(Yes, But I Doubt That We Will)
Liberty and freedom sat on a wall
Liberty and freedom had a great fall
And all the people’s hopes and all of their desires
Couldn’t restore Liberty to the wall once again
(Remake of Humpty Dumpty)
Although there is always the possibility that America could once again become a true Constitutional Republic as our Founders intended; it is a very remote possibility. Even if there were to be a revolution and the corrupt government we have now was overturned and ousted from power, it is my honest belief that within a very short time the people of this country would soon be clamoring for things to return to the way they are now. It saddens me to say it, but I think American’s are going to have to hit rock bottom; suffer the full blown effects of their negligence and ignorance, before there is any hope that they will realize the errors of their ways and fight for a truly constitutionally limited government which also respects their rights.
It has been said time and time again that freedom is not free; that it comes at a cost. Unfortunately, many believe that implies that it is the job of our fighting men and women to defend freedom from outside attack; while ignoring the cancer that grows inside that eats away at all America once stood for. Thomas Paine once wrote, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” What this means is that if we want to remain truly free, then each of us must work towards sustaining that freedom from any and all attacks; both within and without.
For generations now, the American people have refused to do that, and now we are paying the price for it. And, unfortunately, things are only going to get worse. All one has to do is to see how society treats those who openly speak of adhering to the founding principles of this country to realize that we are in bad shape as a country. Those that understand what our Founders intended when they sought their independence, and later established a system of government which they hoped would protect the liberty they had just won, are simply ignored, while other times we are insulted, and sometimes even attacked for our views.
That’s why this quote from Charles Austin Beard means so much to me, “You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the great struggle for independence.”
If you truly understood the values that I hold and the things that I stand for, there is no way you would consider me a danger to anyone. How can I be considered dangerous when all I ask is that you respect my rights and leave me alone in what I do with my life? Are the concepts of, ‘you don’t hurt me and I won’t hurt you’, or ‘you don’t touch my things and I won’t touch your things’ dangerous? How?
My beliefs are only dangerous to those who seek to expand their power and control over the minutest details of my life, or wish to take from me and give to those who deem are in need. If you leave me be then I pose you no threat; none whatsoever. But the media, and our elected officials, would have you believe I am some crazed lunatic who seeks anarchy and revolution. All I want is to be left alone and for my government to limit its acts to those given it by the people who created it 229 years ago. Is that really too much to ask?
Our Founding Fathers gave us all the information we needed to keep America a free republic; all we had to do was read and adhere to the things they said. But that takes work, and it has been my experience that a vast percentage of the people in this country would rather allow their government to grow increasingly more powerful than take a few minutes every day to read and learn something about how that government was supposed to operate.
Our Founders were also very wise and astute when it came to human nature; they understood mankind and its tendencies, and they warned us of the dangers of complacency, apathy and ignorance. Alas, we paid their warnings no heed, and now we are so lost that we continue to seek the answer to all our problems from the very thing which is the cause of all our problems. As much as I don’t care that much for Ronald Reagan, (and I know that is going to upset those of my readers who call themselves conservatives), he did once say, “…government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem.”
Our Founders also understood that even the best forms of government could fail if those responsible for ensuring they adhere to the principles they were founded upon were not adhered to. On the closing day of the Philadelphia Convention, before the Constitution was voted upon by those who had participated in creating it, a speech written by Benjamin Franklin was read to the delegates by James Wilson. In that speech Franklin said, “In these Sentiments, Sir, I agree to this Constitution, with all its Faults, if they are such; because I think a General Government necessary for us, and there is no Form of Government but what may be a Blessing to the People if well administered; and I believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a Course of Years, and can only end in Despotism as other Forms have done before it, when the People shall become so corrupted as to need Despotic Government, being incapable of any other.”
Later, when the Constitution was being argued over amongst the States, James Madison would write, “But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.” ~ Federalist No. 51
Our form of government can only work the way it was designed when the document which created it is strictly adhered to; the moment the precepts, or constraints put into place by that document are ignored our system becomes something other than a Constitutional Republic.
Our government only came into existence because the people agreed to accept the terms, as outlined, in the Constitution. But prior to that, thirteen years prior to be exact, the 13 original Colonies unanimously agreed to the Declaration of Independence which outline not only the reasons why the Colonies chose to secede from the British Empire, but the principles which describe the nature of our rights, the purpose for which governments are established, and what the people can do if government ceases to serve those purposes.
Although the Declaration of Independence is not law, as is the Constitution, it is however the foundation upon which our system of government was built; consent of the people and the protection of the rights of those that government represents. It is not the master, it is the servant which is limited by a written Constitution which outlines what it can and what it cannot do.
As originally established, our government was to represent two sovereign entities; the great body of the people via the selection of members to the House of Representative, and the States themselves via the selection of members of the Senate. Each house of Congress acted as a check upon the other to prevent the representatives of the people from enacting laws which threatened State Sovereignty, and vice versa.
That balance was challenged when Abraham Lincoln told the States they did not have the right to dissolve the bond which held them to the Union, and fought a war to force his views upon them. That balance was forever altered with the ratification of the 17th Amendment which changed the selection of Senators to a popular vote of the people of each State rather than being chosen by the State Legislatures.
Still, if the State Legislators, and their Governors, had spines, and understood the Constitution, they could refuse to enforce any unconstitutional laws within their borders, thereby nullifying these breaches of the limits imposed on our federal government by the Constitution. More often than not they won’t do that, and it is for two reasons they won’t. First, they are probably beholden to the massive influx of federal funds to keep the internal operations of their State going. If they refuse to enforce unconstitutional laws all the federal government has to do is threaten to cut federal funding and they usually fall in line.
Secondly, and this goes to a deeper problem which permeates across the country, there is the fact that they simply don’t care what the Constitution says are the powers given to the federal government. Just as people elect members to Congress, or choose a president based primarily from choices among candidates from a political party, so are State governments elected along partisan lines. So the same groups, with the same agendas, basically control both the federal and State governments.
If you can control the choices people have to a few hand selected people from each party who are loyal to party principles, then you basically can control the entire government. If you also control the media and can spin coverage of the candidates to either boost them up, or knock them down, then you control the election. If you control who gets support and funds from the party, you can control who has a chance of competing in elections; where the price of a typical campaign runs into millions of dollars. Unless you are independently wealthy, as was Donald Trump, you don’t stand a chance in today’s modern high priced elections. Unless you have a message that resonates with the people, who then donate out of their own pockets in sufficient amounts to fund your campaign, as did Ron Paul, you also don’t stand a chance.
Our early Founding Fathers understood this, and that is why they hated the idea of political parties. Washington spoke out against the dangers they posed, and Jefferson said that he would not go to heaven if to do so it required that he be a part of a party; be it either religious or political.
Therefore, the entire weight of ensuring our federal government operated upon the principles it was established upon falls squarely upon the shoulders of the American people. It is by their virtue, their knowledge of how the system was designed to work, and their willingness to stand up against each and every infraction of the law that our system hangs. If the people fail in any of their duties, then we get what we have now; a tyrannical and oppressive monster that cares nothing of the limits imposed upon it, nor about the rights it was established to protect.
You know, I really truly think the motto of our government should be, “Don’t get caught, because if you do we will be forced the throw you under the bus.” I say that because they are all crooks and it is only when someone gets caught that they act to censure or dispel them from their ranks. As long as they don’t get caught they give the appearance of being these two opposing bodies; Republicans and Democrats, and the people believe that our system is working just as it was intended.
Look at the battle going on now between Trump and those Republicans who support him to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. People who support the ACA are laughing at how inept the Republicans are, and those who support Trump’s plan are mad that the Democrats are opposing it. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY, is stopping to ask where in the Constitution it authorizes government to enact any law requiring that people purchase health insurance.
You see, that’s another fallacy people believe in, that all it takes to justify the existence of unconstitutional laws is a majority of the people supporting it. I know it may sound silly, but what if a majority of the people decided that government needed to pass a law requiring that every American dye their hair pink? In principle it is no different than demanding that every American purchase health insurance; because BOTH would overstep the power and authority given the government in the first place.
I am constantly told that times have changed, and that our Constitution is no longer relevant for today’s modern world. Fine, I’ll buy that. So let’s revoke it. But, and this is a big BUT, if we revoke it we revoke all authority it grants the federal government over us and our lives. You can’t have both folks, you have to choose one or the other; either we have a Constitution which grants government certain specific powers, or we don’t. Either those we elect adhere to those specific powers, or they are criminals. And if they are criminals, why do you continue to elect them over and over and over again?
I don’t know what you’ll garner out of all that you have just read, but I want to leave you with one final quote from Lysander Spooner which pretty much sums up my views on the entire matter. Spooner is quoted as saying, “But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case it is unfit to exist.“
After all, what good is a supreme law of the land when those responsible for ensuring that it is adhered to choose to remain ignorant or uncaring of its frequent violations?
~ 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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