Friday, October 30, 2009

A few thought on Government

This country has a great and wise document to direct the people on the operation of the Republic as it was. We no longer have a Republic but a Democracy, something that was dreaded by all founders of this nation. The document I refer to is the Constitution. The Constitution tells the government what it may do. In modern parlance that's a permissive code i.e. it tells what you may do. If it's not in the list you may NOT do it. In this particular code, rights not given to the government are reserved to the States or the People.
One right that the Constitution recognizes is the right to form a new government. In the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence it states...
"That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or 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."
Here's what Abrahan Lincoln said in his first inaugural address about that particular right.
"This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it or their revolutionary right to dismember it or overthrow it"
Lincoln also stated..."any people whatever have a right to abolish the existing government and form a new one that suits them better."
Of course a few years later he completely ignored the Constitution and his statements and went to war against a portion of the country that did exactly as Lincoln said they could.
Noted columnist of the time, Horace Greeley, said "...when a section of our Union resolves to go out, we shall resist any coercive acts to keep it in. We hope to never live in a Republic where one section is pinned to the other section by bayonets."

Daniel Webster, wordmaster of the time, said in his Capon Springs speech in 1851... "The Union is a Union of States founded upon Compact. How is it to be supposed that when different parties enter into a compact for certain purposes either can disregard one provision of it and expect others to observe the rest?...A bargain broken on one side is broken on all sides."
Webster also had this to say in the U. S. Senate..."If the Union was formed by the accession of the States then the Union may be dissolved by the succession of the States."

That gives you an idea of the sentiments that went into the Constitution and the sentiment of the day. For decades we have had Government that tries to wring any possible meaning out of the words instead of just operating as it is written. Working in that manner we have gotten ourselves to a point where the Republic that was guaranteed by the Constitution has been shredded and cast out with yesterdays trash and replaced with the scourge of all free men, a Democracy. We have a population of government benefit recipients that can't see any other way of life other that the monthly check from Uncle Sam. To top it off we have a whole class of politicians that are willing to give them whatever they ask for.

"Jefferson Davis said in his 1861 Farewell Address to the US. Senate...
"Then, Senators, we recur to the compact which binds us together; we recur to the principles upon which our government was founded; and when you deny them, and when you deny to us the right to withdraw from a government, which, thus perverted, threatens to be destructive of our rights, we but tread in the path of our fathers when we proclaim our independence, and take the hazard. This is done, not in hostility to others-not to injure any section of the country-not even for our pecuniary benefit; but from the high and solemn motive of defending and protecting the rights we inherited, and which it is our duty to transmit unshorn to our children."

We have a government that has interfered in private industry, interfered in gun ownership and interfered in our freedom of speech. They have imposed harsh laws and rulings on industry and private citizen. We have an alphabet soup of beauracracy to monitor and restrict our every move. And we the People have allowed it to happen for decades. We watch football, baseball, soap operas and we can recite statistics of the millionaire ballplayers yet we don't have the knowledge to know when our rights are being usurped, when we are being used as the cash machine for a crew of thugs, liars and convicts and thieves. We have judges that have used their bench to create law, judges that have broken out the lemon squeezer to evaluate a Constitutional right or phrase. Educate yourself by reading the Constitution and educate your family and friends by giving them a copy too.
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Remember, Thomas Jefferson said in 1823..."On every question of construction(of the Constitution) let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one which it was passed."

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