I think it’s time for a shift in perspective.
Whenever we talk about the happenings in D.C., campaigns, debates, policy votes, selection of judges and other government matters, we think of those things in terms of politics. That is, as a common people engaged in honest and frank discourse over a shared direction for our nation. But I think we do so under some assumptions that no longer hold true.
First, I will assert that it is proper to consider that politics is a series of actions engaged in within a single boundary of sovereignty, or at least among a generally shared sovereignty. In the latter case, within it’s own government, the movements of power of North Korea, as a holder of sole sovereignty under it’s system, are politics. Within the U.S., theoretically at least, the movements of government power among the sovereign people individually is equally a form of politics.
Secondly, I will assert that we can not honestly consider ourselves to be a common people engaged in frank debate over our shared course. The nation is deeply divided along ideological lines that are irreconcilable. Worse, one course has us handing over our sovereignty as individuals to another body, even if it is a body of our own making. Unless an agreement can be reached on where the seat of sovereignty will lie, there can be no common purpose.
Third, to be frank and honest discussion, we must be operating under the same set of rules. I need not recount here the number of ways that the left creates its own set of rules; rules that we are forbidden to also operate under, or that we honorably refuse to adopt. (Vassar has an in depth post on the subject anyway).
Fourth, the U.S. government and a significant number of those who operate within it are actively using the gained power to undermine, at the behest of the citizens who would have them do it, the sovereignty of those that insist on keeping it to themselves. This is at it’s core a clash of sovereigns. One centralized, one spread across the nation, of distinctly different characters, but two sovereign none-the-less.
Fifth, the avoidance of violence requires one thing. Not politics. Diplomacy. The negotiation among sovereigns of terms of coexistence. It is important that our choice of representative, those we vote for, those we recruit, those already in office, go to Washington D.C. not to become part of this sovereign gargantuan and politic within it.
Instead, our representatives must be there to represent our sovereignty. To demand, from a position of strength, that our boundaries and borders as individuals be respected and that this usurper sovereign maintain itself within the boundaries it’s creators negotiated for it. That all the weapons of the state, judges, politicians, bureaucrats, be appropriately restrained from even the briefest incursions.
Our choice is one as stark as that between Churchill and Chamberlain. Individuals like Graham, Cornyn, McConnell and McCain pat themselves on the back for achieving peace in our time with the democrats, triumphantly waving their paper with its worthless promises. History is littered with examples that show us where our current path will take us, if we will put our situation in it’s proper context.