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A Black Guy’s Defense of the Constitution

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Recently a leftist journalist from The Nation named Elie Mystal referred to the U.S. Constitution as "trash". He appeared on The View last Friday to promote his new book "Allow me to Retort: A Black Guys Guide to the Constitution". This is the ideological battle in which we are engaged in America. 


Mr. Mystal must be commended for having the courage, albeit delusional, to admit to the Country the progressive socialist leftist perspective on the US Constitution. It is no different than Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, when he asserted that "parents do not have a right to decide what their children are being taught".

The left in America is so emboldened that they no longer feel the need to hide their disdain for this Nation. The question is, for we, constitutional conservatives, what shall be our response? 

The situation in America is no longer about political parties. It is now about two very different philosophies of governance, constitutional conservatism and progressive socialism...Marxism. The crux of the matter comes down to the relationship between the individual citizen and the institution of government. Our founding documents, which Mystal believes are flawed because white men wrote them, establish the individual, their rights, freedoms, liberties, as sovereign over the institution of government. Mystal and his comrades do not believe that to be so.

We are living in a time where the usurpation of individual rights and liberties is rampant. Of course, Mystal believes that the Constitution should be scrapped and replaced with the fundamental ideological beliefs of post-modern, not classical, liberalism. The left's belief is that social justice, which means equality of outcomes, should be the guiding principle. But who exactly gets to decide the outcomes? 


Constitutional conservatives embrace the premise of equality of opportunity and in the writings of English political philosopher John Locke and his theory of natural rights -- life, liberty, and property. Thomas Jefferson codified Locke's natural rights theory in our Declaration of Independence -- life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Mystal's condemnation of our Constitution is based upon the skin color of the writers, the framers, which is insidious. Was it not Dr. King who advocated that we judge based upon the content of character, not the color of skin? 

I am wondering, if the Constitution, according to Mystal, is trash, then what happens to freedom of religion and the free exercise thereof? After all, the civil rights movement was faith based. If the Constitution is trash, then what happens to the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments which ended slavery, gave slaves citizenship, and codified the right to vote for those new American citizens. Oh yea, those were white men who passed those Amendments, as well as the Amendment giving women the right to vote.

Shall we scrap the Second Amendment of the Constitution? Matter of fact, it was the Ku Klux Klan that certainly did not want newly freed slaves to enjoy that constitutional right. Yea, the KKK served as foot soldiers to the Democrat party.

Mystal even asserts that we should abolish States rights, meaning the 10th Amendment. In essence he is advocating that we are no longer a Constitutional Republic, and he disavows the system of federalism. Mystal and his leftist accomplices want an all-powerful federal government that rules, not governs. 


And we must understand, the left does not believe in the three branches of government, but rather the three branches of rule -- media, academia, and the courts. The left does not believe in natural rights theory, no. They believe that their ideological agenda forms the basis of rights, which they can bestow and rescind.

The left does not believe we have a right to life. They have welcomed the cult of death of a woman who was a white supremacist and racist, Margaret Sanger. The left used the US Supreme Court, all white men, to decide that a woman has the right to murder a baby in the womb. They also used the SCOTUS to decide that marriage can be what their ideological agenda states. And, by the way, the Constitution does not give courts the enumerated power to make law.

The abject danger of the ideals of Elie Mystal and the progressive socialist left is that they have no regard for our rule of law...just their rule. Individual rights are impediments to their totalitarian designs and goals. The Constitution of the United States is the document that binds us together as the American people. It is the reason why we are the longest running Constitutional Republic that the world has ever known. It is the document that four generations of Black men in my family took an oath to support and defend. And we are all combat veterans who were willing to make the last full measure of devotion to honor that oath.


This Black man honors and reveres our Constitution. That is why I am blessed to be the Executive Director of The American Constitutional Rights Union (ACRU). This is where I will make my stand, against the clear and present danger represented by Elie Mystal. I wonder if The View would ever have me on the show to retort the delusional "retort" of Elie Mystal?

In closing, we must all take an oath to support and defend the Constitution of these United States of America, our fundamental rule of law that sees not color...but enables our rights, freedoms, and liberty.

Steadfast and Loyal

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