“The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.” ~ James Madison (1751-1836) 4th U.S. President
For the last few weeks I have discussed the existing law on the books regarding treason, sedition, and rebellion, and how it can be applied to members of our government. For some reason, our government has evolved over the last century into a mindset that the laws of the land do not apply to them, that their ways are the best ways, and that the future they desire for this country is the one that must be, regardless of whether or not the American people want the same. In other words, our elected leaders mean to be like kings, and in doing so they become like traitors.
If one were to read the Declaration of Independence, one would find an eerie similarity between the abuses of old King George and the current three branches of the U.S. federal government… or four branches, if you count the bloated federal bureaucracy. The Declaration planted the seed of Revolution, when men and women were willing to risk everything for the very idea that all men are created equal, that no one is above them but God, that the law is applicable to all, and that ultimately government is to be the servant of the people, not their master. Our Founders believed that since liberty came from God, it was worth the pledge of their lives, their property, and their sacred honor to defend.
While the Declaration may have been the birth of the soul of our country, the U.S. Constitution is the body that contains it. In their wisdom our Founders understood that even the most noble of men (or women) are susceptible to the lure of power over their fellow man, if not bound down with the chains of something bigger. The U.S. Constitution was designed to leave power in the hands of the people. Diluted power, as opposed to centralized power, is the best way to ensure the protection of individual liberty.
Power can easily make traitors of even those of exceptional character, and no man or woman is above the law, not even those we elect to write it, enforce it, and interpret it. For too long have we turned a blind eye to the shenanigans of our servants. For too long we have allowed the line to be moved on what we will tolerate. For too long we have been distracted in living our own lives and taken our attention away from holding those with this delegated power accountable. And, the tiny, imperceptible compromises that once seemed so insignificant in their day, have together succeeded in finally breaking through the wall of protection that is our Constitution. To quote Mike Vanderboegh, anyone who tells us that “it would never happen here” or “they would never do that”, “is whistling past the graveyard of history. There is no ‘house rule’ that bars tyranny coming to America. History is replete with republics whose people grew complacent and descended into imperial butchery and chaos”.
We have come to the time when we can no longer trust by default the words and deeds of many of our elected (and unelected) officials in government, no matter the party affiliation. We need to stop assuming that the best consequences will happen with a passed law, an awarded grant, a new regulation or a new ruling, and live in reality: these folks are imperfect humans just like the rest of us. Perhaps if we start having the foresight to see the potential negative aftermath of decisions our leaders make, we can be more preemptive in halting them before they go too far. In fact, our Founders even warned us to keep a wary eye on the people in power, even those we trust. This is our job as citizens, and if we love our country as much as we say we do, it’s time that we start doing it. After all, according to the Constitution, all authority ultimately rests in our hands, the people’s hands.
So, get informed. Read the founding documents our leaders won’t. Read the bills they won’t. Follow the money. Then, get involved. You don’t have to run for office – just find something for which you are passionate about and let your voice be heard to provide accountability, support or even a spine to those we elect. Stand up for our liberty and the future of our republic. Only we can put a halt to the forward march of the traitors.
“It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties. We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of citizens and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution. The freemen of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise and entangled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle. We revere this lesson too much … to forget it” ~ James Madison (1751-1836) 4th U.S. President