A Government of the People, by the People, for….the People?….the Government?….for Who?

November 17, 2011 by
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We have all heard that we are known as a government “of the People, by the People, for the People.” But that phrase is not found in The Declaration of Independence or The U.S. Constitution, so what does it mean?  Its meaning becomes crystal clear when you “read between the lines” of The Declaration of Independence. But is that concept even true anymore in America today? Well let’s explore…

 

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them… Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed… 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…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…

 

A proper government derives its just power from the consent of We, the People, the governed; and when it becomes destructive towards our Natural rights, and evinces a design to reduce us to absolute Despotism; it is our right, it is our duty, to alter or abolish it, and institute a new form of government in order to provide new Guards for our future security and Safety, which contributes to our Happiness.  Whether we achieve that end at the ballot box or by outright revolution is to be determined by the necessity of the times. And for the record, while a war was necessary in 1776, I believe that it can still be won at the ballot box today.

 

The form of government that our Founders established was a Republic.  We elect from the body politic, members to best represent our views, on our behalf, in the halls of congress, within the confines of Natural Law, as protected by the Constitution (of the People).  These representatives are us, and come from among us; and they are elected by us (by the People). And our government exists only to provide protection of our property rights; from enemies within or without; which provides for the general welfare of society (for the People).  Hence – of the people, by the people, for the people.

 

So…if a representative is merely a person in our stead, on our behalf, upholding the U.S. Constitution in order to protect the Natural Right of each individual to their property; then how is it that he can vote for socialistic utopian schemes of wealth redistribution that are contrary to those Natural Rights, form government agencies that make it harder for us to enjoy everyday life (EPA), agencies that serve no real purpose, yet drive up the cost of providing comfort and convenience (Dept. of Energy), and other examples of roadblocks to liberty? And more importantly – why do we accept it? I am led to believe that they either don’t know what their job is (including the protection of our liberties, which they swear to protect every time they reaffirm their oath) or that they are trying to use the power of our collective purses to influence others to vote for them; whether under the guise of charity, perceived benevolence, deals-for-donors, constituent appeasement without cause, or any combination thereof. But again…why do we allow this? Because it’s clear they are not representing you or me.

 

So…if they’re not actually representing you or me, then who – or what – are they representing?

 

Frederic Bastiat stated “But how is it [legal plunder, i.e. wealth redistribution] to be distinguished? Very easily. See whether the law takes from some persons that which belongs to them, to give to others what does not belong to them. See whether the law performs, for the profit of one citizen, and, to the injury of others, an act that this citizen cannot perform without committing a crime. Abolish this law without delay; it is not merely an iniquity—it is a fertile source of iniquities…” Sadly, most Americans do not realize this fact. In fact, most cannot see that taking from one to give to another is theft, even if – I would argue especially if – it is done by the government; and that it is in no way similar to one willingly giving money from their own pocket to another in need. The two are similar only in that there is a transfer of purchasing power; they are diametrically opposed in righteousness. One is noble and Christ-like, the other is theft: one is a virtue, the other a vice.

 

To go further; in America the vast majority of our citizens are still Christian, and have no problem expressing that view at school functions, government events, or other public gatherings. So why do we allow the courts to “mandate” all references to religion out of these situations: especially when the courts have ZERO power – they are merely an opinion branch? The vast majority of Americans are against gay-marriage, and have overwhelmingly voted it down in every state it has been brought to the ballot – even in California!! – and yet the courts have “mandated” that the people accept it. In California, the citizens have even amended their state constitution…and the COURTS ruled it UNCONSTITUTIONAL!! How can an amendment to the constitution be unconstitutional? Yet we have become a neutered society, and we accept this. The majority of American citizens know ObamaCare is unconstitutional, and they do not want it. Yet congress forced it down our throats against our will…and yet we “eagerly await” a Supreme Court decision to determine whether or not we will be “forced” to accept it?? Where is the “representation” in this: who is being represent…and by whom?

 

These are only a few of literally dozens – if not hundreds – of examples where our legislators – the elected ‘representatives of the people’ – are blatantly ignoring the will of the people they represent. So if they are elected to represent us, and they are not representing us…then again I ask, who – or what – are they representing?

 

Sadly, I believe that most of our elected representatives are actually representing one specific, consistent, constant, and unshakable special interest group – themselves!! It is sad to say, but what Benjamin Franklin feared when he said “…there are two passions which have a powerful influence in the affairs of men…ambition and avarice—the love of power and the love of money…Place before the eyes of such men a post of honor, that shall, at the same time, be a place of profit, and they will move heaven and earth to obtain it” has now gone from a brilliant bit of foresight, to a realized prophesy. Too many in Washington – and even some at the state and local levels – are “moving heaven and earth” to gain power and wealth from their decisions, regardless of justice, the law, or their constituents.

 

It appears obvious to me that we are a government “of the People, by the People, for the elected-official-and-the-cronies-of-their-choice.” At every level, our current representation is so far from understanding the proper role and purpose of government, that it scares me when I contemplate whether or not it’s too late: whether or not our social mores have so changed in the last 50 – 80 years that it will be impossible to recover.

 

Ronald Reagan once said that “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” I fear we are less than a generation from realizing the contemptuous effects at the backside of that quote. If we don’t stand up and fight for Liberty – and I mean very soon – it will be too late. It’s time to quit trusting our security, our future, our longevity, our happiness – to people who do not represent true virtue, and who do not understand the purpose and role of government.

 

Aaron Tippin stated in a song that “you’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything.” What do we stand for, America? Do we still stand for virtue, integrity, equality, the rule of law? Do we still believe that there is a right and a wrong; and it’s written in the Bible, in our own common sense and reason, and in the laws of Nature? Do we still believe that our rights are worth standing up and fighting for? When is enough enough; what will it take to get you awake and engaged? Will we just sit here and accept the fact that we now live under a “Government destructive of our end;” engaged in, ”a long train of abuses and usurpations, designed to reduce us under absolute Despotism?” Do we have the fortitude to finally stand up and “throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for our future security… laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect our Safety and Happiness”?? I’m not talking about a Revolution, or even a Constitutional Convention. I’m talking about standing up and taking control of our government: making it once again a government “for the People.” Because if we don’t stand for something, we will fall for Marxism, for despotism, for communism, for progressivism: we will fall straight to hell…and I fear that we’re already half way there.

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