And Therein Lies The Origin Of Many Of Our Problems: Our Own Ignorance
Today, the federal government has usurped much of the authority our founders had left to and intended to remain with the States, as well as the People. The federal government has been able to get away with doing this for many reasons. Primarily, it is because we, the people, have become lazy and apathetic. We are also greedy. Thus, we willingly vote for people who promise to give us something we haven’t earned and do not deserve. In doing so, we are electing our own masters for the promise of a few crumbs from our neighbor’s table. But it is also because we have become an ignorant people. If only we understood the English language, maybe we would understand that the very word ‘federal’ is a limit on the government.
To demonstrate how wise our founders were, and, at the same time, to show that they were no infallible, we should look at what Patrick Henry had to say about the Constitution before it had been ratified. Upon first reading it, Henry objected to these words:
“I have the highest veneration of those Gentleman, — but, Sir, give me leave to demand, what right had they to say, We, the People? My political curiosity, exclusive of my anxious solicitude for the public welfare, leads me to ask who authorized them to speak the language of, We, the People, instead of We, the States? States are the characteristics, and the soul of the confederation. If the States be not the agents of this compact, it must be one of great consolidated National Government of the people of all the States.”