Know ye who read this that I am not a threat. I am not advocating for the overthrow of the Government of the United States of America. I am not man enough, or brave enough, or even patriot enough, probably, to advance the Final Solution. I am simply and resignedly to the point where I darned near fear my government.
The impulse for this piece today comes from the proposition, put forth by Justice Roberts in his opinion in NFIB vs. Sebelius, and in the hearty Hear! Hear! ‘s echoing throughout the land that it is the reponsibility of The People to be wise in their selection of representatives to their government. To that I say, well, I hope people at least think about it a little bit before they make their mark, but the fact remains that we as a nation have founding principles and charters for a reason.
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Notice that the ‘Right of the People’ had no expiration date. The Declaration stated “Whenever.” Note, too, that what the People do was not conditioned upon their wisdom, but only on what “shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” So simple even a non-Harvard grad could do it.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
Are we there yet? If the rhetoric is any indication, even the RINOs say the jig is about up. We hear words like ‘intolerable’, ‘unconstitutional mandate’, ‘the arrogance of the Executive’, ‘the dereliction of duty of the Judiciary’, and more. But one burning, searing statement that is in it’s essence the definition of America needs to be put forth as the rationale for the way forward:
“We the people” tell the government what to do, it doesn’t tell us. “
-from Ronald Reagan’s Farewell Address
That one simple statement is the sum and substance of who we are as a people, whether we call ourselves liberals, conservatives, libertarians or apolitical ecumentalists. There is no clause, taxing clause, penalty clause,supremacy clause, welfare clause or any other clause anywhere in the Constitution that grants the government the power to tell a citizen what to do, and any who would presume that there is need to be shunned and any who would excuse such advocacy need to face the wrath of The People.
The bottom line is that those who so glibly proclaim themselves guiltless in the trashing of the raison d’etre of the American Nation, because it’s the people that have not been wise, need to understand that there are other faculties the people are developing – hunger, fear and uncertainty among them, that may soon impel them to excercise rights and responsibilities as Americans other than just electing them to Washington to vote yea or nay on appropriations bills and environmental safeguards. And when the People are impelled, Katy will have already barred the door. So that the time for choosing may be sooner than one thinks. It may be sooner than November 6. And it may be that those who must choose are those who claim to represent the people.
Is there a full plate? Are there multiple crises, constitutional, economic and societal, not to mention a growing and incalculably dangerous international climate of instability and peril? Indeed. Can our elected officials, those entrusted by virtue of their oaths of office with protecting America in all facets, walk and chew gum at the same time? They probably need to start practicing the art, for The People are getting “wiser” all the time.
When I put the flags out this morning, it was in a mood a little more somber than past Fourth of Julys. I am desperately in need of some inspiration, some cheer, some “hope” if you will. I will take whatever I can get , even a half-hearted ‘guarantee’. Consolation is not what I need at this point, or promises of a Senatorial majority. God Bless America.