Saturday, January 1, 2011

Starting the New Year on the Right Foot . . .

That's what I hope to do.

I've had a blessed holiday time, even if I do have to reclaim that word in its original, non-PC definition, as a time of festivity and recreation. I've made preparations for a holy day, celebrated the Holy Day itself, and had tons of fun preparing for the New Year. I've visited with people I seldom see, shared special meals, and enjoyed at least my portion of good cheer. During this time of respite, I've concentrated much more on the beauty of the season than on the continuous assaults being launched on beauty in all her forms. As a result, I am emerging from this holiday season as intended: greatly restored. In this, I know, I am not alone: whatever our individual worries and sorrows, a great many of us managed to find some portion of cheer during our holiday season.

In the New Year, we have reason to believe, the Dark Forces are not going to have quite as easy a time as they did in the last. This year, patriots will ring in the New Year with a renewal of allegiance to that great shield of human liberty: the Constitution of the United States.

In 2010, Republicans in Congress issued a Pledge to America in which they stated:
We pledge to honor the Constitution as constructed by its framers and honor the original intent of those precepts that have been consistently ignored – particularly the Tenth Amendment, which grants that all powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
Republicans in the House, now the majority party, are honoring that Pledge by changing the House rules to require that every bill contain a statement by the author citing the constitutional authority to enact the proposed law:
As promised in the Pledge, members will not be able to introduce a bill or joint resolution without a “statement citing as specifically as practicable the power or powers granted to Congress in the Constitution to enact” it. This will serve to refocus members of Congress, with every bill they introduce, on the Constitution that they take an oath to support and defend.
To show they mean business, Republicans plan to read the U.S. Constitution in its entirety on the House floor on January 6.

Democrat pundits have been screeching from the rooftops that the planned reading of the Constitution will be mere window dressing. They wouldn't be screeching, however, if they did not have some inkling of the tremendous power on the American people inherent in the text of the Constitution. A public reading of the Constitution, combined with the requirement that bills cite the Constitutional powers that will make them lawful, will bring discussions of the actual text of U.S. Constitution not only into public discourse, but also into classrooms and dinner-table discussions.

This is good news for conservatives and bad news for socialist progressives. The Constitution, so carefully constructed, does not leave much room for doublespeak, the socialist-progressives' native tongue and the recently adopted official language of the Democrat Party. A revival of appreciation for the Constitution of the United States is going to be very, very good for this country--and it will give many patriots even more practice holding Congressional feet to the fire.


  1. With the Pledge to America and new conservatives in Congress things are looking up this year.

    Wishing you and yours a blessed, happy, and healthy New Year, Quite Rightly.

  2. @Teresa - Thanks, and a wonder-filled New Year to you and your family!

  3. Happy New Year, QR and thank you for a much needed optimistic story!

  4. PS, I shared your terrific post at that page I run at facebook, I think the fans there will like it as much as I do.

  5. I do agree that there is a certain amount of window dressing attached to this, but I am still very pleased that they are doing it. Like you said, it is bringing back into the conversation. Now, if we can only get more people to talk about it and read it on their own, we will have made much progress.

    You don't understand what rights you are losing if you don't understand what the rights are.

  6. So glad you've had a chance for restoration. ; ) Wishing you and yours a wonderful and blessed New Year.

    (And thanks, she's finally feeling a little better--the fever is back to low-grade territory.)

  7. I, for one, applaud the move to read the Constitution in the House! .... but, if a Republican reads the Constitution in the forest, will it make a noise? Not according to the MSM I'm afraid.

  8. @Zilla - Thanks for posting this at facebook! The Dems are in for a surprise if they think we've forgotten all about our liberties.

  9. @conservative girl - "You don't understand what rights you are losing if you don't understand what the rights are." Exactly. That's what the socialists are counting on.

  10. @pjMom - I know that you and the little one had a Christmas "holiday" for the books. You won't be forgetting this one soon! Someday I'll tell you about the airsick baby and the overly inquisitive customs inspector. I hope you get your fair share of sleep soon! Happy New Year.

  11. @Odie - It won't make a noise, but maybe it will mash a few socialists . . .