WHEN DID ‘WE THE PEOPLE’ BECOME INCONSEQUENTIAL?


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            It has become painfully clear for local to national levels up to and including the President, Congress, and the Supreme Court that “We the People” are inconsequential.  They do not value our opinions or wishes and it appears that they consider us of lesser intelligence and ability to make life choices than they are.  They appear to believe that the Constitution gives them ALL POWER and the Founding Fathers desired a government not “Of the people, by the people, and for the people” but one “Of the ruling class, by the ruling class, and for the ruling class.”  If it were possible for men like Jefferson, Adams, Washington, and Franklin, to name a few, to step back on the scene today in America I wonder how vociferous they would be in their challenge of what is happening today in our nation?  I think I know but without that actually happening its mere speculation on my part based on the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and their writings.

             When Justices like Anthony Kennedy want to take the easy way out and dismiss a case that the Court agreed to hear which would effectively overturn what the people of California voted for I have to question whether they truly understand and believe in the Constitution.  Since Proposition Eight has been overturned by the 9th Circuit Court in violation of the WILL OF THE PEOPLE if the Supreme Court follows Kennedy’s desire and dismisses the case the ruling of the 9th Circuit Court will stand and the voters of California will have been told to “fly a kite” because they are inconsequential.  This is in a state that voted for Obama with a 61% majority and 70% of the blacks in that state affirmed marriage as being between a man and a woman.  Hispanics also in a majority voted the same way.  The state with an overall majority of 53% voted that way but yet the courts said “No, sorry but you don’t matter.”  Actually they didn’t say “sorry” just “you don’t matter” by their actions.

             When the President of the United States Barack Obama who has declared that he is not a dictator takes actions and threatens like one, I have to wonder if the Constitution is of any value to anyone in Washington today.  He has declared that even if the States have exercised their Tenth Amendment Rights to nullify Obamacare he will send in Federal Agents to ENFORCE THE LAW.  He will send in agents from the Department of Health and Human Services to assume ABSOLUTE AND COMPLETE CONTROL of the State’s Health Insurance Industry.  Sounds like a dictator to me but then I’m just one of the “inconsequential” and do not matter.

             When the President ignores the Constitution and Law regarding presenting a budget and doing so within the time frame required and Congress does nothing but give a few objections, I have to wonder if anyone in Washington sees WE THE PEOPLE as having any importance or power.  I believe that the indications are that they do not and consider us “inconsequential.”   

             When the President engages in “fear mongering” regarding the Sequester and demonstrates a desire to make everyone feel the pain because the idea that came from him became reality and Congress doesn’t act to force him to take reasonable actions, I have to wonder does anyone in Washington care about “We the People.”  When in the face of dire economic times here in America, this President can take three or four lavish vacations in the first three months of this year and via Sequester force furloughs of employees while going to the Middle East and committing millions to nations that truly do not like us and participate in terrorism or harbor terrorist, I have to wonder if the Constitution has any power anymore.

             The Constitution DOES HAVE POWER but only if WE THE PEOPLE force, its enforcement, by sending elected officials to the unemployment lines in future elections.  If WE THE PEOPLE fail, to take whatever legal action available to us as individual states and groups of people it will remain ignored and powerless.  This is a sad indictment upon our current state morally, spiritually, socially, and politically when what was so valiantly fought for and the diligence put into presenting a document or documents that would ensure the preservation of a Free Nation is allowed to be tarnished and trampled upon.  I do not know what the full answer is or the ultimate action that will have to be taken but WE CANNOT ALLOW our liberties and Constitutional rights to continue to be stripped from us.  It is time that we “Awaken out of Sleep” and “Stand up, and Stand tall” for our Constitution and our Rights!  It is time that we send a message to the President, Congress, and the Court that we WILL NOT CONTINUE TO BE REGARDED AS INCONSEQUENTIAL.

             May God bless you and may God bless America!

            It would seem that the view of this administration and all Progressives, Liberals, Socialist, Marxist, and even some Republicans is that we and our views are:

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WHEN POLITICIANS DO NOT FEEL THREATENED TYRANTS ARISE…..


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            The more I study history the more convinced I am that the singular most important aspect of preventing Tyrants and Tyrannical governments is the people demonstrating their resistance to government control.  In the words of Thomas Jefferson:

 “What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?” 

                 I am convinced that Mr. Jefferson not only feared American politicians and Presidents becoming like King George but he anticipated it and therefore on numerous occasions suggested that it was not only a right of the people to demonstrate their resistance to “bloated infringing government” but a responsibility to do so.  That is why you have such quotes from him as:

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

            I do not believe that Mr. Jefferson was calling for frequent or even occasional armed rebellion but stated this as a reminder to politicians and the populace that the government of the United States of America is “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”  He was attempting to instill within everyone’s heart and mind that the government must be kept in a state where it “fears the people” otherwise it will evolve into an over-reaching, tyrannical, power grabbing, power-hungry monstrosity that will reach its tentacles into every facet of our lives in direct conflict with the intentions of the Founding Fathers.  I also believe that he wanted us to remember that Freedom and Liberty came and is maintained at a very high cost and we must always stand ready to defend it against enemies “foreign or domestic.”

            James Madison made numerous statements which give incredible insight into the mind-set of the Founding Fathers regarding the dangers of government abuse and the right and need of the people to stand firmly against such actions.  One such quote:

“I believe there are more instances of abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”

             Mr. Jefferson and Mr. Madison were not the only founders who warned against a government that became “too big for its own good” and politicians who became or would become “professional power brokers.”  Benjamin Franklin warned us that by giving up essential liberties to gain a temporary safety net we abdicated our right to liberty or safety.  Samuel Adams challenged us to live lives of principle and grounded in morality telling us that failure to do so would result in the loss of our liberties.  He further suggested that so long as America remained virtuous she could never be overthrown but if we lost our virtue we would also lose our liberty.  Sadly, Mr. Adams was prophetic and spoke directly to this decade and decadent society that we are living in.  Some have suggested that if God does not judge America He will owe Sodom and Gomorrah an apology and base their assertion on the moral decay that is prevalent in our society on so many levels.

             Men like Noah Webster warned that before the government could become Tyrannical it would first have to “disarm” the citizenry and we are seeing a protracted and committed move in that direction today.  Patrick Henry was so passionate about having and preserving Freedom and Liberty he made his infamous declaration:  “Give me liberty or give me death.”  Alexander Hamilton made an incredible statement about the nature of man and the dangers of having people in political office who were not governed by moral principles, the Constitution, and concern for protecting our inalienable rights of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” among others when he said:  “A fondness for power is implanted, in most men, and it is natural to abuse it, when acquired.”  That is a warning that WE THE PEOPLE should take to heart and a sound reason to fully vet each candidate who throws his/her hat in the ring for any political office.  We need to know their character not just their political party and ideology!

             Benjamin Rush sounded an alarm that we have ignored and the ACLU and other organizations and entities have successfully accomplished when he said:

 “By removing the Bible from schools we would be wasting so much time and money in punishing criminals and so little pains to prevent crime. Take the Bible out of our schools and there would be an explosion in crime.”

            I will sum this up with another quote from Thomas Jefferson which speaks directly to the Nanny State that Barack Obama and the Democrats are pushing and the Republicans have fallen prey to and their repeated pursuit of a Welfare State will be the demise of this nation.  He said:

 “I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.” 

             I wish I could wave a wand and correct the problem that has been decades evolving but I can’t.  I wish that one more election would solve the problem and we would have people in Washington that truly demonstrated the principles and moral fiber that the founders thought necessary for leadership but it won’t.  I wish we could create a political atmosphere in which there were no “professional politicians” and those who won elections were truly “public servants” but we can’t.  So what do we do or what can we do?  If I were totally pessimistic I’d say nothing and if I were utopianly optimistic I’d say just go to the polls and vote but I fall into neither category.  I believe we can turn this massive ship around and get it back on course but also believe that it will take decades to accomplish and I’m not sure we have decades.  So we must pray like there is no tomorrow, work as if everything depended upon us, and commit to paying whatever price is called for to accomplish the objective.  Anything short of those three things will result in failure for America.

             May God bless you and may God guard, guide, protect, and deliver this nation and lead us back to right paths.

THE FOUNDERS OPPOSED INTERNAL TAXATION…..


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            In making that statement I will raise the ire of some and the praise of others.  They certainly, in my opinion, would not have supported a “progressive tax system” even if they approved an “income tax” and established the Internal Revenue Service.  If you examine the record and research the historic documents back to that era you will find some very interesting actions and statements by our Founding Fathers.

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            One of, no the “first national revenue raising Act” was approved by President George Washington on July 4, 1789 – (Twenty Years of Congress, James G. Blaine, 1884, Vol. 1, page 185).  James Madison argued before Congress a fundamental principle concerning the power delegated to Congress to lay and collect taxes:

 “…a National, revenue must be obtained; but the system must be such a one, that,   while it secures the object of revenue it shall not be oppressive to our constituents.”  That Act passed by Congress was “a tax on specific goods” not “the constituents or their income.” 

             There was not ONE PENNY raised by “internal taxation” which is the very thing that Congress today seems to love and especially this administration.  Our Founders believed that those of foreign nations who desired to do business in these United States should pay for the privilege.  I am not saying that policy of “tariffs” would work today but I am saying that the founders did not support a “progressive tax system” on the people’s income.

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            I found it most interesting when studying history in college and recently reading some of the writings of our founders and former presidents that Thomas Jefferson in his second Annual Message on December 15, 1802 said:

 “In the department of finance it is with pleasure I inform you that the receipts of external duties for the last twelve months have exceeded those of any former year, and that the ratio of increase has been also greater than usual. This has enabled us to answer all the regular exigencies of government, to pay from the treasury in one year upward of eight millions of dollars, principal and interest, of the public debt, exclusive of upward of one million paid by the sale of bank stock, and making in the whole a reduction of nearly five millions and a half of principal; and to have now in the treasury four millions and a half of dollars, which are in a course of application to a further discharge of debt and current demands.”

             Jefferson also informed Congress and thus the American people that they had suppressed “unnecessary offices, useless establishments and expenses, and thereby enabled them to discontinue “internal taxes.”  Yet, our government today has an insatiable hunger for MONEY and SPENDING and that beast will never be satisfied.

             I am not trying to tell you exactly what type of Tax System we should have for there must be some revenue to supply the basic needs of government but the bloated monstrosity that we have today is not what the Founders envisioned or we need.  I am very supportive of “limited government” and allowing the Free Market to operate and believe that with fewer examples of government intervention and legalized theft we would see a robust economy and a prosperous America again.  Whether we go to a “Flat Tax”, a “Fair Tax”, or a “Tithe Type Tax” we need a much simplified Tax Code and one that is not progressive.  I could be very supportive of a tax that would be based on “consumption” not “income.” 

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            Alexander Hamilton spoke concerning a “Consumption Tax” and said regarding that tax that it:

“… may be compared to a fluid, which will in time find its level with the means of paying them. The amount contributed by each citizen will in a degree be by his own option, and can be regulated by an attention to his own resources. The rich may be extravagant, the poor can be frugal; and private oppression may always be avoided by judicious selection of objects proper for such impositions … It is a signal advantage of taxes on articles of consumption that they contain in their own nature a security against excess. They prescribe their own limit, which cannot be exceeded without defeating the end proposed that is, an extension of the revenue.” [No. 21 of the Federalist]

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             Of course no tax system will ever satisfy the desire for MONEY to fund all the programs that those in Congress seem to want to offer in “entitlements.”  If we return to what the Constitution actually calls for and what the Founders envisioned we would need far less money and I would even suggest to you that a “Consumption Tax” would produce more than our current “Progressive Income Tax System” and do far less damage to individuals financially and enable everyone to have some “skin in the game” and thereby would encourage participation by all the citizenry and would make it harder and harder for Congress and the President to INCREASE TAXES.  It would touch every American and those doing business in America and Congress and the Executive Branch would have to finally listen.

             I have offered some suggestions to my Congressman and both Senators from my state and am waiting on their counter proposals if they offer any.  I am also contacting other U.S. Legislators who I perceive might be willing to listen and encouraging them to act upon TRUE TAX REFORM and DEBT and DEFICIT REDUCTION.  In my own life, I have to live within my means or increase my means by getting additional sources of revenue (jobs) but Congress gets more revenue via TAXES so I want them to live within a “reasonable means” and not continually exceed it, increase it, and expand it for POLITICAL PURPOSES.  It is time that Congress and the President become “servants of the people” not vice versa.

             May God bless you and may God bless America!

NOSTALGIC ABOUT THE AMERICA I KNEW AND LOVE……


ImageI will wax a bit nostalgic in this post but as I attended a funeral for my wife’s Aunt at the end of February I could not help but reflect on LIFE and more particularly LIFE IN AMERICA as I remember it growing up.  Her Aunt had just turned 80 in January and was a retired 1st Sergeant of the U.S. Army with 21 years of service.  There were the Military Honors presentation and the American Flag given to the family.  As I stood there I reflected on my youth, my America, and my thankfulness for those memories and experiences and wept at the same time for future generations and even this present generation who do not know and likely will never know what we knew and experienced.

 

            I grew up in rural East Texas on a small farm with a dirt road in front of the house.  We worked hard having little of this world’s goods but we were rich with love, respect, and tradition.  We learned that “hard work” was honorable and that to give “a day’s work for a day’s pay” was not just honorable but the only thing acceptable.  We learned to respect our elders and other people’s rights and property as well as the environment.  Oh, don’t misunderstand me we were not “tree huggers” but we lived off the land and respected it and wanted to keep it good for ourselves and those who would follow as the generations before us had done.  We helped our neighbors when they had a need and didn’t expect nor desire the government to become involved in our lives with money, regulations, or anything else.  We wanted to enjoy what the Constitution afforded us, the right to pursue – LIFE, LIBERTY, and HAPPINESS.   What we had WE EARNED and appreciated it.  We didn’t have the technology that is available today and I’m not criticizing technology but when I see children today and even adults who spend almost all their time and energy on the computer, iPad, iPhone, Android, Kindle, etc. I remember my youth and the time we spent outdoors enjoying God’s creation and nature while learning some incredibly valuable life lessons in the process.  We made most of our own toys, were creative in developing games to play, and learned survival skills that few people today have.  We were self-sufficient although totally dependent upon God’s grace and goodness and thankful for His provisions on a daily basis.

 

            I thought about how little true and real history our grandchildren know today due to the revisionist history taught in the public schools and institutions of “higher learning.”  I have shared some stories of my youth with my grandchildren and they are completely amazed and I have talked to them about some Texas and American history and find that not only they but many young adults today have little or no knowledge of TRUE HISTORY.  There was a time when there was integrity in the media and what you heard on the NEWS was truthful although not always complete.  Journalist actually tried to report the news not make the news and spin it to fit their particular political ideology.  Of course that happened, it always has but it was not a totally blind regurgitation of the “TALKING POINTS” of the President as we have today and that only if the President is a Left-Wing, Liberal Democrat!

 

            We lived in a time when a “handshake” was a good or better than a “signed contract” because a man’s or woman’s word was their bond.  It was WHO THEY WERE as my parents and grandparents taught me.  I look at all the government regulations with regard to parenting and wonder how we survived and how our parents didn’t spend most of their lives in prison if what we had and they did was SO HORRIBLE!  It was not uncommon to hear the preacher declare from the pulpit something critical of a governmental action that was in direct violation of moral principles and the Word of God.  They did not fear having their 501-C-3 taken from them and their “tax exemption” stripped.  In my view, if that is what it takes to speak the truth of God then take it please!

 

            A government that can tell me what types of firearms, how many, how often I can purchase one, how many bullets I can have or have in my firearm at any given time is a government that can dictate every facet of my life and it is not a government that I want.  It is not a government that our Founders wanted and not a government most of our former Presidents wanted.  If they can do the aforementioned what is to prevent them from telling us what kinds of cars we can own if we can own one at all and how many?  What is to prevent them from telling us what size house we can have and even where we must live?  What is to prevent them from telling us what type of occupation we can pursue and it’s location?  What is to prevent them from telling us what we can eat, where we can shop, how often and were we can travel?  All that I have mentioned is part and parcel of Agenda 21 and The Sustainable Development Initiative that Bill Clinton signed off on, George H.W. Bush endorsed, and Barack Obama is ramming down our throats at breakneck speed.  One of the first things that must happen is to take our firearms.  Notice I don’t call them weapons because they are not weapons until used as such.  It is not about hunting it is about personal protection, defending our families and property, and being prepared to stand against a Tyrannical Government as the Framers spelled out in their writings.

 

            Yes, I am “nostalgic” when I look back at THE REAL AMERICA that I grew up knowing and loving and long to see that America again.  I long for my grandchildren to know that America.  I long for their children’s children to know that America.  Should the Lord tarry His coming for generations I want each successive generation to know the America I grew up enjoying and to live in it unencumbered by a HORRENDOUS DEBT AND DEFICIT that CAN NEVER BE REPAID.   Will I be able to see that passed on to them?  Time will tell and what WE DO will determine that.

 

            May God stir your heart for America and Him and may He protect, defend, guide, and guard this nation against all enemies both “foreign and domestic.”  GOD BLESS AMERICA!