Wednesday, May 9, 2012


"What We Still Believe” by the Augusta Chronicle Outlines Core Values

by U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-01)

Recently I read an editorial in The Augusta Chronicle (AC), an independent newspaper located in Augusta, Georgia. This newspaper is said to be the oldest newspaper in the South and has been serving that area of the country since 1785. The AC makes some very valid points.

The editorial was entitled, "What We Still Believe." I am not going to recite the editorial verbatim, but will restate the main points of the editorial:

"First and foremost this is a Christian owned newspaper that makes no bones about an unshakable belief in God...We believe the U.S. Constitution is still the law of the land.”

The editorial, in summary, continues with these very important points:

Today in pure violation of the Constitution, the AC writes, the federal government has asserted its heavy handed influence in our schools, our businesses, our 50 states and even our personal lives in ways our founders never would have imagined or sanctioned. That the federal mandate ordering us to buy insurance at the bayonet of a fine may be struck down by the Supreme Court by only one vote is evidence enough.

The 10th Amendment states,"the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” The AC states this has been reduced to confetti.

The Editorial states, there is no overstating the dangers of a nation oblivious to or dismissive of, its own charter. If in a country built upon the rule of law, the supreme law of the land becomes a quaint parchment under glass, then our republic is truly lost, as Benjamin Franklin feared it might be. Such a nation empowers leaders who have permission to make up the rules as they go along. This is the path of arbitrariness and caprice, the oppression of which our forebears risked all to escape.

I agree with the AC in their belief that freedom is the most important commodity in human relations, and that the relationship between freedom and government is a zero-sum game. The more government, the less freedom. No government centric society has ever flourished the way our Constitution based republic used to.

Additionally, the AC believes in the uplifting power of responsibility and self reliance. In so many ways our country today discourages or replaces the need for responsibility and self reliance. A culture of victimization and helplessness, a government that seeks to be all things to all people, and a legal industry message that there's always somebody else to blame, have led to an absolutely heartbreaking erosion of this country's"can do” spirit.

I also agree with the AC and their firm belief in open government and secured borders. A free people cannot remain so if their government, at any level, is hiding public information.

The AC states their belief that the First Amendment is the most important document from the mind of man, and the right to free speech and worship the most basic of human rights. They believe the most imminent threat to our republic is not terrorism or poverty or any number of emerging threats, rather that the most impending and menacing danger to America is our own federal government and its unprecedented unchecked spending.

In restating the AC, they believe our political leaders have used our money to buy favor and entrench themselves in seats of imperious and unending power. This has led them to enslave us with $16 trillion in debt and several times that amount in future encumbrances for entitlement programs.

I believe, as does the Augusta Chronicle, that a simple return to constitutional principles is needed in America today!!!

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