It’s time for a revolution

By Andrew Pankratz
Times-News correspondent

Andrew Pankratz

Folks, it’s time for a revolution. Though Thomas Jefferson was a bit over-zealous in thinking it good to have a revolution every 50 years, it has been well over 200 years since the last one.
But by revolution, I mean that we should do the same as the early patriots who fought for independence.
Edmund Pendleton, as quoted by M. E. Bradford on page 26 of “Original Intentions on the Making and Ratification of the United States Constitution,” wrote that all they ever wanted was a “redress of grievances, not a revolution of government.” The revolution only came about because the king refused to abide by the British Constitution of 1688. In short, because he refused to return to the first principles. Little wonder, then, when forced to secede and formulate a new government, how heavily the founders relied on the British Constitution, because they only desired to return to the original government as handed down to them, and for it to be administered in purity and in truth.
The Constitution the states ratified in the late 1780s was structural and procedural in nature. Constitutions of this sort are usually classified as nomocratic. And it was also limited in design. As an example, consider that some of the framers were uncertain as to whether a requirement for Congress to meet once a year was wise. The contention they offered was that there probably wouldn’t be enough business for Congress to meet that often. Such was the limited nature envisioned for the federal government.
In the last half a century, the Teleocratic School has gained popularity. This school of thought views the Constitution as a means to creating a utopian society. The Constitution is so nomocratic and limited in nature that they usually ignore it in favor of documents like the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration is great, but it’s not a legal document apart from declaring independence from England. Everything else in it is either justification for secession from England, or snatches of Jefferson’s personal philosophy. The states only signed a Declaration of Independence, not an expression of the inherent rights of mankind.
This fall, and whenever the chance occurs, we need to use our votes to demand a return to the original Constitution. Let’s hold our politicians accountable — are they upholding the Constitution as it was written, or are they making government off what they think the Constitution should be? The time has come, and may we rise to the occasion.

Andrew Pankratz is a home-schooled rising junior and a Teens & 20s writer.

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