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.