The other morning I received an e-mail containing an article found on the Drudge Report, entitled, Will Washingtons Failures Lead To Second American Revolution? From that article I quote, Bill Clinton lowered the culture, moral tone and strength of the nation and left America vulnerable to attack. When it came, George W. Bush stood up for America, albeit sometimes clumsily.
The question posed by the title is one that I have been asking myself for quite some time, however the premise contained in the above quote left me wondering how much the author understood the extent of the corruption to the principles upon which this nation was founded.
For someone to say that Bush stood up for America is a joke. Our liberty has not experienced the same infringements as it has by the laws enacted by George W. Bush to fight his war against terror since Abraham Lincoln imprisoned thousands of people for speaking out against his war of aggression against the south.
Our founders designed our system of government so that the Congress passed laws, and the President either signed them, or vetoed them. It was never the job of the president to legislate, the job of the president was to veto laws he felt were either unconstitutional, or not in the best interests of the country. Once he signed a bill into law, it was then his duty to ensure that the laws were enforced.
For decades now our Congress and our President have been assuming powers nowhere to be found within those specifically enumerated by the Constitution. The President signs Executive Orders and Presidential signing statements which carry the full force of law.
For example, President Bush singed over 200 Executive Orders while serving as President, some of which he had no Constitutional authority to sign. For instance, Executive Order 13219 was signed to block the property of persons who threaten international stabilization efforts in the Balkans.
What business does the United States have in the Balkans? It was never intended that our foreign policy was to be the worlds policemen, or the bringers of democracy to the world.
What business of ours was it when Bush the elder sent us to liberate Kuwait, Clinton sent us to the Balkans, and George W. sent us to Iraq and Afghanistan, all of whom never attacked the United States?
John Quincy Adams, our sixth president stated that plainly when he said, She has abstained from interference in the concerns of others, even when conflict has been for principles to which she clings Wherever the standard of freedom and Independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy.
Not only has our government sent our troops all over the globe to keep the peace, or protect our interests, but our government has created these agencies, huge bureaucracies that control everything from the air we breath to the roads we drive upon.
Each of these agencies is headed by a czar, (nice name with communist connotations, dont you think?), that has the power to tell us what we can, and cannot do.
There is an AIDS czar, a foreign aid czar, an anti-poverty czar, an auto-recovery czar, a bank bailout czar, a birth control czar, a bird flu czar, and there is even a czar czar, whose job description states Chief domestic policy advisor and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.
These agencies not only dictate what we can and cannot do, by their very existence they are a drain on our vitality. The taxes our government withholds from our earnings are not nearly enough to fund their operation, so they borrow and borrow, from anyone willing to own a slice of America. This huge debt that is funding the operation of the behemoth that is our government is being passed on to you. Not only that, your earnings, the earnings of your children, and all you possess are the collateral upon those loans. Think about that for a moment while you sip a beer and watch your television.
I get these e mails all the time from people saying only 100 days or so until the November elections. We need to work hard to get candidate so and so elected and get candidate so and so thrown out. Honestly, when I read them I just want to turn off my computer and crawl back into bed, as nobody seems to get it. The system is broken, corrupt, polluted. Voting out a handful of candidates, (while replacing them with someone with an R or a D next to their name), is not going to fix what is wrong.
Imagine you are making a pot of stew from a time honored family recipe. In the course of making your stew you add some bad ingredients, say some rancid meat. The stew would be ruined. It wouldnt make any difference if you added more good ingredients, such as carrots, celery, or potatoes, the stew would still be rotten. The only recourse is to throw the whole batch out, clean the pot, and start fresh.
The same conditions exist in our nations capital today, our government is corrupt, polluted, and poisoned. The fault lies not with the recipe, i.e. the constitution, but with the ingredients. So, no matter how many new candidates, (from either party) we add to the mix, the whole damn thing is rotten and needs to be thrown out, with a new government based upon the original recipe, started from scratch.
But even if we could accomplish that, (which in itself would be a miracle), there still is a much larger problem. Washington D.C. is merely a mirror which reflects the needs and desires of the people who elect those who work there.
If we want leaders who will do things for us, then we will continue to get them. If we want leaders to make our lives safer, more comfortable, and more secure, then we will continue to get laws passed which, to use my analogy, would be throwing rotten ingredients into the stew.
Have you ever noticed how the large cities always seem to vote for the candidates from the Democrat party? Ever stopped to think about why? They do so because they need the programs that are part of the Democrats platform, more social services and aids programs for the needy and underprivileged.
Thomas Jefferson once warned us about big cities when he said, When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.
If we were to flush the system and get rid of every single incumbent in D.C. those people who rely upon the programs the government created to provide for their sustenance would soon be clamoring for them to be reinstated.
For an effective change to take place, it has to first begin in the hearts and minds of every single citizen in this country. We have to begin relying upon ourselves for our sustenance, and stop relying upon government.
That cannot happen when the people of this country are ignorant of the principles upon which it was founded, and when we allow immigrants to come into this country who have opposing ideas of what America should stand for.
As Theodore Roosevelt once said, From the melting pot of life in this free land all men and woman of all nations who come hither emerge as Americans and nothing else. They must have renounced completely and without reserve all allegiance to the land from which they or their forefathers came. And it is a binding duty on every citizen of this country in every important crisis to act solidly with all his fellow Americans, having regard only to the honor and interest of America
The author of the article I mentioned earlier seems to think that we are on our way to a second revolution. He is wrong, for it would be our third revolution; the second American Revolution was unsuccessful.
The Second American Revolution is more commonly known as the Civil War. It was not fought over slavery, but instead it was fought primarily over the federal governments imposition of crushing tariffs upon the South which benefited the larger cities in the North.
The Southern States only did what the original thirteen colonies did when they decided to secede from Great Britain, they sought to to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Declaration of Independence.
They understood what Jefferson meant when he wrote, Resolved, That the several States composing the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their General Government . . . . and that whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force. . . .
But, instead of being allowed to secede peacefully, the federal government took our nation to war to prevent it. Not only did Lincoln, and his generals, engage the Confederate Army, they also targeted civilians on both sides. Those from the Northern states who opposed the war were imprisoned, while those from the south saw their property pillaged and burned to the ground by the advancing Northern Army.
So, if anyone wants to see what the cost of another American Revolution would be, do some reading up on the atrocities committed by the troops under command of the federal government during the Civil War.
It would not be pretty, and there may not be an America left once it was over. But, the question needs to be asked, are you willing to allow the government to suck you dry of your earnings to pay for all their unconstitutional programs, while passing laws telling you what you can and cannot eat, can and cannot say, or can and cannot do, or are you willing to shrug off the chains that bind you to them and take a stand for liberty?
Has America become a nation of cowardly indentured servants to an ungrateful government, or are there enough people left who have the backbone to say, as did Patrick Henry, “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!“
“[T]o preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole
body of the people always possess arms,
and be taught alike, especially when young,
how to use them.” – Federal Farmer