"Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority ... the Constitution was made to guard against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters." - Noah Webster

"There is no worse tyranny than forcing a man to pay for what he does not want just because you think it would be good for him."
-- Robert A. Heinlein

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Where We Started

It is good to think upon this on a day when we are on the verge of a new revolution in this country.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

hen in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Let me paraphrase.  Let me expound on the things that I see in the text in a spirit of being true to exegesis in honor of the authors.  Let me not speak what I would wish it to say based upon some selfish notion of egalitarianism or other nonsense, but what did the men who were willing to sacrifice their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor  mean to say.

The introduction above speaks to the understanding that in the late eighteenth century, the modern world believed that kings reigned  because God had ordained it.  That unless a king was so unredeemingly corrupt and evil that appealing to his good graces could bring about a correction of abuses of government, it would be wrong to go to war in order to achieve justice.

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 of 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. 
I was once told that, if I didn't like how the government did things, I should move.  That if I didn't like the way the Supreme Court interpreted the Constitution, I should just find another country.
I don't have enough words, or words that have the power to contain my anger or commitment to see the death and destruction of such evil.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. 
How many people ever consider that the men who created the Federal government of this land expected us to always be prepared to tell the Federal government:  "To hell with you, WE will tell YOU how it is going to be.    You don't dictate to us.  We dictate to you.  And when you start acting like you think you know better how we should live, we will put an end to your sorry and worthless existence."

The Constitution of the United States of America is the first governmental document in the history of the world that had the purpose of telling the government that, "You can do these enumerated things and no more."  The Constitution of the United States was a contract by which the People loaned the government very restricted powers to carry out just the minimum necessary things  that only a government could do in order to protect the rights of the people.  Contrary to modern misunderstanding, the constitution does not grant any rights to the people.  Let that sink in.  The Constitution does not grant any rights to the people.  The Constitution assumes that all rights are inherently belonging to the people from God.

I've read history.  I've read the Federalist Papers.  I hope to spend some time reading the Anti-Federalist papers.  From all of those sources it is abundantly clear that the founders of the United States saw government as a necessary evil.  Something akin to a pit bull on a leash that needed to be beaten back on occasion to make sure it didn't get out of hand.  One founding father compared government to fire; a useful servant and a fearful master.

If you wish to live in a land where the government will dictate to you which lightbulbs you can use, what kind of house you can build, how much sugar you can eat, what kind of medical care you can receive, what kind of car you can drive, what kind of job you can have, then you need to move to a country that already does those things.  Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea, China, France, England, Mexico, etc.  The world is full of places that  already are happy to dictate every aspect of your life and pride themselves in providing everything you need as a "right."

I'm willing to make a deal with you.  You people on the left can take California and New York, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and most of the New England States.  Continue to turn them into the Democrat/Socialist utopias that you have so much confidence in.  Go ahead, show us how wrong we are.   We'll take all the other States and see what happens.

What makes me so angry about leftists is that they lie about what we conservatives want.  We conservatives just want to be left alone.  We want a very small government because we know that a government big enough to give you everything you need is also big enough to take everything away.  We are willing to be offended by groups and individuals who have disgusting and abhorrent lifestyles because that is the price of freedom. We believe you should be free to make billions of dollars as long as you don't do it by force or fraud, or you can live as a hobo subsisting on the charity of people who voluntarily support your lifestyle, as long as they don't demand that the government tax us to support your laziness.

I have so much more to say, but I'm tired.

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