Syndicated talk show host (Sirius 144) Mike Church posed a very thoughtful comment today – something along the lines that the Framers (of The Constitution) were somewhat convinced that what they came up with to replace the Confederation (a Federation) would not/could not long last… Mike Church is dead right on this, but the Founders [in drafting the The Declaration] had a remedy and, I believe, message to each and every one of us that needs to be focused upon and reinvigorated into the fabric of America right now..
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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. 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. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.”
I believe this financial bailout (and the reflexive response of the market) ought to be the absolute last straw. If any lessons are to be learned here chief among them must be that Keynesian economics is now utterly refuted, Austrian economics has been totally validated and vindicated, the Federal Reserve (fiat money) experiment has been shown to be a complete failure and needs to be scrapped and replaced with an asset-backed (gold) standard. Moreover, the vision of our Founding Fathers prior to the implementation of The Constitution was profound and in need of re-invigoration into our minds; any government that rises from the ashes of this world-wide economic collapse must incorporate such vision overtly.
To these points it is now utterly clear that the overt Actions by the Federal Government are neither light, nor transient but in fact purposeful. This form of government that has evolved to date and is now being imposed upon us by people who either have no knowledge of, let alone enthusiasm for, or have a fundamental revulsion and opposition to, the vision of Mr. Jefferson, Mr. Paine, Mr. Adams, General Washington, et al has become profoundly destructive, by any measure, to those ends so self-evident and profoundly stated above.
As individuals in the pursuit of our own rational self-interests we have attempted to profoundly alter this government. We elected Ronald Reagan with great hope and aspiration of altering the growth of statism. It failed. We elected a Republican controlled federal legislature in 1994; a new Contract With America that promised a plan to shrink the size of government, promote lower taxes and free enterprise activity, tort reform and welfare reform. It failed. Lastly, on the heels of eight years with Mr. Clinton, we elected George W. Bush and Republican majorities in both houses of congress to effect in the least a step towards the same, and that too failed!
Through these exercises in futility, we learned in no uncertain terms that Mr. Bush and the elected Republicans were are clearly believers (to one degree or another, depending on your perspective) in the individual being subordinated to the greater good, i.e. the state. It doesn’t matter what their rhetoric is during a campaign, the end result remains the same and we are, as Lew Rockwell stated, “still waiting for free enterprise…” Thus, all attempts have, in the end result we see before us today, failed. We must realize what it is we see with our own two eyes and not appeal to the social mysticism that brought us here in the first place.
The issue now before all of us, when or if we soberly analyze our individual situations, will be to decide how to proceed. We cannot pursue an irrational, socially mystic, course any longer in hopes of a rational outcome. When we look around us and damn reality for not making any sense we have no one to blame except for ourselves! We have rejected our tool of perception in lieu of the lure of the next GOP gang to get control, or the “lesser of two evils.” When one pursues irrationality, in the hopes of a different outcome, one should not be surprised when one looks around to find that existence simply doesn’t make any sense. We cannot rely on electing more Republicans; the track record is now indefensible and completely unreliable. In fact, they have made matters far worse by lowering the bar for the statists who are surely eager (and now it seems certain) to take over.
Nor, on the other hand, can we simply let “Rome burn” in the pathetic hope that by purchasing into full blown collectivism (actually voting for the other side) we will somehow be able to rise henceforth from the ashes into a realm of liberty and freedom. Such naivete is beyond dangerous and the death sentence it gives to our children and their progeny is beyond irresponsible. No one should vote against the Republicans to penalize them, thus sanctioning by a majority vote the collectivist ilk of Obama and his socialist/Marxist minions.
I am no fan of John McCain and Sarah Palin. You certainly will not find me genuflecting at some rally for a politician – that I will never do again. Moreover, I cannot waste my vote on this Republican ticket in good conscious notwithstanding the personal valor and individual respect I have for Senator McCain. His ideas are convoluted, his prescriptions anti-capitalist, and his rhetoric one that smells of altruism. Worse still is Mr. Obama -a Marxist nightmare. I am left with the dwindling hope that None Of The Above wins this election.. Such an outcome would send the best message possible to start the process of fundamentally altering this government and is the only morally defensible option available.
This is not a battle to be waged by force of arms, although I suspect one could envision such a scenario. Rather, this is a battle of intellects, ideology, morality – in short, philosophy. This will require some of the bravest and most dedicated among us, those who live and breath individual rights, liberty, capitalism, and the vision so profoundly espoused by those giants of America’s founding. It is time to call up the vision and stick it in the face of those who oppose it. It is a call to intellectual arms – removing your sanction is the first step.