General News and Politics By Jim Barber, Camp Verde, Arizona Current news and political discussion
Sunday, July 6, 2014
HOW DARE THEY
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Who do they think they are? They presume to know what's best for us and, whether we like it or not, they will shove it down our throats. They turn our own government agencies into weapons against us if we dare to voice our objections, whether on the street corner, the college campus or the voting booth. They selectively enforce our laws, using them to pick winners and losers - the losers usually those opposed to their agenda. They have turned our form of government from three equal branches - the judiciary, the executive and the legislative - into four branches, adding the regulatory agencies which have become mini-governments within themselves with nearly unchecked powers of taxation and judicial authority. They have used the IRS, the FCC, the FEC, the NLRB, the EPA and other agencies to suppress our vote and free speech. They have subverted our free press into a compliant accomplice to their agenda. Who do they think they are?
238 years ago, 56 men stepped forward to sign their own death warrant - the Declaration of Independence. They were figuratively placing their own heads through the British hangman's noose, knowing that was their fate if captured. In fact, during the following war for America's freedom, 5 of them were captured, tortured and executed. Nine others were killed or died from the hardships of service to that cause, 12 saw their homes ransacked and burned, 2 lost sons and 2 had sons captured. Some lost their fortunes - but not their honor. Their final victory resulted in a government, guided by a new Constitution, dedicated to guarding basic freedoms unheard of in the old world. We became a Constitutional Republic, deliberately separating control among three equal branches to ensure that the rights of the minority weren't trampled in the name of expediency. The two Houses of Congress are a check on one another. If they are divided on important issues, so be it. It is not within the purview of a single individual to decide the system so hard-fought for no longer applies.
238 years is a long time. There have been many changes in the way we live. But the freedoms those 56 men envisioned, that common men couldn't imagine even as they longed for them, have not become less desired but more important than ever as an overreaching government deigns to rule by decree. It's not necessary for today's citizens to sacrifice what those 56 men sacrificed to secure and what hundreds of thousands of others have fought and died to keep. It's only necessary to remember them for what they gave us, to stay aware there are those who would deprive us the power invested in us by them. Thomas Jefferson warned we should "love our country but mistrust our government." It is through healthy "mistrust" that we will be able to continue the covenant they passed to us securing "the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity."