Cleave to the Constitution

Many – if not most – Americans are ignorant of the Constitution. That is tragic since it is the law. If another law is written but differs with the Constitution, it should become void.


If the president issues an executive order doubling the pay of employees in the executive branch, it is an illegal order. The president may hire high-level employees without the consent of the Senate, but if the law requires consent, they are not employees and need not be paid, and any actions they take are void. If a person becomes president who is not a natural-born citizen, all actions he or she takes as president are void.

Many – if not most – Americans believe that any baby born in the United States is an American citizen. That is false. The 14th Amendment states: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.” A diplomat to the United Nations who is in New York with his wife has diplomatic immunity for himself and his wife. If she gives birth, then she – and now her child – would not be subject to the jurisdiction of New York or the United States.

The purpose of the 14th Amendment was to grant citizenship to slaves and their children. To take a phrase out of context and enforce it is illegal. Criminals should not euphemistically be called “undocumented aliens” – they are criminals. They also are not entitled to the constitutional rights of citizens.

Consider a federal bureaucracy – the Internal Revenue Service. The 16th Amendment gives Congress the “power to lay and collect taxes on incomes.” Only Congress may make the rules. Any of the 92,000 pages of IRS code that have not been passed by Congress are void.

Similar bureaucracies have been created for business regulation with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act; for health-care regulation with Obamacare; and for banking regulation with the Dodd-Frank Act. The problems that these bureaucracies seek to regulate were caused by bad laws passed by Congress. The people who wrote the enforcement laws were also the “lawmakers” who wrote the original “bad laws” that were abused legally.

To continue as a nation with a constitutional rule of law, we the people need to re-institute our authority.

Chuck Tatum

North Augusta, S.C.



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