“…there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations. (James Madison)
We must really thank President Obama, Representative Pelosi, Senator Reid and the other passionate progressives who have unwittingly set the stage to save our Republic. Until they took over in 2006 (Congress) and 2008 (the Presidency) the American people were like the frog in the pot of water that gets slowly heated with time between each bump in temperature for the frog to get accustomed to the hotter water. The frog dies from being cooked with out realizing why he is dying.
The American people were getting used to hotter and hotter water until the progressive crowd, given the honor of serving the American people, were handed the reins of power on a platinum platter. Fortunately for the American people, they were unable to control themselves and they abandoned what had worked so well in the past.
The temptation was just too much. They grabbed the heat control and, in an orgasmic lust for power, they cranked the heat to its highest position. It took about 6 months for the heat to become unbearable and most people jumped out of the cooker and started to sound the alarms. The reaction from the electorate was overwhelming and it didn’t take them long to see what was transpiring in Washington, DC. What the people found is an out of control government that has rejected the wisdom of the Founders in favor of the hubris of elitism.
James Madison also said “It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.”
We have allow the people we elect to stray so far from the concept of a limited government, whose sole function is to protect the unalienable rights of its citizens, that we are in danger of having the Constitution declared null and void by these same elected officials. In the United States of America power resides in the people and the government, elected and unelected, is constituted to serve the people in the very limited areas that the people have granted, through the Constitution. It is time to ask our hirelings exactly which Constitution are they swearing (or affirming) to “preserve, protect and defend against all enemies, foreign and domestic”?
What has fueled the reversal of roles, from the government serving the people to the government dictating to the people, is money. In 1913 the Constitution was amended to allow an income tax. With the growth of the economy, the receipts from the income tax have generated increasing amounts of revenue for the government’s coffers which has allowed the government to spend more and more to “solve problems”. WWI, the Great Depression, WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, various recessions and the Great recession) presented the government with more problems (mostly of the government’s own making) to solve and more opportunities to spend money. As money and problem solving accrued to the government, more and more power was transferred from the people to the government, so that today the complete reversal of power has occurred. The people are now the servants of the government.
The financial affairs of the Country are upside down, unbelievably confused and
nightmarishly inefficient. Think about it! We send money out of our communities to the Federal Government. The Federal Government then sends PART of what we have sent them, back to us (in a myriad of programs, grants, matching funds, etc. and acts like it is doing us a favor.) The government, of course, attaches mandates (unfunded), regulations and controls on the money we sent them in the first place. The Feds also take a cut of about 60% right off the top (with a return of only 40% no wonder so many people are turning to slot machines, the return is better.) The best part of this whole deal is that State and Local politicians get to make a big deal over how much of our money they have brought back to us, usually as targeted benefits, that often cost us more locally than what we get back from Uncle Sam. Does anyone think that the federal government has a “pot o’ gold” hidden somewhere that magically provides the money that the government spends? There is only one place that the government gets its money and that is the taxpayer. It doesn’t matter whether the government borrows it (think China) or prints it (think Weimar Republic) the taxpayer eventually pays for it (it is an immutable fact of economics).
Wouldn’t it make a lot more sense to have the Federal Government take, from the taxpayers, only what funds that are necessary for the government to do what the Constitution allows government to do. Then reduce taxes to reflect this new reality and allow the people, the money and the power necessary to handle the majority of problems, at the family or community level where they belong.
This will not be an easy transition as a large proportion of the populace have been corrupted by welfare (under the guise of helping) for several generations and another large part have invested in programs (Social Security and Medicare), while they worked, so that they would have monies for their retirement and healthcare.
To return to our Constitutional roots and grandeur, “We the People” must hire people, of what ever party, who recognize the limitations of government in a free society. We must hire people that will respect property rights (without them there is neither Life nor Liberty, only slavery). We must hire people who will respect the will of the people within the framework of the Constitution. We must hire people who understand that only the free market (no monopolies over production, labor or finance) can control an economy with any expectation of long term success.