The U.S. Constitution Is Not A Political Weapon

Yesterday, the Maryland and District of Columbia Attorneys General jointly filed a lawsuit against President Trump, citing a violation of the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution.

First, to clear the air about emolument, the legal definition is: “the profit arising from office, employment or labor.”

President Donald J. TrumpThe clause referred to in our Constitution is toward the end of Article I. Section 9.: “No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”

Our Founding Fathers added this clause as they wanted to ensure that anyone holding a high office serving the people of these United States could not be bribed in order to grant favors to other nations or peoples. As Alexander Hamilton stated, “One of the weak sides of republics, among their numerous advantages, is that they afford too easy an inlet to foreign corruption.”

There is quite a bit of absurdity regarding the charges filed by the two Democratic party Attorneys General against our president.  The suit alleges  that President Trump is “accepting foreign payments while in office.”

A major hole in their legal standing is that the president is not the hotel where the payments are actually made to stay at the luxury hotel. Despite that distinction, regardless of the price of a room at Trump International Hotel in Washington DC, where it is alleged that foreign dignitaries now prefer to stay when visiting our nation’s capitol, it is a drop in the bucket to his net worth (I.E., he could not possibly be bribed for a $1000 per night room stay, especially after all expenses are deducted).

U S ConstitutionWhere were they when?  If these two supposed stalwarts of the U.S. Constitution are so riled up about President Trump and some small amount of hotel income, where were they when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had millions flowing into hers and Bill’s foundation, or into Bill’s personal account (through half-million dollar pay-for-play speaking engagements)?

As people learn through the upcoming educational and highly entertaining movie, In Search of Liberty, the U.S. Constitution was created by the Framers to be the Law of the Land and that it is up to “We the People” to ensure that our elected representatives adhere to it.  As such that means that all citizens are to be held accountable.

It is strongly suggested that, if the DC and MD Attorneys General decide to continue their lawsuit against #45, that they file suit against Bill and Hillary Clinton.  If they do not also go after the Clintons then this lawsuit can be seen for what it is, another politically motivated attack against the sitting president.

Know your rights! Protect your rights!

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Scott D. Welch is a consultant to IC Liberty Films LLC, the distribution and marketing company of the historic enlightening and entertaining movie In Search of Liberty.

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Donald J Trump on the 2nd Amendment

The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution, the second item addressed in OUR Bill of Rights, states:  “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

In this short video, Republican Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump is very clear and quite precise on his stand regarding Americans and their right to own guns.

He is in good company.

There was, and there still are, very good reasons for citizens to bear arms.

Our Founding Fathers wrote the 2nd because they knew that an armed populace would not (easily) fall to tyrannical leaders.

Founding Fathers Patrick Henry and George Mason of Virginia both lobbied and fought for a bill of rights, as the Constitution gave too much power to the centralized government.  They battled long and hard to convince their fellow Patriots to arm the people with Rights, Rights which would help define freedom and liberty as never before.

Regarding arms, Mason said,  “To disarm the people…[i]s the most effectual way to enslave them.”

Henry, ever the orator, said,  “Guard with jealous attention the public liberty.  Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel.  Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force.  Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined…. The great object is that every man be armed.  Everyone who is able might have a gun.”

US Flag - pistolMeanwhile, Alexander Hamilton said, “The best we can help for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.”

And Thomas Jefferson stated, “What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.”

Perhaps our first President, George Washington, said it best, “Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence.”

Let us not dwell on the fact that the U.S. Constitution and its Bill of Rights are over 240 years old.  Let us, instead, marvel at the foresight our Founding Fathers had in preparing foundational writings that can stand, and have stood, the test of time when they are followed by a moral and ethical people.

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Founding Fathers on Liberty and Freedom

To hear our Founding Fathers speak of liberty and freedom you might believe that they had some knowledge and experience with the subject matter.  They spoke and wrote openly of their concerns about what it would take to keep liberty strong, how liberty could be taken away, how freedoms could be lost.  What these Patriots voiced over 240 years ago is just as valid today as it may have been back in the 18th & 19th centuries, if not more so.

A simple definition of the word liberty is “the state or condition of people who are able to act and speak freely.”  It includes freedom from restraint or control from almost anything, other than illegal or harmful activities.  When one looks around today, we do see our freedoms being lessened, while our government has morphed into an uncontrollable behemoth where the political elitists do as they please and damned be the people.

Carpenters' Hall
Carpenters’ Hall – First Continental Congress meeting place

Please take a few minutes to read a sampling of our ancestors had to say.  Several are speaking to us as if they were alive today.

Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.
Benjamin Franklin

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.
John Hancock

The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.
James Madison

A free people ought not only be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.
George Washington

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny.  When the government fears the people, there is liberty.
Thomas Jefferson

If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.
Samuel Adams

A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored.  Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.
John Adams

There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty that makes human nature rise above itself in acts of bravery and heroism.
Alexander Hamilton

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
Patrick Henry

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