Sometimes those of us who are, shall we say, mature, and somewhat set in our ways, get wistful about the way things used to be. We remember a freer but somehow comforting existence in yesteryear when there weren’t so many rules and restrictions …infringements, if you will. We all had a simpler existence back in the day and we weren’t too worried about being used, brainwashed, held back and robbed of our meager but hard-earned net worth. Since there is not much new under the sun, we should consider that our parents, grandparents and maybe even great-grandparents, while appreciating the bounty of this God-Blessed America, probably also longed for a simpler place and time. The way they were. And yet, here we are, somehow having arrived. The inheritors.
In these modern days, as we fret over freedoms lost, when we want for ourselves and our posterity what we and our forebears once had, it is tempting to talk of revolution, of chucking it all and taking our chances with starting over. On further review though, that might be a riskier proposition than we think . Yes, we have to push back on the Progressive Agenda; we have to shove the pendulum the other way as far as we can to get ourselves out of the magnetic pull that is Big Government. But lest we devolve into anarchy and the loss of civilization, we cannot abandon law and order and it would be foolish to seek to return to the horse and buggy, quill and parchment, dimly lit existence of yesterday.
Some talk of scrapping the Constitution, of adopting some modern, humanistic “living” model that we can twist and bend to the whim of the day. To that we say “What in our 225-year-old Constitution prevents or even inhibits our discourse here today? The free exchange of ideas, plans, schemes, sounds, images?” We gripe and complain just as efficiently about government intrusion in our lives using the miracles of modern invention as we did when we used to stand on the soap box. In fact in many ways the power of the individual, if he will recognize and use it, is greater today in its ability to improve the human condition and thwart tyranny.
No, while radical change is becoming increasingly necessary in order to purge our American polity of what has infested it, it is not systemic change that is required, but merely a critical examination of those artifices that we use to govern ourselves – laws, bureaucracies, judicial constructs and the like, which have been abused or unconstitutionally leveraged by their usurpers against the will of the people. And from there a willingness to be swift and sure in repeal, retraction and cancellation of those things unnecessary and burdensome.
How big does government need to be? Half it’s current size? One-fourth its current budget? Or just a maximum of 18% of GDP and abolish the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals? Everything should be on the table, except the seven Articles and the first fourteen or fifteen amendments, probably. We might add to that a resolute dedication to judgement and penalty against the individual or the faction who have abused the features of our system of government, and who have sought to override its checks and balances. We think the necessary alterations are going to have to come directly from the people, and the States, in the form of whatever initiatives, such as petitions, referendums and amendments may be available.
It may seem a daunting task, given what we perceive as the complexity of our socio-political lives and the intermingling of the popular and the traditional, not to mention our artificially dependent mindset, developed and egged on over the last several decades by those with malicious intent. But we can do this. We have repealed laws before, we have let agencies and commissions expire, we have merged Cabinet-level Departments. Shoot, we have even amended, and de-amended, our beloved Constitution. (Don’t let on to our Liberal-Progressive friends on the other side of the line in the sand we are drawing that yes, we know it’s a living document.)
Do you realize that as late in our history as less than a generation ago, we actually balanced a federal budget? We the people, in our institutional and cultural memory, have not forgotten how to do the things that need doing. Our skills may be rusty, but somewhere inside of us the capability is still there. It is just that, in our wistful desire to be free and independent thinkers and doers again, we sometimes think the only way out, short of storming the Bastille, is to stockpile food and ammunition, hunker down and pick off the predators or wait until they tire of tormenting us. Well, they may and they may not. We have to realize that we don’t have to be conformists, but we have to work together and that there is nothing in our 225-year-old Constitution that prevents us from doing so. We can defeat our opponents by using our old skills and tools and our new ones. Yes, tweet your Congressman, using the King’s English.
Be it resolved. This thing is not over. We may be bitter clingers, but we’re also opportunists, with a long history of making better things out of bad situations. It’s been our genius since sixteen-oh-something. So don’t be a stranger. Let’s meet here again often, in the ether. Maybe we can hatch a plan.