“Our Constitution’s Fatal Flaw…” That is not the subtitle of a book one would normally choose if the goal is to endear one’s self to those who hold our Constitution in high esteem. Please do not misunderstand. I believe our Constitution, along with the Declaration of Independence, are magnificent documents. They have given birth to a form of government that has protected more freedom for more people than any other government in the history of mankind.
I also believe it was divine inspiration that enabled our Founding Fathers to establish a decentralized system of delegated authority led by “we the people.” As impressive as our Constitution is, it is an imperfect document created by imperfect men. Benjamin Franklin acknowledged as much when asked what form of government had been birthed at the Constitutional Convention. He replied, “A republic – if you can keep it.”
Throughout history, power and greed have driven men to dominate and control others. The Constitution was designed to thwart such ambition. Despite its imperfections, the safeguards erected by the Founders succeeded in securing our liberty for generations.
However, there is something about the nature of evil that most of us underestimate. That is, it is relentless. It waits. It observes. It exploits any weakness that it can find. When it finds a weakness that can be used to destroy, it mercilessly takes full advantage of it.
This is what has happened to our Constitution. Today, most people who are concerned with the loss of our freedoms point primarily to three clauses in the Constitution as the reason: the commerce clause, the necessary and proper clause, and the general welfare clause. These however, are merely minor cracks in the language of the Constitution, easily patched over with the diligence and oversight of the people. Splitting these cracks into major breaches requires enormous quantities of resources.
And resources are acquired with money.
John Adams understood that bank created money could lead to the concentration of power and the downfall of our nation. In 1810 (during the reign of our nation’s first central bank), he stated his concerns in a letter to Benjamin Rush; “Our whole system of banks is a violation of every honest principle of banks. There is no honest bank but a bank of deposit. A bank that issues paper at interest is a pickpocket or a robber. But the delusion will have its course…An aristocracy is growing out of them that will be as fatal as the feudal barons if unchecked in time…”
President Adams recognized the Constitution’s fatal flaw. Our Founders failed to implement and incorporate into the Constitution a completely new monetary system. Instead of one that prioritized the people over the government, they left in place the foundation of a system that prioritized the government over the people. It was only a matter of time before this flaw would be fully exploited.
Today, “we the people” must deal with this reality. The monetary system we now have has provided the Federal government with the money needed to acquire and deploy enormous resources. These resources have overwhelmed the people’s ability to halt the breach of the Constitution’s “cracks.” The result is what John Adams feared – a central government that functions more like and aristocracy than a republic.
In a bit of irony, the monetary system that has arisen due to our Constitution’s fatal flaw has a fatal flaw of its own. Its seeds of destruction have been sown. There is no turning back. Its death will be heralded by the next great global crisis. Unlike the financial crisis of 2007-2009, the coming crisis will include the financial system, the world’s currencies, and increasing geopolitical tensions.
We are seeing the birth pangs of this crisis in news headlines around the world. Thus, we must begin now to prepare biblical, constitutional, and practical alternatives to the problems we will soon face. Unfortunately, most Christians are not able to articulate the biblical principles that would provide the foundation for these alternatives.
Therefore, we must begin an aggressive campaign to bring these principles back to the forefront of our nation’s conscience. They include biblical principles that apply to money and God’s material provision for us. They also include principles related to man’s tendency to oppress the poor and weak. Finally, we must understand these principles in the context of history, and how the corrupt monetary system we have today came into existence.
There is good news in the midst of all of this. As the instability of our present system becomes more apparent, we will have an opportunity to offer solutions that will correct our Constitution’s fatal flaw. However, for that to happen we must fully understand the problem, its origin, and how those solutions can realistically be implemented.
We must begin at the beginning – with God’s plan for our money and possessions.