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Why We’re Losing Liberty

September 20, 2019

How did the framers of the Constitution of
the United States seek to preserve liberty and prevent tyranny? Pretty basic question.
Here’s the answer I usually get from my students. “Well, Professor, to protect the individual
and minorities against the tyranny of the majority, they added the Bill of Rights; and
they gave the power to enforce those rights to the Supreme Court.” Are my students correct? The editorial boards
of the New York Times or the Washington Post and many members of the U.S. Congress would
say yes. Unfortunately, the answer is wrong. I say “unfortunately” because it reflects
a common misunderstanding of the Constitution. And that misunderstanding has led to a serious
erosion of our freedom. Let me explain. Both the Bill of Rights and
judicial review — the idea that the courts can decide if a law is Constitutional or not
— were hotly debated items when the Constitution was being drafted in 1789. The Federalists,
the group led by Alexander Hamilton that wanted a national constitution, opposed including
a Bill of Rights. They feared it would actually undermine what the Federalists regarded as
the main protections against tyranny in the document — the limited nature of the national
government itself. The Constitution did not envision a national
government of general jurisdiction — meaning a government that could do whatever it wanted
— but rather, a government of enumerated and delegated powers — a government that
had authority over only specific areas of American life. All other powers were to be
beyond the scope of the national government and reserved to the States or to the American
people themselves. That’s why, when political necessity forced the Federalists to yield
to demands for a Bill of Rights, they took care to add two important amendments — the
ninth and tenth: “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain
rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people,”
and “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.” These amendments reinforced the idea that
the national government couldn’t just assume powers it had not been specifically granted
by the Constitution. Unfortunately, these amendments have not stymied the expansion
of the national authority. The power grab the Federalists feared — the national government
taking more and more control over more and more areas of American life — took place.
Not immediately, but over time, and especially beginning in the second half of the 20th century. That same time frame has seen a similar concentration
of power in the judiciary, especially in the Supreme Court — so that now, most Americans
think of the Supreme Court as the ultimate arbiter of almost every social and political
dispute. The Founders never envisioned the court in this role. How has the Court fared in playing it? Well,
there have been moments of glory, to be sure, such as in the racial de-segregation case
of Brown v. Board of Education in the 1950s But it has also handed down decision after
decision — from Dred Scott v. Sandford in the 1850s, which facilitated the expansion
of slavery, to Roe v. Wade in the 1970s, which legalized abortion throughout the United States
— in which the justices have plainly overstepped the bounds of their authority by creating
law from the bench, thereby further expanding their own power and that of the national government. Moreover, the Supreme Court has done little
to stop the executive and legislative branches of the national government from unconstitutionally
overreaching. Recently, the Court found a way, by a bare majority, to uphold an obvious
case of constitutional overreach by the national government — the imposition of a law — or
individual mandate, as it is known — requiring every citizen to purchase health insurance
coverage as part of President Obama’s signature “Affordable Care Act.” The government defended
this mandate as a legitimate exercise of its expressly delegated power to regulate commerce
among the states. The trouble is that the mandate does not regulate commerce at all;
rather, it forces people into commerce on pain of a financial penalty. But why did the issue get to the courts at
all? Congress and the president should have recognized and honored the fact that the Constitution
simply does not empower the national government to impose a mandate on the people to purchase
products, whether health insurance or anything else. We’ve drifted a long way from the original
vision of the Founders. The further we’ve drifted, the more powerful the national government
has grown, and the less free Americans have become. Freedom can be taken away, but it
can also be given away — out of sheer ignorance. If we Americans, we the people, want to get
some of that freedom back, we need to read America’s founding documents. All the freedom
we ever wanted is there. I’m Robert George, Professor of Jurisprudence
at Princeton University for Prager University.

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  1. Yeah and far right morons like the people at PragerU are one of the reasons our personal rights are being eroded.

  2. You know a country has surpassed full retardation when society attempts to pimp itself into a nation of brothelized socialism whores.
    Oh, I’m sorry, I meant the new and improved dumb-ocratic socialism.
    Dumb-ocratic socialism, is nothing, but a different stink from the same collective pile of diseased shit.
    When you elect nothing, but shit, you get nothing, but shit and you become nothing, but shit.
    Wealthy shit, is still shit and you’re the toilet paper that will always wipe its ass.
    The American people, might as well lay down, for socialized enslavement because they have long lost the moral resolve to act upon the constitutions behalf and defend it.
    What’s happening to America, is disgusting.

  3. They are a bit old though.. A review might be in order.. After all the founding fathers were in no way perfect

  4. Good Job, George
    …Next, juxtapose the 'ages' before tribalism evolved as an extension of the individual's need to exist

    …where 'Trust' was the only factor to be overcome

    …Let's call that 'Feral Times'

    …as with all species of A.V.M. (animal, vegetable, mineral), civility is inevitable and predictable

    …only the human has seen fit to 'auto-evolve' in perpetuity as opposed to finding a stable foundation as a 'Universal Element' and become useful to creatures of 'intelligent Cognition'

    …as we look for 'intelligence' in the Universe, maybe we should locate some on planet Earth

  5. Everyone gets sick. I guess we just are suppose to let them die in the streets if they are too stupid to have health insurance. Someone else shouldn't pay when you can't live without it.

  6. What you are calling a national government the United States is not a national government it a Corporation pretending to be a national government. https://t-rohshow.com/

  7. And the government will not have any Consequences to pay they should have to pay money in big government bonds in the trillions I'll have to pay a Penalty the for its decisions Yeah we gave away our freedoms to the Republicans into democrats America's All about manipulation Take away freedom sister selling back to us or negotiate them back to us They know what there doing.

  8. Slavery is not just for a particular group of people. Our children can and will be next if we continue to vote with our emotions and not with responsibility.

  9. Something far worse than Constitution hijacking is the U.S. black ops mind control Star Wars defense project going under the highly classified acronym, TAMI.

  10. The Scripts The EEG heterodyning psychic soldiers want-to-be's doing the weapons testing are trained to follow a plethora of scripts used to confuse the target during the torture and make the target appear crazy when they seek help from a doctor. In almost all the cases, the belief that a microchip or tooth transponder (like in the movie, “Real Genius”) is responsible for the conversation without a cell phone is suggested to the target. That actually sounds more reasonable given the average person's knowledge of this technology or directed energy weapons capabilities. Only in victims of ten years or longer are small biotelemetry antennas found in x- rays which used to be used for pin point tracking to direct the energy thereby amplify the biosignal for EEG cloning. The scripts then progress to making the person believe that specific people or groups are behind their torture. In many cases, people heard the voice of JFK, JFK Jr., Clintons. Sometimes, it was a famous person. Often it was just someone they knew in their past. Clearly, the EEG heterodyners are manipulating votes by always using democrats' voices or trying to get them killed if the victim believes it. Using these people's voices as the most common ones heard by victims should point out whom they are gunning for. Do you still have doubts that the voting and political system isn't manipulated by these

    folks? They practice changing the beliefs of their victims using the different scripts. When you interview as many as I have, you can easily seen the pattern once the personalization of the scripts is removed. The weapons testers get to choose which scripts are to be used on a “project”. They then personalize them for that particular project and must get approval for it. The weapons testers are in a strange culture to say the least. They have a strict protocol for doing things. But no restrictions on who they kill or what collateral damage is done.

    From DARPA Scientists

  11. We may need another Civil war and take back America from the Government.
    But the problem with that is Americans are not acting as one People. Too many languages which causes separation.

    “It is also not entirely unworthy of observation, that in declaring what shall be the
    supreme law of the land, the constitution itself is first mentioned; and not the
    laws of the United States generally, but those only which shall be made in
    pursuance of the constitution, have that rank.
    Thus, the particular phraseology of the constitution of the United States confirms
    and strengthens the principle, supposed to be essential to all written
    constitutions, that a law repugnant to the constitution is void, and that courts, as well as other departments, are bound by that instrument.
    The rule must be discharged.

    If then the courts are to regard the constitution; and the constitution is superior to any ordinary act of the legislature; the constitution, and not such ordinary act, must govern the case to which they both apply.”
    MARBURY v. MADISON, 5 U.S. 137 (1803)

  12. What's a good video informative, and insightful . Although I do not like the color scheme that was used. To me it was an unfair representation of left or right. For me it represented the opposite of what in today's politics.

  13. Once we've read those founding documents and become educated in our freedoms, what next? It seems our leaders in government should all be required to be knowledgeable experts in and strict practitioners of the tenets of these documents. Unless that happens, what can we, the citizenry do?

  14. Thank you. I submit that general "ignorance" is less the problem than the bold assertion of those engaging in sedition. The real question is what we are willing to do about that.

  15. Your graphic showing government over reach enveloping the "blue"map of the country IN RED is a blatant trigger to the Blue Kool-Aid Guzzling Leftest Freaks ! Knock that shit off ! Stupid people get upset by symbolic color ie: "orange man bad !" Give Me a Break! I heart P U !

  16. Ask 100 Negroes what liberty is and you will get 20 different answers
    Ask 100 black people what liberty is and you will get 10 different answers
    Ask 100 white people what liberty is and you will get 5 different answers
    Asl 100 orientals what liberty is and you will get 3 different answers
    Ask 100 lawyers what liberty is and you will get 3 different answers ???
    This is why its so difficult to discuss with other people what the POTUS is and what he does ??? Negroes think that ZERO was the best POTUS ever and he was doing his Job -ZERO was a community organizer and that is what he did during his reign ?
    The DON is a builder but the Dims don't want him building his wall ?? and naming it Nancy / Chucky

  17. I remember reading on my taxes that if I didn’t have medical insurance that penalties may occur. Really? That’s not freedom

  18. 5:03 You're. Simply. Wrong.

    Dude, how many people do you think have already read that Constitution…? How many people do you think that are alive in this sick, lost world would be able to understand it…?

    We are "one" nation UNDER GOD! This moral obligation is a contract dictating the terms of our prosperity and freedom. Our responsibility is to honor, in other words OBEY, God's Laws and His Absolute Authority!

    Ignoring our duty to God's Law is like switching from a diet of food to poison. Drinking sand and dirt.

    People who can't honor their obligations toward Almighty God ARE NOT HONORABLE ENOUGH TO UPHOLD THE LAW OF THE LAND! A nation that can't honor God's Law of Chastity gives up freedom faster than it can consent to a cheap date!

    America will die because it refuses to tell its hormones no! The quicker because we believe that no one can force us to be virtuous!
    The truth is that ruin is speeding toward us like a freight train while America dances around drunk on the train tracks!

  19. ~Everyone needs to watch this Video on our 2nd Amendment. I expect many will learn a lot about its History.

  20. State schools teach UNITED STATES mandated education. If States taught what is good for the individual and the State respectively, would we not be in a better position to return to the principles we have in our Constitution and Bill of Rights?
    I was in a Christian College Preparatory school and I was taught about my relation ship to God, and not taught about my relationship to the government in any terms that I was an individual identified by the government and given the name identical to the name my parents gave me at my birth. Black's Law Dictionary defines many words which are misconstrued in court, but its definition of what is constitution is undeniable.

  21. Freedom to go bankrupt just because someone in the family got sick or injured? I prefer Canada, thank you. Health care is parallel to national defence and policing. Everyone needs the benefit of it sometime; everyone should contribute to its cost and benefit from it as needed. Otherwise, why should everyone pay taxes i.e.- be "forced to buy" defense of their nation?

  22. Paleoconservatives and the Constitution do not go together at all. The Constitution was a massively progressive document.

  23. All well & good, but after reading & study of our founding documents, we are going to have to take action to seize our freedoms back from these bozos that think they know better than us what our lives should be. Our side needs to learn how to protest!

  24. Once Obamacare was upheld, that was the irreversible beginning-of-the-end of the SCOTUS as a last-safe-bastion of objective, usefulness of any branch of the government.

  25. I stopped at his objection to Roe vs Wade. As all laws restricting the privacy existing between a human and her doctor are ALWAYS unconstitutional. Period. Laws restricting abortion amount to "rape by the state'. No exceptions.

    In this case at least this one time?
    Prager U is full of shit. Sometimes they produce some important videos but this isnt one of them.

  26. Obvious to also see that the originators of our Constitution and Bill of Rights couldn't foresee how large the nation and population thereof would grow to be and therefore the size of government as well.

  27. Speaking of the powers of the states, it appears that on the map at 1:41, that the state of Colorado has annexed northern half of Cimarron County, Oklahoma.

  28. If you don't care about all the laws taking away your liberty, then don't gripe when you lose something you do care about

  29. I have a bad pun

    Donkey are so stupid and oblivious while eating the grass that they can’t Recognize there Is an Elephant in the room about to stomp them into the ground

    Since Democrats are donkeys and Republicans are Elephants

  30. Probably the most important PragerU video.
    Don't just read OUR founding documents, understand them. Then use your votes wisely.

  31. The loss of freedom to choose, that’s a slippery slope. Regardless of political leanings, Americans should be sceptical of politicians eroding freedom.

  32. Granted “we the people” should read it but most aren’t going to understand it! Also as I do appreciate the knowledge shared by this gentleman & pragar U, I can’t help but wonder where was all this when these things was going on? Most of us just living day to day & seeing what the gov’t is doing is necessarily top priority.

    I’m not knocking the info or what you guys are doing! I just can’t help but wonder if there was more that could have been done then! Seems like it would have been easier to stop than to overturn or change! Granted the biggest issue happened long before I was a even a thought! 1913 somewhere in that time! But it’s still here even as unconstitutional as it is! Nothing done about that

  33. The deeper reason why we're losing liberty:

    The left controls our country's philosophy departments, higher learning, and public education system. IE they control the creation and distribution of our country's ideas. As long as we leave that in their control (and allow public education to exist at all), it will keep getting worse.

  34. Because stupidity no-longer has consequences. At one time being overtly stupid was harmful to your life, now we promote it.
    We all know it comes back to fatherless homes. No real men to teach life skills, common sense, and respect for authority.

  35. We are to busy fighting each other and arguing about petty issues to overthrow the corrupt officials ruining our nation.
    They indoctrinate our children with propaganda while we chase materialism.
    We are not a democracy but a constitutional republic.

  36. You would think republicans would have some moral force. Dems are now crime incorporated and communists yet their fake pious moral outrage is more effective than any "republican's" genuine moral outrage that they might muster. "Republicans" refuse to lead, refuse to fight. Just sit back and give it to lunatics. "Republicans" guarantee dims will destroy America.

  37. We lost all our liberty when the Federal Reserve act was instated The bankers bought America and the government was allowed to break the law by handing over our wealth to a fiat money system

  38. I don't know if I agree eith the professor. It seems to me The Supreme Court was designed to legislate from the bench; that anytime it decides a case, it's legislating.

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