Clarity On The Issues

U.S. Constitution

Joe Kaufman For Congress Florida District 23

I believe that the American Constitution is the greatest man-made document in world history.

It is great because it is based on concepts and values that are timeless and fundamental.

They represent our inalienable rights bestowed upon us by our Creator, not by government. Some people believe our Constitution is no longer relevant.

They obviously believe that our rights are not bestowed by our Creator, threatening to our freedom as Americans.

Our First, Second, Fourth and Tenth Amendments are repeatedly under attack.

The First Amendment is best understood by a quote typically attributed to Voltaire, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

Today, activists commonly threaten people’s careers because they disapprove of what they say.

They are invoking a new type of McCarthyism, replacing free speech with politically correct speech.

Nowhere in the First Amendment does it say your speech should be politically correct or polite or even civil.

Free speech can only be limited in the case of incitement to harm to individuals or groups of individuals.

Challenging this concept not only shuts down free debate, but leads to other forms of censorship such as book burning.

Our Second Amendment is an expression of the contempt that our Constitutional forefathers had regarding the tyranny of Government.

The right to bear arms is an inalienable right to defend ourselves and our loved ones against harm.

The framers wanted the power to lie in the hands of the people, not government.

Stripping out the Second Amendment is tantamount to surrendering our rights as a free people and surrendering our lives to criminals who, for the most part, have unfettered access to illegal weapons.

The Fourth Amendment protects our privacy.

It prevents the Government from invading our privacy without probable cause and a judge-authorized search warrant.

It too was established to limit the authority of Government.

It is meant to protect us from the Government, itself.

Yet today the Government believes that the threat of terrorism and technological advancements justifies trampling over the Fourth Amendment.

The Amendment is as pertinent today as it was when written, because to alter our freedoms to fit the circumstance is to deny that our rights are inalienable.

The Tenth Amendment was established to bestow greater legislative power at the State level rather than the Federal level.

Those legislative issues not addressed in the Constitution should be decided at the State level.

The founders feared that, if too much power resided within a centralized government, it could and likely would force the will of the few upon the many.

The current White House gives us more than enough reason to be fearful of the unbound expansion of federal powers that are invading every aspect of our lives and reducing our freedoms.

We must replace them with people who put America First.