David Rauschenberger MUG

One of my favorite Beacon readers asked me a question that couldn’t be sidestepped. It came from a Democrat who isn’t some crazy left-wing nut. She’s actually a moderate who is pro-life.

She’s an outlier. She’s smiling right now, because I told her that I wanted to write a column about our conversation.

My friend wants to know why I believe the Constitution is so important and why I don’t believe it’s a “living, breathing document.” She wants me to know my freedom is stifled by identifying as an originalist. And, as I’m known to, I have an answer for her.

The Constitution isn’t the law of the land for American citizens. It’s the law that dictates how our government governs us. The United States Constitution confines our three branches of government. Laws determine the behavior of the masses. The Constitution governs those who govern. It’s simple, but very complex.

What my Democrat friends misunderstand is the simple fact that the Founders made changing our Constitution a bit more difficult than they’d like. Marching to the Supreme Court to insert some specific law like Roe v. Wade was never an option they granted. But Democrats were able to pervert one-third of our system to accomplish that goal.

What matters most is the process set forth by the Founders to amend and/or change our Constitution. If Democrats could push their agenda down that avenue, they would have done it long ago. But they can’t. And our Constitution, after the latest embarrassing impeachment saga, is strong. It remains.

The past few years have been a real test of our founding document and the intention of those who created it. The House of Representatives has spent more than three years attempting to void the votes of Donald Trump supporters and subordinating the power of the executive branch.

They can deny it, but Democrats have planned and executed an attempt at what Mark Levin calls a “soft coup.” Rush Limbaugh says what’s happening in our country is no less than an attempt to thwart the will of the people and depose a duly elected president.

In closing, I don’t believe the Constitution “lives and breathes.” That’s code for it not mattering at all to some on the left in this country.

You want to add something to the Constitution, go through the difficult and arduous steps set forth by those who knew that a government that can unilaterally change the rules for governing is no government of the people at all. Think …

— Rauschenberger, an accountant, lives in Orange City. Send email to drausch@bellsouth.net or info@beacononlinenews.com.