I remember awhile back a friend at work told me that his wife had read some of the articles I had written and said something along the lines that it was a wonder I haven’t been shot. She isn’t the only person who expresses those sentiments. You would be amazed at how often I hear people say that one of these days members of some government agency are gonna come knocking on my door and drag me away in handcuffs. I say, “Bring it on, because I ain’t going nowhere without a fight!”
You see, the views I hold are basically the same as those held by the founders of this nation. Does that mean that were our founding fathers alive today that their thoughts and ideas concerning government and rights would be considered radical and extreme? Probably so, but for crying out loud it was also their ideas regarding those same subjects that led to them to create the system of government we have today…even though those who hold the seats of power have bastardized it to the point it is barely recognizable.
So, in an effort to show that all I am doing is paying homage to those men who fought for your liberty, and established a system of government whose primary purpose was to safeguard your rights, I would like to share a few quotes by those men whose ideas guide me in all I do.
“ A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.”
“The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government, are justly considered deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.”
“You have rights antecedent to all earthly governments: rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; rights derived from the Great Legislator of the universe.”
“If it be asked, What is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of our security in a Republic? The answer would be, An inviolable respect for the Constitution and Laws — the first growing out of the last…. A sacred respect for the constitutional law is the vital principle, the sustaining energy of a free government.”
Alexander Hamilton Essay in the American Daily Advertiser, Aug 28, 1794
“No legislative act contrary to the Constitution can be valid. To deny this would be to affirm that the deputy (agent) is greater than his principal; that the servant is above the master; that the representatives of the people are superior to the people; that men, acting by virtue of powers may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid. It is not to be supposed that the Constitution could intend to enable the representatives of the people to substitute their will to that of their constituents. A Constitution is, in fact, and must be regarded by judges as fundamental law. If there should happen to be a irreconcilable variance between the two, the Constitution is to be preferred to the statute.”
Alexander Hamilton Federalist 78
“If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify.”
Alexander Hamilton Federalist 33
“Resolved, That the several States composing the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their General Government . . . . and that whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force. . . . that the government created by this compact [the Constitution for the United States] was not made the exclusive or final judge of the extent of the powers delegated to itself; since that would have made its discretion, and not the Constitution, the measure of its powers; . . . . that this would be to surrender the form of government we have chosen, and live under one deriving its powers from its own will, and not from our authority…”
Thomas Jefferson The Kentucky Resolutions
“That government ought to be instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security of the people; and that the doctrine of non-resistance against arbitrary power and oppression is absurd, slavish, and destructive to the good and happiness of mankind.”
Virginia Ratification Convention
As you can see, all I do when I write is share the beliefs held by those men who created our system of government. So,if my thoughts are considered too radical for the average American today…tough shit! I would rather be ridiculed and persecuted by people who don’t have the faintest idea of what responsibility they have as Americans, than to give up the principles which I hold dear to my heart.
As Samuel Adams said, “If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”