You might be asking yourself why Neal is suddenly sounding so angry in his articles. The answer is quite simple actually, and comes in two parts. First off, it is because whether it is intentional or unintentional, the people of this country are attempting to take something from me which is not theirs to take; my freedom. Secondly, no matter how hard I try I cannot get people o see that what they are doing is, not simply violating my rights, but flat out illegal. Yet people like me are the ones who are called crybaby terrorists, or who they say we should just give up and let the younger generation take over.
OVER MY DEAD BODY!!!
I have called what these people seek a Utopian dream world, but to tell you the truth I don’t know what it is they really want for the future of our country. What I do know is that they don’t understand the faintest thing about how our system was designed, or how it was supposed to function. Had they known these things they would know that they simply just can’t ask government to do anything they want for them, assume any role they want it to; there are limits as to the things our government can do for them without the Constitution being amended in such a manner that gave government the necessary powers to do these things people want it to do.
While I would probably still fight against the things these people want government to do, at least had they gone through the proper motions and had a constitutional amendment proposed and ratified, I would at least know that they understood how the system was designed to operate. As it is, however, their actions only prove beyond a doubt that they, not only don’t know how the system was designed to operate, they don’t care.
I can’t count the times that I have heard people tell me that the Constitution is no longer relevant. Fine, let’s say it isn’t, then government is no longer relevant either; for without the Constitution there would BE NO GOVERNMENT in the first place. So if the Constitution is no longer of any relevance, and our government is no longer relevant, then I no longer have to pay taxes, or obey any of the laws it has passed.
You can’t have it both ways assholes! Either our Constitution is, or isn’t relevant. Either the government it established adheres to the limits it imposes upon them, or it doesn’t and they are tyrants. Make up your damned minds and stop pretending you stand for one thing when you really stand for something else. And that last statement probably applies more to those who go prancing about proclaiming to be conservatives than it does to those who openly push a liberal agenda. Sorry Republicans, the truth often hurts.
In either case, whether you’re a self-proclaimed conservative or liberal, what you’re doing is attempting to force your views upon the rest of the country; including me, and I’ve had just about enough of it. And that is why the tone of my articles has taken a rather harsh and negative tone. I mean, would you be a bit pissed off is someone was trying to take something from you that wasn’t theirs to take? My freedom, my rights, my property, and the fruit of my labor are mine; and when you threaten them, be it due to ignorance, apathy, greed, or downright laziness, I get a bit upset.
The very first people to come to America; at least the very first most people consider to be the first Colonists anyways, came here for one thing…FREEDOM. They left England for religious freedom to be exact. As more and more people came here, they did so for the freedom that those who settled at Plymouth had found.
They didn’t come for the food stamps, the welfare, or the free health care. They came for one thing, and one thing only; the freedom to live their lives as they saw fit and to seek prosperity and success based solely upon their own skills and motivation. More importantly, they never asked for anyone else to shoulder the burden for their failures. That is self-reliance and accepting the responsibility for your success or failure; a trait which has gone the way of the dodo bird if you ask me.
I’m constantly reminded, or told that our Founders are long dead and that their words have lost their relevance today. Is that so? Since when has the belief that our rights are ours, and that no one has the ability to deprive us of them been irrelevant? Since when has the idea that we should be allowed to fully enjoy the fruits of our labors without having them taken from us and handed out to others who society deems to be ‘in need’?
Our Founders, as irrelevant as you may believe them to be, risked all that they had to obtain freedom; not only for themselves, but for all posterity. While I don’t support the fact that Mather Byles was a Loyalist; (One who was loyal to the Crown and opposed the War for Independence), he did say something that bears consideration. Myles once said, “Which is better-to be ruled by one tyrant 3,000 miles away or by 3,000 tyrants one mile away.”
That quote, while not specifically saying so, goes directly to the cause for which our Founders were fighting. The question implied by Myles was, were those fighting for independence seeking freedom for all, or were they seeking to establish a tyranny of their own making?
If one is to take Jefferson’s words in the Declaration of Independence literally, then they must conclude that our Founders were fighting for the principle that our rights belong to us as gifts from our Creator; and that no one can deprive us of them. If one is to take Jefferson’s words literally, then they must conclude that governments are instituted to protect those rights; not deprive the people of them.
As the Declaration of Independence is an outline of the cause for which they fought, it can only be concluded that it also defines the principles upon which this country was established. Any system of government which would later be established must either be in accordance with, or contrary to those principles. Either any government produced after the Revolution was to be established to maintain the liberty the Founders had fought for, or to obliterate it.
Although I have begun to question the intent of those who drafted our Constitution, and the wisdom of ratifying it, it remains that it is the Supreme Law of the Land; and as a law it MUST be obeyed to the letter. The Preamble to this Constitution grants our government no powers; it is merely a statement of intent; describing the purposes for which the government it outlines is to serve.
Therefore, as the Preamble states, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” (My emphasis)
Although there may have been those in attendance at the Philadelphia Convention who had ulterior motives, the wording of the Preamble declares that one of the reasons for which our government was established was to secure the blessings of liberty for those alive then, and for all those who were yet to be born. Therefore, if government were to begin acting in a manner which restricted the liberty of the people, or States for that matter, which it was established to represent, it would be acting in opposition to the reasons for which it was established.
Is that so difficult to understand, or are your brains turned off or possibly turned to mush?
While I have come to learn that even George Washington overstepped his authority as president, he did say one thing that I wish people would give some consideration. When Washington refused a third term as President and chose to retire to private life, he wrote a letter to the people of this country which set the basic precedent for the Presidential Farewell Address. In his letter, Washington stated, “If in the opinion of the People, the distribution or modification of the Constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed.”
Do you get that, or is it beyond your ability to comprehend?
What Washington means is that, if you think government does not have enough power, or that it ought to be allowed to do things which the Constitution prohibits it from doing then the proper way to enlarge the powers given government is via the amendment process. But to just allow government to assume those powers is the manner in which FREE governments are destroyed.
As I previously said, given the current regard people have for their rights, or mine for that matter, I would probably still openly oppose any of the proposed amendments they might make to alter the powers given our government. But AT LEAST it would show me that people understood how the system was designed to operate.
Now, however, all I see is a people who tell me that the thoughts of our Founders and the Constitution itself are irrelevant. Yet these same people want the government created by this very Constitution do to things which the Constitution and Bill of Right prohibits.
Either we have a Constitutional form of government, or we trash the Constitution, and the government along with it. Why must people pretend that we have a Constitutional form of government when they don’t care, or know for that matter, what the Constitution actually says are the powers given government?
Why for that matter, do we even have political parties? I want to share with you a quote my friend Michael Gaddy posed on Facebook, “If all we need for constitutional governance are politicians who faithfully honor their sacred oath to those principles, why do we have political parties? Without those parties would it then be possible to have candidates who would only owe allegiance to the constitution and not party big-wigs, special interests, lobbyists and other party hierarchy?
Would the competition among politicians then be judged by who voted more in line with the constitution as opposed to who could raise the most money?”
A good question, but I’m guessing one which most people would rather not take the time to answer; for in doing so it would hold a mirror up to their ignorance, and their hypocrisy.
For all of you who say my ideals and beliefs are outdated, irrelevant, or that I’m just a crybaby or a terrorist, I have but one question to ask of you; “What do you really stand for?” Either you stand for liberty, as did all those who bled and sacrificed to obtain it for us, or you stand for tyranny and servitude. You can’t have both. And before you say you stand for liberty, I want to ask you, “Why do you vote for candidates who overstep their Constitutional authority and in so doing restrict the liberty our government was established to secure?“
I may be old fashioned, but if that’s the case I want to you to consider the following. In the months leading up to our Constitution being ratified, and then put into operation, a series of assemblies were held in the various States in which the people of each State argued over the question of accepting or rejecting the proposed Constitution. During the debates for the Commonwealth of Virginia, patriot Patrick Henry stood up and said, “Perhaps an invincible attachment to the dearest rights of man, may, in these refined, enlightened days, be deemed old fashioned: If so, I am contented to be so: I say, the time has been when every pore of my heart beat for American liberty, and which, I believe, had a counterpart in the breast of every true American…”
My final question, therefore, must be, “Are you a true American, or are you something else? And if you are a true American who values your liberty, why aren’t you acting like it?“
~ The Author ~
Neal Ross, Student of history, politics, patriot and staunch supporter of the 2nd Amendment. Send all comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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