Make no mistake about it I despise Hillary Clinton with a passion that is barely contained; she is evil, pure and simple. Yet, for all the hype and hoopla surrounding Donald Trump, I don’t think he is a much better choice for president for numerous reasons; chief among them being that he is not a true Constitutionalist. Although Trump is an outsider, and is on the receiving end of opposition from the Republican Party faithful, it does not mean that Trump knows the first thing about the limits imposed upon the office he seeks by the Constitution; only that he is a wild card the GOP cannot control and who has tapped into the anger and resentment voters have with the Republican Party and their failure to uphold traditional conservative values.
People vote Republican because they say they are voting for traditional conservative values; but who defines those values; the Republican Party, the religious right, the military industrial complex whose endless war making has ruined lives, killed untold thousands, and made enemies of a major portion of the Middle East? At least be honest with who and what you are; after all the Democrats are honest about what they stand for, why can’t the GOP do the same?
We haven’t had a true Constitutionalist in the White House for a V E R Y long time. People talk all this talk about Reagan being this bastion of conservative values; yet he chose a CIA stooge for his running mate and gave us Iran/Contra. The last time we saw anyone near a true Constitutionalist run for president the GOP faithful shunned him because his foreign policy went against the interests of the military industrial complexes dream of endless war in the Middle East. Can’t cut into their profit margins now, can we? So those professing to be conservative fled to Mitt Romney; leaving America with 8 yrs of Barack Obama. Well done conservatives, well done!
So in essence, all we have been doing for decades now is flip flopping between avowed Socialists, and faux conservatives; all the while hoping for a restoration of constitutionally limited government. How’s that been working out for you? Our national debt has skyrocketed to an astronomical $19 trillion, we haven’t seen a single year of peace since I was born back in 1958, and the moral fiber which holds this country together has become so frayed and torn that society is unraveling before our very eyes.
Yet every year the leader of that cadre of criminals has the gall to stand before Congress and tell the people that the state of our union is strong. Absolutely mind boggling! But people still continue to put their faith in a system that, for decades, has been rigged to ensure that only those loyal to their special interest masters win the golden ticket to the White House.
The media is comprised of nothing but shills; corporate whores whose sole job is to shape and manipulate public opinion. Yet where do a majority of the people go for their news; that same media. Yet they make decisions based upon what they see or hear on these news reports and then have the audacity to say they are making ‘informed’ decisions.
Look at all the attention given the things Trump has said, while the media remains deathly silent regarding the things Hillary has done. Even if Trump is guilty of all these accusations, why doesn’t the media bring up the fact that the guy who will accompany Hillary to the White House should she win is guilty of far worse; yet neither her, nor her campaign staff has broached the subject of her philandering husband and the trail of women behind him all the way back to his time at Oxford.
Then there are the Wikileaks e mails that the media is telling us to ignore because just by our viewing them makes US criminals. Since when have the actions of those in our government been so secret that they must be kept from the eyes of the American people?
Various great men have spoken out against the evils of a government that attempts to hide its actions from the people. For instance, Lord Acton who once said, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely” also said, “Everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.”
Then, Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black said, “The Press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of the government and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people.”
Then during the Virginia Ratifying Convention, Patrick Henry said, “The liberties of a people never were, nor every will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.” So you see, just because the media is not doing their job to report on the information contained within the Wikileaks e mails, it does not mean we do not have the right to know what those we elect are doing. All the time these candidates talk about transparency, but when it comes to their own actions, or culpability in what may be criminal activity, oh how they sing a different tune!
While I find the things Trump may, or may not, have said/done distasteful, I find what Hillary has done over the course of her career in politics far more disturbing. At least Trump hasn’t had anyone killed; while there is a long list of those who have gotten in the way of the Clinton’s who have mysteriously died under questionable circumstances. And yet again, the media remains silent on that; calling those who bring it up tin foil hat conspiracy theorists.
You can call me, and others like me, conspiracy theorists if you want; that’s your prerogative. But there comes a point in time when you have to accept that if someone threatens someone else’s political aspirations or career, and then that person suddenly ends up dead; and this pattern repeats itself over and over again, it is more than mere coincidence. How many people have posed threats to the Clintons, and then suddenly ended up dead? If I’m not mistaken the number is around 70 now. That’s way too many to be mere coincidence if you ask me; tin foil hat or no tin foil hat.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news…well, actually I don’t, but anyway, we aren’t going to fix anything at the polls until we fix ourselves first. Americans have become so used to speed; we want faster internet service, instant messaging, breaking news, and we have little patience for people telling us that the solution to our problems may take years…decades…to come to fruition. Yet the slow, but steady decline of our Constitutional Republic has been going on for 150 years now; yet people want it fixed in the 4 years allotted to a presidential term?
Although people may have an inkling that they elect those who hold the seats of power in government, I don’t think they fully understand that government works for us, that it is bound by certain limits upon its actions, and that if it oversteps those limits we can, at any time, abolish government. At no point in my endless study of the founding of this republic did I come across the belief that our system of government was to be permanent; that no matter how bad it got the people could not alter or abolish it.
In fact, Thomas Jefferson stated the following in a letter to James Madison while he was abroad serving as ambassador to France, “The question Whether one generation of men has a right to bind another, seems never to have been started either on this or our side of the water. Yet it is a question of such consequences as not only to merit decision, but place also, among the fundamental principles of every government.”
Jefferson, as primary author of the Declaration of Independence, declared “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 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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. 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.”
That is the foundation upon which our system of government was built. Yet four score and seven years later (Gettysburg Address) a war was fought, not between North and South, but between one section of the country that sought to exercise those exact powers described in the Declaration of Independence, and the government created by the Constitution. We know this was as the Civil War, but in truth it was a second war for independence; one which was lost by those seeking to assert their God-given right to live as free men with a government of their choosing.
It has all been downhill ever since.
Yet the fundamental truths held in our founding documents has not changed one iota; our rights come from God, our government derives its just authority from our consent, and when government becomes destructive to the ends for which it was established, (as it has), it is our right to alter or abolish it.
But those aren’t easy fixes, rapid solutions; they entail a study of what our system of government was founded upon, it entails the willingness to put all you have on the line in the defense of those principles, and it takes the desire to not accept evil in any form in our government. With all the voting for the lesser of two evils I see going on, I know for a fact that most Americans don’t have it in them to restore our country to its former greatness.
We have gotten soft; too used to a life of comfort where we can pick up a phone and order a pizza to be delivered to our front door, or mail order clothes from a website. We want to be able to fix America the same way; listen to a few campaign speeches, pick the best of the two candidates running, then go back to our lives of comfort and the Constitution and the Bill of Rights be damned!
Good luck with that!
The America I see now is not united, not even close. We pick and choose these single issue topics to base our voting decisions upon. We vote on immigration, gun control, abortion, the next pick to the Supreme Court, fighting terrorism, or whatever your pet cause is, while we disregard the true purposes for which our government was created. Then when our candidate does not win we pout until it’s time to vote for someone else.
Hell, I’ve been reading that there is fear that riots are going to take place no matter who wins this election; as neither said believes it will be fair. Yet we call ourselves the UNITED States of America? I don’t see anything united about us; we are divided along issues and racial divisions, while the matters of individual liberty and personal responsibility have fallen by the wayside.
You know there is a huge parallel between our forsaking of the principles upon which this country was founded and the suffering of the Israelites when they forsook the Law as given to them by God on the tablets Moses brought down from Sinai.
In 1774 Thomas Jefferson wrote A Summary View of the Rights of British American, wherein he states, “God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure if we have removed their only firm basis: a conviction in the minds of men that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.”
How long was it after the government created by the Constitution that the people began to forget that simple premise? Was it a decade, two, a century? It doesn’t matter how long it was, but the longer we forget that simple premise, and the fact that government is bound by law to act only according to the specific powers granted it, the problems this country faces will continue to grow exponentially. It is only by a return to the belief that government should be limited; far more limited than any conservative candidate I’ve heard say. It is only when America minds its own business and stops meddling in the affairs of other sovereign nations that we may begin to hope for peace.
But oh no, you can’t talk about cutting benefits, or entitlements as people like to call them. You can’t ask that people accept responsibility for their own success or failures. You can’t ask that people stop looking to government to provide them with security and safety. That is simply asking too much of people.
If you ask me, it is asking too much of people to actually think. I believe that due to the dumbing down of generations of Americans by our public fool system they are incapable of critical thought; and slavery is probably a much safer choice than the animating contest for freedom. That’s what I think.
It’s hard enough convincing people that are government today does not bear the slightest resemblance to the one outlined by the Constitution; yet there are people expect me to tell the masses that our government is being controlled by a coterie, [a small exclusive group of people who share the same interests], whose ultimate goal is one world governance and the abolishment of the sovereignty of nations and the liberty of the people who inhabit them?
America was not founded by people who put their faith in hopes and dreams, or the voting booth; it was founded by those who craved liberty and had the courage to stand up to their government to obtain it. Today people look to government for the answer to all their problems, and that only gives government more control over their lives and takes them further down the pathway of tyranny and oppression. Nothing will change in this country as long as people keep asking a government to do things for them which already does far more for them than it is authorized to do.
America will not change until people realize that government is not their friend, it is their enemy. As Thomas Paine said in his book Common Sense, “Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one: for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries BY A GOVERNMENT, which we might expect in a country WITHOUT GOVERNMENT, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer.”
America will never fix its problems until the people have the courage to declare, as did Patrick Henry, “Give me liberty or give me death.” That may sound harsh, it may sound like treason, but the fact is that government works for us by a specific grant of power known as the Constitution. When government oversteps the limits placed upon its powers, government becomes the criminal, not those who oppose government.
Back in my younger days people like that were known as patriots. If you ask me, it just goes to show how ass backwards things have become.