The only reason that we have been such a prosperous and free nation as we have experienced is because of the Constitution of the United States of America. As we move away from those ideals we see the results. Prosperity has been replaced with poverty. Freedom with dependence.
The solution is an easy one. Getting people to listen is the hard part. Too many snake oil salesmen over the years have burned too many. Pledges from both political parties have been broken too many times for them to be believed. It is time that the American people wake up and realize that it is they who will turn this country around- not politicians. If you think that the presidential election is going to change anything then you are lying to yourself. Washington needs to abide by the Constitution. It will never do that on its own.
Understand that our federal government is way out of control. Thanks to a many years of prosperity and people disengaging from the political process the incremental takeover of our government is nearing completion.
Woodrow Wilson really started the push for what we see today with the 16th Amendment (taxation), the 17th Amendment (direct election of Senators) and the creation of the federal reserve. The idea that administration needed to be separated from politics began under Wilson and is what we see today in Washington DC- A multitude of agencies that are ever increasingly controlling the day to day lives of all American. That is NOT the purpose of our government. No regulation without representation.
There are many ideals that this country was founded upon. Three ideas stand at the top. They are the reasons for the success of this country. They were revolutionary to many when introduced, eventually became the benchmark for liberty, and are currently under attack.
Our rights come from our Creator. We do not get rights from other men. We do not get rights from government. Our rights are inherent. Our rights are inalienable. They come from our creator. Government doesn’t give them to us nor can they take them away.
To secure our rights we form governments. That is the ONLY reason we tolerate government. Governments are historically THE biggest violators of human rights but they are also needed to form societies that can protect their people’s interests. The federal government we formed was one of specific enumerated powers. These can be found in Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution. REALLY simple to understand. Once read you can see for yourself how far off of the constitutional path we have veered.
Government derive their just power from the consent of the governed. No one is born to be king. No one is ordained to be a leader of the people. The people decide who their leaders are going to be. Kings and monarchs do not lead toward liberty. Every form of government can be plagued by bad leadership and a republic is no different. The difference is in our republic those choices come from the people. We are responsible for our future.
And when I say Constitution, I mean in no small part the Bill of Rights. The first 10 Amendments to the Constitution. The sentinel of our liberty. Those 10 amendments which were not part of the original Constitution but were ratified 2 years after the fact. Those 10 little things which DO absolutely nothing but let us know when government is intruding into unwanted areas. No rights are given by the Bill of Rights. The rights which were are enumerated are already ours. Remember from where our rights come.
If you are serious about doing something then take the time to get educated. At a bare minimum reread the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Those are the blueprint and proposal for what our country is all about. Neither will take more than an hour to read. They are the basis from where all arguments originate.
When the Declaration of Independence was written, a couple million people read it. When the Constitution was being ratified,most every American had read it so they could be relevant in the overwhelming conversation of the day. Both of these documents were written for the layman and have a clear and easily discernible meaning. No need to get lawyers involved.
It is time to reinvigorate these documents and unabashedly support and defend them once again. It is time people realize that the solutions to most problems we see today are contained in those two short documents. Stop being dependent on others to tell you what is right and proper. That is the reason we are at the precipice we are. Learn once again what it is to be an American. Freedom is not free. Liberty must be fought for.
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