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8 – Constitution Revolution: Does Obama’s Net Neutrality Power Grab Matter?

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This post is the continuation of a weekly Constitution Revolution series that will cover the entire Constitution and many of the principles it was founded on. Click here for last week’s lesson.

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Recently the Federal Communications Commission adopted new rules (commonly referred to as “net neutrality) that will allow the government to regulate the internet as if it were a public utility.

In other words, the FCC decided to grant itself control over the internet. For any clear thinking person, this type of policy making is obviously a part of the legislative function of government. Despite that, President Barack Obama pushed to have this decision made by the FCC – which is a part of the executive branch.

The question now is, will either of the other two branches step in to stop this power grab?

As I explained on TheBlaze Radio’s Chris Salcedo Show, each branch of government has a set of tools they can use to reign in the other two branches. You’ve probably heard this referred to as our system of checks and balances:

Each branch of government has a set of tools they can use to reign in the other two branches; and tools are meant to be used. That’s especially true when it comes to the system of checks and balances. Let me show you why.

Read more at TheBlaze…

7 – Constitution Revolution: How Separation Can Make Us Stronger

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This post is the continuation of a weekly Constitution Revolution series that will cover the entire Constitution and many of the principles it was founded on. Click here for last week’s lesson.

It was 3 p.m. on a Thursday in 2003. I was working for a small town bank in Iowa. And although I didn’t know it, I was about to get an extraordinary lesson in the concept of separation of powers.

The manager of the branch I worked in called me into her office. After I sat down she said, “Chad, you’ve worked here for quite a while now and we need some help opening the bank in the morning. So we’ve decided to give you the combination to the safe.”

At that moment, my eyes lit up as I thought about the significant new role the bank must have in mind for me if they were ready to trust me with that kind of power. Clearly this would mean a pay raise; but who knows what else?! This could be the start of some big changes for me.

But before my imagination could get too far out of control, the bank manager brought me crashing back down to reality.

She said, “Chad… you’ll be getting half of the combination. A few people in the bank have the other half of the combination. Two people always have to be there before you can open the safe.”

In other words, the power to open up the safe had been separated out among a handful of people in the bank.

There is a great reason why the bank divided up the combination: no one person can be trusted with the power to open the safe on their own. Not the president of the bank. None of the vice presidents. Nobody. So a system was created to ensure that if one person does want to open the safe for the wrong reasons, there is always someone else there to stand in their way.

It makes a ton of sense.

Of course, the bank was only protecting our money. As I covered in a previous post, the government is supposed to be protecting our rights and our liberty.

Now stop and think for a moment: is there even one current politician who is so honest and pure that you would have no problem blindly trusting him with your most valuable possessions (your rights, your liberty, your way of life)?

That’s why our government needs to have a system similar to the one at the bank in order to keep our rights secure.

As I explained this weekend on TheBlaze Radio’s Chris Salcedo Show, what makes the separation of powers effective is the fact that there are three jobs that every government has to be able to perform or it cannot function:

Read more at TheBlaze…

6 – Constitution Revolution: Is Democracy a Good Thing?

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This post is the sixth in a weekly Constitution Revolution series that will cover the entire Constitution and many of the principles it was founded on. Click here for last week’s lesson.

Last week I talked about the fact that we create constitutions to protect our rights from the government. But how does that work in reality? Once you give power to a government, how can you actually prevent that power from being abused?

As I explained this weekend on TheBlaze Radio’s Chris Salcedo Show, there are ways to do that. But only if the government you are creating is a republic – and not a democracy:

It’s hard to overemphasize how important it is to get out of this habit of referring to our country as a democracy. Remember, democracy is basically majority rule. Whatever 51 percent of the people want, 51 percent of the people will get. As good as that might sound, it doesn’t work out well in the real world.

Read more at TheBlaze…

5 – Constitution Revolution: Why Even Have a Constitution?

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This post is the fifth in a weekly Constitution Revolution series that will cover the entire Constitution and many of the principles it was founded on. Click here for last week’s lesson.

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We are constantly having debates in this country about what is or is not Constitutional and how we should interpret the Constitution. But before we can accurately answer any of those questions, first we have to answer a much more fundamental question: What is the purpose of our Constitution?

As I explained this weekend on TheBlaze Radio’s Chris Salcedo Show, the primary purpose of a constitution is to protect our rights from the people in government:

I know in a lot of ways this seems like a basic, Constitution 101-type of an idea. But it’s critically important. Stick with me and I’ll show you why.

Read more at TheBlaze…

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