In 1776, tired of royal mistreatment, the peoples of the assorted colonies were at wits end. A handful of brave, very wise men gathered together to sign a document that would forever change the face of world politics. They put their very lives and personal honor on the line. The Declaration of Independence announced to the world that we no longer wanted or required an imperial presence in our affairs.
In May of 1787, after the Revolutionary conflict concluded, another group of wise and honorable men gathered once again to try to formulate a plan to govern the new states as a unified entity. There were statists, nationalists and federalists present at this historic event so debate and rhetoric was abundant and heated, to say the least. Many were the points of disagreement. Cooler heads prevailed and after many hot months, in late September of 1789, these men managed to put together one of the most important documents the then modern world had ever seen, the Constitution of the United States of America. There were still areas of disagreement, such as the need for an explicit Bill of Rights, but for the most part it was generally considered to be the closest one could come to the “perfect” republican form of government. Benjamin Franklin spoke of this at the close of the convention: “ … For when you assemble a number of men to have the advantage of their joint wisdom, you inevitably assemble with those men, all their prejudices, their passions, their errors of opinion, their local interests, and their selfish views. From such an assembly can a perfect production be expected? It therefore astonishes me, Sir, to find this system approaching so near to perfection as it does; and I think it will astonish our enemies, who are waiting with confidence to hear that our councils are confounded like those of the Builders of Babel; and that our States are on the point of separation, only to meet hereafter for the purpose of cutting one another's throats. Thus I consent, Sir, to this Constitution because I expect no better, and because I am not sure, that it is not the best.”
Thus, after a long ratification period, there was created a constitutional republic. It was intended that the Almighty reign as the ultimate sovereign, followed respectively by the people, the states, and finally the federal government. There are many who, through hubris or ignorance, will contest this hierarchy, but nonetheless it was then the consensus and the intent of the men who codified this great experiment in human governance.
Now, two-hundred years plus, we once again find ourselves at the mercy of an “imperial” government. We no longer have the vestiges of a Constitutional government, except when it suits the needs and goals of the Imperium. The only time this revered document is quoted is when it obliquely fits the whims of the moment. Otherwise, it is considered a nuisance and impediment to “progress”
What are patriots to do? What can we do? What should we do? What are we willing to do? Therein lays the conundrum. So many things are amiss that it is difficult to simply decide where to begin.
The Tea Party spoke and many of the RINOs and progressives found themselves on the outside looking in. This was a good first step. The major problem is that the very people to whom we gave the reins of the House now lack the moral courage and intestinal fortitude to make use of them. With a few pleasant exceptions, the Republicans have once again succumbed to a lack of will and instead, consent to the status quo. Their “solutions” are toothless and lacking in boldness and intent. The Speaker of the House fails to lead. He instead acquiesces and makes supplication to the gods of the progressives (AKA Socialists and Statists).
Defeating Obamugabe at the next presidential election is of course a no-brainer. This must happen. But that is only a minor start to the monumental task to regain our liberty and freedoms. We must also send honorable, wise, and selfless, men and women to the halls of congress. We need to close down most of the cabinet level departments. And, we most definitely need to rein in the countless alphabet agencies that “create” law through regulation. Most. If not all could simply disappear with no harm to the people or their needs. We must downsize this many-tentacled leviathan and quench its rapacious appetite for yet more and more of the people’s wealth and prosperity. Can this even be considered, let alone accomplished? Yes, with certain caveats.
It waxes strange, that in this age of almost instant communications, that the people of the United States are so ill-informed about things politic. Oh, to be sure, they might listen to the news each evening; they may even sit long enough to read a newspaper. They see our government at work in all its obscene glory. Yet, they don’t comprehend. They accept the spin the media spews forth without any effort at analysis or understanding. Apathy and ignorance reign supreme! This is not entirely the fault of the people. The fault lies before their time for the most part. The fault lies at the feet of those individuals who decided to eliminate the study of government and civics from our school curriculums. The fault lies with those religious "leaders' who forfeited their claim to moral and spiritual leadership by bowing to the government and its offer of exemption from taxes for those who turned a blind eye to the sins of the country's nobility. The fault lies with parents who failed to step up and enlighten their offspring in the absence of such from other sources. Even more fault lies with those among us who permitted them to do so. We have, as a result, the most politically naive and clueless population in history.
The good news is that there is an awakening in progress. Many of our younger citizens have begun to realize that this is not the life their parents and grandparents enjoyed, They wonder where things started to come apart. More importantly, they seek a remedy to the problems. They are becoming increasingly aware that the federal government, indeed any government, is not necessarily the solution, but may if fact be the problem. They are beginning to question why they should work and strive, only to have the fruits of their labor siphoned off and “redistributed” in some scheme of fairness. They question why we support tyrants and dictators in other countries with our wealth, when those very people hate us as a nation. They question why we aid and support the poor of other nations when Americans suffer and starve here at home. They question ... BRAVO! I begin to think that there may actually be those young people who are capable of critical thought processes. Perhaps there is a light at the end of this very dark and gloomy tunnel.
In the meantime, we, the informed, must nurture these young people and see that they are given the real facts on which they will formulate a strategy for recovering the republic. We must see that the nefarious ramblings of the main stream media are negated by the truth as we know it to be. I see the rescue of America as an educational task. We must teach, we must educate, we must reason with those in need of enlightenment. We must return their thoughts to why the Constitution was worded such as it is. They must understand that words have meanings and once they are put to paper or parchment, they never change … ever. These powerful words must be engraved on the hearts and minds just as they were put to parchment so long ago.
God bless America and those who would sacrifice to return her to her rightful greatness and glory! Woe to those who would stand in the way. We are angry and we will not accept half-assed promises and measures. We expect to be heard and we expect results. If those in power cannot or will not deliver, we will see them cast aside and will elevate those who share our vision. BEWARE! We are serious.