Every aspect and institution of human civilization
requires some form of government to prevent injustice and maintain order.
People need boundaries. The healthiest, happiest children are those with
clear boundaries. Citizens are subject to the laws of the land in which
they reside. Property is secured with boundaries. Armies and business organizations
are subject to internal and external rules of order and discipline.
Madison said “If men were angels, no government would
be necessary. If angels were to govern men, no controls on government would
be necessary. In framing a government of men over men, the great difficulty
lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the
governed, and in the next place oblige it to control itself” Just as we
have civil laws to restrain men in society, so we have constitutional laws
to restrain men in power.
Flawed human nature and unrestrained power are a dangerous
combination. Just this century while 34,000,000 have been tragically killed
by wars, 120,000,000 have been killed by their own oppressive governments.
“A prudent man forseeth the evil, and hideth
himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.”
Our founders were prudent men who foresaw the evils
of unrestrained government. They were students of world history and civil
affairs, they searched the annals of history for the answers that would keep
America from experiencing the snares and pitfalls that had claimed all other
great civilizations. They called America the great experiment.
They gave us the Constitution as the fundamental law
for our national government and the written authorization, by the people,
for its existence. They gave us an extensive system of checks and balances,
separation of powers and a Bill of Rights. They gave us an Electoral college
to help protect small and rural states against the and power of the big
states and population centers and the democratic rule of the mob. It still
comes in handy from time to time.
They gave us a federal system, that is a limited central
government responsible for a mere handful of functions involving defense,
and interstate and international affairs such as trade and foreign relations,
and postal service. They both implicitly and explicitly reserved the all
other areas to the states and to the people. They saw centralized one size
fits all policies as oppressive, dangerous and contrary to the love of
liberty and the genius of the American people.
Perhaps most importantly, our forefathers recognized
the separate and distinct roles of the state the church and the family,
and they gave us a limited system that minimized reliance on the state
while maximizing reliance on the more organic spheres of the church and
of the family. When man trusts in God, he looks beyond government
for his needs. A self governing society results with strong families, churches,
communities, and charitable institutions. The need for civil government
is minimized and personal liberty is maximized. This was the thinking and
worldview that gave us our national motto: “In God we trust.”
staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of
government, far from it. We have staked the future of all our political
institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self government; upon the capacity
of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain
ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”
But every generation has its social planners who try
to make the civil sphere do more than it was designed to do. They hate
constitutional federalism because it limits their ability to reshape society
through the power of office. In their minds federalism was designed for
a different time, a different nation. Government shouldn't be feared: it's
the answer for everything.
Their vision for America is not for a federal system
but for a national system. In the name of security and compassion, they
push for national education programs, national welfare, national social
security, national health care, national gun control, law enforcement,
and a host of other areas prohibited by the Constitution. Our limited federal
system is giving way to an unlimited national socialist system that provides
for every conceivable human need. Their motto is not “in God we trust”
but rather “On government we depend.”
In George Washington's Farewell Address the political
dialogue focused on national security, foreign policy, constitutional integrity,
government frugality, duty and national morality: Today the national political
dialogue focuses of social security, health care, prescription drug benefits,
education, patients Bills of rights, product safety and government daycare.
America has undergone a fundamental transformation: Americans love of
liberty has been replaced by the love of security.
LIBERTY OR SECURITY?
But Jefferson said: He who trades liberty for security,
deserves neither and will loose both. Likewise, B. Franklin said “He who
gives up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserves
neither liberty nor safety.”
Liberty and risk are two sides of the same coin. Security
and servitude are the two sides of another coin.
One cannot enjoy the blessings of liberty without
enduring risk; likewise one cannot enjoy the comforts of government provided
security without giving up liberty. You can't have your cake and eat it
The price has been staggering...
Our appetite for social programs has seen the richest
nation amasses more debt than all the rest of the world combined; taxing
future generations without their representation.
Pyramid schemes are illegal yet today federal government
forces participation in what amounts to one grand pyramid scheme, in the
name of social security, something is gravely wrong.
Once upon the time talk of a federal income tax would
have dissolved the union.
Today the conservative candidate boasts that no American
will pay more than 1/3 of his income to DC.
There is something wrong with this picture. Had our
founders known that these things would result they never would have formed
THE OATH OF OFFICE
US Constitution Article II, & VI requires the
president, the senators and representatives before mentioned, and the members
of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers,
both of the United States and of the several states, before taking office
to be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution;
“Do you solemnly swear that you will support and defend
the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and
domestic; that you will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that
you take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose
of evasion; and that you will well and faithfully discharge the duties
of the office on which you are about to enter: So help you God?"
Response: I do
In 1828 Webster defined OATH as follows:
A solemn affirmation or declaration, made with an
appeal to God for the truth of what is affirmed. The appeal to God in an
oath, implies that the person imprecates his vengeance and renounces
his favor if the declaration is false, or if the declaration is a promise,
the person invokes the vengeance of God if he should fail to fulfill it.
A false oath is called perjury. The Founders felt so strongly about strict
constitutional integrity that they intentionally made it a sacred duty
Without the anchor of absolutes there is no stability
for society. Flexible boundaries are no boundaries. If you can take a single
step over the line, there's nothing to keep you from taking two steps or
a thousand. Thomas Jefferson: “To take a single step beyond the boundaries
thus… drawn… is to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer
[subject] to any definition.”
Thomas Jefferson said “Our peculiar security is in
the possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper
by construction”. “On every question of construction, carry ourselves back
to the time when the constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifest
in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out
of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which
it was passed.
A mans attitude toward the constitution reveals much
about his attitudes toward government, authority, human history and even
human nature itself. Listen very closely when Al Gore and co say that we
have a living constitution, that each generation must breath new meaning
into. What he's really saying is “we make it into whatever suits
us at the time”; another translation is “We will not be bound by
its limitations.” Their attitudes reveal the same spirit of lawlessness
and contempt for boundaries that has plagued mankind throughout history.
Their attitudes are precisely why our forefathers wrote the Constitution
in the first place.
In the Biblical time of the judges, the people brought
misery on themselves because they would not respect boundaries. “Every
man did what was right in his own eyes.” Just as it was in the time of
the judges, so it is today in America: Every politician does what is right
in his own eyes, ignoring the experience of past generations, ignoring
their constitutional grants of authority and reducing government to a relativistic
do as you please approach. --
The approach of Jefferson and the founders is clearly
not evolutionary but fixed and conservative. The Constitution is inherently
a conservative document designed to maintain a conservative government.
It's the conservatives best friend, if he will learn to use it and if he
is willing to apply it consistently and impartially.
Without the anchor of absolutes there is no stability
Article 1 Sec 32 of the Washington State Constitution
declares: “A frequent recurrence to fundamental principles is essential
to the security of individual right and the perpetuity of free government.”
America has lost its perspective. Materialism, affluence,
and the dumbing down of the electorate have led to a fundamental
shift in political philosophy. We are forgetting what set us apart and
made us free, prosperous and a light to the world. We desperately need
to begin talking about fundamental principles if we are going to preserve
liberty and free government. Just as we need to restore basics to education
so we need to restore basics to the political dialogue. We ourselves must
become advocates and spokesmen for the principles and values that made America.
He who controls the debate the thought processes
controls the future of the nation. Superficial political solutions that
merely tweak the system are useless so long as the ideas of socialism remain
lodged in the political and spiritual thought processes that drive public
We must decide as a people: whether we are a republic
or democracy; is our system national or federal; Do we want liberty or
Are constitutional boundaries firm or flexible and
evolutionary; is it a “living evolving document” that must be
interpreted by the courts or does it mean what it says? Will we vote for those
who swear an oath as mere formality and lip service with no intention of
genuinely honoring it.
On a higher level, Are rights Creator endowed rights
or government defined? Is man flawed and in need of salvation, or is he
evolving with time and experience into an enlightened superman; Is man
created in the image of God endowed with "the right to life, liberty, and the
pursuit of happiness," or
is he simply human resource to be educated, aborted, or socially engineered
to fit the current needs of government and society;
Do absolutes even exist, are we accountable to higher
law & authority—constitutional and ultimately divine, -or is everything
relative: to be worked out as circumstances and conditions warrant?
Ideas have consequences and the answers to these questions
carry exceedingly vast ramifications not only for government, but for all
of society. How society answers them will determine the form of government
that we will live under. If we are to be successful, we must bring these
fundamental principles—consistently, systematically and optimistically
back to the forefront of the political debate. He who controls the ideological
forces controls the political forces.
Conservatives must begin acting rather than reacting.
The voice of conservatism must be heard as more than just a voice of protest
in time of crisis. For to long conservatives have accepted loosing ground
as inevitable and stalemate as victory while their humanist socialist opponents
accept nothing less than steady gains.
You cannot “conserve” what has already been lost.
Conservatives must abandon the defensive mindset inherent with traditional
conservatism and take the initiative because no one can win a defensive wars.
It is time that conservatives become “progressive” in their thinking and their
strategy to reclaim their nation.
Karl Marx said: “A nation without a heritage is easily
persuaded.” Any genuine solution must involve helping the American people
rediscover who they are and what set them apart as a people and as a nation.
Our goal must be nothing less than to generate another great awakening
in America, much like the first one, as remembered in the poem “Awaken”
by Lawrence Tribble: