If Barack Obama wants to go down in history as a successful president, he will need to forget everything he came to Washington to do. No massive health care overhaul, no cap & trade, no card check, no amnesty for immigrants. His place in history will be determined by his ability to pull our economy out of the ditch he has helped run it into. If he looks at history, he will see that his plan to create jobs with government intervention doesn’t work here or anywhere else in the world. And the world is watching. He will have to look to the private sector, which must be gut wrenching for him, in order to properly create an atmosphere that allows businesses to hire and expand. It’s got to be painful for him.
Even more painful must be the mood of the nation. The electorate just sent him a nasty message, saying we’re not too keen on the direction he’s moving the nation. And I must say, it’s about time. I’m inspired by the Tea Party Movement, because it indicates that we as a people are not going to sit back and let the governing elite walk over us any longer. They have brought us to our current fiscal emergency by blindly wasting our tax money, supposing we’ll never know what they’ve been up to over the last 20 years since our budget was last balanced. Yep…the very people we’ve “employed” have been stealing us blind. And we’ve done nothing but return them to power every two years.
There may be brighter days ahead. With the ascendancy of the Tea Party has come a number of groups that are taking a stand against our out of control government. In particular, the Tenth Amendment groups are most impressive. They aim to return our government back to it’s constitutionally mandated boundaries, giving the states their rights back and limiting what the national government is able to do. This movement, if successful, will move us closer to being able to roll back huge and costly programs that are draining our resources….many times for wasteful purposes.
We were warned about this scenario by our Founding Fathers. Examples are limitless….
“Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” George Washington
“That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.”
“I believe 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
And Jefferson wrote about one of our options in the Declaration of Independence….
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to 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.”
As 2011 begins, I’m a bit optimistic. Our newly elected Congress will be made up of a number of members from the Tea Party Movement. They are entering office without regard toward participating in a popularity contest. They mean to get things done. If they are able to stand against the draw of special interest money, the kind that flows to members of Congress as they vote on their particular issues, then there is a chance we may see a light at the end of the fiscal tunnel. We must watch them closely to guard against Madison’s “gradual and silent encroachments” on our freedoms.
If we remain an active and watchful electorate, we will have our country back. Educating ourselves, holding our elected officials at all levels of government accountable, and making sure we’re heard is vital to our country’s survival. During the Cold War, our enemies stated that they would one day defeat America without firing a single shot. They were referring to our economic collapse…and we are now teetering on that very premise. Allowing further erosion of our economy would be treasonous. Will we be forced to think seriously about Jefferson’s allowing us to “abolish or alter” a destructive government to one that suits us? Hey, Tea Party congressmen….the clock is ticking. We’re counting on you.