There has been more passionate prose spent on this particular topic, especially within the past six months or so, than on just about any other issue of the day. And it is with more then good reason. It touches on legal, business, ethical/moral, societal/class, “states rights” and sovereignty issues. It must also be noted, there is a concern about power and control here as well.
If you think I am about to address the “illegal alien” concern (at least in and of itself) you would be wrong. What is at hand is something greater, of far more importance:
The inalienable rights of man, as stated and set forth in the United States Constitution, have been over time, eroded to the point where they are being observed/honored , if at all, not as pillars of fundamental truth granted to us by the grace of God, rather they now exist due wholly to, the (capricious) good will of the Government. For if the charter between a peoples and it’s acknowledged government (that would be the Constitution) was being faithfully (dutifully?) honored and adhered to, it is my belief we would not be anywhere near the state we are in now.
Indeed, we would never have allowed, nor would our elected officials have stood idle (At least the majority of same, after all there will always be some placed in positions of trust and or power, who are unworthy and unwarranted of those positions, but their tenure would likely be short, their ranks well in the minority.) while liberties were taken with any number of the sacrosanct planks within our national charter.
Any number of pundits, on the web, have decried the damage inflicted upon not only the Constitution, but on the American people, American business, American culture, American values (and value system). And these attacks have not been exclusively from “the left”. Some have been from “the right”. Some have come under the guise of (apparent) broad public support. Others have been (at least a number of those perpetrated since the turn of the last century) foisted upon us “for our own good”, the good of the children, or some other group which was painted as being “victimized”. Some of the erosion was under the guise of “good intent”, done or enacted to redress a wrong, or to provide protection/security against a threat (real or imagined).
Through out all of this the conventional wisdom was, any major misstep taken by the government, would be corrected by some future incarnation of said government. A new Congress, a new Administration, would set things aright where they proven to have gone too far in their exercising of power. “Bad” legislation would be allowed to die on the vine, poorly written law(s) would be either repealed or countermanded by newer legislation. Or perhaps the Supreme Court would declare the offensive act unconstitutional (or that it be rewritten to confine itself within constitutional guidelines, as stipulated by SCOTUS.). Individuals, elected to office, could always be “shown the door” come the next election cycle which they were party to, or in worst case scenarios, they risked impeachment. We believed in the system of “checks and balances” inherent in the Constitution. We believed a “free press” would provide us with “the truth” (or at least enough of the truth to allow for a public awareness that something was amiss).
Sadly, over the course of the past four years or so, what has been hinted at for the better part of the last 20-25 years, has come to pass. The system is not working. More to the point, it plain doesn’t even care to make a pretense of appearing to work. That the frustration of “Joe Average American” has reached a level not seen in this nation since it’s inception, is an understatement. The American People are restless. The American People are tired. But most importantly, the American People are increasingly (and quite rapidly) becoming extremely angry. This is evidenced by the number of groups forming out there which are seeking to give a voice to the ever increasing amount of Americans who feel (and rightly so) they are being willfully, and maliciously disenfranchised from the very charter their forefathers created for them.
There has been a lot of talk about the upcoming election cycle as being the last chance to start righting the wrongs which have built up in this nation. Specifically, the lack of our elected officials listening to the “will of their constituents”, and in adhering to the rule of law, specifically as proscribed in and by the Constitution. But there is something else in the air.
It had it’s start in the informal (read that as “in having no real law or formal legislation -teeth- if you will, behind it) acts by many states in restating their acknowledgment and understanding of their respective rights under the 10th amendment. In recent months, one of the fifty states, has seen fit to pass legislation which addresses a very serious concern effecting the lives and livelihood of it’s citizens. Along with the right of ensuring it’s recognized formal borders. This is being fought by a number of agents and groups whose agenda(s) are at odds with same. Perhaps this is not too surprising. What is surprising is our federal government is actively working against the best interests of this state, in trying to prevent the use of this law as it was intended.
This federal inaction, followed by outright antagonism toward one of it’s legitimate member states, is the clearest of signals pointing to something being radically wrong at the federal level. It can be viewed as nothing short of a complete and willful abandonment of the federal obligations and duties as listed in the Constitution.
So here is what we have now:
- Willful intent by the Federal Government to ignore it’s basic duties and responsibilities towards it’s people and member states.
- Willful intent by the Federal Government in not adhering to tenants and or guidelines as provided for in the Constitution (including, but not limited to the infraction listed immediately above).
- Loss of faith, by an ever increasing amount of the American people, in their government. This is directed at the Congressional, Executive, Judicial branches, mostly – but not limited to – the federal level.
- An Anger, born out of frustration, which if not properly addressed by legitimate results come this November’s elections, <b><i>will be allowed to vent in other more dramatic fashion(s).</i></b>
The last is no longer “idle chatter. Cracks are beginning to show even in the “traditional media” outlets.
Judicial activism is pushing America to the breaking point. This week, a federal judge blocked key provisions of Arizona’s immigration law, thwarting the will of the people. The decision was ominous and will reverberate for years to come.
Judge Susan Bolton, appointed by former President Bill Clinton, is a liberal elitist who believes judicial imperialism trumps democracy. Her ruling states that local police cannot check the immigration status of people arrested or stopped for violations of the law. In her view, that would amount to an abuse of civil liberties and unduly burden the federal immigration system. She also stipulated that residents cannot be required to carry proof of legal status.
Source: The Washington Times, “Should Arizona secede?”, Jeffrey T. Kuhner
And even more recently here:
“The Internet is a large-scale version of the “Committees of Correspondence” that led to the first American Revolution — and with Washington’s failings now so obvious and awful, it may lead to another.
People are asking, “Is the government doing us more harm than good? Should we change what it does and the way it does it?”
Pruning the power of government begins with the imperial presidency.
Too many overreaching laws give the president too much discretion to make too many open-ended rules controlling too many aspects of our lives. There’s no end to the harm an out-of-control president can do.”
When more and more “mainstream” sources are openly suggesting that revolution (or some derivative) may be an acceptable course of action in resolving our national ills. I suggest it is time for the peoples to prepare for the bloody dance which may follow, for it’s prelude – the fiddler tightening his strings and bow – has already begun.