I know, I rant and rave about the government all the time and you’re probably getting tired of listening to me. I know there are those on both sides of the political spectrum who wish I would just shut up. Those on the left are currently too busy off licking their wounds and tossing around accusations of Russian interference in the recent presidential election; while those on the right are saying Trump hasn’t even taken office yet and I need to chill out and give him a chance.
It wasn’t that long ago, eight years to be exact, that the tables were turned and those on the right were off licking their wounds while those on the left were telling me to chill out and give Mr. Hope & Change a chance. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if, in 4 or 8 years those on the right are off licking their wounds again while those on the left are telling me to give whomever they place in the Oval Office a chance.
Let me ask you a question, and be honest; how has all this flip flopping back and forth between Republicans and Democrats worked out for you, and for America? I suppose the answer to that question depends upon what one views as the purpose for government. If one believes government is the panacea for all our problems; the provider for all our needs, then I suppose maybe things do get better from time to time. But, on the other hand, if you view government as the protector of our liberty, and from a strictly Constitutional viewpoint, things continue to get worse no matter who is at the helm.
If the people of this country knew, and I mean deep down in their bones knew, what the powers given government were, and if they knew the specific powers given each branch, then they would have to admit that no matter who wins a presidential election one thing remains constant; government continues to increase in size and in the power it holds over our lives.
Another question for ya’ll. Where exactly in the Constitution does it authorize the president to fulfill any of the promises which caused you to vote for him? If Congress is, as the Constitution declares, the lawmaking body, why do people pay so little attention to the actions of their representative; instead getting all excited about who will become the next president?
From my perspective people treat the election of a president almost like they do the championship game in a major league sporting event. You have the playoffs, (Primaries) where the two divisions, (Political Parties) do battle to determine who will make it to the final game, (the November election). All the hype and hoopla and team spirit are the same though. Choosing who will become president of the United States has ceased being about which one will best support and defend the Constitution, and more about which team wins.
This is a very narrow, and dangerous if I might add, way of looking at things. Focusing all your time and energy on who gets elected causes you to miss all the things that government as an entity is doing. Also, this party loyalty causes those on both sides to ignore infractions of the Constitution by members of their party; while condemning the same infractions by members of the other party. This two party paradigm, or party over principle, blinds people to the fact that no matter who is in charge government continues to become more powerful and you become less free.
In short, it is a vindication of what Carroll Quigley wrote in his book Tragedy and Hope, “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.”
If I might ask another question; what exactly do you think I mean when I say the word government? Do you think I am simply referring to the President of the United States? Do you think I am only referring to Congress, or the 9 black robed tyrants you call the Supreme Court? If so, you are missing the picture.
Are not the following agencies within our government?
-Drug Enforcement Administration, DEA
-Environmental Protection Agency, EPA
-Food and Drug Administration, FDA
-National Security Agency, NSA
-Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, BATF
-Bureau of Land Management, BLM
These and a host of many others are also part and parcel of what I speak of when I use the word government. Do these agencies not pass rules and regulations which the people of this country are bound to obey? Do they not enforce those rules and regulations with an iron hand? Does not many of the actions of these agencies violate your rights; such as the illegal and unconstitutional enforcement of laws that restrict your right to keep and bear arms, the use of certain natural remedies for disease or ailments, the spying upon your private communications, and the ownership of land by the US government?
Yet, again if I may be so bold to ask, where in the Constitution does it give government the authority to both enact and enforce even a small fraction of those rules and regulations? Hmmm?
Now, again, how has the election of either a Democrat or a Republican reduced in size the power held by any of those agencies? Yet you think that your vote still is making a difference? Hmmm…
I would suggest you find copies of the Constitution and Bill of Rights and read them; but I know it would not do any good. First, you have had ample time to do so in the pass and chose not to. Either that or you have read them but don’t care what they say. In either case in today’s political landscape they have been relegated to nothing more than historical relics from our nation’s past and not firm guidelines and limitations imposed upon the actions our government can take to govern this country.
In short, what good are they any more when the people either don’t know, or don’t care what they say?
I really hate to be insulting because I know it turns a lot of readers off, but the people of this country have got to be a special kind of stupid. I mean, who in their right mind would give someone, or some group of people, specific powers over their life then not pay attention to ensure that those in power do not overstep those powers? Who would write certain limitations upon those powers; protecting certain liberties, and then turn around and beg those in power to restrict those liberties just so that they could feel safe?
I honestly don’t know what else I can say to convince people of the truth that the government they support is nothing close to the one envisioned by our Founders, and outlined by our Constitution. Sure, on the surface it may look the same with a president, a Congress and a Supreme Court, but inside in the internal workings of what that government does, it is nothing like the government our Constitution authorizes.
While I am mad at my government for the unconstitutional laws it passes, I do not blame them. After all, government is comprised of men and women; and the lure of power does tend to attract those with ambition, and who are easily corrupted by it.
No, I blame the people of this country; both present and past who have forgotten that they are the watchmen whose job was to ensure that those they elected stayed within the confines of the power given them by the Constitution.
Two quotes and then I’ll wrap this up and let you worry about something really important; like the ringing in of the New Year.
First, in Federalist 51 James Madison writes, “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. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.”
And finally, a quote from Patrick Henry that, if more people took to heart we wouldn’t be having this discussion, “”You are not to inquire how your trade may be increased, nor how you are to become a great and powerful people, but how your liberties can be secured; for liberty ought to be the direct end of your Government.”
So you go ahead, make your New Year’s Resolutions, put your faith in Trump, or reorganize and come back in four years to try and knock him off his throne. But I promise you one thing, if you really cared what the Constitution said about the powers given government, ain’t nothing gonna change in 2017.
With that thought I wish you a Happy New Years.