After all these years, after close to 500 articles, can you believe that there are still some people who do not understand what I am so upset about? The only effective means by which I can gauge my success in communicating my thoughts is through feedback. As a writer I have never asked anyone to simply accept what I am writing as the truth. I simply ask that you put aside any prejudices you may have, that you examine the facts I present you on their own merit, then come to your own conclusion based solely upon the evidence I have provided.
Just the other day I learned that someone has, for quite some time it appears, been posting my commentaries on their website. It seems that my message is finding its way around, but the feedback I get, aside from a select few who routinely comment, has been minimal, at best.
Without that feedback I have no real way of gauging how effective I am in awakening people to the seriousness of the problems this country faces. However, from time to time, mostly where I work, I do hear people talking about the things I write about. Often these people are unaware that I am within earshot of their conversations, and therefore they are quite blunt as to what they say. In general, it seems that there are still a great many who just don’t seem to understand why I am so angered over the actions of my government.
People seem to think that because I do not support the actions of our government that I am unpatriotic. I often wonder, do most people really know what it means to be patriotic? For those of you who aren’t up to speed on the fact that over the course of our nation’s history we have had 44 presidents, there was a man named Andrew Jackson who was the seventh President. Former President Jackson once said, “As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property, liberty of conscience and of the press, it will be worth defending.” Therefore, because our government has overstepped the authority granted it by the Constitution, because it no longer respects our rights, it is NO LONGER worth defending. It is that simple.
Now, before I continue, let me make it clear that when I say government, I am not confining my comments to the beast that occupies the space known as Washington D.C. When I say government, I am referring to any man, or body of men, whom are elected by the people to represent them. When I say government I am also referring to the agencies they create, and the people who work for those agencies who enforce the laws enacted by government.
The Constitution places limits upon the powers the people granted government. It makes no difference whatsoever that a majority of the people want something, like health care, the simple fact is that the government has not been granted the authority to provide it for them. Now I’m not singling out the recent health care legislation passed by Congress, I could as easily as mentioned Social Security, farm subsidies, or any other number of programs which take tax dollars and distribute them to provide services or benefits to a specific group of people.
In case you’re not aware of this, our government has run up a national debt, a tab, if you will, which is rapidly approaching $16 trillion. Unlike the states, which cannot simply borrow money to keep operating, the federal government just keeps raising the debt ceiling, and borrowing more money to fund its operations. And I haven’t even begun to mention the unfunded liabilities like Social Security and Medicare which are close to $120 trillion. The fact alone that our government spends more than it takes in from revenue, i.e. your tax dollars, should be enough to convince you that things have got to change.
I am also pissed because my government is going all over the world instigating fights with other nations so that it may spread democracy and freedom, while ignoring those same liberties to its own citizens.
George Washington once said, “The constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure.”
James Madison said, “The executive has no right, in any case, to decide the question, whether there is or is not cause for declaring war.”
John Quincy Adams said, “America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She well knows that by enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standards of freedom.”
Just in case you weren’t aware, all three of those men were once President of these states united. There is something else that Madison said that you ought to consider, “It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.”
But that’s not the only reason I am so upset with government. I am mad as hell because it thinks it knows what’s best for me, and is depriving me of my inherent and unalienable rights by passing laws so that it can take care of me.
When the colonies ratified the amendments which comprise the Bill of Rights, they placed those rights into a lockbox where they were out of reach of any government, be it the federal, the state, or local, from infringing upon them. They were not open to interpretation and they certainly were not open to laws prohibiting the free exercise of them.
So why in God’s name do I need a permit to carry a gun or hold a political rally? Why can our children not pray in school if they so desire? Why can Homeland Security monitor my e mails, phone calls, and my finances without a written warrant from a judge?
Our nation’s fourth President, James Madison plainly declared that “The rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted.” Well, if that is the case, then government is not doing its job and it should be fired.
Unfortunately, our founders were much wiser than we seem to have been. They studied the various systems of government throughout the ages and understood the things which caused them to fail. One thing Jefferson understood was, “Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”
And that is where we sit today, under a tyrannical and oppressive government. A government which passes whatever laws IT deems is in our best interest, and then enforces them at gunpoint with a myriad of agencies designed to keep us submissive and under control. Have you ever READ the Declaration of Independence? If you had, you may remember that one of the reasons our founders sought separation from England was, because “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people…”
Sound familiar? Unfortunately, as our nation’s first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Jay, once said, “The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it.”
People don’t want to see these things, admit that their government has made a royal mess out of their country. As Friedrich Nietzsche said, “Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.” Unfortunately, hiding from the truth will not make the truth go away.
Too many people still believe in the system, that voting for either a Republican or a Democrat that somehow things will miraculously get better. After all this time if you can’t see that it HASN’T gotten better, no matter who is in power, than you are delusional.
George Washington once said, “The power under the constitution will always be in the people. It is entrusted for certain defined purposes, and for a certain limited period, to representatives of their own choosing; and, whenever it is executed contrary to their interest, or not agreeable to their wishes, their servants can and undoubtedly will be recalled.”
However, Washington also said, “However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”
If the power truly resides in us, the people, and, if the Constitution is, in fact, the Supreme Law of the land, then don’t you think it is past time that WE the people begin enforcing the law ourselves?
In the appendix to the third edition of his pamphlet Common Sense, Thomas Paine writes, “Let the names of Whig and Tory be extinct; and let none other be heard among us, than those of a good citizen, an open and resolute friend, and a virtuous supporter of the RIGHTS of MANKIND, and of the FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES OF AMERICA.” If you replace Whig and Tory with Republican and Democrat, then you will see that there is an alternative, a nation of free individuals standing up for their rights and their freedom.
John C. Calhoun once said, “To maintain the ascendancy of the Constitution over the lawmaking majority is the great and essential point on which the success of the [American] system must depend; unless that ascendancy can be preserved, the necessary consequence must be that the laws will supersede the Constitution…”
Although his actions spoke otherwise, Abraham Lincoln once stated, “Our safety, our liberty, depends upon preserving the Constitution of the United States as our fathers made it inviolate. The people of the United States are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”
The people of this country have grown accustomed to their government telling them what they can and cannot do. This has got to change. We must again assert our power and tell them that enough is enough, that we will no longer tolerate their abuse of power, and their infringements upon our rights.
The famous Greek playwright Aeschylus once said, “Death is softer by far than tyranny.”
If things do not change in this country, and change quickly, people may very soon learn the truth of that statement.
July 15, 2012
~ The Author ~
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