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Dispelling Constitutional Myths - Part II
Topic: Saving the Republic
Every once in a while, I notice that my comfort zone is getting a little bit too cozy, and since growth only happens when we’re outside of that zone, I try to force myself to leave it on a somewhat regular basis.
The more traveling I do, the more I’m able to interact with the public, which just means I get the pleasure of discovering what life is like outside of my self-induced echo chamber. In doing so, I’ve taken mutliple Uber rides recently, and the interaction with my drivers has been both enlightening and mildly productive in terms of Saving the Republic.
When I was in California last month, I had a driver who was very friendly, and talkative, which I always appreciate. He started asking me what I did for a living and as soon as I mentioned Patriot Academy and the constitution classes he said, "So what do you think? Do you think the constitution needs changed to fit in better with the times?" It was pretty obvious to me where he was headed with this.
I answered, "Well that's a loaded question, but first I think it needs to be re-read and studied because most Americans don't even know what it says."
By the way he chuckled, I could tell he was clueless. So then I proceeded to spit out the 2 statistics from my last article that I recommended you commit to memory… 70% of Americans can’t name the 3 branches of government and 80% can't name more than 1 of the 5 freedoms listed in the first amendment. Not surprisingly, he fell into both of those categories, just like I did three years ago.
Side note: Make sure you don’t fall into that 70 or 80% range… executive, legislative, and judicial… speech, religion, assembly, press, petition the government.
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The ride was fairly quick so I didn’t have much time to educate him on what the 3 branches of government are and about the 5 freedoms in the first amendment that he couldn’t name (he only knew freedom of speech). As I exited the vehicle, his parting words to me were, "Well, you got me. I guess I need to re-read the constitution."
With a warm smile I replied, “Yes, my friend, you do. By the way, Article 5 is all about the amendment process, which is how we can change the constitution. But why would you want to change a document when you don't even know what it says?”
The satisfaction I felt in my head from my mic drop moment was very short lived. With America on the daily fast track to communism, it’s quite sobering to realize how civically ignorant the average American citizen is. With that said, let’s dive into another constitutional myth.
Myth #2: Federal judges hold lifetime appointments
Truth: Judges are NOT appointed for life. They are appointed for as long as they maintain good behavior. The House of Representatives has the power to impeach (essentially an indictment) and the Senate has the sole power to try all impeachments.
In the past, judges have been impeached for the following:
Issuing an order contradicting an act of Congress
Drunkenness in private life
Rudeness in the courtroom
Judicial high handedness
According to Alexander Hamilton, impeachment is a bridle in the hands of the legislature.
But we do need a legislature, particularly a Speaker of the House, with enough backbone to start the impeachment process for any judge who displays bad behavior. In my view, Kevin McCarthy is no such speaker.
For further study, I recommend the book, Judicial Activism by David Barton.
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