After the SCOTUS decision on Obamacare Tax there was and still is plenty on gnashing of teeth and thrashing about over the ruling. Well part of CJR’s (Chief Justice Roberts) argument for upholding the Tax is that the court is not in place to make moral judgements on legislation passed by the Congress and signed into law by the President.
Now we can debate that as what the SCOTUS has been doing for the past 175 years, but that is not what I’m writing about here. CJR basically told the American people that you’ve (collectively) put these “representatives” into office and this is what they have wrought you…. why be upset? You asked for it! And you know…. he’s correct.
The American people have been to concerned with American Idol, Does This Dress Make Me Look Fat, and the Will He Pick ME shows to pay any attention to what those in D.C. have been doing. We truly deserve the consequences of legislation by the unsupervised employees in Congress. And guess what…It’s not the MEDIA’S job to point out that the “citizen based government” sent to D.C. is spending beyond it’s means and offering “goodies” to those who, by their own admission, have nothing to offer in the way of paid taxes into the government…and all the other misdeeds that have gone on in D.C. for the past 100 years. It’s the people who have let this Nation down not the Federal Government.
“In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate — look at his character. It is alleged by men of loose principles, or defective views of the subject, that religion and morality are not necessary or important qualifications for political stations. But the scriptures teach a different doctrine. They direct that rulers should be men who rule in the fear of God, men of truth, hating covetousness. It is to the neglect of this rule that we must ascribe the multiplied frauds, breaches of trust, speculations and embezzlements of public property which astonish even ourselves; which tarnish the character of our country and which disgrace our government. When a citizen gives his vote to a man of known immorality, he abuses his civic responsibility; he not only sacrifices his own responsibility; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbor; he betrays the interest of his country.” Noah Webster
Oh yes there are many people who feel that they are paying attention now. Most send out emails and make comments to social network sites, but what else are they doing? Do they pay a visit to their local Representative’s office? Do they go to the local County seat of government and make known any grievances that need to be addressed? Do they even take time out to view the employees they send to D.C. and see what is going on a frequent basis? We, the taxpayers in the mid-70s created CSPAN and I dare say most people have never tuned to that program on the cable listing or even go to the CSPAN web site. Laziness plain and simple is the reason for the government we have today… period.
But I send emails, sign petitions, and I vote!
Yes, you may have, and where has that led us to? More of the same non-representative government that has been complained about for as long as I care to remember. Maybe… just maybe it might take more than just voting and shouting from your front porch.
Have we become the backslidden society that our founders warned about from the inception of our Republic?
“Human rights can only be assured among a virtuous people. The general government . . . can never be in danger of degenerating into a monarchy, an oligarchy, an aristocracy, or any despotic or oppressive form so long as there is any virtue in the body of the people.” George Washington
“But I’m too busy to pay attention, besides I voted for such and such to go to D.C. and do the job, that’s what we pay them for anyway.” Ever hear that one? But even if you hire someone to do a job you still ensure they do the job they were hired for and if the job is not accomplished then that employee is sent packing. Not in this time…the people have abdicated their responsibility in OUR government. You only have to look at voter turn out percentages to recognize this fact.
“…if the citizens neglect their Duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the Laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizen will be violated or disregarded.” Noah Webster
“Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide.” John Adams
Thankfully we are a Republic, a Republic sliding into a democracy that will surely be our ultimate demise.
Is that what is happening to our Republic, a slow suicidal death? It takes more than just leaving the land of Nod this election season to rid our Nation of this blight of ignorance, laziness and apathy. It will take generations to make this Nation a virtuous place on the face of the Earth. Just as generations have been born into the modern day slavery of Government Assistance, generations taught that the soft chains of benevolent tyranny of the Government will hold this Nation back and NOT allow it to fulfill it’s destiny as the beacon of freedom in the world.
“No government can continue good but under the control of the people; and . . . . their minds are to be informed by education what is right and what wrong; to be encouraged in habits of virtue and to be deterred from those of vice . . . . These are the inculcations necessary to render the people a sure basis for the structure and order of government.” Thomas Jefferson
Well how are these people sent to our seat of Federal Government supposed to know what righteousness is and how to apply it through governmental actions? Back in the ancient times in America, you know way back in the 30s, 40s, and 50s, last century, parents taught children how is was to be a free, and righteous people. Now the family unit has been dare I say demonized and even to be scoffed.
“Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.” John Adams
Now there are some females of the species that are known to say that a man isn’t needed to raise a child, we’ve evolved to be better than those ancient times. That is how far we’ve come in our society… that the very presence of a man is decried as unnecessary in the family of today. In some cases the mere presences of parents is too much and the Government will step in to decide how the child shall be raised. So who will teach our children, the Government? Was it so easy in those earlier days that only one “parent” can do the job of educating the child to be a virtuous person with the understanding of right and wrong? But when these children of today’s “modern society” grow up to become active members of our society how are they to know right from wrong if they haven’t been taught the difference? These things are not inherited through the blood or sent telepathically by good intentions by a parent.
There are generations that have been in a home there entire lives that there was only ONE or NO parental figure. Life hasn’t gotten any easier and the duty of parenting certainly isn’t easier with one parent. Now it can be done, that is not my point, my point is that the fact that two are better than one is not to be pooh poohed as old-fashioned. But “modern” activists of today seem to think that we as a society have progressed to the point that surely we can make it work because well… we’re Americans. And as the great master that is the American Government will absolutely reward the notion of a single parent family and fully subsidize it, there is in some minds no need to ever do anything different. That is just not how this Nation became great and it’s not going to gain back that greatness if our society maintains its current trajectory.
“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” Thomas Jefferson
Sorry, but if America is such a horrible place and the creator of evil all over the world, then why do millions risk everything they have to come to our shores and try to begin a new life in our Nation? They come here because they have hunger to be a free person who based on their own abilities can succeed and pass on to their posterity the fruits of their labor, something they could never do in their homelands. Yet those in power today will never cede the power they’ve obtained from the People to allow fruits of individual labor to be passed on from generation to generation. In other words, they will deny Liberty to the next generation, because the fruits of your labor is LIberty, that is what you work for every day. That more than any other reason is why people risk it all to be a part of the American experience.
“To take from one because it is thought that his own industry and that of his father’s has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association—the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.” Thomas Jefferson
I don’t believe that this Nation is doomed to failure nor do I believe that this Nation can continue on its current path. Most born in the last 30 years were never taught any American citizenship during their educational processes. In fact, I dare say, they were probably taught just the opposite. Taught that America is the blame for all it’s ills. That America has been full of itself for too long and needed to be brought down a peg or two to make it fair for those who are oppressed.
But hey how would they know any better, parents don’t teach most children citizenship because most themselves don’t know it. I dare say that most don’t understand the basics of how laws are made in America. I don’t believe most know who their local elected officials are, how to contact them either by phone, email or in person. In fact for most the closest thing to an educational program that taught citizenship was the School House Rock shorts of the 1970’s by of all things the American Broadcasting Company. My how the media has changed in America.
If Americans are expected to participate in the process that is OUR government then educating the people is a necessity dare I say an imperative. Read the Declaration of Independence, read the Preamble to the Constitution, heck read the whole thing it’s not that long. Read about Washington at Valley Forge and how this Nation was about 13 days away from NEVER existing. Learn about the Gettysburg Address and those who gave their lives there. Read the words of Frederick Douglass and how all men yearn to be free. Read about the Presidential Election of 1912 and how it’s the birthday of the progressive movement in America and why third-party candidates create the exact problem they try to prevent.
Become part of the process… it requires more than voting, emailing and signing online petitions. Become FULLY involved… it is your responsibility as a citizen of the United States of America.
“[N]either the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. He therefore is the truest friend of the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen onto any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man.” Samuel Adams