Vetting Candidates By the Constitution, Criterion Two: Self-Interest

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Should government be in the business of taking care of you for free, or making sure you are free to take care of your business?

The Democratic Party is currently asserting that the Constitution of the United States of America is outdated and irrelevant. They claim that the necessities for survival are basic human rights, and a Constitution that doesn’t guarantee them doesn’t work.

I would not look to the U.S. Constitution if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012…I might look at the constitution of South Africa. That was a deliberate attempt to have a fundamental instrument of government that embraced basic human rights…
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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President Obama, as chief spokesman for the Democratic Party, has always agreed with this mischaracterization of the purpose of our Constitution:

The [Warren] Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society…It didn’t break free from the essential restraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution, at least as it’s been interpreted. In the same way that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties, it says what the States can’t do to you, it says what the Federal Government can’t do to you, but it doesn’t say what the Federal government or State government must do on your behalf.
Then Senator Barack Obama in 2001, emphases added

The Federalist Papers repeatedly explain that the very purpose of the American form of government is to ensure and defend the liberty and private property of all her citizens at home and abroad, as citizens acted in according to commercial self-interests around the world. The United States of America was established according to Adam Smith’s principle that it was the activity of self-interest engaged in commerce that created national wealth rather than preservation of natural products.*

The brilliance of our Constitution is that it was written to not only:

  1. limit the power and authority of government to interfere with the most basic and necessary of all human rights, self-interest; but to
  2. determine that our government and even ambassadors to foreign nations were to be our champions in our pursuit of commercial self-interest. [Federalist 4]

Self-interest should be considered fundamental to any concept of human rights. If you must ask for permission to breathe, to take in nourishment, to seek shelter and protection, to make an honest living, you have no rights.

Self-interest knows that we must protect the freedom to suffer the consequences of bad decisions.

Individual growth comes through failing and learning by trial-and-error. A country’s growth and prosperity comes from all capable citizens doing so. A government pretending to shelter people from their failures may as well proclaim national weight loss by redefining how heavy a pound is.

Self-interest is suspicious of those that make themselves advocates of your self-interest.

Strongly suspect the motive of anyone who offers or implies unsolicited responsibility for your self-interest. Traditional fairy tales are full of warnings about trusting strangers who promise to care more for the unsuspecting than they could possibly care for themselves.

Be especially suspicious of a President or Supreme Court Judge who repudiates the very Constitution that acknowledges they have no authority in decisions regarding your self-interest, in order that they become eligible as arbiters of your self-interest. Note that in order to attain these positions of power, these authority figures swore an allegiance to that very Constitution they now undermine. At best such duplicity is the stuff of carnival sideshow hucksters; at worst, vile examples of those that prey upon fellow human beings.

It is your responsibility to protect your self-interest. If you don’t it will be taken from you.

Liberty requires the individual be a zealous defender of his own self-interest. Self-interest determines your level of personal accountability and responsibility to yourself. Unfortunately, our post modern worldview has separated our minds from considering such foundational truths. “Liberty”, they say, “is the absence of accountability and responsibility,” slyly opening the door of opportunity for these frauds of “new and improved human rights.” All con men are astute students of our Human nature because our own greed and lust is the bait of every con man’s trap.

Political con men bait their trap with the lust of all men, which is to make others pay for all that we want or think we deserve. In the process, they get you to willingly abdicate our Creator-endowed right of self-interest in exchange for a promise from a professional liar, now tyrant.

Respecting the Constitution = respecting your self-interest.

Exercise your self-interest when selecting a candidate by choosing a candidate who respects the Constitution of the United States of America. Only support a candidate that recognizes that after the election it becomes his duty to consider whether pending legislation will

  • ensure and defend your liberty,
  • your self-interest,
  • your private property, and
  • pursuit of commercial self-interest before every vote.

It is in your own self-interest.

* “The prosperity of commerce is now perceived and acknowledged by all enlightened statesmen to be the most useful as well as the most productive source of national wealth, and has accordingly become a primary object of their political cares.” [Federalist 12 – Hamilton]


  1. Too bad self interests isn’t always rational.

    • Zinn,
      As opposed to government interests that are, of course, perfect in every way? The founders realized, all too well, the imperfections of men………especially those in positions of power. That was the purpose of a limiting document.

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