"This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it."--Abraham Lincoln
In America, during the last century, a dramatic shift in political power has occurred. This paradigm shift, (or flip-flop for a better description), has been orchestrated by progressive thinkers and power-hungry politicians. The flip-flop reversal from a citizen-derived-governing power to a bureaucratic-politician-union boss controlled state has been detrimental to the health and prosperity of our great nation and completely contrary to what the Founders intended. Somehow, somewhere, the American people became convinced that they were not in control. Hog wash! While, somehow, somewhere, politicians became convinced they were elite, all-knowing, in control and need to act on our behalf because we aren't capable of using our God-given intellect. Huh, no! Obviously, we are all confused and ALL bear a certain amount of responsibility.
The Founding Fathers, despite their mostly wealthy and educated pedigrees, were clear in their desire to entrust the power of governing to the people. Their intent, their heart's desire, was to create a republic where citizens were invested, involved and in control of their own destiny. The Founder's meetings and conventions were the embodiment of the concept of "representation of the people, by the people". These men weren't professional politicians. They weren't life-long bureaucrats or lobbyists. They weren't community organizers. Yes, some were politically active and were involved in the newly established governments of the 13 colonies. But they were, for the most part, lawyers, doctors, merchants, shippers, land speculators, scientists, businessmen, ministers, farmers and a university president. They had diverse educational backgrounds. They were an eclectic bunch of men, most were wealthy; some self-made, others, heirs. As different as they were, they were unified in their belief that freedom was God-given and precious. They were drawn together by their desire to establish a free society and their determination to secure and provide these freedoms and liberties for their posterity. So trust me when I say, modern day America would appall Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.
We have allowed our freedoms to be usurped. We have forfeited our rights, our liberties, our lands, our money, our voice in the name of compromise, compassion and change. We have neglected our civic duties. We have been cowards and turned a blind eye to the encroaching powers that are slowly but surely eroding our vast, inherited wealth of freedom. Obviously, I am not speaking to all Americans. There are those who have fought and done all they can do to preserve the idea of American exceptionalism. But unfortunately, we haven't been loud enough.
I can't speak for you, but I am done. I am finished being bullied. I am tired of being politically correct. I refuse to remain silent any longer. We are the ones with authority. We are the ones in control. We have allowed ourselves to be convinced that those idiots in Washington D.C. know better than we know. We have allowed career politicians, with no business experience and self-serving agendas, to make laws and regulations that are crippling our economy. We have allowed tree-hugging liberals, who are more concerned with protecting spotted owls and brown beetles than they are with American energy independence, to successfully thwart drilling and energy exploration. We have allowed American babies to be aborted and burned as waste in factory incinerators. We have allowed people to question the relevance of the flag, the pledge and prayer. We have mortgaged ourselves to communist countries and turned our backs on our Israeli allies. We have allowed out-of-control unions to dominate the employment and jobs conversation. We have in essence, given permission for the lobbyists and special interests groups (not our special interests but their own) to wield incredible influence over our elected officials. We have allowed this administration to begin the conversion of the America we know and love into a Euro-styled nanny state. Some in America have surrendered. But rest assured: there are some of us who have not been defeated.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to 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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed."
Yeah, I know. Amazing, huh? Truly, those words speak volumes to my southern, conservative soul! How did they find the perfect words and formulate this incredible declaration of freedom? How did those old, gray-haired men (no offense intended, I love gray hair and men), from a different time and era create a proclamation with unending relevance? How did they know that their plight would also be the plight of future generations?
James Madison once said, "If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary." I claim not to be an angel, but an American. I urge not for the succession of my state or for the complete overthrow of government, but for the reigning in of a government that has very clearly over stepped its bounds. I call simply for a return to reason and restrained governance. I argue that terms limits could prevent entrenchment and isolation and that accountability and transparency should become common practices instead of abstract concepts politicians use to obtain power and then quickly forget.
It always amazes me when I hear our dear leader disparage America while he travels the world. It reaffirms how I feel about him, his views and his presidency. I really love it (can you feel the sarcasm?) when I hear him discuss his perceptions of America, the American people and what "we are dealing with". I cringe when he apologizes for our foreign policy and shakes his head, as though disgusted, when talking about our domestic condition. He is the worst ambassador president our nation has known. I believe the Founding Fathers would be appalled at his indifference, ego-centric attitude, anti-American opinions and his over usage of executive orders. He is no George Washington. He is no Lincoln. He is no Reagan. Heck, he isn't even a Clinton. Our Founders were wise men, driven by a desire to obtain freedom despite a potentially very high cost. They valued freedom more than their fortunes, their statuses, their lives. Their words and proclamations are utter perfection. Their legacy is boldness in the midst of fear, bravery in the face of giants, and freedom above all else. The documents they penned are a call to action for every freedom-loving, God-fearing, mad-as-hell American. This fight has only just begun. And I don't know about you, but I madder than ever and readying myself for a long, ugly, worthy war that I have every intention of winning.