No difference between Kerry, Bush
Although the Democratic and Republican candidates do not officially receive their party's nominations for president until July and August, it does appear that Sen. John Kerry and President George W. Bush will be the ones doing battle come this fall for the White House.
Kerry has stated that there is a significant philosophical difference between himself and President Bush, but from all accounts by all of the news media, it is very difficult to decide if there really is any difference between the two when it comes to preserving, protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States.
Both are in favor of the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Act restricting an individual's freedom of speech as protected by the First Amendment. Both of them are in favor of gun control laws, which are prohibited by the Second Amendment. Both Kerry and Bush favor the unconstitutional inspections now being administered at all airports and Border Patrol stations, which are forbidden by the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Both gentlemen favor federal government spending on education, space travel, health care, retirement, day care and a slew of other projects for which the U.S. Constitution does not grant power to either the president or the Congress to perform. Both favor giving the president the power to declare war, which is unconstitutional under Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution. As a matter of fact, one hardly hears either individual discuss the Constitution and the activities for which it does authorize both the president and Congress.
Both even have similar backgrounds in that they are Yale graduates and both are members of the school's Skull and Bones society, which is so secret that neither one of them can discuss it publicly.
It appears that both men really have total disregard for our Constitution, the very document both have sworn to uphold. As a result, no matter which individual is elected president, our Constitution will continue to be nothing more than a piece of paper with ink on it rather than the supreme law of the land to which everyone, including the president and all members of Congress, must adhere.
Whether Kerry or Bush is our president next year, nothing will change in regard to preserving, protecting, defending and honoring the Constitution. Our military will continue to be spread around the world unconstitutionally. Individual rights, protected by the Bill of Rights, will continue to be trampled on by government. Taxes and government spending will continue to increase until hyperinflation totally obliterates the value of our money, causing havoc to our economy.
Real change in the way our government officials act only takes place when individuals change their perspective on the Constitution and view the document as a restriction on the power of government and then act accordingly to enforce those restrictions. We cannot expect different results if there is no difference in viewpoints of the Constitution.
Elected officials who truly view the Constitution as a document restricting the power of government and adhere to that viewpoint instead of trying to find ways to get around it will truly preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, resulting in more individual liberty.
To find out about people who not only discuss the parameters within which the president and Congress can operate as discussed in our Constitution but also will in fact adhere to those restrictions, go to the following Web sites:
The People for the USA Yuma chapter will host the candidates for Yuma County Superior Court judge who will give their respective views on the law Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Yuma County Library.
Howard J. Blitz is a local libertarian and president of The Freedom Library Inc., 2435 S. 8th Ave. He is also on KJOK, 1400 AM, at 7:50 every Tuesday morning with 'On The Edge With Howie Blitz' and 'A Liberty Moment." His e-mail address is email@example.com.