Letter: Progressive Socialism conflicts with our Constitution

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Editor of the Reformer,

Every candidate that is elected to either the state or federal legislature is required to take an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of their respective states or in the case of U.S. congressmen and senators the Constitution of the United States which is the supreme law of the land under Article 6.

In Vermont elected officials take their oath under penalty of perjury. Progressive and Democrat politicians take that oath with no intention of honoring it. Reading our founding documents and the founders' writings you will find that Progressive Socialism is in direct conflict with our Constitution. The Progressive Socialists cherry pick the parts of the Constitution they favor but ignore the parts which keeps us a uniquely free people.

An example of this duplicity are abortion rights. In the case of Roe v Wade the Supreme Court gives women the right to abortion but that right is not enumerated in the constitution. Progressives consider Roe v Wade "settled law" and state that it should not be overturned. On the other hand they pass so called "gun safety" laws which are in direct violation of the Supreme Court's decisions of Heller & McDonald. Hillary Clinton stated if elected she wanted those court decisions overturned. Wouldn't those court decisions be considered "settled law?" The 2nd Amendment — our "right to keep and bear arms" — is enumerated in the Constitution and is in the Bill of Rights.

Another example of their infidelity to the Constitution was on display at the Kavanaugh hearings where the Democrats did their best to shred the 6th Amendment by not allowing Judge Kavanaugh to face his accuser and wanted him (the accused) to prove his innocence.

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Progressive Democrats fear "constitutionalist" Supreme Court justices that would follow the Constitution they hide behind when necessary while calling them extremists and radicals for wanting to follow the Constitution as written and not legislate from the bench. Why wouldn't they want a Supreme Court justice that would follow the Constitution as written for the document they swore an oath to uphold and defend?

The only power the government can exercise is what is enumerated in the Constitution. The Bill of Rights are the absolute civil rights that government cannot infringe upon without changing the Constitution through Article 5. Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist No. 51 that no legislative act contrary to the Constitution can be valid.

Our rights do not end or begin at the border of any state. No legislature, state or federal court, Supreme or otherwise, can vote away our rights. Every politician running for office should be asked the following questions. 1. Is the Constitution the supreme law of the land? 2. Do we need the government's permission to exercise a right? 3. Will you honor your oath of office? If they will not honor that oath they are not worthy of your vote. If elected they will vote away your rights with impunity.

James Lanese

Newfane, Nov. 1


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