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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Free Speech in these United States of America

Many Americans do not realize the extent to which the First Amendment, especially free speech, has been under attack.

It is clear, according to the First Amendment, that free speech cannot be abridged.  Period.  Yet, it gets done constantly.

Political Correctness has been strangling Free Speech for many years.  The same can be said about Free Speech Zones, places designated where people may freely voice their opinions.

Sorry, the United States, in total, is a Free Speech Zone!

However, there are many people and places undermining our right in this area. Take, for instance, institutions of higher learning.

First AmendmentThree years ago, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) reported that 59% of American colleges and universities have policies in place that impede First Amendment rights.  Another 35% have “policies that overregulate speech on campus.”

That is a total of 94% of our colleges and universities practicing, in one form or another, oppression of one’s right to speak freely, here is these United States.

Every American needs to be aware of all of our rights, as specifically laid out in the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and other Amendments.

Having various rights and freedoms infringed upon was a primary motivation, along with the subject not really being taught in school any more, for the production of the movie In Search of Liberty, an educational film, that is also highly entertaining, designed to enlighten young and old alike about our basic rights and freedoms.

In the movie, a captivating statesman from America’s past takes a modern-day family on a series of wild adventures.  With a spicy mix of humor, magic and logic, he opens their eyes to the origins and importance of the U.S. Constitution, the degree to which it is under attack today and what can and must be done to save it.

And, make no mistake, it must be saved.

In Search of LibertyThere are those on the left who are constantly working to either undermine or totally ignore that priceless document that our Founding Fathers worked so hard to put together.  And, if you are not aware of all of your rights, you do not know when they are being taken away.

As Thomas Jefferson said, “Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” Another Founding Father, John Adams, echoed those words when he said, “Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.”

Know your rights!

Keep your rights!

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Scott D Welch is the COO of IC Liberty Films LLC, the production company of the historic educational and entertaining movie In Search of Liberty.

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Judge Jeanine Pirro Fights for We The People

In a recent Fox News “Opening Statement,” Judge Jeanine Pirro leads off with this:  “They are changing the rules before your very eyes.  This is bigger than a travel ban, bigger than a debate question.  The left is changing black letter law and journalistic standards and the constitution in order to satisfy their agenda.  They are simply intolerant of opinions that differ from theirs.”

From there she pointed out how, at UC Berkeley, they shut down the First Amendment right an invited speaker, and, in a separate action, others donned black robes and burned the US Constitution in defiance of President Trump exercising his powers to keep America safe.

She then went after Judge Watson in Hawaii whose political motivation, and nothing else, was used to issue an order halting the second, amended temporary travel ban.  He claimed the ban would harm tourism in his state.  She goes on to say that his decision of applying our religious rights granted in the First Amendment to those in Somalia who are not citizens and do not hold visas or green cards is “outright lunacy.”

There are myriad ways that those on the left attempt to strip away our rights and freedoms and we all must be vigilant to these actions.  She tells us all to “stay the course.”

thomas-jefferson-libertyAt IC Liberty Films LLC, we are doing our part.  We are preparing to market and distribute our feature-length movie, In Search of Liberty, designed to educate all Americans about the US Constitution and Bill of Rights in a highly entertaining manner.  For only when we know our rights are we then able to understand when others attempt to lessen them or take them away.

When asked to comment about the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights to IC Liberty Films, Judge Jeanine said, “These are invaluable because they define our freedoms and separate Americans from those in other countries where they are subjects and not drivers of the government.”  She also feels that the U.S. Constitution is in jeopardy and that it is up to the Supreme Court to keep the rights defined by our Founding Fathers intact.

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Scott D Welch is the COO of IC Liberty Films LLC, the production company of the historic educational and entertaining movie In Search of Liberty.

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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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Why We Must Teach the US Constitution in Schools

Happy little boy, pupil with book on headSince its inception in 1787, the US Constitution has been a guiding light for generations of American citizens. It is the blueprint of this great nation. The Founding Fathers took painstaking efforts to create this Supreme Law of the Land that protects the security, freedom and prosperity of WE the People.

But our beloved Constitution is under attack from those who apologize for this nation being the greatest and most powerful in the world.  New generations of Americans are not being enlightened about the true importance of our country’s founding documents.  By teaching about the US Constitution in schools, we will help protect and uphold our values, rights and freedoms.

Teaching the Constitution in schools is the Law.

In 2004, a bill was signed that made it law to teach the US Constitution in federally funded schools.  It is the legal obligation of those schools to provide students with programs that open their eyes to the importance of the Constitution in their everyday lives.  If it is taught properly, students can understand the true meaning of their rights and the vital constitutional amendments that protect those rights.

But teaching the Constitution in schools as the framers intended it, without biased interpretations, is the key.  Too often, professors and educators insert their personal ideological viewpoints when presenting the Constitution to students.

The United States Depends on Proper Constitution Education in Schools

How free would we be without our Constitution?  How would our government operate without it?  These questions should be answered with education programs not only on Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, but every day of the school year.

Our youth must learn and truly understand how amazing this nation is.  Thomas Jefferson said: “Enlighten the people and tyranny and oppression will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.”

George Washington said:  “…what duty more pressing…than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?”  The Founding Fathers agreed:  the youth of America must learn about the document that makes their success possible.

It is the People Who Preserve Our Constitutional Rights

As times change, one thing should remain certain: the guarantee of our inalienable rights as free citizens.  Our rights are not assigned to us, they belong to us.  These rights are based on natural laws.  They are inherent to the human experience and apply to every American.

Certain politicians have forgotten and ignored how the US Constitution protects our rights every day.  It is only through teaching in schools that We the People can ensure our children (and we ourselves) know the principles of liberty and prosperity.  It is through education we take our freedom into our own hands.

George Washington said: “The People are [the Constitution’s] only keepers.”

The heart of the Constitution and the United States is… The People.  Power belongs in the hands of the people, not the government.  The more school students understand the US Constitution, the more they understand what Congress can and cannot do, and the more they understand when laws are unconstitutional and how to fight them, just like our Founding Fathers would have done.

The US Constitution is more than a piece of paper.  Together with the Declaration of Independence, it is the pillar of our nation, standing free from the oppression and tyranny of any ruling class, including our own government.  Not only does it protect our national sovereignty, religious freedom, and right to free speech, it also guarantees the complete and total freedom of every citizen, both now and in the future.

It is everyone’s right to receive constitutional teaching in our schools.

Today, our nation faces great challenges from within. Help bring the US Constitution back into the hearts and minds of young Americans.  Take a stand and help ensure our country’s freedom for generations to come.

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