United States of America Is This Anyway?
March 8, 2003
By Lois Erwin
As George W. Bush and his minions work feverishly to deprive
us of more and more of our Freedoms and Liberties, they seem
to have forgotten who is in charge of the United States government;
it is We the People of the United States of America.
We do not enjoy our Freedoms and Liberties at the president's
discretion; nor at the discretion of administration officials;
those Freedoms and Liberties are ours by right of the Constitution
of the United States.
We do not live as American citizens courtesy of the president's
permission; we live as American citizens courtesy of the Constitution,
given to us by our wise and learned Founding Fathers.
George W. Bush, for the moment, occupies the White House,
not by having won an election but by close vote of the United
States Supreme Court, which had no Constitutional right to
decide a presidential election. Our Constitution specifically
states that: "if no person have such majority [of electoral
votes], then from the persons having the highest numbers not
exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President,
the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by
ballot, the President." Our Founding Fathers specifically
decided the House of Representatives should make that decision
because it is the chamber closest to -- and most representative
of -- the people; the Supreme Court decidedly does not fit
Nowhere in our Constitution does it state that the Supreme
Court should decide a presidential election. Nowhere.
We do not have to please the president, but he has to please
us or he will not be re-elected. And, yet, we have as our
current president a man who so misunderstands where the power
resides in America that he has stated it is for others to
explain themselves to him -- that one of the beauties of being
president is that he doesn't have to explain himself to anyone.
Or I should say, "wrong again," Mr. President.
The American government, as explained so beautifully to us
all by President Abraham Lincoln, belongs to the American
people and is a government of the people, by the people and
for the people.
We have practiced self-government for more than 200 years,
and we have become fairly good at it. There are no dictators
in America, and no one can take away our Constitutionally-guaranteed
Freedoms, Rights, and Liberties except by Constitutional amendment.
If our president and his administration think otherwise,
they need to check a few books out of any public library and
read the pertinent passages. I know there are excellent libraries
available to them in Washington D. C. It is time -- it is
past time -- for our present White House occupant to avail
himself of the reading material available on the topic of
the Constitution of the United States. Maybe the Library of
Congress would be a good place to start. It's free.