Letter: Real threats to one’s rights out there in the public arena

Jan. 30, 2013 @ 12:10 AM

Editor:

High school civics class — at least when I was enrolled as a student in Dr. Don Pace’s government course in Murray, Ky. — taught me that the Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the land. I learned, too, that laws (international treaties; federal, state, and local laws) are not permitted to contradict this document.

Furthermore, I was taught that the way to change this supreme law of the land employs the use of a clearly-defined amending process.

Very real, tangible, in-writing threats to Constitution-recorded individual rights are now “out there” in the public arena, via subversive executive orders, subversive bureaucratic rule-making, and subversive Constitution-contradicting legislation. Without citing the specific instances, the following are the most prominent rights that are threatened: due process, freedom of religious practice, freedom of speech, and the right to keep and bear arms.

To address and reverse these rights, non-constitutional means are being used because the amending process is long and ponderous.

And, if this process were employed, virtually none of these attacks on Americans’ individual rights would succeed.

Marc Hayes

Sevierville