VID5133]]... by Lance Ciepiela on Saturday, Dec 10, 2011 at 5:59:44 PM
Enforce the Constitution, arms in hand if necessar... by B. Ross Ashley on Sunday, Dec 11, 2011 at 12:30:59 AM
American Civil Liberties Union"Unfortunately, almo... by Lance Ciepiela on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013 at 7:50:55 PM
without more specifics about what conditions repla... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, Dec 11, 2011 at 7:51:10 AM
What would you do if the government took all your ... by Paul Bern on Sunday, Dec 11, 2011 at 9:37:09 AM
Armed revolt would be violently suppressed by the ... by bogi666 on Sunday, Dec 11, 2011 at 9:39:36 AM
nonpayment of taxes could be a situation that indu... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, Dec 11, 2011 at 10:55:13 AM
The government as currently structured can monetiz... by Peter Duveen on Tuesday, Dec 13, 2011 at 8:34:41 PM
Kellog, Brown, and Root (KBR), has been put on a 7... by Lance Ciepiela on Sunday, Dec 11, 2011 at 11:30:11 AM
It's hard to say which is best--it depends on one'... by Jill Herendeen on Sunday, Dec 11, 2011 at 3:41:40 PM
There over 800 prison camps in the United States, ... by Lance Ciepiela on Sunday, Dec 11, 2011 at 11:09:49 PM
The Constitution has been the "lifeblood" of the R... by Lance Ciepiela on Monday, Dec 12, 2011 at 9:42:37 AM
President's battlefield powers are unlimited, not ... by Lance Ciepiela on Sunday, Jan 1, 2012 at 7:50:26 PM
The bedrock of the American republic is fracturin... by Lance Ciepiela on Thursday, Feb 9, 2012 at 7:47:02 PM
Tactic 3: Demonizing Protesters In Pre-Event Press... by Lance Ciepiela on Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 10:17:58 AM
greetings.  note this entire article is what ... by edward stein on Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 8:24:10 PM
"A Suspected Terrorist" - Anthony Freda Art The pr... by Lance Ciepiela on Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 10:32:27 AM
[[IMG4145]] On the charge of Crime of Torture and ... by Lance Ciepiela on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 1:10:52 PM
Thank you kindly for all this Mr. Ciepiela.... by James Suggs on Saturday, Dec 15, 2012 at 8:00:31 PM
9/11 -  How Do Two Planes Bring Down Three S... by Lance Ciepiela on Sunday, Dec 16, 2012 at 7:40:50 AM
something quite newfangled and higher-tech than me... by Jill Herendeen on Sunday, Dec 16, 2012 at 8:30:06 AM

 
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