Choose Well Grasshopper

On the opening day of the Constitutional Convention Virginia Governor Edmund Randolph raised four concerns which would guide the delegates in their search for ways to amend the Articles of Confederation, or replace it with something which they felt would better suit the needs of a growing nation. These four points were: what properties a government should possess, what the defects of the current confederation were, what dangers the United States currently faced, and what measures might remedy the abovementioned situations.

James Madison, who was a driving force in the formation of the convention, took extensive notes on the proceedings which are a wealth of information for those seeking to understand both the difficulties faced by the delegates, and the various ideas suggested by the various factions of the delegation.

However, Madison was not alone when it came to the taking of notes of the proceedings. Physician/Surgeon James McHenry also recorded notes on the proceedings. Madison skipped lightly over the dangers facing America, but McHenry noted that during his speech Governor Randolph said, “Our chief danger arises from the democratic parts of our constitutions…None of the constitutions have provided sufficient checks against the democracy.”

Later that year, in Federalist No. 10, Madison would write, “Hence it is that democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and in general have been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.”

I know that this information probably bores most people to death. I, however, find it both fascinating and essential reading. I find it essential because how are we to know the purpose for which our government is supposed to serve unless we have a thorough understanding of the process by which it came into existence? Are you going to take the word of the news media and our current batch of elected officials or are you going to find out from the men who actually wrote the Constitution, from the horse’s mouth so to speak?

Why do I care so much, because ultimately if this country falls the fault will lie squarely upon the shoulders of the people who inhabit it. We will be to blame. Let that sink in. In speaking in regards to our system of government, Joseph Story wrote near the end of his Commentaries on the Constitution, “It has been reared for immortality, if the work of men may justly aspire to such a title. It may nevertheless perish in an hour by the folly, or corruption, or negligence of its only keepers, the People.”

That, my friends, is why I read so much, why I study so much, because I seek the truth. I don’t trust anyone to tell me what the truth is, especially when the words flowing from their mouths so clearly contradict the words spoken by the men who established this system of government. People may call themselves Republicans or Democrats, liberals or conservatives, but if you don’t adhere to the principles upon which our system of government was founded you may as well all call yourselves traitors.

This country has become so divided along so many differing ideological lines, with this faction believing in this, while another faction believes in that. And the whole time the candidates from the political parties are vying to appease the largest number of factions to garner sufficient votes to get elected. The whole process is a circus and the participants nothing but sideshow scam artists who care nothing for the principles which made America great. They only care about getting elected, and once elected staying there. That means satisfying the most people. And that is why our Founders despised democracy, because of the mob rule mentality.

John Adams, our second president clearly stated, “There is no good government but what is republican. That the only valuable part of the British constitution is so; for the true idea of a republic is ‘an empire of laws, and not of men.’ That, as a republic is the best of governments, so that particular arrangement of the powers of society, or in other words, that form of government which is best contrived to secure an impartial and exact execution of the law, is the best of republics.”

If any of you have watched any of the major election returns on the news you will have seen the anchors, the supposed learned pundits, telling of how most elections are won based upon how the undecided voters, the sway voters they call them, vote. Most people are loyal to the political party to which they are registered. It is the sway voters whose votes swing the tide for both sides.

What this means is that a small percentage of the people are deciding the elections because the majority of the voters are fiercely loyal to their party and with the numbers pretty well divided between them those swing voters are the ultimate deciders of any election.

Now I want you to consider something, and it does not matter which party you affiliate yourselves with. Think back to the 2008 presidential election where we had the McCain/Palin ticket running against the Obama/Biden ticket.

Think back to before the presidential election to the primaries where we had to choose between a wide array of people, all vying for our votes to become their party’s nominee. At first glance one would think that they have a wide variety of choices. That’s at first glance. But if you dig a little bit you will find something very interesting.

Are you aware that out of the sixteen candidates running that twelve of them were members of the CFR, (The Council on Foreign Relations)? All twelve of the following people are, or were at the time, members of the CFR: Rudy Giuliani, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Christopher Dodd, Fred Thompson, Bill Richardson, Mike Huckabee, Joe Biden, Newt Gingrich, and John Edwards.

Why is this little fact so important, and what the hell is the CFR anyways? Well, let me answer the second question first. According to their own website, “The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher.” Not a word of that is a lie. They are independent, that is they have no ties directly to our government, especially when it comes to funding. They are nonpartisan, that is they do not care one way or another for the divisions along party lines. They are a think tank in that they come up with ideas, and they DO publish their ideas. So, they aren’t lying. But if you consider lying by omission then you may find something very interesting. The membership of the CFR share a common ideology, complete with beliefs on the role of government, the direction of both foreign and domestic policy, and on just about anything else that really matters in life. Did you get that, a COMMON IDEOLOGY.

So, knowing that, go back to that list of candidates and see how many from BOTH SIDES of the political aisle are/were members of the CFR. Then tell me that you still think that they don’t share a common ideology as to the purpose of government and for its overall policy and agenda.

The CFR controls both political parties, and by parties I mean the machination behind the scenes that funds candidates and, without your knowledge, carefully vets them to ensure that no one gets through who isn’t loyal to their agenda.

I have used this quote before, from Tragedy and Hope by Carroll Quigley, but maybe now it might make a bit more sense. So read this, and think upon what I have just told you, “The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can ‘throw the rascals out’ at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy.”

It was during the 2008 election cycle that Ron Paul really had his breakthrough and which saw the birth of the Tea Party movement. Prior to that time Congressman Paul had been a fringe outsider with a few loyal followers who believed in his concept of limited government and the evils of the Federal Reserve system. But it was in 2008 that he gained a national platform from which he could share his ideas with a larger audience.

It was during this election that I first learned of Ron Paul and his ideas rang true to my way of thinking. I donated funds to his campaign and then I contacted the local, state, and national offices of the Republican Party asking for campaign materials for him. The local and state offices told me that they had no banners, flyers, or other material for Congressman Paul, but if I wanted material for Mitt Romney or John McCain that they would be more than willing to send them to me. I politely told them no thanks. I never heard from the headquarters of the GOP.

You would think that the GOP would help support anyone from their party if it meant defeating a Democrat, wouldn’t you? At least you would if you believed that there are any real differences between the two parties.

Then came the political debates. I saw how on both sides, anyone who stood against the ‘party platform’ was given limited exposure, and afterwards ridiculed and denied any coverage by the media. Just think back to how Ron Paul (R) and Dennis Kucinich (D) were treated by the debate mediators and the media. But in truth they were the only two who stood out from the entire proceedings as having minds of their own. The rest were repeating tried and true party rhetoric, almost like they were Borg, members of a collective without any independent thoughts of their own.

I hear people call themselves conservatives and liberals and I have to ask, what the hell does that exactly mean? I hear conservatives saying how Barack Obama is such a bad president, how he is advancing the liberal agenda at an alarming rate.

I don’t see it quite like that. Sure Obama is doing more harm than his predecessor, but if you go back you will see that each and every president for a long time has been following a, script, if you will, which dictates the direction our country will take. It only seems to me that Obama is trying to accomplish MORE during his time in office than the others did during theirs. That is why it seems like he is such a bad president, he is trying to force feed America TOO MUCH Hope and Change and we are taking notice of it. Had it been done over decades, and by candidates from both sides of the aisle, I don’t think the American people would even have noticed.

One of the big concerns James Madison had for systems of government was factions. Federalist No. 10 was almost entirely devoted to this one subject. Madison describes a faction as, “By a faction, I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adversed to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.”

Madison goes on to describe how a pure democracy in which the people deliberate on matters of state themselves is a system in which factions can work towards limiting the rights of a minority. He then goes on to explain how under a Republic the ills associated with factions can be easily controlled.

But all this relies upon the people, in general, understanding the true nature and purpose for which their government was established, and to place that above their own personal wishes and desires. The rule of law MUST BE supreme for a republic to survive. The moment the people disregard the limits placed upon their government by the Constitution, we basically revert to a democracy in which the majority get what they want. And when the political parties are owned and controlled by a faction whose agenda is adverse to the well being of the people in general, then we are limited to choosing between the lesser of two evils.

And that is why I harp so much, so hard, and so loudly upon the principles upon which this country was founded. If you don’t know them, don’t uphold them, don’t vote according to them, then we get what we deserve, simple majority rule, (democracy) in which we are provided with candidates who would sell their mother to the devil for enough votes to stay in office. And, as almost all our Founders agreed, democracies never survive long, and their deaths are often violent and painful.

So you have a choice to make. You can either find the time to educate yourself as to why our system of government was created the way it was, and the limits it imposes upon government, or you can remain ignorant and vote strictly along party lines as you have been. In one instance you will be taking steps towards halting the almost inevitable downfall of our republic, and the other you will be actively participating in that downfall. The choice is yours, choose well grasshopper.

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