“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious People. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams to Massachusetts Militia, 11 October 1798
America’s enemies did not spring up overnight. The chaos, the propaganda, the tyrannical local, state and federal government, the infiltration of institutions, the suppression of speech, the violence, the calls for overtly destructive policies, the indoctrination, and the open hatred of America is the result of citizens looking the other way for decades.
The cost of freedom is eternal vigilance. Americans have long abandoned that price, replacing it with appeasement. Instead of loudly calling out deception, Americans have shriveled away from confrontation.
The framers used the lessons learned from a thousand years of governance to devise the most groundbreaking system ever known: A system of self-rule. Or as President Abraham Lincoln declared during the Gettysburg Address, a “government of the people, by the people, for the people…”
The Constitution was designed to thwart the very people holding America hostage today. But citizens are no longer taught about the founding principles as the Constitution is dismissed, ravaged as an old document that does not reflect the current era.
“The Constitution is a charter of negative liberties,” former President Barack Obama said derisively during a 2001 interview with Chicago public radio station WBEZ.
“[The Constitution] says what the states can’t do to you, says what the federal government can’t do to you, but it doesn’t say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf.”
By it’s very nature, socialist ideology conflicts deeply with America’s breathtakingly successful founding vision of limited government and self-rule. But as the years pass, this vision has been clouded and obscured by enemies of America, and citizens have ceded ground to those who have vigilantly marched through now unrecognizable, once-cherished institutions, such as the church or academia or America’s legal system.
Every aspect of America appears to have been hijacked in spectacular fashion.
The Constitution is the supreme law of the land, yet socialists who laughably swear to uphold it are elected to roam local, state and federal government offices. Unelected bureaucrats make legally binding, politically driven decisions freely through the unconstitutional federal registry, and multiple socialist organizations and Marxist-led labor unions that openly call for the dismantling of America enjoy tax-exempt status.
While much is discussed about the intent of the founding fathers, there is little knowledge of who actually writes legislation today, much less any scrutiny given to the possible subversive intent behind it. Imagine if Americans could see which socialist organizations authored the laws they are bound to follow.
Hard left activists are deeply involved in writing legislation. This issue deserves much more attention than what can be provided here, but one of many examples would be the authors of Alexandria Ocassio-Cortez’s Green New Deal, devised by her allies in the hard-left “think tank” New Consensus.
The same people who sneer at the Constitution today continue to cherish the Manifesto of the Communist Party, written in 1848 by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Most Americans could not articulate the concept of enumeration of powers (which would guarantee the federal government stay within the confines delegated in the Constitution), much less defend the founding principles of limited government and self rule.
As described at Cato:
Advocates of limited government are not anti‐government, per se, as some people charge. Rather, they are hostile to concentrations of coercive power and to the arbitrary use of power against right. With a deep appreciation for the lessons of history and the dangers of unconstrained government, they advocate for constitutionally limited government, with the delegated authority and means to protect our rights, but not so powerful as to destroy or negate them.
The enemies of the Constitution understand the Constitution often more than the patriots that should be fighting to defend it, tragically. A good place to start would be the Federalist Papers (linked here in plain language), a series of essays written before the Constitution discussing what the role of the federal government should be in America.
It’s time to re-learn the fundamental principles upon which America was built. And importantly, it is past time to defend those principles. Loudly.
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